David Murphy, 19, has a number of tall dreams, one of which is to be much more than just a member of the GB Tokyo 2020 Para Cycling squad.
A prospective Paralympian from Maghul and a member of the Mercury Cycling Club, Murphy believes he can go on to grab a medal in his specialty event – the 4K pursuit.
The former student of Maghull HS/ Southport College who went on to another arduous training session around Parbold and Rivington areas gave reasons for his optimism.
“When I first joined the British Para Cycling squad, in May 2016, there was a group of around 30. The coaches like to see improvement or else you are out, it’s tough and intense. These days there are only six riders left from that original group.”
He talked about his rival, the person that won the Rio Paralympic gold medal, someone whom he noted was 30 seconds faster than he was in the 4K pursuit. However, he believes the guy was more at an advantage because he was 11 years older, and has all the needed gear.
Murphy hopes that by the next three years when the event is held again, he would be three years stronger, more experienced and with all the necessary gear in his possession.
In the national time trial series, he came off victorious with four wins and a couple of top three placings.
Following closely was a by third place in the GB Road Race Championship and a silver medal at the School Games, one which he so far considers his best performance.
Murphy also noted that a few famous athletes such as Stephen Cummins and Mark Cavendish has also previously won the Golden Wheel award and he wishes he can emulate their success.