Paris Roubaix was just the first half of Cam Wurf’s day on Sunday
The next time you want to complain about your next Brick workout, think of what Cameron Wurf did this weekendPhoto by: Kevin Mackinnon
Ironman champion Cameron Wurf has been doing double duty for a few years now – he’s a pro rider as part of the Ineos Grenadiers in addition to being one of the sport’s premier long-distance competitors. Last year he managed to combine his pro cycling career with a runner-up finish at Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz, along with an 11th-place finish in Kona. Earlier this season he took fifth at Ironman South Africa.
Fitting his triathlon training around his cycling commitments can’t be easy, but yesterday Wurf proved just how tough he can be. After finishing what is likely the world’s toughest one-day cycling race, the infamous Paris-Robaix with its brutal cobble sections, Wurf completed a half-marathon run in 86 minutes.
“The day presented a great opportunity to take advantage of running with some serious fatigue in the legs as I build towards my next Ironman,” Wurf wrote on Instagram.
Last year Wurf competed at the Ironman World Championship in St. George, Utah just a few weeks after helping his teammate Dylan van Baarle take the win at Paris Roubaix. Wurf wasn’t sure he would actually be able to compete in St. George – it wasn’t until the final Ineos roster for the Giro d’Italia was finalized (without his name on it) that he was cleared to make the trip to Utah.
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Wurf has won Ironman events in his home country of Australia, along with Wales and Italy. He took fifth in Kona in 2019. Until Sam Laidlow shattered his time last October (4:04:35), Wurf had held the bike course record in Kona (4:09:06), which he posted in 2018 on his way to a ninth-place finish. The 39-year-old is reportedly gearing up to compete at Ironman Nice in September, a race that seemingly would play into his incredible biking talents.
First things first, though – the word is that Wurf will be back helping his Ineos teammates at another classic event on Wednesday. Maybe he’ll aim for a swim/ run double after that one.