A TWO-TIME silver medallist at last year's track cycling world championships, Tasmanian Amy Cure, is itching to take the next step up as she begins her quest for global gold.
The 21-year-old is the only member of the Australian endurance team scheduled to contest three events in the Colombian city of Cali and is confident that she can improve on last year's second places in the individual and team pursuit.
``It would be awesome to get on that top step,'' said West Pine's multiple junior world champion.
``I had good form over the recent national championships, so I am really looking forward to racing hard this week.''
Cure, who finished behind America's five-time world champion Sarah Hammer in the individual pursuit in Minsk last year, is seeking to become the first Australian since Katie Mactier in 2005 to win the event and just the second to claim the points race title after Kate Bates in 2007.
However, she begins her hectic campaign tomorrow in the team pursuit, an event in which Australia has medalled in four of the past five championships, including a memorable 2010 world title claimed by Sydney's Ashlee Ankudinoff, plus Josie Tomic and Sarah Kent.
Australia has finished second behind world record holder Great Britain at the past two championships, with the strong British outfit having claimed five of the six world titles in the event's short history.
Ankudinoff is seeking another rainbow guernsey in a team that also includes South Australian Annette Edmondson and Western Australians Melissa Hoskins and Bella King.
``This is another opportunity for us to try to take the title - we have finished with the silver twice now and we are not quite happy with that,'' said Edmondson, a member of the past two world championship teams who also pocketed omnium and individual pursuit bronze medals in 2013.
``But with these championships being the first time the event will be contested with four riders over four kilometres, it is going to be an interesting one, and we are certainly looking forward to the challenge.
``Last year it was great to pick up three medals, but this year I am hoping to change those results and finally get a world title.
``I have never won one before in seniors or juniors, so it's my ultimate goal.''