WANGARATTA cyclist Alex Meyland has had plenty of success on mountain, road and track bikes over the years, and now he can add the booming discipline of cyclo-cross (CX) into the mix after a couple of huge results on the national stage.
The 20-year-old was in Melbourne the weekend before last for the second annual CX National Championships, and despite wet, muddy conditions and the course from hell, Meyland was still able to snare a silver medal in the under 23 category, narrowly beaten by former MTB World Championships teammate Cam Ivory.
“It was an extremely challenging course,” Meyland said.
“It was on the side of a hill on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, and it was just really testing because of how steep it was.
“Almost a quarter of the field had pulled out within the first 10 minutes of an hour-long race.
“I’d trained for cyclo-cross racing, but not for the demands of a course like that, and unfortunately that showed a little bit on the day, but in the end I can’t complain – I still came away with second place.