Jay races home with world medals
JAY McCarthy has enjoyed plenty of champagne moments over the past couple of months.
But, it was with a beer and not a glass of bubbly the champion cyclist celebrated his 18th birthday in Maryborough this week.
The former Aldridge State High School has arrived home for a couple of weeks of well-earned rest following a successful stint of racing in Europe and Asia.
His birthday is not the only reason McCarthy has something to celebrate with family and friends.
The Fraser Coast Cycling Club member can proudly show off the two silver medals he now has in his possession.
He 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 Road World Championships in Offida.
McCarthy, who is based in Brisbane to allow him to train with the Queensland Academy of Sport, backed up that impressive performance by finishing second in the time trial during the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
But, the medals and the memories were not the only things McCarthy had in his luggage when he landed back in Australia.
There were also the spoils of victory after he cleaned up in the under-19 division of the Tour of Bergamo in Italy at the start of his overseas trip.
He won the overall title as well as the King of the Mountain and sprint champion's jerseys.
Not surprisingly, McCarthy said he's enjoyed a fantastic couple of months.
“It has been awesome, to be honest – life's real good,” he said.
“It (the experience of racing overseas) is something I'll never forget, and to finish second in the world twice is not a bad way to help celebrate your 18th,” he laughed.
But does his trip back home include any plans to get on two wheels?
“I hope to keep my two feet firmly on the ground and have a bit of rest and relaxation,” he said.