Fraser Coast's top cyclists get the better of internationals
THERE'S just no stopping him.
Dylan Newbery, the 20-year-old cyclist who was back pedalling just 12 weeks after surgery to fix his broken hip, has claimed arguably the biggest achievement of his career.
The Maryborough product overcame a tyre blow out to finish second in the Finnish Under-23 National Crit Championships, while fellow Queenslander Ben Carmen rounded out the podium.
Newbery is in Finland chasing his dream of finding a professional European team to show he can cut it against the fastest in the world.
The opportunity was arranged by his Queensland-based team Downer EDi Mining - Erdinger Alkoholfrei, who also sent Carmen to join Newbery on a six-month exchange program in Finland to ride for TWD-Länken.
Fraser Coast Cycling president Scott Gilmour said Newbery's performance would not go unnoticed.
"That will make a lot of people sit up and take notice because he is racing in not only Finland but other countries while he is over there," he said.
"Dylan is a young guy who is still not 12 months away from that injury that shattered his hip and hasn't hit top form yet.
"To be doing those sorts of times is pretty impressive.
"It goes to show he's a really good rider and proves how good the coaching from Ben's father Dave has been.
"Hopefully it will take him to the top."
Meanwhile, Hervey Bay's Jordan Kerby started the Tour of Japan in style, claiming second place in the prologue.
The Australian under-23 individual time trial champion returned to racing earlier this month after recovering from a broken collarbone.
Jay McCarthy, another exciting prospect from the Fraser Coast, is currently mixing it with the best in the Giro d'Italia - cycling's second biggest race in the world.
With more than half the stages complete and riders about to cross the Alps, Gilmour said it would be interesting to see how McCarthy, who is part of the Tinkoff-Saxo team, develops over the rest of the tour.
"He's in there as a support for his team, but for a 21-year-old he's doing a great job," he said.