Dylan pedals to the medals
DYLAN Newbery no longer regrets his decision to switch from triathlon to cycling.
Three state gold medals in 12 months have ensured that.
Two years after ditching the togs and runners to put all his focus into forging a cycling career, the Maryborough 18-year-old successfully defended his junior 19 men's individual time trial crown at the Queensland Cycling Championships on the Gold Coast.
He finished the race in a time of 24min 25.14sec.
The Fraser Coast Cycling Club member also produced the goods at the Queensland Elite Road Championships in Goombungee.
He broke away from the pack early in the 119km road race and fought off a late challenge from Rockhampton's Dylan Nankivell to take the win.
Newbery then capped off his stellar state championship campaign with a bronze medal in the criterium event to go with his two gold medals.
"Overall it was just a great weekend. I couldn't have asked for anything more," Newbery said.
"The main goal was to defend the time trial and to go one better in the road race, after finishing runner-up last year. The criterium I wasn't really aiming to win, but to get bronze was a bonus."
In 2010, Newbery finished ninth in his age group in the Australian Triathlon Championships in Adelaide and won gold in the team's event.
Soon after, though, the Aldridge State High School graduate opted to pour all his efforts into cycling.
Coinciding with his decision was a move to the Sunshine Coast.
Newbery, who trains up to 30 hours a week with the help of coach Tony Mann, admitted there were times he questioned whether he had made the right call.
"It was very tough, considering I was actually doing a lot better in triathlon than cycling itself at the time," he said yesterday.
"And I did regret it at times, but with the results at the state championship I think I've made the right decision."
IN THE FAST LANE
What you love most about cycling: It's like a drug. Once you do it once you can't stop
What don't you like: Sometimes it can be painful, but that's the reason you do it I guess
Favourite rider: Cadel Evans is always up there, but also Fabian Cancellara
Best advice: There's no substitute for kilometres
Pre-race ritual: I have a play list on my iPod I listen to to get me in the mood
Favourite meal: Chicken parmigiana
Ultimate dream: Have to be ride in the Tour de France