It may have been a cruelly small margin that Cameron Meyer (GreenEdge) finished behind new national champion Luke Durbridge (GreenEdge) in the elite men's trial on Tuesday, but the 24-year-old is the first to admit that Durbridge just "did it better on the day".
"The whole point of time trialling is leaving everything out on the road," said Meyer. "You can't regret when you go back and think about what you could have done. Luke pushed seven seconds faster than me today so he deserves the win."
Meyer completed the 38.2 kilometre course nearly a minute faster than he did in 2011 when he successfully defended his crown - but this year Durbridge was just too good. Meyer added that it was going to be a tough ask to unseat Durbridge, two years his younger, in the future.
"I'm sure it will be hard to take back the title. Luke's a fantastic time triallist and you can see that whenever he goes out to race. Being so young it's scary to think where he'll be in the next few years."
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Alex Hinds, Production Editor
Alex Hinds is a graduate of Economics and Political Science from Sydney University. Growing up in the metropolitan area of the city he quickly became a bike junkie, dabbling in mountain and road riding. Alex raced on the road in his late teens, but with the time demands of work and university proving too much, decided not to further pursue full-time riding.
If he was going to be involved in cycling in another way the media seemed the next best bet and jumped at the opportunity to work in the Sydney office of Cyclingnews when an offer arose in early 2011.
Though the WorldTour is of course a huge point of focus throughout the year, Alex also takes a keen interest in the domestic racing scene with a view to helping foster the careers of the next generation of cycling.
When not writing for Cyclingnews Alex is a strong proponent of the awareness of cyclists on the road in Sydney having had a few close run-ins with city traffic in the past.
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