Keiren?s cycle career reaches crossroads
By STEVE ARCHBOLD
COFFS HARBOUR cyclist Keiren Cameron's career is at the crossroads.
After spending six months in Europe last year as an amateur rider for the Dijon-based Team Lapierre in France, Keiren desperately wants to turn professional.
Back in Coffs Harbour to visit his family and friends last month, Keiren said this is make or break time as far as a making it as a professional rider is concerned.
Keiren, 24, was able to gain a start in Europrean amateur road racing through his association with Australian representative Brad Magee and his brother, Rob.
They run the Magee-NSW Institute of Sport team who Keiren rode with on the Australian road tour for two years while he was based in Sydney.
The former State and Australian junior representative said while in Europe his races ranged from 110km to the longest of 180km with races once or twice a week.
At different stages, Keiren's career has been dogged by injuries to his right and left knees although he feels as if he is at peak fitness for the most important stage of his career.
"It's all about getting results on the board to attract the interest of the professional teams," he said.
"I have plenty of hard work and some tough racing ahead of me and I will need to be at my best to get a start in professional cycling. At my age it is a case of now or never, the next eight months are just going to be full on ."
Keiren and another overseas-based rider David Harrigan were clocking up the laps while back in Australia and the day of the interview the two were set for a leisurely pedal to Lowanna, west of Coffs Harbour.
At 24, Keiren said he probably should have had a crack at European cycling earlier but delayed his career to finish an apprenticeship with Peter Duboys Smash Repairs.
"Peter gave me a lot of time of work when I was younger and I really appreciated it," he said.