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Kelly is nine seconds clear in seasonal time trial

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 03, 2013

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TEIGNMOUTH teenager Joel Kelly beat veteran champion Andrew Perkins to win the Mid-Devon CC/Colin Lewis Cycles' light-hearted Boxing Day Time Trial, writes David Thomas.

Twenty riders, including two in fancy dress, braved the wind and the rain over five miles near Kingsteignton, with the later starters enduring a good soaking.

Kelly came home in 12mins 31secs, nine seconds faster than club 25 and 50-mile record holder Perkins.

Kelly's younger brother Will and Dave Bartlett were equal third in 13.24, with Paignton's Adam Beams fifth (13.25) and Will Lynds sixth (13.32).

Kye Martin, 17, put in a good effort, since he'd ridden from his home in Ivybridge to take part – he finished in 13.37, ahead of veteran Ian Deakin (13.43).

Juveniles Ed Lynds and Joe Saunders, both from Totnes, recorded 14.23 and 14.37 respectively on their time-trial 'debuts'.

Kerry Hill was first lady in 14.38, while Kenny and Alfie Parker raised a cheer when they finished in 21.50, riding the course in fancy dress and one towing the other.

Other times: Mark Jones 14.46, Darin Dodd 15.04, Chris Ash 16.41, Henry Stokes 19.16.

BROTHERS Harry and Freddy Birchill completed a family 'double' as the Mid-Devon CC/Colin Lewis Cycles club wrapped up an impressive record in the South-West Cyclo-Cross Championship Series.

Harry Birchill, who has already shown promise as a road racer, was top of the Under-14 section after the final round at Plymouth's Central Park.

Younger brother Freddy – the family hails from Lustleigh – won the Under-10 class, with teammate Finley Morris third.

They weren't the Mid-Devon club's only victors.

Teignmouth's Will Kelly, who is being tipped for a strong season on the road next summer, won the Under-16 category.

Sol Drury was the leading Under-8 rider. And there was a runner-up spot for Ross Pratt in the Under-12s, while James Bovey was the third-ranked Senior rider.

And Mid-Devon stalwart Andy Parker finished third in the Veterans' section.

The cyclo-cross championships closed a memorable 2012 for the Mid-Devon club in particular and for South-West cycling in general.

It was led by former Mid-Devon star Jon Tiernan-Locke's historic victory in September's Tour of Britain, clinched during a spectacular seventh stage over his 'home' roads from Barnstaple to Dartmouth.

Two Devon riders, Mid-Devon's Seb Baylis and Exeter Wheelers' George Pym, were second and fourth in the National Junior Road Race Championships.

Seb Dickens of the Cyclesport South Hams club was third in the National Youth 'B' (Under-14) Circuit Race Championships.

The nationally televised Halfords Tour Series held a round in Torquay, supported by big crowds and won by Somerset-based Pole Marcin Bialoblocki (Node4-Giordana).

The South-West BMX team was crowed Inter-Regional champions after beating the rest of the country in the finals in Manchester, while the Exeter Aces Cycle Speedway Club has produced winners at national and regional levels.

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