Cameron Rogers wants to follow in the footsteps of his famous uncle and become a professional cyclist, but three-time world champion Michael Rogers is giving him the space to do it his own way.
The 17-year-old left for a month-long AusCycling endurance camp in Europe on Sunday.
Rogers has had a massive start to the year - winning national titles on the track and road, while setting national records on the track.
It has him well placed to chase his dream of joining a UCI World Tour team.
"Yeah, definitely. I want to, I want to follow the footsteps of my uncle and my family and not just because of that, I love the sport and I've been doing it so much," Rogers told The Canberra Times before he left.
"It's a dream to be a pro, but that sort of stuff is up in the air. If I ride quick then I'll turn pro quicker, so hopefully I ride quick."
His uncle is naturally in his corner to help him along the way should the young Canberran need any guidance too.
And that's pretty handy advice - coming from someone with three world titles, an Olympic bronze medal and stage wins at both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia.
But his uncle was allowing him to find his own way in cycling.
"I can always get tips from him as he's just one call away, which is awesome," Rogers said.
"[He is] just saying to have fun and if you're having fun you're going to keep doing it, and if you keep doing it, you're just going to get better.
"I'm still so young and just really coming into the big age groups now, so he [has] kind of left me be."
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Rogers' career is well and truly up and running - he's already qualified for the UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong in September.
The young cyclist won the national championships at the start of this year before finishing second just three months later at the Oceania road race.
Now he is embarking on his first international tour, with the Belgium-based camp also including races all around Europe.
The 17-year-old won't be the sole ACT representative in the camp, with Oscar Chamberlain already over there ahead of the 11 best young Aussie male and female riders assembling.
Chamberlain finished 24th in the Junior Paris-Roubaix two weeks ago.
It's the first time since COVID-19 rocked world sport that AusCycling have been able to hold such a development camp.
Rogers was prepared for a tough trip after hearing about the difficulties some juniors face when going overseas for the first time.
"We're always told as juniors and people who haven't been overseas yet that going overseas is a big shock when you first go over," he said.
"They say it's a completely different style of riding, because of the roads, because of the different riders, because ... the aggressiveness of the racing style over there, like everything over there is just a bit different."
But that hasn't dampened his confidence heading into the international tour.
He's been doing a lot of mountain-biking and "off-roading" to hone his skills and was relishing the chance to test himself against some of the best young cyclists in the world.
"We do have a lot of races and jet lag might be a factor, but I want to go over and the first few races just be testing it out," Rogers said.
"Obviously I've never really raced overseas and this will be my first actual international race.
"At the Oceania Championship I got to ride against other people besides Australians and it was a good first taste, but the European side of things will be a whole different story."
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