Just days after his brother, Cameron, won the Aussie time trial title, 20-year-old Travis Meyer won the elite men’s Australian championship.
Meyer attacked the lead group on the first climb up the Midland Highway on the final lap of the 163km race. David Kemp (Fly V Australia – QLD) out-sprinted Damien Turner (VIC) to claim the silver medal.
“My first ever road national title and to do it in my first race in elite men, it is an unbelievable feeling,” said an emotional Meyer. “I can’t quite describe what it feels like. To win the road race after Cam’s just won the time trial, to have two national champions in the same team and in the same family, it is just unbelievable.”
Travis is the younger brother of Wednesday’s elite men’s time trial champion Cameron, 21, and both West Australian brothers are graduates of the Cycling Australia/AIS road development program. Both are racing with Garmin-Transitions in 2010.
“I was more doing the team job for Cam Meyer, Matt Wilson and Jack Bobridge, so that’s why I went in the early attack,” explained Travis Meyer. “When the attack went it, it was quite fast up the climb the first time, so I imagine a lot of the guys in the group weren’t interested in going that early – I mean the first lap out of 166k, it is not usually a race winning move.”
Travis Meyer won five World Titles on the track as a junior a five time Junior World Champion on the track and in the two years since he moved out of the junior ranks he has notched up some impressive results on both road and track which resulted in the Garmin Transitions team signing him to a ProTour contract from 2010.
His brother Cameron began his ProTour career with Garmin in 2009 and in that year won the points race World Championship on the track and made his Grand Tour debut in the Giro d’Italia despite his young age.
The brothers will now both boast the green and gold jersey of Australian champion with Travis wearing his every time he lines up in a road race and Cameron in any time trial he contests.