Even as he develops into one of Australia’s top road cyclists, Cameron Meyer admits to some unfinished business on the track.
The 24-year-old West Australian again displayed his outstanding talent on Thursday night when he staged a daring solo breakaway to win the men’s elite criterium at the Australian road championships.
It was his third senior road title, to go with his six world track titles and the overall win in the 2011 Tour Down Under.
Thursday’s win confirmed the Orica-GreenEDGE rider as one of the top favourites for the elite men’s road race on Sunday on the testing course at Buninyong, near Ballarat.
Meyer made a big solo break in that race as well a year ago, but cracked after about 20km and did not finish.
Three months later, he won the points race at the world track championships in Melbourne.
But soon after Cycling Australia announced that Meyer had pulled out of the Olympic track squad.
It was a massive call, but Meyer said the decision to take the points and madison events out of the Games program for London swayed his thinking.
Given the raging success of track cycling at the London Games, Meyer has his fingers crossed that his favourite races will return to the Olympics program during his career.
“It was very hard for me to make a decision in which pathway to go,” he said.
“Once those events were taken out, I just felt within myself that I was losing a bit of passion for the track and my ambitions there.
“Maybe in a couple of years’ time, if it came back in Rio, I may be back … it’s the one thing on my track CV that’s not ticked off yet.”
Meyer also said the decision to opt out of the track program and concentrate on the road was entirely his own.
“It was all my decision and I took many, many months trying to decide it … straight up and down, it was me,” he said.
Performances such as Thursday night fuel the excitement in the sport about what Meyer could achieve.
He has already ridden in the Giro d’Italia and in a year or two he will undoubtedly start at the Tour de France.
“Watching that, the first word that springs to mind is ‘potential’,” Orica-GreenEDGE manager Shayne Bannan said of Meyer’s criterium win.
“He’s very classy, he has a magnificent physiology, so potentially he has the makeup to achieve some great things in the sport.
“(He’s) very still very young – Cam would like to develop into a GC rider and that does take time.”
In the short term, Meyer is determined to have a strong ride at Sunday’s road race, where Orica-GreenEDGE will be the dominant team.
“I’m really hungry for Sunday’s road title, I think I have good form, I showed that (on Thursday night),” he said.