Cycling


CORNWALL’S first foray into the exhilarating world of elite cycling could provide a pivotal new platform from which to promote the county’s rich sporting and cultural identity. That’s the finding of a new study, carried out by researchers at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus. Research examined the positive impact that Cornwall’s first professional cycling …

South West bike racing fans can look forward to a packed spring of top-level competition after the first Riviera Classic Cycle Weekend was confirmed for the end of March. More than 300 of the UK’s best young riders will contest the first of seven National Youth Circuit Series meetings on Torquay Seafront on Sunday, March …

Exmouth Beach might seem like an unlikely place to train for a world title, unless it’s windsurfing or maybe sand-castle design, but it proved perfect for new World Masters Cyclo-Cross champion Robin Delve. Delve, from Longdown near Exeter, pulled off one of the shocks of the championships at Mol, Belgium, when he stormed to victory …

Lauren Dolan, Devon’s Great Britain track and road international, is the new Teignbridge ‘Sports Personality of the Year’. Dolan, from Bickington near Newton Abbot, received the award at the annual presentation evening at Dawlish’s Langstone Cliff Hotel. The Liv CC-Epic Coaching and Mid-Devon CC rider has just been promoted to the GB Senior Development Squad …

‘Local boy’ Harry Birchill is a hot favourite to win today’s South West Cyclo-Cross Championship at Paignton. Birchill, 17, the national junior mountain bike champion from nearby Newton Abbot, has no trouble switching disciplines. He warmed up for today’s meeting – which doubles up as the tenth round of the SW Cyclo-Cross League – with …

Timing is often everything in sport, and the date of the West Country’s new two-day Women’s Road Race is aimed at attracting as many of the UK’s best pro and semi-pro riders as possible. The three-stage event will be held over the weekend of April 21-22, 2018. That’s just before two of the biggest races …

Harrison Wood has already proved that, at just 17, he can compete with top junior racers at home and abroad, and he’ll have plenty of chances to do even better next season after signing for Belgium’s CT Soenens-Boom team. Wood, from Torquay, will continue to wear the colours of his local Mid-Devon Cycling Club in …

lymouth’s Andrew Feather (Bike Chain Ricci) has certainly left his mark on this year’s South West Hill Climb season. Having won the Widecombe and Cycle Sport South Hams events recently, Feather capped those efforts when he set a new course record at City Cycle Couriers’ Jennycliff climb to the east of Plymouth. Feather stormed up …