Nankivell the name to watch in cycling
HE has only been cycling for a year and a half but Dylan Nankivell is already considered one of the best riders in the state.
The Tannum Sands State High School student is a finalist in the Queensland Cyclist of the Year Awards, to be held in Brisbane on November 24.
Nankivell gave up running just last year to focus on cycling and has since been involved in races throughout the state, during which he accumulated points to qualify as a finalist for the award.
There are just three finalists for the cyclist of the year so Nankivell said he was shocked to find out he had qualified.
"I didn't really target it," Nankivell said. "It came as a surprise."
He said his consistent performance throughout the year was the reason he was up for the award.
In his short career he has already had many highlights including selection in a team racing in the Queensland Road Team Series and a guest rider invition to join Campos Coffee Cycling team for a ride in the Subaru National Road Series Tour of Toowoomba.
His dad, Graeme Nankivell, said during the four-day, five-race event, Nankivell not only finished but was competitive with the best Australia-based riders.
"It is highly unusual for a 17-year-old to be invited to compete at this level, let alone in their first year as a cyclist," Mr Nankivell said.
Dylan also won the Elite B Metropolitan Championships and raced at his first cycling state titles in the under-19 division for second place.
Most recently at the Noosa Grand Prix on Staurday, November 3, Nankivell finished 12th in a 60-strong field, approximately 5 seconds down on winner Robbie McEwan who has won three Green Jerseys at the Tour de France. "It is probably the highest-calibre competition I've raced in," Dylan said. "The guys I was racing against were seasoned pros."
Nankivell was the only under-19 to finish. He competed in the Teams Triathlon on the Sunday and set the third fastest time up the hill and fourth fastest overall in a field of more than 5000 cyclists.