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  Jordan Kerby comes full circle with Track Worlds selection  
  April 1st 2017  
  Jordan Kerby with his individual pursuit gold medal at the 2017 Australian Championships. Photo: John Veage  
  Jordan Kerby's career will come full circle at the UCI Track World Championships in Hong Kong in April. While Kerby may be best known for his success on the road including Australian titles in the under 23 time trial and road race. It is the 2010 UCI Junior Track World Championships where the Australian first announced himself to the world winning world titles in the points race and team pursuit.

In early March Kerby lined up at the Australian Track Championships, his first in seven years, with an eye winning a medal in the individual pursuit and riding a time of 4mins 20secs. Kerby eclipsed both targets to take gold in a world-class time of 4mins 16.283secs having qualified in 4mins 15.280secs.

Selection in the Australian team surprised Kerby but the 24-year-old is now firmly focused on the individual pursuit, where he will be chasing a third rainbow jersey of his career.

Lined up in the IP final against Cam Meyer a repeat of qualifying how did you approach the race?

I knew that I would have to race my own race, and just cross the line in the fastest possible time I could. I had a feeling Cam would go out fast again, so I had to stay calm and stick to my schedule.

It was a back and forth battle between yourself and Meyer but you proved strongest powering home in the closing laps. What did it mean to win the Australian title? Did winning at home in Queensland make it even more special for you?

It was great to get a win after a disappointing season last year. Very special to win in my home velodrome in front of my girlfriend, family and friends. Some of whom don't get to see me race often. The atmosphere in the velodrome was electric.

To finish Track Nationals with gold in the IP and bronze in the scratch race did you exceed your expectations?

Yes, it definitely exceeded my expectations but we put some really solid work in over the summer so I knew that I would be in good shape for it.

Was it a surprise to be selected in the Australian team for the Track World Championships?

Yes it was a surprise, but it was a good surprise!

Your career has sort of come full circle a junior world champion on the track and now you are heading to your first Elite Worlds?

It's funny how cycling works, you never know which doors might open back up for you and how much you can develop in just a few years.

What are your goals for Worlds? Is the IP a big focus?

The IP is the goal for me, hoping to be right in the mix. It'll just be about taking myself to the absolute limit on the day.

Longer term is the team pursuit something you are looking at?

It's early days, but yes, that is the direction I want to head.

Spent most of your time since 2010 on the road is the track where you and focusing going forward? Or are you looking at combining the two?

Track will be my focus for now! I haven't got many big ambitions road wise. But I still love racing so I will do bits and pieces.
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