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MDCC Time Trials

Harry Jukes TT Results – 2 National Podiums

Harry Jukes has finished this years’ Time Trial season on a high! Harry from Praze-an-Beeble races for our Mid Devon Junior Race Team but has been, and still is, an avid member of the local youth club Wheal Velocity Cycling Academy.

On the 11th October Harry took part in the National Junior Closed Circuit TT Championships and this weekend on the 18th October he took part in the National Junior 25 Mile Circuit TT Championships, competing at both against the top riders in the country up to the age of 18.

The Closed Circuit Championships were held at the renowned Thruxtan Race Circuit. Riders are set off at minute intervals racing five laps of the circuit as fast as they can covering a distance of 11.7 miles with the fastest time winning. Harry recounts “This was a great event, being able to race on a closed circuit traffic free means you can put your head down and just focus on riding as fast as you can for the five laps, and being only 11.7 miles you basically just do that, however it’s a fine balance of keeping up maximum power and being able to maintain it for 25 minutes, its tough but great fun.” Harry put in a strong ride and managed a very respectable 18th overall against riders as much as 2 years his senior, but in the age 16 age category he raced into a brilliant 3rd place averaging 27.4mph and only missed out on 2nd by 10 seconds! “ I was really pleased with my performance, I gave it everything I had and couldn’t have done any more, I was over the moon with the result and so pleased all my hard work is starting to show in my results.”

The 25 mile Circuit Championships were held on the outskirts of Cambridge on an open road circuit. The riders again are set off at minute intervals and then have to ride two circuits of a road loop covering the 25 miles as fast as they can. Harry recounts “A 25 mile TT is a lot harder, you still need to go as fast as you can but need to keep it going for far longer. It’s all about finding the maximum power you can output but maintain, not enough and you are too slow, too much and you fade fast! It was a very tough course so it was never going to be near my fastest time, but I managed to pace it just right and kept a consistent power output and the heart rate just below the red line, I know I couldn’t have ridden it any faster.” With some of the older competitors not riding this weekend Harry was able to take a brilliant 8th place overall, but in the age 16 category was able to take revenge on the rider he lost out too at last weeks Championships and this time take the second place with an average speed of 26.5mph. “I can’t believe how well the last two races of the season have gone and I am obviously chuffed to bits, and I can’t wait for next season to take it to the next level. I also wanted to say a huge thank you for all the help, support and encouragement I have received over the last few years from Wheal Velocity Cycling Academy, Giant Store Helston and Camborne Science and International Academy.”

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Road Racing

Porlock Hill Climb

Mid Devon riders race up Porlock Hill, it is known as the steepest A road in the country with many stories of cars overheating going up and burning brakes coming down. The good news is that the Hill Climb did not going up the 1 in 4 main road climb but the longer, gentler and most definitely more scenic 4.2 mile Porlock Toll Road.

104 riders hit the start this year.

Jacob Thomas came 64th 

Noah Thomas came  93rd

Sean Ferguson came 72nd

Reuben Heal came 37th

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MDCC Membership

Mid Devon Club Runs Rule of 6

Message to Prospective New Members:

We now require all rides, maximum of 6, to sign up by 2000h on the Saturday eve before the Sunday ride. We have always allowed 1 or 2 ‘trial rides’ before you have to join. We want to continue with that but with ‘The Rule of 6’ we have to be careful. PLEASE DO NOT JUST TURN UP.

We now have a sign on sheet which we are not making public so you’ll need to fill in the form below to sign in for your trial ride. We’ll then advise you via email what to do on the day.

Please have a look at this link and advise which ride you would like to join:

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Road Racing

Master and the apprentice

Andrew Perkins used his experience and knowledge to help experienced youth rider Callum Start to step up for his 1st senior race at the Cycle Sport South Hams Circuit Races at Torbay’s Velopark.

To comply with the current covid guidelines the event consisted of three 15 minute races – scratch, points and pursuit.

The new format proved popular with new riders wanting to try out racing aswell as providing a new challenge for existing riders Perkins used his strong form and experience to good effect winning the first events with Callum Start coming in first in the points race. Final positions from all 3 racing Perkins came in 2nd and Callum Start 4th.

Other MDCC riders Harry Jukes and Julian Pittocco flew the flag for the club in the Elite races with Rob Woodger, Guy Redfern and Georgie Savva riding the 4th category.

There will be more racing coming up at the velopark on 3rd October for all groups from age 6 upwards.  Please see link below

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/232523/Mid-Devon-CC-Autumn-Circuit-Races-?fbclid=IwAR2m-LAVv8eQjYwS9yKeA8KjD4lXnAYROvhhho8wUR1XCYVzTYiAjHUMqqE

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Road Racing

Perkins back to winning ways as racing returns to the Velopark.

Andy Perkins rolls back the years and claims the win in the return to racing event at the Velopark. To comply with the current covid guidelines the event consisted of three 15 minute races – scratch, points and pursuit.
The new format proved popular with new riders wanting to try out racing aswell providing a new challenge for existing riders
Perkins used his good form and experience to good effect winning the first two events and maintaining his position in the third for the overall win.
Harry Jukes and Julian Pittocco flew the flag for the club in the Elite races.
There will be more racing coming up at the velopark on a fortnightly basis and we look forward to more Mid Devon results

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Offroad

Mid Devon Youth take on Devon Grit

Three Mid Devon Youth riders took part in the new Devon Grit event for gravel bikes, MTBs & cyclocross bikes. The event takes in the best gravel trails of East Devon. There were three distances to choose from; 76km,58km and 36km.  This was  one of the first cycling events under the new COVID-19 rules and was very well done by Sportiva Events.

Matt Holmes, Jacob Start and Bayley Woodger set the challenge of the 58km, they were the youngest riders at this distance with two adults for navigation as the event was all self navigate. From the first 5miles everyone knew they were in for a good day on the bike on good testing riding paths taking in some of the best sections of Woodbury Common. Highlights included Woodbury Castle & some great single track on the common, a good climb up for views of the sea at the top of Beacon Hill and also Mutter Moor.


All the boys made it and enjoyed this event and it was good to see how they are doing after lockdown with other cycling events in preparation for more activities as the start to return following new under formats over the coming weeks. 

This event was well support by Mid Devon riders taking part across the different distances.

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MDCC Membership

Mid Devon Cycling Club @ 90

Last Sunday, 31st May, Mid Devon Cycling Club would have held it’s 90th Birthday Celebration with members and their families choosing to ride a 90 mile, 90k or 90 minute route all arriving back at Teigngrace in the afternoon where there would have been a BBQ and large cake. What a glorious occasion it would have been as well with near perfect weather, just a little on the hot side so needing plenty of liquid in board.

In addition the club intended having had a commemorative 90th Birthday polo shirt. That opportunity has not been lost and has now been linked into the near £5000 fundraising and provision of skin cream that the club has provided to our two district hospitals in Torbay and Exeter and all surgeries and some care homes in the Teignbridge and Torbay districts.

So how did it all begin?

Early one Sunday morning in April 1930 three cyclists were climbing out of Chudleigh and up the long slopes of Haldon Hill to join the Exeter Wheeler’s club run. One made the casual remark “Why can’t we form a club in Newton Abbot and save us from this hill every week?”  From this question it can be said that the Mid Devon club was formed.  The three pioneers were Fred Bolt, Charlie Phillips and “Bill” Best.

A meeting to be called on May 14th 1930 at which the club was formed – with 17 members – under its original name of the Newton Abbot Wheelers.  The very first club run was to Berry Head on 18th May 1930 and the first club road time trial was a 10 mile event held on 1st June of that year, won by “Dick” Lake in 29mins 20 secs.  

In 1936 the club’s name was changed to “Mid Devon Road Club”. A name that was to last until the mid-2000s when the slight change to Mid Devon Cycling Club was made, to reflect the wider cycling interest of the club’s members.

Now 90 years later, we boast over 500 members and in normal circumstances would have 8 club runs now leaving Abbrook Park each Sunday morning, with often close to 100 riders in attendance.  Those 90 years have seen many successes, with the club boasting 5 former-national champions, Colin Lewis (National Pro Road Champion twice and now Club President, still riding very regularly in his 70s), Jeremy Hunt (National Junior Road Champion and twice National Pro Road Champion), Yanto Barker (National Junior Road Champion) and Roy Hopkins and Mike Parker (both National Veterans’ Road Champions).  Both Colin and Jeremy have also competed in the Tour de France – the very pinnacle of the sport.

Harrison Wood receiving the Presidents Trophy from Colin Lewis at this year’s AGM & Prizegiving Night.

Club Chairman, Liam McGrath adds: “Nowadays we share enjoyment of our sport with the likes of Ken Robertson, 83 years of age and Club Vice President, he is to be seen leading a group ride most weekends, At the other end of the spectrum we enjoy hearing about the exploits of our latest semi professional protege, 20 year old Harrison Wood who is a member of a Dutch Under 23 racing team ‘SEG Race Academy,’ competing regularly in international events across Europe and aspiring to participate in the Tour de France one day.”

Roy Hopkins – Life Member pictured after winning the National Veterans Championship, late 70s/early 80s.

The Club enjoys a status as one of the UK’s leading cycling clubs and has consistently promoted road races, time trials and other cycling activities, including several national championships.  Since 2007, the club has also promoted the Dartmoor Classic cyclo-sportive, voted by readers of Cycling Weekly as the nation’s favourite sportives, and attracting 4,000 entrants each year to tackle Dartmoor’s rugged terrain.

Mid Devon Cycle Club is a community resource giving open access, supporting and promoting cycling for all, across a wide range of cycling activities to people in Devon and beyond.  The club is a ‘Club Mark’ accredited club and : –

  • Offers substantial physical and emotional health benefits including a broad social programme 
  • Nurtures diversity
  • Provides coaching, funding and facilities to aspiring competitive cyclists at the Torbay Velo park and a full range of alternative cycling based activities at its various sites in Devon to suit all types of riders
  • Contributes to improvement of the environment by influencing positive change.

Over the next 90 years the MDCC intends to be an exemplar of a modern and progressive community Sports Organisation; a centre of excellence unlocking the potential of all its members and providing opportunity for fun and good mental and physical wellbeing.

Club Vice President Ken Robertson, taken recently – still riding many miles and organising races.
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Road Racing

South West Zwift League Rd 1 – Mid Devon take the Team Prize

A strong showing from the Mid Devon Riders in the inaugural SW Zwift Race. Not to be kept from racing during the current Lockdown, hundreds of riders of all abilities raced across 4 categories.

Notable Mid Devon performances from Henry Irvine 10th overall, promising Youth Rider Callum Start in 13th and wily old dog Andrew Parker in 19th. Mid Devon stand 100 points clear at the top of the results table.

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MDCC Membership

MDCC Mission Statement –

MDCC Mission Statement –

WHERE WE ARE NOW

Mid Devon Cycle Club is a community resource giving open access, supporting and promoting cycling for all, across a wide range of cycling activities to people in Devon and beyond.  The club: –

  • Offers substantial physical and emotional health benefits including a broad social programme 
  • Nurtures diversity
  • Provides coaching, funding and facilities to aspiring competitive cyclists 
  • Contributes to improvement of the environment by influencing positive change.

MDCC Vision Statement

OUR ROAD MAP FOR THE FUTURE

Mid Devon Cycling Club will be an exemplar of a modern and progressive community Sports Organisation; a centre of excellence unlocking the potential of all its members and providing opportunity for fun and good mental and physical wellbeing.

Mid Devon Cycle Club will: –

  • Secure growth in numbers and breadth of cycling activity whilst exhibiting commitment to its proud roots of competitive cycling 
  • Coach and develop future champions
  • Build an expanding portfolio of activity to attract a broader community of interest and enable greater participation 
  • Provide an improved rewards and recognition process. 
  • Continue its commitment to its Dartmoor Classic Sportive enabling contribution to relevant local charitable concerns and to the infrastructure needed for development of its aims and of a growth in community hubs in the local area. 
  • Host national standard cycling events that will be part of the building of MDCC as a recognised leading cycling club in the national context.
  • Expand its network of influence across community organisations to bring about positive changes in attitude towards cycling and cyclists in every aspect of society. 
  • Lobby for suitable engineering and construction work to accommodate the increasing importance of cycling as a means for transportation. 
  • Contribute to the improvement of the environment by influencing positive change.
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MDCC Membership

MDCC Covid Update – Skin Deep – Cream for Carers

Mid Devon Cycling Club(MDCC) has upwards of 30 members working in front line roles helping Covid 19 patients. This ranges from the 2 large area hospitals through to GP practices and Care Homes.

MDCC has fund raised £3000 from it’s members to respond to the fact that the heavy use of PPE, constant hand washing and sanitiser use is significantly degrading people’s skin.Starting from Tuesday 14th April we have found the national manufacturer of the cream recommended by the Dermatology departments and forged a partnership with them.

This has led to the first consignments of Cetraben cream arriving at Torbay General and the RD & E within 3 days!(Pictures attached) Thornton & Ross Pharmaceuticals and especially their Director of Marketing, Janet Maclean have been utterly brilliant in working with us and also adding £500 of stock as a donation to our cause.

We now work with their regional Sales Manager, Dawn Munn, who lives in Tiverton and who has organised the supply chain through existing links, a wholesaler in Paignton and onto a Pharmacy in Bampton. Not only have they solved the supply chain problem but they have negotiated a £5.75 price per 200ml unit cf high street price of £7.99 so have ensured our efforts go that much further. We cannot thank the company and their staff enough.

One of members, Sarah Hall, is a Lead Nurse Practitioner across Devon and she has highlighted that there are other frontline staff working in the new ‘Hot Sites’ Covid Primary Care Hubs such as the one established at the Cricketfield Surgery in Newton Abbot and many GP practices that are also working directly with Covid patients.
Sarah said: “these are being set up in the community to see people who are COVID19 positive but still need to see a nurse or doctor but not so ill that they need a hospital”.

We would not be able to supply all these outlets from within the club which is why we have now just launched a Crowdfunding Appeal under the title ‘Skin Deep’ Cream 4 Carers which is aimed across the whole of Teignbridge and Torbay.


We would be delighted if the wider community would join us and donate via our page as below so we can reach as many carers as possible. Every penny will go to frontline staff.
www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/middevoncyclingclub

Our Crowdfunding started with a modest target of £600 to buy 100 units of the cream but having reached 40% within a short time we hope to buy many more. 

Our own fundraising has secured nearly 1000 units of the cream.

Photos from the RD&E taken Friday 17th April 2020