Cycling triumph for Don Brooks

Joseph Bulmer

South Devon's former world champion Don Brooks is having another successful triathlon season, but at 43 he's also enjoying an upsurge in his cycling form.

Brooks, from Teignmouth, is always competitive in South-West time-trials, but he won the Royal Navy/Royal Marine CA's 10-mile TT this week on the A38 course between Dean Prior and Ashburton.

Brooks (Mid-Devon CC), who was world age-group triathlon champion in 2017, was one of six riders in the 57-strong field who went under 20 minutes - he stopped the clocks at 19mins 15secs.

It was 12 seconds faster than he had ever ridden before, 17 seconds quicker than runner-up Rob Willcocks (RAF) with Josh Clark (RN/RMCA) third in 19.34.

In seventh place and First Junior was Mid-Devon's Harry Jukes (20.03), with veteran Andy Perkins eighth in 20.19.

Delighted with his 12th place was Torbay teenager Callum Start, 17 - he recorded a huge PB of 20.40, nearly a minute faster than his previous best.

The First Lady was Exeter's Tamsin Miller, who was also an impressive 12th overall in 20.40.

The Mid-Devon CC's Youth Academy continues to produce good results at regional and national level.

Four riders travelled to Hillingdon for a round of the National Junior Circuit Championships, with Lauren Fox winning the Girls Under-12 race.

The club's most important promotion of the year happens this weekend - Sunday's Totnes-Vire Road Race, based at Bridestowe near Okehampton.

It's been shortened from two days to one, with the Elite/1/2 Category race over 90 miles and a Junior event over 60.

Cornwall's Steve Lampier (Saint Piran) is favourite, but there are plenty of potential dangers in the 80-strong main field, drawn from all over the South of England.

The circuit is over the spectacular Roadford Reservoir circuit, and the action starts from Bridestowe at 10.30am.