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.
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.
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.