Rider reflects on what might have been
Jim McMurray’s hopes of a podium finish at the UCI World Amateur Cycling Championships were dashed when he contracted a lung infection just days before the international event.
But sixth place in the 157 kilometre road race in Slovenia, out of 153 competitive riders, is nothing to scoff at.
‘‘That’s what everyone keeps telling me but if I wasn’t disappointed I wouldn’t be as good as I am – you have to want to win,’’ McMurray said.
He competed in the road race as well as the 19km time trial, which he managed in just over 24 minutes.
The Forestland Wheelers Club member said he was hoping to bring home a medal to sit alongside the silver he won at last year’s tour in Italy. But a serious case of the flu left him wondering what could have been.
‘‘I gave it everything and did pretty well considering. It wasn’t an excuse but a reason.’’
He admitted his own expectations were higher because he was in better condition than when he brought home the metal last year.
Riders from 38 countries joined him at the time trial start line in Slovenia.
‘‘The guys that got second and third in the time trial last year definitely didn’t go any faster, I just couldn’t reach the same speeds. I was definitely knocked by the flu.’’
But it’s onwards and upwards for McMurray, who will be riding an average of 400-450km every week leading up to the Round the Lake in November.
Onwards and upwards: Jim McMurray is focussing on his next goal after coming sixth in the UCI World Amateur Cycling Championships.