Rebecca Wiasak was inspired by adversity as she won the women's criterium at the Australian road cycling championships.
The two-time world individual pursuit champion on the track outsprinted former winner Sarah Roy on Wednesday evening at Ballarat to win her first senior road title.
Kimberley Wells, another former national criterium champion, overcame a cold to take the bronze medal.
Wiasak narrowly missed out on the Rio Olympics two years ago and that has proved a massive motivation.
Then late last year, her fiance and fellow cyclist Ben Hill suffered a broken back in a crash while racing in China.
Hill was hospitalised for seven weeks, returned to Australia on Christmas Day and was in Ballarat on Wednesday to watch Wiasak win.
The nationals are a brief foray on the road for Wiasak, who will find out at the end of this month whether she has made the Australian track team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
"I needed to make sure I made the most of every opportunity," Wiasak said after her criterium win.
"Both those things (Rio and Hill's injury) have continued to drive me.
"Especially with Ben, cycling is such a brutal, tough sport.
"Ben and I have had our battles and we stick at it."
Wiasak rarely competes at the road nationals because of her track commitments, but this year she was able to come across from the national team's Adelaide training camp.
The 2015 and '16 world individual pursuit champion also was a member of the squad that won silver in the teams pursuit at last year's worlds.
Wiasak is warily confident about making the cut for the Commonwealth Games team.
"It's going to be pretty tough - we have a squad of eight girls, still, and I think there will be six spots," she said.
"When you have such incredible strength in pursuiting in Australia, you can never be sure."
While Wiasak is focused on the track, she will also compete in the time trial and the road race this week at the nationals before returning to Adelaide.
Wiasak is racing on her own at the nationals, while Roy has the support of the powerful Mitchelton-Scott team.
It came down to a drag race up the finishing straight, with Wiasak and Roy on either side of the road.
"It's such a special win," she said.