MARYBOROUGH'S Jay McCarthy celebrated his 19th birthday last week.
Cycling Australia officials gave him a huge belated present yesterday.
They named McCarthy in the Australian team to contest the 2011 UCI Road World Championships starting in Denmark next week.
The former Aldridge State High School student, who is currently racing in Europe, will be one of seven Aussies in action in the under-23 division in Copenhagen.
McCarthy, the 2010 Australian junior road race champion, will wear the green and gold in the 168km road race.
The riders will do a 14km loop 12 times around the city.
It will be the first time, McCarthy has represented his country in this age group but he's no stranger to national duty though.
He was a member of the under-19 team last year and he finished second in the UCI Junior Road World Championships in Italy.
A member of the Jayco-AIS team, McCarthy said he had no idea he was in the reckoning to be in the team heading to Denmark.
"It came as a huge surprise to be honest," McCarthy, who got to wear a prized yellow jersey for four stages in the Internationale Thüringen-Rundfahrt in Germany earlier this year, said.
"I thought I'd be too young because this is my first year in the under-23 age group so I can tell you that to get selected is a huge thrill.
"You could say that it really has been a great birthday."
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