2021 Totnes Vire – Race Report

RORY TOWNSEND, one of the top riders on the UK domestic circuit, outsprinted a 13-strong bunch as professional quality told at the end of a rain-lashed Totnes-Vire Road Race.

Totnes Vire Road Races 2021. Held on 04/07/2021 Elite/1/2 race won by Rory Townsend of Canyon DHB

Townsend (Canyon dhb SunGod), the 26-year-old all-rounder from South London, and his teammate Max Stedman covered all serious breakaway moves during the Mid-Devon CC’s 90-mile race at Bridestowe near Okehampton.

The event, the leading RR on the South-West calendar, started in a downpour, and a puncture effectively knocked Cornwall’s No.1 hope, Steve Lampier (Saint Piran), out of contention.

But conditions mercifully improved by the time the leaders passed Roadford Reservoir for the second of three times.

It was on the final run home from Lewdown that former Exeter University student Stedman, primarily a climber, rode hard to stop anyone else attacking before the line, and Townsend’s finishing kick did the rest.

He won in 3hrs 29mins 46secs, from Oliver Hucks (NOPINZ Motip RT), with Jack Rootin-Gray (Team Inspired), Cameron Biddle (Vredestein Basso) and Cornwall’s Tom Nancarrow (NOPINZ Motip) in the minor placings.

Former titleholder Lampier, who rode home steadily after his setback, promptly went out and did an extra lap just for training!

Another Home Counties-based rider, Mattie Dodd (Backstedt Bike Performance) won the 60-mile Junior race by more than a minute from Angus Lawrence (Lee Valley Youth).

Mid-Devon CC duo Callum Start and Reuben Heal were 12th and 14th respectively.

1Mattie DoddBackstedt Bike Performance RC2.30.07
2Angus LawrenceLee Valley Youth Cycling Club@1.07
3Joshua GollikertrainSharp Development team@2.13
4Ben EtheringtonManilla Cycling@2.19
5Charlie JohnsonLee Valley Youth Cycling Club@2.50
6Jamie GostickBanjo Cycles – Raceware – Specialized@2.56
7Oliie CadinJersey Youth Cycling@3.35
8Lucas ByamNopinz Motip Development Team@3.38
9Callum BiggsFlandersColor Galloo@5.11
10Benjamin HarrisMaindy Flyers CCst
11George CottrellPoole Wheelers CCst
12Callum StartMid Devon CCst
13Connor StevensLee Valley Youth Cycling Club@5.17
14Reuben HealMid Devon CC@9.05
15James PearcyMid Devon CC@9.14
16Gaurav MeherLee Valley Youth Cycling Club@9.19
17Shaun DuffieldMid Devon CC@11.20
18Luca UnwinLee Valley Youth Cycling Club@11.58
19Finlay WalterTeam Zoyland Race Academyst
20Jack Charlton HuntLee Valley Youth Cycling Club@13.58
21Alfie SalmonLee Valley Youth Cycling Club@19.01
22Finlay WebbExeter Wheelers@36.56
1Rory TownsendCanyon DHB Sungod3.29.46
2Oliver HucksNopinz Motip Race Teamst
3Jack Rootkin-GrayTeam Inspiredst
4Cameron BiddleVredestein Bassost
5Tom NancarrowNopinz Motip Race Teamst
6Oliver StockwellTeam Inspiredst
7Samuel ClarkTBW23 Stuart Hall Cyclingst
10Joshua PriceSpirit Racing Teamst
11Matthew HoulbergMeudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RTst
12Samuel PainterTBW23 Stuart Hall Cyclingst
13Luke BarfootPrimera-TeamJobsst
14Max StedmanCanyon DHB Sungod@ 5 secs
15Nicholas TyriePrimera-TeamJobs@ 9 secs
16Samuel TillettBIKESTRONG-KTM@3.01
17Sion HarlowTeam PB Performancest
18Chad ScanlanTeam PB Performance@4.05
19Ben MillarTeam Tor 2000 Kalasst
20Angus HawkinsSpirit Racing Teamst
21Oscar HutchingsTeam Tor 2000 Kalas@ 4.57
22Peter MerrittTBW23 Stuart Hall Cyclingst
23Thomas LowtherVredestein Bassost
24Jack FreemanMeudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RTst
25Maximillian AshwandenTBW23 Stuart Hall Cyclingst
26Sebastian GarryNopinz Motip Race Teamst
27Jack DallynExeter Wheelersst
28Matt ClarkeWheelbase CabTech Castellist
29William TidballTeam Inspiredst
30Steve LampierSaint Piranst
31?Number not visiblest
32Matthew EllisSaint Piranst
33Daniel ShoobridgeNopinz Motip Race Team@6.02
34Simon SkinnerPaceline RT@10.14
35Rupert GrahamSpirit Bontrager BSS Rotor@11.23
36Iwan EvansSaint Piran@17.34
37Jordan RetallickSaint Piran Developmentst