Anna Meares within reach of medal record

CYCLING: Ten years ago, Anna Meares hoped she could win one world title during her career.

Now the Queenslander stands on the verge of cycling history at the 2014 UCI track world championships beginning in Colombia this morning.

Meares will contest the 500m time trial, the sprint and the keirin at the five-day meet, and needs just one gold medal to take her world title tally to 11 and to surpass France's Felicia Bellanger as the most successful female track cyclist.

"I would really love to win three medals at this competition. I'm not going to put colours on those," the 30-year-old said.

"It is a really important event for me, not just what's on offer here, but for the stepping stones I feel I need to take towards the Rio Olympics in 2016."

Australia has a team of 15 at the event in Cali including six present or past world champions.