Harry Tanfield toasted his silver medal in the Commonwealth Games time trial and insisted: There’s plenty more to come.
The 23-year-old, from Great Ayton, was a superb second to Australian World Tour rider Cameron Meyer in the 37.8km test on the Gold Coast.
After more than 500m of climbing on the out-and-back course from the Currumbin beachfront, Tanfield finished powerfully to edge New Zealander Hamish Bond into third by 2.15sec.
His time of 48min 43.30sec was good enough to top the timesheets, albeit briefly, before Meyer followed him across the line in 48:13.04.
However, with the domestic road season only just beginning, the Canyon Eisberg talent is confident he can kick on from here.
A shot at the British jersey is firmly on the radar, with the national championships forming part of the Cyclone Festival of Cycling in Northumberland at the end of June.
Tanfield finished fifth on the Isle of Man last season as Steve Cummings clinched the title. The Middlesbrough-born rider said:
“Getting a medal was obviously the target, so that is great. It was very difficult to judge because we didn’t really know who was riding.
“And I didn’t have a lot of confidence in myself because I didn’t really know where my form was, so a silver medal is great.
“It was just a shame I didn’t manage to get on the hot seat! I saw Cam Meyer was coming down the finish straight and they were telling me to get on it.
“I figured I only had about 10 seconds and Hamish got off the second seat straight away, so I just got on that. I should have sat on it but didn’t bother.
“I had just gassed the last minute of the ride. I didn’t know where I was on the splits, so I had no idea what anyone else was doing or where I was at.
“On the run-in to the beachfront and on the beachfront I was whacking it at the best part of 600 watts. So I obviously had gas left in the tank.
“I finished and I was shattered for five minutes but it wasn’t like the nationals or Chrono des Nations. I definitely went a lot harder than I did here.
“But that is just down to the fact I haven’t done a lot of racing yet this year. It is really good for the start of the year and 400 watts for an hour is solid.
“I just want to build on this now. There’s the national time trial (Thursday, June 28) coming up. I’ll try to put a few more watts on and lose a kilo or two because I’m a bit fat!”
Before Tanfield can concentrate on the domestic calendar, he has the small matter of the Commonwealth Games road race on Saturday (3.30am).
Adam Blythe and Tom Stewart are expected to join him and Ian Bibby for the 168.3km battle, which comprises of nine laps of a relatively flat 18.7km course.
For his brother Charlie, though, it is time to look forward to the British road season after he capped a memorable trip to Australia with eighth in the time trial (50:42.83).
The 21-year-old, who had already bagged individual pursuit gold and team pursuit silver on the track, said:
“It was very fast. For most of the time it was high-speed stuff. You have to make sure you are fresh enough for those climbs so you can deliver properly.
“That’s where people win and lose the race. It’s different to 4km on the track and pacing yourself is key. I tried to keep it together but my power slipped at the end.
“If I had been doing full road timing I would have set off with that power but it’s been a while since I did specific road training.
“I just said to Harry ‘don’t hit the climb in too much of a fatigued state’ but he did a really good job.
“It’s been absolutely great here and I’ve medalled, so I am really happy with how it’s gone.”