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North Devon Wheelers-Southfork have winners in British Cycling Youth Series

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: May 30, 2013

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HOST club North Devon Wheelers-Southfork had four winners in the nine age groups at the third round of the British Cycling Youth Series at Taw Valley Tesco in Barnstaple.

They were Evan Rouse (under-14), Lewis Ross (under-10), Neve Upton (under-14) and Jessica Morrish (under-12).

Other winners came from Barnstaple's Taw Velo, the Bristol Cycling Development Squad, First Chard Wheelers, Maindy Flyers and Hillingdon Slipstreamers.

Tony Ross, the race organiser, said: "The course is earning a reputation for testing the riders' technical skills. By attracting talented youngsters to North Devon, it provides our local youths with invaluable experience towards progress through the British Cycling development plan."

Lewis's win followed another at the Mansell Raceway circuit, Dunkeswell, when his brother, Oliver, took second place in the under-8s race.

Sean Henderson continued his campaign for British Cycling ranking points, taking third place in the South West Regional Road Race at Hatherleigh.

The 16-year-old from Braunton put himself among the contenders in the early stages of the 44-mile race.

On the second of six hilly seven-mile laps, Scott Gurnett, of Minehead, made an attack that Henderson, of North Devon Wheelers-Southfork followed. Tom Bayliss and Joel Kelly, the Mid Devon Cycling Club pair, also went with the pace.

The group of four opened up a 90-second gap before Kelly dropped off. Bayliss, Henderson and Gurnett formed an effective alliance to increase the lead to four minutes.

Each rider made a move on the final lap and Bayliss finally prevailed. Gurnett outsprinted Henderson on the last ascending mile to the finish at Jacobstowe.

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