Not content with being 2009 world points championship, Cameron Meyer (Australia & Garmin) decided he wanted a rainbow jersey for every day of a long weekend. We had a word with him soon after the Worlds.
PEZ: Three World titles, congratulations, Cameron – planne ? expected?
To win three World Titles was a dream come true. I went into each race believing that I could win but I never imagined winning all three. It was a perfect championship.
PEZ: Points – why take that ‘extra’ lap and keep sprinting for points?
After half way in the bike race and taking my first lap on the field I had a leading gap of 9 points over the next rider. With still a long way to go I knew I was capable of attacking again. When I did, I was very strong and was able to take another lap. I then took some extra sprint points to assure if anyone was to also take a lap I would still have a good lead. The race is never over until the finish and sometimes every point is vital and I made sure I was going to be the World Champion.
PEZ: In the Madison, did the Swiss and Danes poor performances surprise you?
I don’t think the Danes and Swiss had too bad races. The Danes were always going to be a heavily marked team as they were the favourite going into the race. They didn’t have the legs to take the lap and we did so that was the difference.
PEZ: In the team pursuit your team can’t have had much chance to train as a unit; how do you manage to go so well?
We had spent 4 weeks together in Adelaide at a training camp prior to the World Championships. This was enough for us to really have faith in what we could do and in each other. We wanted to win that rainbow jersey so much and not finish second again like last year. This fight is what pushed us to the gold medal.
PEZ: GB say ‘there’s more to come’ from their quartet; what about Aussie for Delhi and London – is there “more to come?”
I think GB for sure have more to come but so do we. We have such depth in Australia’s track team at the moment and this a real advantage over the next couple of years heading towards London. It will be a great battle between the top nations and hopefully we will come out on top.
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