Taupo ef­fort earns in­ter­na­tional ti­tle

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TARRANT

Ded­i­cated cy­clist and South Waikato Sports Per­son of the Year, Jim McMur­ray has landed him­self another na­tional and in­ter­na­tional cy­cling ti­tle.

Jim fin­ished first in the Taupo Two-Lap Eduro race on Novem­ber 30, cross­ing the fin­ish line af­ter 9 hours 1 minute and 53 sec­onds.

The spec­tac­u­lar fin­ish on the 320 kilo­me­tre course also places him first in the UMCA World 200 miles cham­pi­onship.

This is the first year the in­ter­na­tional race was in­cor­po­rated in the Two Lap En­duro, which he won, beat­ing the record time he set last year by more than five min­utes.

The 52-year-old Hora Hora man said he has com­peted in the en­duro five times pre­vi­ously but train­ing for each one is just as de­mand­ing as the first time.

He said he has been rid­ing be­tween 400 and 450km ev­ery week since the be­gin­ning of the year.

‘‘Most of it is in the train­ing be­fore­hand.’’

There were 100 starters lined up at 1.30am, some strong com­pe­ti­tion among them, he said.

‘‘It’s tough be­cause you’re dic­tated by other peo­ple’s rac­ing speed.’’

Rac­ing an av­er­age of 35.4kmh , Jim broke away from sec­ond placeget­ter Mel Tit­ter in the clos­ing stages to win by 40 sec­onds.

Kim Hurst won the women’s race in 10 hours 15 min­utes and 26 sec­onds.

It was smooth rid­ing for Jim who said he had no me­chan­i­cal prob­lems, only the chal­lenge of the weather.

‘‘ There wasn’t one rider who wasn’t com­plain­ing about the wind,’’ he said.

Photo: SUP­PLIED.

World Cham­pion: Jim McMur­ray proudly wears his World Cham­pion shirt on the edge of Lake Taupo. IN­SERT: Jim McMur­ray has added another two wins to his belt af­ter tak­ing out the Taupo Two-lap En­duro.

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