Stars of Six Day: Callum Scotson and Cameron Meyer
28 May 2018
Making their Six Day London debuts in 2016, it’s fair to say Aussie duo Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson have not disappointed during their time on the boards.
In the two years since, both cyclists have gone on to enjoy numerous successes both together and individually, claiming medals at World Championships and the Commonwealth Games, to name a few.
And of course there is the memorable Six Day London crown they secured last year, so where better to start than our favourite Australians in our Stars of Six Day review.
Six Day debut shows Aussie potential
Six Day London 2016 was won by Belgian duo Moreno de Pauw and Kenny de Ketele, who defended their titles after a tense final where they were challenged by Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.
The Belgians finished the race on 391 points, beating the British duo by 11 points, but it was those in third who caught plenty of attention – Scotson and Meyer.
An impressive result for anyone, let alone a pair of debutants, but the two did plenty more than that across an inspired six days – catching the minds of the British public at the Lee Valley VeloPark.
Scotson and Meyer hold their nerve to clinch first title
Despite a last-ditch attack from Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh, Scotson and Meyer stormed to the Six Day title, edging out two-time defending champions de Ketele and de Pauw.
Day six did not start well for the Aussies, as an early exit from the elimination race and a last-place finish in the Madison time-trial put pressure on their Madison Chase performance.
Forty minutes in to the hour-long event, Meyer and Scotson regained their lead. Despite an audacious attack from Cavendish and Kennaugh to chase the lap needed for victory, the Aussies held off their challenge to claim their crown.
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“I’ve achieved some good things, some rainbow bands, but this is an honourable event to put on the palmares,” said Meyer.
“We knew coming up against such big stars, they were always going to throw it at us all the way up to the line,” agreed Scotson.
“Eventually we had the legs to hold on, and it feels so good to win a Six Day London.”
Young prodigy Scotson showing the way
Scotson is already something of an Australian veteran at the age of 21 – becoming a world champion in 2016 at the UCI Track World Championships in the team pursuit alongside older brother Miles.
Later that year, he claimed silver in the same discipline at the Olympics in Rio. For the past three years running, Scotson has also claimed the top spot on the podium in the TT at the National Under-23 Road Championships.
So far in 2018, he has claimed two bronze medals at the World Championships – in the scratch and Madison – and after coming fourth in the TT at his home country’s Commonwealth Games, Scotson’s efforts are presumably focused on proving his salt for Tokyo 2020.
For all his experience, Scotson is still at a remarkably early stage of his career, while his partner Meyer is having a second wind at the age of 30.
Magic Meyer making his experience count
In June 2016, six-time world track champion Meyer hung up his helmet and announced his departure from Team Dimension Data for personal reasons; later, he admitted he was struggling to find the motivation to keep him on his bike after a long career.
“I got to the end of that period where I had been a professional for eight years and it was becoming a bit of a drag to go to races, mentally more than physically,” he said.
His early retirement lasted only four months, but what a difference it made. His post-hiatus medal record mirrors and even exceeds the dizzying heights he had reached during the first decade of his career. A seasoned cyclist across track and road, Meyer was a podium fixture on the junior circuit before breaking into the senior scene in 2009, when he claimed the first of several points race golds at the World Championships.
The following year, he won three world titles and three Commonwealth Games golds. In 2013, he won stage four of the Tour de France and the year after, the first stage of the Giro d’Italia.
Since returning to competition in the latter half of 2016, Meyer regained his best form. Partnered in the Madison with Scotson, he won silver at the UCI Track World Cup in Glasgow and again in 2017 at the World Championships. This year, he defended his points race world title.
It may be that the best is yet to come from Cameron Meyer.
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