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CYCLING ROUND-UP: Promising start for Bramley, while Shaw takes third in Corinthian event

IVYBRIDGE cyclist Travis Bramley made an encouraging start to his season with a top five finish at the Merlin Cycles National Classic Series in Cheshire on Good Friday.

Bramley, competing in Nopinz Motip Race Team colours for the first time, clocked 45.42 minutes for the 22-mile ‘sporting’ course to take fifth in a stacked field that attracted a number of GB Academy riders. The race was won by Team Bottrill’s Phil Williams.

“I was happy to go one better than my seeded position to finish fifth in 45:42, a handful of seconds behind GB Academy rider Will Tidball (from Exmouth) and a minute or so off the win,” said Bramley afterwards.

“With it being my first race of 2021, I’m confident that my pacing, race-specific fitness and position on the bike can only improve from here on in.”

Meanwhile closer to home, the opening two rounds of the Devon Cup took place this weekend.

The Mid-Devon CC Sporting 23 took place on Friday and was won in a record time by Saint Piran star Steve Lampier in 50.06 minutes.

The event, the first in the region following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions, attracted a bumper field.

Royal Navy cyclist Ali Stubbs was the top Plymouth finisher in 15th spot in a time of 57.05.

Plymouth Corinthian’s Hannah Rainger was third female and top junior female, while Heather Booth (Yogi Cycling/Plymouth Tri Club) was fourth female.

Plymouth Corinthian then hosted the second Devon Cup event of the weekend on Sunday with their 10-mile time trial that started and finished at South Brent.

The race took athletes out to Avonwick and Fork Cross before heading back via the A385.

The host club’s Robert Shaw finished third overall in 23.35 minutes. He was only beaten by High Wycombe’s Rob Walker (AeroLab Ward Wheelz), who won in 23.00, and Cornwall’s Nopinz Motip Race Team rider Tom Nancarrow, who took second in 23.25 minutes.

Royal Navy cyclists Sam Wordley (24.32) and Ali Stubbs (24.45) came sixth and seventh respectively, with Corinthian’s James Cartlidge (25.22) in ninth.

Fellow Corinthian rider Hannah Rainger was second female and first junior (30.34), just ahead of her team-mate Lisa Crawford (30.44).

Another home rider, Sam Beaton was first junior in 27:59 minutes.

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