World champs in sight for cy­clist

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

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.

frances.fer­gu­son@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz

‘‘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.

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