AS a man whose career depends on a few crucial seconds, Cord McCoy was perfectly suited to the cracking pace of The Amazing Race.
The professional bull rider and his brother Jet finished second in the 16th season of the long-running reality TV series.
They were invited back for the ‘Unfinished Business’ all-star race, which took them to Sydney.
The cowboys’ brief stopover in the harbour city turned out to be their favourite leg of the round-the-world journey.
“It’s funny, when Jet and I were applying for The Amazing Race they asked us what country we wanted to go to and we both wrote down Australia,” he said.
“The people were just so nice to us, and it’s such beautiful land. I think for a country boy like me, a lot of places I wasn’t interested in seeing but Australia seemed to tickle my fancy.”
McCoy is back in the country for a longer visit as one of the world’s top international bull riders competing in the 2011 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Australian Cup Series.
He is currently ranked No 29 the PBR’s Touring Pro Division standings.
“The Amazing Race was almost just a teaser for us…Jet and I just ran through the country with our backpacks,” he said.
“To come back and see the country and shoot, do some bull riding too, is great.”
The series starts in Brisbane on Saturday, June 18, and travels to Townsville and Newcastle before the national finals in Sydney on July 9.
The Australian Cup is one of the major international events leading up to the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas in October.
McCoy said the Australian bull riders, including defending champion Dave Kennedy, are tough competition.
“When you look at the PBR world standings, Australian bull riders have definitely been making their mark this year,” he said.
“A bunch of them, and they seem to get more every year, are riding in the US and they’re good.
“You can win enough at these four events not to guarantee you a spot in the world finals but it will definitely get you pretty close.”
McCoy has no problem competing against local favourites, as long as there’s a bull to ride and a clock to count the seconds.
“That’s the neatest thing about our sport. No matter what you wear or where you’re from, I don’t think the bulls really care,” he said.
“Whether you’re riding at the national finals in Australia or the world finals in Las Vegas, the bulls come to do their job. Keep it simple - you against the bull.”
The 2011 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Australian Cup Series starts at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on June 18. It continues in Townsville on June 25, Newcastle on July2 and wraps up with the National Finals at Sydney’s Acer Arena on July 9.
Tickets available through Ticketek and the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre.
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