Video: Chris Jory reflects on a frustrating 2011

Chris Jory (GPM Wilson Racing) says that he is happy to be racing for another year in Australia, despite coming close to a berth with a Belgian Continental team.

The affable 23-year-old showed himself to be one of the strongest riders in this year's NRS, highlighted by podiums at the two big New South Wales classics, the Goulburn to Sydney Classic and the Grafton to Inverell.

Jory explained to Cyclingnews that it had been a frustrating season in many ways after so many close calls.

"It's hard to go a year without winning, especially when you get four or five seconds. The goal for next year is definitely to win one."

The Australian was philosophical about his results however, saying he had put it all on the line, particularly in Grafton where he ran second to former world track champion Mark Jamieson.

Looking ahead Jory says he is hoping for a strong performance in the Tour of Manawatu (formerly the Tour of Wellington) before he heads to Europe where he'll ride in some of the Belgian classics including Brabantse Pijl.

"A good results, a top 10, a top 5 in one of the bigger races is worth a lot."

See the full video interview with Chris Jory below.

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Alex Hinds, Production Editor

Sydney, Australia

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Alex Hinds is a graduate of Economics and Political Science from Sydney University. Growing up in the metropolitan area of the city he quickly became a bike junkie, dabbling in mountain and road riding. Alex raced on the road in his late teens, but with the time demands of work and university proving too much, decided not to further pursue full-time riding.

If he was going to be involved in cycling in another way the media seemed the next best bet and jumped at the opportunity to work in the Sydney office of Cyclingnews when an offer arose in early 2011.

Though the WorldTour is of course a huge point of focus throughout the year, Alex also takes a keen interest in the domestic racing scene with a view to helping foster the careers of the next generation of cycling.

When not writing for Cyclingnews Alex is a strong proponent of the awareness of cyclists on the road in Sydney having had a few close run-ins with city traffic in the past.