THERE are still four months to go before the Sea Games in Indonesia, but Amir Mustafa Rusli is already itching for a shot at breaking the one dark cloud that looms over Malaysian cycling.
The loss of Malaysia's dominance in the men's road race at the regional level has cast that dark cloud and two consecutive Sea Games without that gold medal is enough for the 23-year-old Amir.
Having returned from his European stint with Australian outfit Drapac Professional Cycling, Amir is taking a break in his hometown of Dungun before joining his national teammates on a reconnaissance tour of the Sea Games route and venues next week.
"We're not leaving anything to chance. It would be good to go and find out as much as we can about the route and venue," said Amir.
"Two Sea Games without the road race gold medal is enough. This time I've set myself a target of two individual gold medals.
"It was a painful experience to lose the individual pursuit gold medal by a fraction of a second in Korat in 2007, so I want to finish that job in the velodrome. I want that gold and the road race gold medal."
Malaysia's last gold medal in the road race, the final addition in a chapter of dominance of the event that spanned almost two decades was won by Suhardi Hassan in Tagaytay, the Philippines in 2005.
"We're going through quite an extensive programme. Right after this, I return to my team in Australia and then during the fasting month, the whole national team will be based in Chiangmai, Thailand for a training camp," said Amir.