MDCC Membership

Covid-19, Coronavirus update from Club Chairman

Monday 16th March – Covid-19, Coronavirus

The MDCC Committee met this evening, sitting at separate tables. Subsequent meetings will be held using Skype for the foreseeable future.

The major issue was of course the Coronavirus and our club response, in particular following the announcements from the Prime Minister at 1645 hours this evening.

The Committee have listened very carefully to the understandable expectation from Government, for actions not to be enforced at this stage, but taken with personal and social responsibility.

We are a club with a strong reputation and wish to conform to Government guidance, not just for compliance’ sake but also to demonstrate social responsibility with a determination to protect the health and wellbeing of members, many of whom are in the vulnerable age group, and also all people we might encounter during normal club activity.

To this end the Committee have decided

· All MDCC group rides should cease, including, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Spin and Sunday rides.

· Abbrook should not be used as a meeting place where we are seen to gather in groups

· The MDCC stops attending Cafes in groups

· Members are asked not to wear identifiable MDCC kit when riding for fitness (suggested maximum is 4 people)

· All organised club activities for the foreseeable future are cancelled or postponed

We are not stopping members from riding their bikes, we are saying this should be carried out in a way which promotes social responsibility and attracts least likelihood of complaint from concerned members of the public.

These steps will of course be subject to constant review and we will maintain contact with MDCC members on a regular basis.

As a strong community of interest we have a network which can and should support members where need is identified. Jane Taylor has volunteered to be co-ordinator of the MDCC Support Network and will act upon any and all personal messages received.

You may find the Government advice in the attached link is helpful.

Liam McGrath – Mid Devon CC Chairman

Road Racing

Primavera Race Report – 23/02/2020

CORNISHMAN Tom Nancarrow (NOPINZ-Symec RT) defied the blustery conditions and stormed to a solo victory in the season-opening Elite/1/2/3Cat Primavera Road Race at Hatherleigh.

The 21-year-old university student from Truro, fourth in last autumn’s National Hill Climb Championships on Dartmoor’s Haytor, showed that he can be just as effective on rolling terrain by leading almost from pillar to post.

He won by nearly one and a half minutes from NOPINZ teammate Red Walters, who held off the bunch and first Junior rider Iwan Evans (Wielerzone Nederland) for second and third places.

With the rest of his squad doing their best to ‘patrol’ the peloton, Nancarrow revealed: “I attacked after about 15 minutes and got a gap straight away.

“It was hard work on the final circuit with the wind, but I tried to save energy wherever I could and push on towards the finish.”

He covered the 58 miles in two hours nine minutes and seven seconds

Nancarrow is in the fourth year of his medical studies, and those commitments will cut into his racing programme for 2020, but he does plan to contest the Torbay-based Mid-Devon CC’s next major National ‘B’-rated promotion, the Totnes-Vire Two-Day on April 25/26. 

PosFirst NameSurnameClub / TeamCatTime
1TomNancarrowNopinz Symec Race TeamE2.09.07
2RedWaltersNopinz Symec Race TeamE@ 1.24
3IwanEvansWielerzone NederlandJ 2ST
4MatthewHoulbergMeudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RTJ 2ST
5GeorgeKImberSpirit Tifosi Racing Team2ST
6AlistairStubbsRoyal Navy & Royal Marines CA3ST
7OliverWinwood BratchellVelo Club Venta2ST
8EdwardMorganCaffi Gruff2ST
9EthanBrowneThe BullsJ 2ST
10GethinPriceMaindy Flyers CCJ 2ST
11RossHollandSt Piran1ST
13OscarHutchingsTeam Tor 2000 | KalasEST
14MorganLeyshonMaindy Flyers CCJ 2ST
15FarleyBarberSpirit Tifosi Racing Team2ST
16LiamJames-MorrisBackstedt CyclingJ 2ST
17MattTupmanPrivate Member2ST
18AndrewWhittemoreExeter Wheelers1ST
19NicholasTyriePrimera – TeamJobs1ST
20JamesCartlidgePlymouth Corrinthians CC2ST

The Primavera’s 3rd/4th Cat race, over 48 miles, was won by Max Ashwanden (GS Mossa).

Ashwanden also won on his own, by more than half-a-minute from Sam Holwill (TrainSharp Development Team), with Conor Chandler (Bath CC) winning the bunch sprint for third place.

From the promoting club, talented first year Junior Morgan Gibson-Clay took 7th, with the evergreen Jason Kettle 9th.

PosFirst NameSurnameClub / TeamCatTime
1MaximillianAshwandenGS Mossa31.49.37
2SamHolwilltrainSharp Dev TeamJ 3@ 33
3ConorChandlerBath CC3@ 2.57
4MatthewPandagani-SayceBristol Cycling Dev. SquadJ 3ST
5SamuelMedlynOne and All Cycling3ST
6Steven JonesTeam Tor 2000 | Kalas3ST
7MorganGibson-ClayMid Devon CCJ 3ST
8AlexThomsonCycle Club Bridgnorth RWGJ 3ST
9JasonKettleMid Devon CC3ST
10IansaingToSwindon Wheelers3ST

The Mid Devon CC extends its thanks to all of the members, friends and supporters who helped on the day. Thanks must go to the SW RR Workgroup and the NEG for helping with the race too.

Text credit – Dave Thomas

Photo credit: Nick Phipps


Primavera Road Races – Sun 23rd Feb 2020

These races are the traditional start to the SW road racing season. It is an ideal opportunity to stretch the legs on rolling Devon roads – not too long but long enough to see if the winter training has been working.

The races this year are restricted to men. Both races will follow the A3072 for 6 miles and then onto the 11.5 mile Halwill Junction circuit. E/1/2/3 will do 1 more lap than 3 & 4. Both races will return to Hatherleigh and finish at the northern end of the Hatheleigh by-pass.

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MDCC Offroad

Robin Delve Cyclocross Season update

National trophy series…5 rounds..3500 miles..5 overnights.

Podium at each round including 2 wins…and overall series winner!!

European cyclocross championships Venice….silver 2nd place!! 8 day trip!!

Worlds in Mol..10th place.

 South west champion Taunton.

Will attend both British Masters championships in the midlands and BC national championships at Shrewsbury. 

First national title for me at any level!!

MDCC Offroad

National Trophy Series – Killer and Jackie Season Update

We have just been to the last race in the National Trophy Series. This journey of 6 races started in September and led us to Derby, Irvine (Scotland), Milnthorpe, York, Crawley and the nearest race being Pembrey in Carmarthenshire Wales! Each race meant an overnight stay as it was impossible to get there on the day.

We both race in the Women Vet 50 category and are the only club represented by two, and sometimes three (Nikki Quant also) club members. The season started on a flatish dry course and finished in challenging cold, sleet and mud where a lot of running was essential. Both of us have had our own goals, but for both of us we wanted to try and race at every round which we did.

Killer’s Season so far:           

  Having had a shoulder operation in March and then being of my bike for what seemed like an eternity, and then, on my first ride back off road I fell and sustained a fractured wrist; my first race was an eye opener to the pace of racing again, and I had set myself no other target than to finish. In the National Trophy series race 1, I was therefore pleased with a 5th place and no real mishaps. The season took off after that and I then had a third place and a podium and have followed this with four 2nd places which resulted in finishing the Series in Silver medal position. I also achieved the Leaders jersey going into the 5th race which I was very proud of. In the South West Championship I was 1st in the FV 50 category but was also pleased to finish 2nd female overall.               

Jackie’s Round Up

This season I decided to commit to the National Trophy Series and competed in all 6 rounds. I set myself a target of a top 10 finish and I managed 6th overall so I was really pleased. I have also competed in the South West CX league and so far have managed to have a 1st place, three 2nd places and three 3rd places, managing to be on the podium at every round       


There is one more National race left in January which is the National Championships in Shrewsbury where we will both have our challenges and targets.

We wish to thank the club for their continued support and hope that in return we have two women representing the club, racing in our club colours at a top level. We both hope that it can help to inspire other women in the club and encourage them to get involved in cyclocross and even enter a race or two.

Killer and Jackie


MDCC Youth

SW Regional Cyclocross Champs – Youth Report

A team of 8 very successful MDCC youth riders went to the South West regional championship in Taunton picking up six medals and crowning 3 South West Champions.

The course was a new venue and gave all the riders a good challenge. There were three youth races in total with different age categories within them, to get MDCC off to a good start saw Ben Ward take gold medal and stay unbeaten this season in the under 8 boys, sister Charlotte Ward got a Silver medal in the under 8 girls.

In race two came our second gold of the day with Matt Holmes in the under 10 boys also keeping his unbeaten run going. Under 10 girls Maddy Woodger just missed out on the medals coming 4th with a strong ride with brother Bayley getting a bronze medal in the under 12 boys continuing his good run of form, also in the under 12 boys Jacob Start had a his best race of the season coming in 5th.

In Race 3  Grace Ward had a strong ride picking up a Bronze medal despite having up a puncture on the last lap. Under 16 boy saw Calum Starts ride his best race of the season taking on a strong team of 5 Dartmoor Velo riders and coming out on top with a Gold medal.

3 golds
1 silver
2 bronze

The Next race is at Torbay Velopark on the 5th January for the 9th round of the South West Series please come and support and see how fun cyclocross can be.

MDCC Youth

SW Youth Cyclocross Round 8 – Redruth

Round 8 of the South West cyclocross league was at Redruth School, weather was sunny with a very cold strong wind and mud which the Mid Devon youth made light of work of the conditions.

The domination of the under 8 and 10 boys continues with Ben Ward under 8 and Matthew Holmes under 10 both making it eighth out of eight each just needing one more win at round nine witch is hosted by Mid Devon at Torbay Velopark on Sunday 5th January to take their age group categories.

Under 8 Charlotte Ward came in 6th but this still sees her sitting in 2nd over all in the series, Under 10 girl Maddy Woodger came in 4th which takes her to 3rd over all in the series.

Under 12 boys saw Bayley Woodger take another podium position coming in 3rd allowing him to creep in to 3rd place overall in the series. Jacob Start had a crash on the second lap that saw him lose time but still managed a good 7th place seeing him retain his 5th place in the series. 

Under 14 girl Grace Ward came in 4th holding on to 2nd place in the series. Callum Start had a very strong race coming in 2nd and moving in to 4th in the series.

We move away from the league next week to the South West Cyclo-Cross Regional Championship at Pontispool Equine Sports Centre Taunton on the 8th December. 

Offroad Youth

Round 7 – South West Cyclocross – Falmouth

MDCC youth headed to Falmouth Bike Park for the seventh round of the South West Cyclo-cross league on Sunday 17 Nov 2019.

The domination of the under 8 and 10 boys continues with Ben Ward under 8 and Matthew Holmes under 10 both making it seven wins out of seven, on the hardest course of the season. The bike park is based on the side of a hill which makes it very challenging. 1st year under 12 Bayley Woodger had his best result of the season so far seeing off many older riders to take 2nd in the category. Grace Ward continued her fine form with another 2nd place in the under 14 girls.

Under 8 Boy Ben Ward 1st, Under 8 girl Charlotte Ward 5th. Under 10 boy Matt Holmes 1st Under 10 girl Maddy Woodger 4th. Under 12 boys, Bayley Woodger 2nd Jacob Starts 5th. Under 12 Girls Aine Graham 8th Under 14 Boy Angus Graham 8th Under 14 Girl Grace Ward 2nd Under 16 Boys Callum Start 4th.

The 8th round is at Redruth – Sunday, 01 Dec 2019

MDCC Youth

SW Cyclocross – 6th Round Escot

6th Round Escot Cyclocross on Sunday saw the sun come out on a very wet and muddy course with another very good turnout in all categories from across the region.

Under 8 Ben Ward was in great form and once again continues his winning ways in all rounds. Keeping the winning way going Matt Holmes is also still unbeaten this season in the under 10 boys with another solid performance.

In the Under 14 girls, Grace Ward came 3rd in a very strong field. Under 16 Callum Start worked hard throughout his race and after a dramatic sprint into the last corner came out on top to take 3rd place. Well done to all the riders results below.

Under 8 Boy Ben Ward 1st, Under 8 girl Charlotte Ward 4th. Under 10 boy Matt Holmes 1st Under 10 girl Maddy Woodger 7th. Under 12 boys Arthur Oliver 6th, Jacob Starts 8th. Under 12 Girls Aine Graham 10th. Under 14 Boys Ed Selwood 7th, Angus Graham 10th Under 16 Boys Callum Start 3rd.

MDCC Youth

SW Cyclocross Round 5 Bishop Fox School

A great day for MDCC youth as they headed to Bishop Fox School in Taunton for 5 round of the South West Cyclocross  series. On a muddy and slippery course in the sunshine, there were big numbers in all the age categories showing how popular cyclocross is in the South West.

Birthday boy Ben Ward made it five out of Five win’s in the under 8’s sister Charlotte age 5 had a great race coming 2nd in the under 8 girls. Keeping the winning run going Matt Holmes won the under 10 boys race. Under 12 Boy Bayley Woodger made the podium for the first time in this age category coming 3rd. Under 14 girl Grace Ward showed her hard work paying of coming 2nd. 

Under 8 boys 1st Ben Ward

Under 8 girls 2nd Charlotte Ward

Under 10 boys 1st Matt Holmes 

Under 10 girls 7th Maddy Woodger 

Under 12 boys Bayley Woodger 3rd, Jacob Start 5th

Under 14 boys 6th Ed Selwood 

Under 14 girls 2nd Grace Ward

Under 16 boys 5th Callum Start