Ped­als to the metal for medals

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

Jim McMur­ray knows how to pedal for the medals. The Forest­land Wheel­ers Cy­cling Club mem­ber has won the ‘‘golden dou­ble’’ for the third year in a row.

The term is given to some­one who man­ages to top both road race and time trial dis­ci­plines in a short time­frame.

McMur­ray took home first place in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Road Race Champs 100 kilo­me­tre Masters 4 event fol­lowed by a first in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty 25 km Time Trial Champs two weeks later.

‘‘ It’s like win­ning the 100- me­tre sprint and the 10-mile – some are good at the short and some are good at the long . . . not many win both.’’ This is the third con­sec­u­tive year he has man­aged the re­mark­able feat.

‘‘I just thought it was nor­mal – it was hard but not real hard – I was at the top of my game.’’ But McMur­ray wasn’t the only suc­cess­ful club mem­ber at the events. Kevin Chris­tian­son took home bronze in the 80km Masters 5 road race and Ian Brown won bronze in the 25km Masters 5 time trial.

More than 350 rid­ers com­peted in the road champs and about 150 fronted up for the road tri­als.

‘‘Some­times there will only be seven in to­tal so it was a re­ally strong year this year,’’ McMur­ray said.

The 53-year-old said the Wheel­ers club is grow­ing in strength too.

‘‘The num­bers are turn­ing up and we’re achiev­ing quite well.’’

All this rac­ing is a timely build up to the New Zealand Club Na­tional road and time trial cham­pi­onships be­ing held in Cam­bridge with more than 1000 com­peti­tors.

The club will boast eight en­tries in the four-day event start­ing to­mor­row.

McMur­ray said that was the high­est num­ber the club had en­tered in the past 20 years.

It seems South Waikato rid­ers are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the fact that this year’s event is be­ing held so close to home.

McMur­ray said he was hop­ing the club would fare well.

‘‘I’m dou­ble de­fend­ing cham­pion so hope­fully I’ll go all right.’’

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Hit the track: Cy­clists Ian Brown and Jim McMur­ray know how to bring home the metal.

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