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Murray takes on an extreme challenge in Maui

He may be the South African Xterra Champion but Sunday’s World Championships in Maui, Hawaii is all about having fun for 2012 London Olympics triathlete Richard Murray.

Capetonian Murray won the Totalsports Xterra SA Champs at Grabouw in February [see picture right]. On the day he surprised firm favourites Conrad Stoltz and Dan Hugo.

Being a lover of mountain biking and a firm believer in always having fun no matter what, Murray feels no pressure and has no definite expectations for Maui.

ÔÇ£I’m not hundred percent sure what to expect in┬áMaui. I will probably have to swim medium-fast, bike at an insane pace and go into survival mode for the run with broken legs. After doing one non-draft triathlon and the Totalsports Xterra South African Championships at the start of the year, I have noticed that these events are usually won and lost on the bike.

“I think the bike leg and the last 5km of the run will be where the positions are won or lost. I know that the swim will not be the same as at an ITU event, but there will be some good swimmers in the field this year so I will need to watch out.ÔÇØ

This will be Murray’s first time at Xterra Maui. ÔÇ£Xterra World Champs has been a dream race of mine for years. I love off-road events, and to be able to take part in the World Champs means a lot to me. Every season I stay up late at night due to the time zones difference and wait in anticipation for the Tweets from people at the event to come through.

“I’m a big fan of mountain biking and I can’t wait to go up against some of these guys who are really strong on the bike and have some fun.ÔÇØ

The world’s premier off-road triathlon, Sunday’s race will feature a 1.5-kilometre rough water swim, a 30.4-km mountain bike and a 9.5km trail run best described as a tropical roller-coaster ride through pineapple fields and forests.

Picture: Cherie Vale/Newsports Media


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