Harry Birchill (centre) after winning Ko Mountains jersey at the recent Lincoln Grand Prix - Credit: Submitted

Newton Abbot's Harry Birchill gets England call up for Commonwealth Games

Dave Thomas

South Devon's national cycling champion Harry Birchill has been named in the England team for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games later this summer.

Birchill, from Newton Abbot, is part of a 35-strong squad who will contest road, track and cross-country disciplines at the Games.

The 21-year-old all-rounder is the current UK Under-23 Mountain Bike champion and has been one of Britain's leading off-road riders since he was a teenager.

He is one of three who have been selected for the Cross-Country races, which will be held on Cannock Chase on Wednesday, August 3 - also picked are women's world champion Evie Richards from Worcestershire and 19-year-old Joe Blackmore from Kent.

Former Mid-Devon CC starlet Birchill currently lives and trains with the GB Elite squad in Manchester, and this season he has branched out to achieve some impressive results on the track and road.

He was sixth in May's Lincoln Grand Prix, one of the biggest one-day races on the domestic calendar.

Meanwhile, Harrison Wood is back home in Torquay and recovering from injuries he sustained in a crash as he was bidding for victory for GB in the final stage of The Peace Race in the Czech Republic recently.

Wood, 22, was hospitalised for four days with a fractured eye socket, collarbone and concussion.