DARCY Woolley picked up an unexpected birthday present yesterday.
The Mortlake cyclist was named most aggressive rider on this year’s Tour of the Great South Coast yesterday — his 20th birthday.
“I was suprised to win it,” he told The Standard.
“I’ve had a good tour, but I didn’t expect to pick up a jersey.
‘‘It’s a pretty good birthday present.”
It was the first time the Melbourne-based bike mechanic has picked up a National Road Series (NRS) jersey.
It’s also the first NRS jersey for his team, African Wildlife Safaris. He also finished second in the tour sprint championship.
Woolley said team director sportif, two-time Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic champion Joel Pearson and his Warrnambool coach Andy Graham helped him through the gruelling tour.
“They were both fantastic, helping to keep me in the right frame of mind all week,” he said.
“I also have to thank the rest of the boys in the team, the most aggressive jersey is as much their’s as it is mine.
‘‘It’s a team win.”
Woolley said he now hoped to build on his progress to feature regularly on the podium at future National Road Series events.