Clock­ing a ca­reer best

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Hard work def­i­nitely pays off; just ask cy­clist Jim McMur­ray.

The Forest­land Wheel­ers Cy­cling Club mem­ber fin­ished first in the two- lap En­duro event ( 320km) at the Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge.

In fin­ish­ing first he also set a new course record of 9 hours 6 min­utes, break­ing the pre­vi­ous record by 22 min­utes.

‘‘That was the fifth time I have done the two laps,’’ he said.

McMur­ray has won the two- lap event on three oc­ca­sions but the last re­sult is the best in his ca­reer.

There were 88 rid­ers in his field for the race which be­gan at 1.30am on Novem­ber 25.

‘‘(The) weather was per­fect and a group of seven formed af­ter about 15km and stayed to­gether for the next 80km then there was only three left in the front group,’’ he said.

He said that the win­ning break came at the 275km mark when he rode to the fin­ish and won by 30 min­utes.

Mr McMur­ray said this success puts him in good stead for the 2013 UCI Road World Cham­pi­onships in Italy next year.

HARD WORK PAYS: Forest­land Wheel­ers Cy­cling Club mem­ber Jim McMur­ray’s hard work is paying off af­ter fin­ish­ing first in the two-lap En­duro event (320km) at the Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge.

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