EMERGING triathlete Ollie Wright relished the familiarity of a home course to record his first victory in North Devon.
The 20-year-old from Yelland even cycled past his own front door en route to winning the fourth Bideford Triathlon.
In glorious sunshine on Sunday morning, Wright showed he has a bright future in the sport with a dominant display at the front of 171 competitors.
Completing the 600-metre swim, 23.5km cycle and 5km run in 68mins 22secs, he crossed the line a minute clear of his nearest rival.
After winning the Taunton Triathlon in June, Wright has shown real potential since taking the sport seriously.
"It's my first season," he said. "I did Bideford three years ago when I was 16 and I was on a rubbish old bike. I think I was 25th."
Starting in wave three with the fastest group of swimmers, he emerged from the River Torridge in 9mins 13secs.
Then came the bike ride along the Old Bideford Road to Roundswell and back via Fremington and Instow.
Among those cheering along the route were his mum, gran, brothers and girlfriend.
"I went past my house," said Wright. "I know the bike course quite well. I managed to get past a couple of people and I had a decent lead."
A time of 38-21 was the fastest bike leg of the day and he followed it with 18-54 for the third fastest run.
Wright, a member of North Devon Wheelers-Southfork, is starting at Plymouth University in September and will now concentrate on the British Universities events.
Jason Chubb is a few years older than Wright but the leading veteran triathlete is improving too.
After taking 10th place last year and seventh at the Ilfracombe race in September, he finished runner-up here.
Chubb is a national police champion at Olympic distance and has qualified to represent Great Britain in his age group at the World Championships.
Recording the second fastest cycle and second fastest run, he completed the course in 69-23.
David Spencer, of Landkey, took third in 71-34 – ten seconds clear of Roger Sheridan, from North Devon Wheelers-Southfork who was first in the super vet category.
A strong run of 19-09 took Spencer clear for his first podium place at Bideford.
"No one overtook me for the whole race but I was behind from the swim," he said.
"I didn't have a great swim. I swallowed a lot of water.
"It was a complete mash going through the arches on the way out.
"The bike was pretty hard. It's quite hilly, the first section and it's hard to keep momentum going but once you get to Cedars roundabout it's a flat ride all the way back."
After narrowly avoiding a collision with a runner when he rode the wrong way back into Clarence Wharf, Spencer, representing North Devon Tri, finished strongly for one of his best results.
Keith Shapland, the Appledore football manager and Bideford Blues athlete, produced the fastest run leg of 17-41.
The relay team event was won by Lloyds Pharmacy.
Hundreds of spectators gathered on the Old Bridge to watch the triathletes set off shortly before 9am.
The event is organised by Bideford Bridge Rotary Club and North Devon Triathletes and all profits go to charities and good causes.