An­other ti­tle for South Waikato cy­clist

South Waikato News - - Motoring - LUKE KIRKEBY

South Waikato sport per­son of the year Jim Mcmur­ray has once again added to his im­pres­sive list of ti­tles.

The Ti­rau cy­clist, who has a sig­nif­i­cant list of ac­com­plish­ments to his name in­clud­ing win­ning the Na­tional Long Dis­tance Time Trial M4 age group four years in a row, has now won the Union Cy­cliste In­ter­na­tionale Gran Fondo World Series masters time trial fi­nal on Aus­tralia’s Rot­tnest Is­land. The win makes him world cham­pion.

He also came sec­ond in the masters road race in Perth dur­ing the same event to take home a sil­ver medal.

With 396 rid­ers from 30 dif­fer­ent coun­tries bat­tled for 17 dif­fer­ent world ti­tles in the time trail in their re­spec­tive age groups Mcmur­ray, who started rac­ing when he was 16, said com­pe­ti­tion was tough this year.

‘‘Masters is open to 55 to 60 year olds and there were 45 rid­ers from 15 coun­tries in my time trial which is known as the Race of Truth,’’ he said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one starts one minute apart and who­ever covers the set dis­tance the fastest wins so it’s pretty sig­nif­i­cant that I was a minute faster than Dzim­itry Buben from Be­larus and Michael Pfeil from Ger­many who are both ex-world cham­pi­ons in the dis­ci­pline.’’ He was also faster than the younger 50 to 54-year-old age group by more than half a minute. His win­ning time of 26 min­utes and 8 sec­onds meant he cov­ered the dis­tance at the av­er­age speed of 44.8 kph.

Mcmur­ray said the road race, which was at­tended by over 1,500 in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories, was also chal­leng­ing.

‘‘In the road race there were 128 rid­ers from 22 dif­fer­ent coun­tries in my race alone and the com­pe­ti­tion in that event is get­ting bet­ter ev­ery year too so you have to be mo­ti­vated and chas­ing that ul­ti­mate prize all the time,’’ he said.

He said he couldn’t be hap­pier with his ac­com­plish­ments.

‘‘Im not an emo­tional guy but holy s*** it was pretty spe­cial lis­ten­ing to the New Zealand an­them, es­pe­cially af­ter hav­ing to lis­ten to the Aus­tralian an­them so many times,’’ he laughed.

Mcmur­ray has also qual­i­fied for the World Cham­pi­onships in Au­gust next year but in the mean­time he will be pre­par­ing for sev­eral New Zealand based events which he hopes will put him in good stead for an­other suc­cess­ful achieve­ment.

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