Cameron Wurf ready to enter St Georges after epic Paris-Roubaix – Elite News

Cameron Wurf, who was helping the INEOS Grenadiers win Paris-Roubaix less than three weeks ago, bid for an incredible double at the IRONMAN World Championships in St. Georges on Saturday.

The professional cyclist and professional triathlete is one of the most outstanding all-around athletes in the world – he’s also a former Olympic rower.

What the 38-year-old Australian will try this weekend will likely trump anything he’s achieved before.

Paris-Roubaix isn’t called the “hell of the north” for no reason – it’s a brutal test of cycling’s elite, with riders cruising down the cobblestone roads and ruts of northern France.

Wurf was part of the team that helped Dutchman Dylan van Baarle win the fastest race ever. But just days later, Cam was already thinking about St George.

By the end of last week, he had decided to race, and on Wednesday he was on a plane to Utah. 24 hours later, a 12-1 shot (according to UK sportsbook Sky Bet odds) featured in St George’s official press conference.


Cam’s swim key

While, naturally, Wurf’s prowess on the bike grabs most of the headlines, he’s quick to point out that he’s not a one-trick pony.

“Honestly, people always want to talk about this bike and how you’re going to tackle it, but I never had any plans for a race until I got out of the water.

“In my first year at Kona, I had Lucy Charles under my arm – I had to pass the women’s field before I even started chasing the men’s field.

“Certainly, that year in Italy, I was able to swim in the front row with good swimmers like Tim Don, and then apparently rode away. Then I really broke the running class record that day.

“For me, it’s about getting through the swim. I don’t know where I’ll be — I’ve had some really good swims, I’ve had some bad swims. Get over it and go from there.”

An epic day in Paris-Roubaix

Being part of the Paris-Roubaix success, and the brutal 265km that followed, made for a “very special day”, Woolf said. He looks back now with awe and love.

“In a race like this, it’s very special to have a front row team of 50 drivers and your whole team there.

“Obviously we were getting closer to the cobblestones and they radioed me and said, ‘Cum, you need to take it easy because the first few areas you have to lead these people up on the cobblestones. Gosh, honestly, that makes I got goosebumps.

“Bumping into the cobblestones, it honestly felt like the first year in Kona, where Sebi and Lionel rode their bikes and finally jumped over them and were alone.

“I love stealing Sebi quotes, but I love being in the sun, in front of the camera, in front of the camera. You know, all of a sudden, everyone’s watching you, and you’re here, in front of the peloton, hitting hit the famous cobblestones of Roubaix.”

While it will take a little time to recover from that epic game, even so, Woolf wasn’t sure until a few days ago whether he would be able to travel to St George.

Panning for Gold in St. George

“I’m on call for almost every game, and Giro [d’Italia] Coming soon, I could have been called for it. Until a few days ago, I couldn’t even guarantee that I would be here,” he explained.

“But honestly at Roubaix, actually being a part of it like we were, seeing how important today is, it reminds you how lucky it is to be able to compete at the highest level.

“My wife said to me a few weeks ago: ‘You want to be that big guy who says you can do both sports at the same time. So you put yourself on that plane, take us, go take on these guys, prove You can do it.”

Now, Wurf stands on the brink of what may be his greatest achievement, and he fully understands the scale of the moment.

“When I started this, I was thinking about the prospect of being able to do both sports at the highest level.

“But being able to sit in the midst of these guys and really feel like I have a chance to be competitive on Saturday after my experience riding a road bike a few weeks ago, which I never even imagined it would be.

“I’m really grateful to be here and can’t wait to get into it.”

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