PLYMOUTH Corinthians dominated the local cycling road scene last week with an impressive five wins.
Starting the wheel rolling was dockyard worker Phil Bray, who won the 25-mile men’s event at Westpoint.
Taking on fellow second and third category riders, Bray broke clear, alongside fellow Plymouth-based rider Josh Greet, with four of the 1km laps remaining.
Bray proved the strongest, unleashing his trademark sprint for the line. It was his second win this year.
Corinthians new recruit Jess Duffy then made it a clean sweep by winning the women’s event.
In a frantic sprint, Duffy lead out and just hung on to win by a tyre’s width.
Sam Woods continued the winning streak at the Torbay Velopark, taking his first ever win.
The second, third and fourth category race, based on a purpose-built 1.5km facility at Clennon Valley, was well attended by some of region’s top riders.
Woods, though, seized his chance by timing his attack to perfection with 700m remaining. Having got the jump on the bunch, the Ivybridge rider held on bravely to deny the sprinters.
On the time trial scene, Corinthians team of James Cartlidge, Andy Flynn, John Rollason and Simon Bevans (pictured above) combined to win the ‘non-aero bike’ category in the 4-Up Team Time Trial promoted by St Austell Wheelers on the A30 on Sunday.
Riding standard road bikes without any specialist aero equipment the squad posted a time of 56 minutes 32 seconds.
Corinthians’ other road team also rode strongly to claim second in the same category.
Three-time former national masters champion Keith Lilley, Mark Reckless, Jon Ellis and Will Horn stopped the clock a single second inside the hour for the 25-mile test.
Coming back to form after broken ribs sustained in a mid-season pile up, Corinthians chairman Adrian Sluman rounded out a fantastic week with victory at Torbay.
Some 55 riders took to the line in a 20-mile event for third and fourth category riders.
Unsuccessful early efforts by Sluman and Sam Woods only served to soften up the race.
With four laps remaining Ben Lockett of TriUK jumped clear but Sluman surged across the gap with three to go and the two held a slender advantage into the final lap.
Forcing his younger rival to do the majority of the work and fearing being swallowed by the ever closing peloton, Sluman opened the sprint early to claim victory for the first time this season.