THE KING: Fraser Coast rider Dylan Newbery, pictured during the 2018 Feduni Cycling Australia Road National Championships, won the sprint and King of the Mountain jerseys.
THE KING: Fraser Coast rider Dylan Newbery, pictured during the 2018 Feduni Cycling Australia Road National Championships, won the sprint and King of the Mountain jerseys. Con Chronis

Newbery's the King of the Mountain

HE LAY sprawled on the hot roads of Ballarat on lap 36 of Wednesday's criterium, but nothing could stop Dylan Newbery from claiming his throne atop the mountain.

Newbery, a product of the Fraser Coast Cycling Club who now rides for Mobius BridgeLane, claimed the King of the Mountain and sprint jerseys in Sunday's elite men's road race at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships.

Alex Edmondson won, just one second ahead of Maryborough rider and 2017 Tour de France debutant Jay McCarthy.

 

Ballarat, Australia - JANUARY 7: Winner Alex Edmondson (middle) Jay McCarthy 2nd (left) and Chris Harper 3rd (right) during the 2018 Feduni Cycling Australia Road National Championships, Elite Men,185.6km Road Race (16 x 11.6km laps) in Buninyong, Ballarat, Australia, on January 7, 2018. Photo Credit: CON CHRONIS
Ballarat, Australia - JANUARY 7: Winner Alex Edmondson (middle) Jay McCarthy 2nd (left) and Chris Harper 3rd (right) during the 2018 Feduni Cycling Australia Road National Championships, Elite Men,185.6km Road Race (16 x 11.6km laps) in Buninyong, Ballarat, Australia, on January 7, 2018. Photo Credit: CON CHRONIS Con Chronis

Newbery led or was among the lead pack for long sections of the race, but a tilt at the two jerseys was not always part of the plan.

"The original plan was to stick with the breakaway as the course didn't really suit me," Newbery said.

"I thought 'while I'm here I may as well have a go'."

He accumulated enough points to claim both titles.

 

Dylan Newbery, winner of the Sprinter's and Polka-Dot jerseys in the 2018 Fed Uni Road Nats, held at Buninyong Vic, photo credit Ernesto Arriagada
Dylan Newbery, winner of the Sprinter's and Polka-Dot jerseys in the 2018 Fed Uni Road Nats, held at Buninyong Vic, photo credit Ernesto Arriagada Ernesto Arriagada +61412255623

It ended Newbery's tough RoadNats campaign on a high point. He crashed out of the criterium (McCarthy finished fifth), then finished 13th in the individual time trial on Friday.

"I didn't feel (the effects of the crash) so much today. We've got a very good team," the Mobius BridgeLane rider said.

"I felt it a bit during the time trial but I was all right today.

"It was great to see someone I've trained with for a very long time end up on the podium in second."

Newbery is set to compete in the elite men's race at the Auswide Bank International Cycling Spectacular in Bundaberg this weekend.

Fellow Fraser Coast Cycling Club member Tom Hodge is also scheduled to ride at the two-day event.

Hodge finished 42nd in the under-23 criterium, while fellow Fraser Coast U23 rider Bailey Walters was 16th in the criterium. Both crashed in the U23 road race.


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