The head of Victoria's newly created Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Bridie O'Donnell, knows all too well how difficult life can be for female athletes.
Tour de France green jersey winner Michael Matthews was a special guest on Canberra's streets.
Organisers plan another instalment of a race described as the Hunger Games on Wheels.
A thump of his handlebars as Michael Matthews crossed the finish line was in frustration.
Chloe Hosking's selection appeal was vindicated after Australia won silver at the road world championships.
Winner Brendan Johnston has called for Canberra's premier race to be put back on the NRS calendar.
Canberra cyclist Michael Matthews is one of the favourites to win the road world championships in Norway on Sunday.
Elite mountain bike riders Emma Viotto and Brendan Johnston starred on the first stage.
But the Australian women are determined to use it as motivation to win the world crown.
The Hill brothers are set to tackle Mount Majura - not for old times' sake, but for glory.