"The world championships are special. There is a typical atmosphere that cannot be compared to any other competition. There is a lot of attention and pressure. You have to be able to deal with that as a top performer. Last year was a separate sensation for me. As a New Zealander, I am used to finishing my races without my family and friends, but in Wollongong I suddenly recognised voices and people along the road. That was super nice," Fisher-Black looks back on the 2022 World Cup.
The elite and U23 ride their race together and at the end, the best-ranked U23 also wins a world title. "In the beginning you mainly focus on the elite race. You especially want to come out as strong as possible in that. The fact that I became world champion U23 proves that I was the strongest promise in Wollongong. For me, the day couldn't get any worse, but to put on the rainbow jersey in front of my family and friends... That was the icing on the cake."