Taupo effort earns international title
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.
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.