Trio test to their mettle

THREE of the Fraser Coast’s premier cyclists were in action this week, competing at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships at Ballarat in country Victoria.

Hervey Bay cyclist Jordan Kerby and Maryborough competitors Jay McCarthy and Malcolm Rudolph were all in action, with McCarthy finishing third in the 28km time trial event.

“I was pretty happy with that,” he said.

McCarthy has been training hard but said it was difficult to know exactly what form he was in until he had raced.

Finishing third in the time trial helped to give him a good gauge of where he is at as he kicks off a new year of racing.

He also finished 12th in the 120km road race, just behind Rudolph who finished 11th.

The event was tough, with 61 competitors managing to complete the event and 55 failing to finish.

Kerby raced in the criterium event at the championships, finishing 30th, not bad considering 50 competitors out of the 86 who started did not finish the course.

Kerby will now head back to Adelaide to continue training.

This year is set to be a big one for McCarthy, who will head to New Zealand for the Tour of Wellington on January 24.

He will then head to Europe to compete on the cycling circuit there.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

He has competed in Europe previously but said this year would present a new challenge as he will compete in a different age group.

Rudolph, who recently came second in the Hell of the Marianas, a 100km road cycling event, also took part in the criterium event at the championships, finishing 26th.

McCarthy said it was great to compete with two other talented cyclists from the Fraser Coast area and also praised his Jayco team-mates, who he said had competed very strongly at the championships.

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