For those of you that don’t know, Martin Murray is the brother of Stephen Murray and one of the most successful UK riders before he quit back in the early 2000’s. He rode for brands like Titan, UGP, Haro and was a paid Pro on Diamondback at the height of his elite career. He still works in the cycling industry and is UK sales manager over at Fisher Outdoor and looks after some big brands including Troy Lee Designs. Despite being “Super” busy these days with his job and family he is still a #Superfan despite him playing it down in this interview. He loves a podcast and always wants to know the scoop.. we caught up with Muzza to see his thoughts going into the Olympics..
Name: Martin Murray
Years in BMX: I raced from 83 to 2001, but have never stopped riding
Junior Men World no. 4, Brighton 1996. Elite Men National Champion, 1999. Outside of BMX Racing i’m also proud to have come 5th in the Ride BMX Magazine’s Readers Poll Awards in 99 as well as being one of only 3 people to make it down the 2008 Empire Of Dirt Course first time. There’s no prizes for that one, but being in the company of Ali Whitton and Gary Young is pretty cool. I also won the first ever 4X MTB Elite Men’s National title in 2003.
What year did you quit racing and why?
I quit at the end of 2001. I was just burnt out on the sport and realised I didn’t want to live in America after spending quite a lot of time there over the years. UK and European BMX racing had become a bit stale for me and I realised I wasn’t having fun anymore. I didn’t want to be one of those people who just turns up and moans at races so I decided to just ride trails for fun, try a bit of 4X MTB and get a career job. It was the right move at the right time. I had the best years of my life in the late 90’s with BMX, but times move on and priorities change.
How do you think BMX has changed over the last decade since you quit? Well there’s obviously a lot more funding available and everyone seems to have a ‘coach’ these days, which always makes me chuckle thinking back to how Dale, Jamie and Neal did it. I’d say its progressed at a fast rate and is a lot more professional now. I just wished they had these tracks back in the late 90’s! As you know, I was never really a power guy…
Would you have carried on racing if you knew we’d have been an Olympic sport in Beijing? I don’t think so. I was burnt out by 2001 and 7 years is a long time to train and race if your heart’s not really in it.
Who will win Olympics Men: I’d love to see Liam win, but I’m gonna go with The Machine, Maris Strombergs.
Ladies: No doubt about it, Shanaze is the best female bmx racer of all time. I just hope she gets what she deserves next Friday
Name your Elite men’s podium: Maris, Willoughby, Liam
Name your ladies podium: Shanaze, Alise Post, Sarah Walker
Which riders are missing from London 2012 who you’d like to have seen competing? Holmes and Staff…
Do you think it was a good move getting rid of the box jump? Yep
Have you got tickets for any days of the BMX event? Finals day on Friday, can’t wait!
Will it rain for BMX in London? Probably at some point.
Which track do you prefer Beijing or London? They both look awesome to me but I’m gonna have to go with my boys Clark and Kent and say London.
On a scale of 1-10 rate yourself as a superfan and tell us why?
Probably only a 6 to be honest. Outside of this year’s Worlds, I haven’t been to a BMX race in over 12 months, not because I haven’t wanted to but just because its difficult fitting it in with everything. I’ve got some good friends who are the biggest superfans out there who normally keep me up to speed on what’s going on. Superfans who would fly half way around the world to race a National on an old local track in Masters, superfans who go to races in places like Korea just to hang out with the buddies. Combine having superfan friends like that with a bit of Internet nibbling and its pretty easy to keep up to speed…
How many hours a week approximately are you online looking at BMX, tweeting or stalking BMX pro’s? The only race site I check out is bmxtalk.com, probably 2-3 times a week. I’m a big twitter fan though and check that every time I take a dump. As for stalking the pro’s, that’s not really my thing. Marco, you however has been stalking the pro’s since Slagharen 88 when you would hang out at the US Pro’s chalet with Loncarevich and Robbie Morales, getting autographs, borrowing the Jerkey Boys CD’s and asking the pro’s if he could have their Vision Street Wear tops and Body Belts. To this day you’re still stalking the pro’s, even going to the Red Bull Germany race as a superfan so you can see Mikey Day ride. That autograph book must be nearly full now Marco?
BMX Talk: Well Muzza we know you download every DH.com podcast and follow the pro’s on Facebook through your brothers account so don’t try to play down your superfan status to the BMX talk fans! And yes this superfan is going to Berlin to watch my boys and play TM for Darryn Goodwin, Jordy Van Der Heijden and Kyle Evans repping for Stay Strong. We never turn down free trips or stamps in the passport, so look out for a postcard from Soeul or Dubai from the buddies! See you trackside for the finals next Friday I’ll bring the autograph book for ya! Ha.