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Bray and Noble shine for Plymouth Corinthians

Nicola Noble

PHIL BRAY and recent recruit Nicola Noble starred as Plymouth Corinthians Cycling Club enjoyed another good week.

Noble (pictured top) and Bray both made the podium at a 13-mile time trial at Antony, promoted by City Cycle Couriers, along with team-mate Mile Earl.

Somerset RC’s Dean Robson won the men’s event in 30 minutes and 22 seconds, with Earl second in 31.36 and Bray third in 32.13. Noble was first women in a time of 40.11.

Bray beats Birkenshaw

Phil Bray holds off Sam Birkinshaw

Bray followed this up his third place in south west Cornwall with a second consecutive win at the Westpoint Circuit at Exeter.

Racing against fellow second and third category riders from the region, Bray forced a two-man break  with Sam Birkinshaw of Exeter Wheelers. 

Bray lead around the last of the 1km laps and held off his South West rival in a sprint for the line.

Meanwhile, Plymouth’s Josh Greet was first home in the Royal Navy Road Race Championships which were run at Brent Tor, near Tavistock.

The event was open to non-Navy staff and a field of 55 set off on the short but undulating 35 mile event.

Greet proved strongest in the uphill finish.  He had earlier broken clear with seven others, including Corinthians young gun Sam Woods and Royal Navy time trial expert Sean Childs.

Greet out-sprinted Lee Frost (Tri UK) and Ashton St Hill (Royal Navy), who was first Navy rider.

Woods backed up recent strong form with a decent fourth place.  Leading the peloton in, a minute back was Corries James Cartlidge.

Bray, suffering from cramp after his exertions of the previous evening held on for 12th place.

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