Meares welcomes Games pressure

Anna Meares has a little mind trick that will serve her well in the pulsating atmosphere of the London Olympics velodrome.

The Australian track cycling queen is a legitimate chance to win three gold medals at these Games - the team sprint with Kaarle McCulloch, the sprint and keirin.

Meares was relaxed when she and the rest of the team arrived in London on Thursday from a training camp in Italy.

With about 6000 fans screaming their support for British arch-rival Victoria Pendleton, Meares says she will make that atmosphere her own.

"I just pretend the crowd's always on my side and no matter where I go in the world I've got 6000 people cheering for me," Meares said.

"I feel sorry for the person I race against (because) in my mind they (spectators) are always in my corner."

Meares successfully defended her keirin world title in April at the Melbourne world championships.

She took bronze in the sprint after losing an epic semi-final to Pendleton.

The Australian team sprinters took silver after Germany stunned their rivals by breaking the world record.

It's a good thing Meares can be comfortable in enemy territory, because the locals have wasted no time letting her know where their loyalty lies.

"I had some 'jibes' from the customs guys coming in, 'welcome to London, hope you get second," she said.

"But hey I think it's fantastic - I think it's getting people interested in women's track sprint cycling, which is a first."

Meares added McCulloch was also in a "good head space".

"She'll do us proud, she'll do me proud," Meares said.

Another big event for Australia on the track will be the 4000m men's team pursuit.

They have a fierce rivalry with Great Britain and lost to them at the Melbourne worlds by only .106 of a second.

"The rivalry is good, but all the boys I've told them and they know we've come here to do a job," said team pursuiter Jack Bobridge.

"It's massive and once every four years, but we just have to treat it the way we would a worlds or nationals - get on the track and do the job."