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