You’ve been World Pursuit Champion and a regular on the Australian national squad. But then the federation tells you that they think you’ve, ‘gone as far as you can go,’ and you’re out. That’s the end of your international track cycling career in that case? Not if your name is Jordan Kerby whose mother happens to be a New Zealander by birth.
Jordan Kerby offered his services to the ‘all black’ team; they know a good thing when they see one and signed him up without hesitation. Fast forward to the UCI World Championships on the Berlin boards, last month. Jordan was part of the New Zealand team which took home silver from the fastest team pursuit competition in history. The Aussies?
There are no medals for fourth place…
You must be very satisfied about how things have turned out given your rejection by the Aussie system, Jordan?
“Yeah of course; the fact that I’m still able to compete I’m super grateful for as it’s an opportunity not many athletes get, and the fact that we are going quite well and getting on the podium now makes it even more special.
“I’m glad I stuck at it. I’m glad I’ve been able to show that I am capable of riding faster than a 3:52.”
Has anyone from Australia had anything to say to you after your performances ?
“I’m still friendly with the riders, so I got congratulations from many of them, staff also.”
How do your rides place you in the all-time fastest ‘league table’?
“Well, actually that ‘Cycling Weekly’ magazine post you shared recently on social media was incorrect in parts.
“Not at the top, we are in 5th with 3:47.501.
“However, between 7th and 8th there have actually been two times posted as NZ and AUS both did 3:48.2 at the Brisbane World Cup.”
Can you tell us what your gearing is, or is that secret?
“Secret, but I’d say just about every team is riding between 115” and 125”.”
What tyres do you run?
“We are on Vittoria Pistas, they go well.”
Any new tech ‘under the counter’ for Tokyo – are you a ‘tech guy’ or just ride what’s given you?
“Yeah we’ve got some bits and pieces coming; everything has been shown at the World Cups as per the new rules. Same framesets and wheels but we’ll be using new components and skinsuits.
“At the end of the day you have to ride what’s given to you in the national program.
“So whether you are a tech guy or not you ride what you have to ride.”
You must do a lot of gym work to get those monster gears rolling off the line?
“Yeah we are in the gym a couple of times per week.
“Nothing out of control though, definitely less of a gym emphasis compared to when I was in Australia.”
Can you tell us a little about your training please?
“Essentially you have to train all concepts, endurance, power, strength, technique.
“Our training focuses a lot on making us as robust as possible so that we can cope with a high training load when we get to the pointy end.
“We focus on the big things.”
GB have slipped back…
“Yeah not sure what’s going on there?
“It’s Olympic year and they always lift, see what happens I guess. It’s out of my control.”
But the Danes are rampant…
“Not surprised about this one, they are physical animals and they have been working with Dan Bingham who is a speed guru.”
You had a good World Cup campaign coming in to Berlin – that must have boosted your confidence?
“We went from strength to strength throughout the World Cup season, getting faster at each meet we did.
“We were trialling different riders and different strategies so we knew what would be the fastest options for the Worlds.
“We were confident we would be in the mix at Worlds, but there’s no telling what others might do.”