Devon rowers prepare for World Cup

Marcus Bateman
Bateman broke Steve Redgrave's course record at Henley

Devon rowers Bill Lucas and Marcus Bateman are aiming to build on their success at Henley with Great Britain at the World Cup in Lucerne this weekend.

Torquay's Bateman and partner Matt Wells broke the double sculls record at Henley - beating the Australian Olympic champions on the way.

"It's a great feeling to get one on the Olympic Champions," Bateman said.

"But in the doubles event you can't write anyone off. I'm sure they will be in the mix at the worlds."

Kingswear's Lucas, who was part of the quadruple sculls squad which beat World Champions Croatia to win the Queen Mother Challenge Cup, also hopes to follow that up with an impressive showing in Lucerne.

"We felt after the first World Cup we were making good progress and were very confident in what we were doing (at Henley)," he said.

"Fortunately there was no need for a sprint in to the line which is always nice, especially with Lucerne coming up."