Simply the best on two wheels
THE FRASER Coast is home to two of the best cyclists in the state – that’s official.
Hervey Bay’s Jordan Kerby and Maryborough’s Jay McCarthy ensured that at the annual Cycling Queensland awards night in Brisbane.
Kerby followed in the footsteps of some cycling legends by being named the Queensland Cyclist of the Year.
Previous winners of the prestigious award include multiple World, Commonwealth and Olympic Games star Anna Meares, Tour De France legend Robbie McEwan and world champion Kenrick Tucker.
Not a bad effort when you consider Kerby swapped his rugby league boots for a pair of cycling shoes only six years ago.
The award caps off what has been a memorable year for the 18-year-old Kerby.
The former Xavier College student proved he’s one of the rising stars of the sport after he won two gold medals while representing Australia in the Junior World Track Championships in Italy.
Kerby, who like McCarthy is a member for the Fraser Coast Cycling Club, said it was going to take some time for it to sink in that he’d won the award.
“You could say that I feel shocked and humbled by it to be honest,” he said.
“Five years ago I asked Robbie (McEwen) to autograph a jersey – now my name will appear on the trophy with him.
“It feels unreal.”
McCarthy made it a night to remember for the small Fraser Coast club after he was named the under-19 Road Cyclist of the Year for the second consecutive year.
McCarthy has also enjoyed a year out of the top drawer after winning two silver medals on the world stage.
The 18-year-old won his first one in Italy after he finished just three seconds off being crowned the best in the world while representing Australia in the UCI Junior World Road Championships.
A couple of weeks later, McCarthy finished second in the time trial during the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
Although he was pleased with winning the award again, the former Aldridge State High School student said he thought he’d be in the running to win it.
“My results were better this year, so I had a fair idea I would win it again,” McCarthy said.
“Saying that, it (winning) still makes you feel good though – it always does.”