Nine-time world champ sees more gold on hori­zon

Warwick Daily News - - Sport - — Reece Homfray

COM­MON­WEALTH GAMES: Cameron Meyer is Aus­tralian cy­cling’s rain man.

The owner of nine rain­bow jer­seys – one for each of his track cy­cling world ti­tles – he wants more gold to go with them, start­ing on the Gold Coast at the Com­mon­wealth Games next week.

The Aussie track team’s el­der states­man won three gold medals at the 2010 Delhi Com­mon­wealth Games and just missed an Olympic medal in the points race in Bei­jing in 2008.

Af­ter ded­i­cat­ing most of his time since 2010 to a pro­fes­sional ca­reer on the road, Meyer, who has a WorldTour con­tract with Mitchel­ton Scott, is back where it all be­gan.

Both Bei­jing and Delhi feel like a life­time ago when Meyer was the new kid on the block.

Now he’s the old­est rider in the squad, set­ting an ex­am­ple on the track and off.

“It’s been eight years be­tween ma­jor comps but I see it as a new chal­lenge and it’s ex­cit­ing,” he said.

“I ob­vi­ously can’t get around the fact that I’m the older guy in the team, and I do value that I can help the younger guys and bring some of that ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how that fits in with my own com­fort zone when I get to the Com­mon­wealth Games be­cause it has been such a long time since I’ve been ... I guess I bring that steadi­ness to the group and so far it’s go­ing well.”

Meyer will ride the points and scratch races on the track as well as the road race on the Gold Coast roads, and is an out­side chance of tak­ing on the team pur­suit and road time trial.

“We’re just weigh­ing ev­ery­thing up. I’ve got a busy schedule with mul­ti­ple track events plus road, so the two bunch races and the road race are def­i­nite with the pos­si­bil­ity of an ex­tra event,” he said.

Meyer, 30, claimed his ninth world cham­pi­onship – putting him two be­hind Anna Meares – in The Nether­lands last month.

Af­ter the Games he heads straight to Europe to pick up the pro­fes­sional road sea­son un­til Novem­ber, when he will re­turn to Aus­tralia to go back on the track and pur­sue his goal of se­lec­tion for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

PHOTO: SARAH REED/ WEST­FIELD MAR­ION

PRO­LIFIC: Cameron Meyer is a nine-time world cham­pion.

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