Cameron Meyer, one of Australia’s brightest track cyclists, is leaving behind the boards for good to focus completely on the road.
The six-time world track champion announced he is withdrawing from consideration for selection for the London 2012 Olympic Games and will not vie for a spot on the team pursuit squad.
“It was a very hard decision to make, but ultimately my passion for the team pursuit isn’t 100 percent,” Meyer said on the Australian cycling federation website.
The 24-year-old, who rides for GreenEdge on the road, recently shined at the world track cycling championships, winning the points race and making the podium in the Madison.
“I take huge satisfaction from that and now I want to see what I can achieve on the road,” he said. “Physically and mentally, it’s quite hard to switch (from road to track and back), and the last couple of years I’ve had my focus on the points race and the Madison. I haven’t been part of the team (team pursuit) for 18 months, and I don’t know if I am up to competing at the level they are now; riding world-record times.”
The UCI removed the points race and madison from the Olympic schedule following the Beijing Games in 2008 and Meyer has not raced the team pursuit since 2010. He admitted that fighting for a spot on the team pursuit squad would be a challenge.
Meyer won the overall at the Tour Down Under in 2011 with Garmin, and moved to the fledgling Aussie GreenEdge squad in the offseason. He finished second to Luke Durbridge in the national time trial championships in June and was part of the team time trial-winning squad at Tirreno-Adriatico last month.
Meyer’s decision removes a barrier for the members of Australia’s world championships team pursuit squad of Jack Bobridge, Rohan Dennis, Michael Hepburn and Glenn O’Shea. The quartet earned a silver medal in Melbourne last week, finishing a tenth of a second off the world-record pace set by the British squad.