Dubbo cyclist Simone Grounds has received formal recognition for her phenomenal year road cycling.
Arriving in Dubbo several years ago from Queensland, last year's Dubbo Sportsperson of the year has continued the form that saw her the prized signature of cycling teams across the country.
Grounds can race in the Masters 3 Category, however she continues to choose to take on some of the Nations best cyclists by competing in the Elite women's category.
On Saturday she took on the states best elite cyclists and won, in convincing form, to take the NSW Womens Elite Time Trial Championship, only to back up the next day by taking silver in the NSW Elite Women's Road Race.
Grounds has experienced a history making road season in 2019. She has consistently shown to be the fastest female cyclist in NSW.
This is evidenced by being the fastest female rider at the Coonabarabran to Gunnedah handicap, the Gunnedah to Tamworth Cycle race, and the Tamworth Cycle Classic.
She also became the first female winner in the history of the Cootamundra Cycle Classic.
This record, combined with her successes at the NSW Elite Championships, has seen her named as the NSW Road woman of the year.
While in race mode Grounds generates a lot of recognition for the city of Dubbo, it is in training mode that she provides great value to cyclist.
Grounds was the driving force behind the female track cycling Team Pursuit team that broke national records only two years ago.
Taking a crew of Dubbo riders and working with coaches Gus Dawson and Vaughn Eather, Grounds spent many mornings refining techniques of the crew to be a national best.
She is also integral to the development of the successful cohort of Junior cyclists Dubbo is producing.
While most of the city is in bed on the early winter mornings Grounds can be found training in sub zero temperatures.
Providing both advice and inspirational effort she is certainly a valuable asset to the development of young athletes in the community.
When not engaged in road cycling Grounds and faithful servant, husband Jason Billsborough, are integral members of the Dubbo Mountain Bike community.
Making her success on the road bike more incredible is the fact she could consider herself unlucky to have missed out on a spot in the Gold Coast Commonwealth games.
Grounds will next go head to head with Haylee Fuller in the final event of the Dubbo Cycle Club winter series.