Dutch cyclist Gitta Scheenhouwer had journeyed to Melbourne from the other side of the world to live her dream of becoming an architect.
But the 27-year-old's life was cut tragically short when speeding driver Michael Panayides crashed into her in a stolen car while on his way to buy drugs.
He was doing 80 km/h in a 40 zone on South Yarra's Chapel Street in the Mercedes, trying to overtake the car in front, when he lost control.
Ms Scheenhouwer, who was riding in a designated bike lane on the sunny Sunday morning in August 2018, died at the scene.
Panayides was jailed on Friday for 11 years and slapped with a 20-year driving ban.
Judge Michael McInerney found his culpability in the mid-to-high range.
"One can only describe the speed as really frightening," he said.
"The results and consequences of such speed are cruelly dramatic."
Panayides fled after the crash and wasn't found until 30 hours later.
Tests following his arrest showed a number of substances in his body but prosecutors were unable to demonstrate he was drug-affected at the time of the incident.
"Failing to stop in these circumstances is a despicable and cowardly act," the judge said.
"Mr Panayides, each of your victims has had a profound, senseless, needless loss at your hands.
"It's a serious case of negligent culpable driving emanating from blatant disregard for the life and safety of others on the road."
Panayides will serve a minimum eight-and-a-half years in jail.
Statements read in court painted Ms Scheenhouwer as an energetic and adventurous woman with a zest for life.
Her parents, siblings and boyfriend Thomas Kleinegris, who was living in Melbourne with her at the time, travelled from the Netherlands for the sentence.
Panayides pleaded guilty to multiple charges including culpable driving causing death, failing to assist and recklessly causing injury.
Judge McInerney found his rehabilitation prospects poor.
His rap sheet was lengthy following a disrupted early family life and a lifestyle of taking drugs, which began when he was just 12.
While the judge accepted his guilty plea was indicative of remorse, he noted there was "not one skerrick of remorse" in his police interview.
Outside court, Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards urged people to look out for cyclists.
"On this occasion, what we've seen is a person who was driving in the most outrageous behaviour, with a blatant disregard for life. If you are in that position, do not get behind the wheel," he said.
"It's a dangerous weapon."
Panayides has already served 459 days in presentence custody.
Australian Associated Press