Pritchard helps Saddles blaze a trail

Dave Dawkins clocked 25.14 to help Portsmouth North End to second in the team standings after round one. Picture: Portsmouth North End
Dave Dawkins clocked 25.14 to help Portsmouth North End to second in the team standings after round one. Picture: Portsmouth North End
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  • Tom Pritchard and James Mapley star in Portsdown Time Trial League
  • Blazing Saddles head team standings after round one
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Tom Pritchard and James Mapley could not be separated in round one of the Portsdown Time Trial League earlier this month.

The duo both clocked a time of 24min 12sec on the 10-mile course, which was based in Soberton.

Hampshire Road Club’s Pirtchard and Mapley, of Blazing Saddles, averaged 24.88mph in the event hosted by Team Axiom.

And their efforts ensured they picked up 120 points in a fine start to the season.

Alex Napier, also of Blazing Saddles, finished third.

He was also the first veteran home, as he clocked 24.32.

Thomas Wood finished fourth in 24.47, while Dave Dalton was the first Fareham Wheelers rider home in fifth (24.52).

Portsmouth North End’s Andy Page was the top senior veteran in 26.18 and his club-mate Rob Panter was the fastest junior (26.41).

Alan Emmott, of Fareham Wheelers, claimed glory in the grand veteran group with a time of 27.36.

The first lady home was Blazing Sadles’ Elise Sherwell in 27.58 and Vaughan Marris took the youth glory as he clocked 31.23 for the Wheelers.

The efforts of Pritchard, Mapley and Sherwell helped Blazing Saddles top the early team standings.

The season-long series of races between seven participating clubs continues on Sunday, March 22 with Hampshire Road Club hosting a 22-mile event out of West Stoke Village Hall (7.30pm).