Continuing our series about racing in Belgium, we had a chat with Tom Murray last week, who is back racing on the continent after the Plowman Craven Madison team ceased operations.
Tom, you’ve been splitting your racing between Belgium and the UK for a while now…
“Yes, for the last five years I’ve been back and forth between the two, even when I’ve been on a team in the UK for the season I’ve spent time in Belgium, : either riding a six day on the track or getting involved with the kermis events when there’s a break in the racing in the UK.”
When did you first race in “the heartland”?
“I first came out in 2005 and 2006 with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers, I was useless at first but in 2006 I started to get to grips with it, taking two wins and some good podiums that summer.
“I was planning on coming back out in 2007 but I got stuck into finishing University instead and stayed in the UK.
“I had a good season though and for 2008 I got picked up by the continental Pinarello CandiTV team, which gave me the chance to ride events like the Tour of Britain, so it made sense to stay home instead of taking off to Belgium again.
“Now with the Plowman Craven Madison team falling apart as a continental team earlier this year I decided to jump on the ferry back over to Belgium and try to finish what I started!”