Richard Murray made up for the disappointment of having to withdraw from the Potchefstroom leg of the BSG-Energade Series with a bounceback victory on Sunday, writes Mark Etheridge.
“After the puncture in Potchefstroom I was really hoping for a good event,” said Murray on Monday.
And it was certainly a good event for him as he put in a commanding performance. “I had a great swim and it set me up for a great race. As soon as Abrahm [Louw] started the bike I just jumped on his wheel and remained there for about 1km until we hit the top of the first climb. Myself, Erhard [Wolfaardt] and Abraham worked very hard on the 20km bike and we came in just over 30min, the fastest bike time on this route ever and that included a headwind of about 40km/h on the bike.
“I felt great on the bike but was really hurting over the last kilometer or to. Into the last transition and I went out like a 400m athlete on the track. With a bit of air between myself and Erhard I was able to stay focused and composed for the rest of the run, managing to hold off Erhard and take my second series win [he also won the first event of the series].
Wolfaardt, the recently crowned All Africa Games champion, was humble in defeat. “Richard was just a bit better than┬á me on the day and I had to settle for silver but I’ll be back fighting at the next one,” he said.
“I am finding some form in the swim and bike which makes planning my race easier. I prefer non-wetsuit swims, but nonetheless had a comfortable front pack swim. I was hoping for a faster paced bike this time around, and the route at Midmar made sure there were no hiding in the pack.
“By the end of the 20km we were only three athletes left in the front group, which made a podium spot a certainty. I was going for gold as I always do, but when we headed out for the run Richard was just a bit better.”
“I have a open weekend next weekend, then I will be off to either the Port Elizabeth BSG race or the 11Global up in Sun City. I will see how the body feels and how training goes over the next┬á two weeks.”