World champs in sight for cyclist
Tirau cyclist Jim Mcmurray is off to the world championships after coming back home with two national tittles.
The 55-year-old won the Masters 55-59 80km Road Race and Time Trial in Alexandra recently.
Mcmurray said claiming a place to compete against the world’s best had been a goal all season.
‘‘It’s been a relief to tick the box and make it. My form’s been all good so I knew it would be okay. It’s peace of mind, anything could go wrong on the day.’’
Competing with 45 starters he bided his time pushing clear on the third of four laps.
Mcmurray time trialled off to the finish with a seven km lead before the field came in.
Taking the win, he left Jeff Newmann in second place and former Ironman world champion Scott Molina in third.
The latest win follows a remarkable run for Mcmurray who broke the world record for the one hour Union Cycliste Internationale Masters in March.
He continues to train hard after being selected to compete against the world’s best in Perth in early September.
This will be the third time and he is aiming to be in the top five.
‘‘I’ll be really pushing on for the rainbow jersey. I’ve performed really good so I’ve got to keep well and train hard in the winter. ‘‘I’ll do the best I can.’’ Mcmurray has previously competed at the world championships placing fourth in the top ten and he has his eyes set on beating that.
His best placing was second in Italy.
‘‘You want to compare yourself to others and see how good you can get,’’ he said. ‘‘It ticked all the boxes, it was pretty outstanding knowing there’s the end game and being selected it played out quite well.’’
Members from the Forestland Wheelers joined him at the national event.
Joshua Kuysten placed third in the Senior men with Wayne Fluteyplacing seventh in the Time Trial.
Ian Brown followed through in the Masters, 55-59 division in 30th place.
Jim Mcmurray, centre, brings back home two national titles in the masters held in Alexandra.