Flying start to the SW series road and MTB

Mid Devon Cycling club welcome back racing at the Torbay Velopark for 2020 season for a early season test, with some of the best South, South West and Welsh riders across all age groups. Racing today was over two stages one longer race and one shorter race. 

Mid Devon youth have worked very hard over the winter riders racing development and it showed today with a good number of racers taking part.Under 8 Boy’s saw Ben Ward continue his winning ways from dominating the cyclocross season. Maddy Woodger came 2nd overall to new club mate Lauren Fox coming in 1st, Sister  Eva Fox came 1st in the under 12 girls giving the Boys some good competition over the two races.

Birthday boy Jacob Start had the best result from the under 12’s come in 4th in the second race to com 5th over all Edward Fraile-Whysall was 6th Bayley Woodger was 7th Under 14 boys Noah Thomas had a good day coming in with a second group both races.The under 16 boys saw a very competitive field of 35 riders Calum Starts had to very strong races coming in 4th and 8th saw him 7th overall. Other strong rides were from Archie Goodwin, Reuben Heal and Jacob Thomas. 

Sunday saw the MDCC MTB youth out in force at the first SW Series race at Woodbury Common.  On a wet, slippery and long course. Under 8 Ben and Charlotte Ward had strong rides. Bayley Woodger came in 4th in the under 12 boys beating some strong riders. Molly Lane, Grace Ward and Anna Lane put in strong performances in a large field of under 16 riders.  After a hectic start the 3 girls sat together for part of the first lap before splitting and completing a MDCC 1, 2, 3 in the Juvenile female category with Anna 1st, Molly 2nd and Grace completing the podium with 3rd.  Overall they finished 1st, 2nd and 4th in the under 16 female field.  Hopefully the girls will be off to Hadleigh Farm next weekend to compete in the first round of the National Series at the Olympic venue.

Time Trials

St Piran 10 mile TT 8th March 2020

Heavy early showers cleared leaving a strong south west wind to contend with

as the first riders were sent on their way in the St Piran 10 mile Time trial. The course was up the Tresillian Valley to the east of Truro to turn at Brighton Roundabout and return towards the start.

All 45 riders got away in the dry. Unfortunately a nasty hail and rain shower hit the last 15 riders making the final miles rather unpleasant. Travis Bramley from St Piran came through the conditions the best winning in 21 minutes 42 seconds and Tom Nancarrow from NOPINZ/SAYMTEC Race Team was the runaway winner of the Primavera Race was 36 seconds slower. Splitting them was Sandy Gourley who was timed in at 22 minutes 11 seconds. Of the lady riders Stacey Ginieres, Penzance Wheelers took top spot in 24 minutes 55 seconds beating her team mate, Martina Geraghty  by 53 seconds and third placed Angharad Berriman by 1 minute 1 second.

The Mid-Devon CC was represented by 3 riders.  Mark Sanders took exactly 25 minutes – his feeling on finishing in the cold rain was “I don’t think I could have managed 25 miles in those conditions”. Law student Hetty Summerhays took 28 minutes 56 seconds. 83 year old Ken Robertson got within 3 seconds of his best time of 2019 with a time of 33 minutes 5 seconds and was more than happy with his first racing outing of 2020.

Ken R

MDCC Road Racing Youth

The circuit season has arrived after several races being cancelled due to bad weather. Mid Devon Raced at two different venues on Saturday.


7 riders headed off to Wheal Jane in windy but dry conditions.  Maddy Woodger under 10’s started her season bottom of her new age group but managed a podium place coming in 3rd. 


Bayley Woodger under 12 started his road campaign in his new age group feeling under the weather but managed a great 2nd place.


Grace Ward started her first ever circuit race showing her strength and versatility across the different disciplines by winning the under 14’s girls.

Grace, Bayley and Noah

Noah Thomas under 14’s had a good strong race after having a break from racing for 10 months by finishing 3rd brother Jake Thomas under 16 also enjoyed a good comeback race by coming in 2nd.

1st year Junior Harry Jukes claimed his first podium in his first race as a senior in cat 3/4 race coming 2nd. 


Jason Kettle enjoyed a good start to the year with a win in the masters category. 

This was a great opening race for these riders all making the podiums in their age groups. 

Odd Down

Two under 16’s Callum Start and Ruben Heal went to Odd Down for the 1st round of the South series with a very strong field  of 35. Riders saw a fast pace set with both lads attacking off the front, Reuben was away for nearly two laps whilst Callum sat at the front and limited any other attacks. It all went down to the last lap and on the second to last corner Reuben was in a crash, whilst Callum contested the long sprint and got 8th. Reuben is ok and will be ready to go again next week. 

Odd down

Next week we see the South and the South West series coming to Torbay Velopark on Saturday for a stage race stating at 10:30 with all age groups included, we are expecting a good Mid Devon turn out. 

On Sunday will see the clubs MTB riders take on the first round of the South West xc MTB series.

Offroad Road Racing Youth

Icebreaker Series Newport & Cannock winter classic MTB

Two Mid Devon Youth went to Newport velodrome on Saturday to try the ever popular Icebreaker Series.  Now in its 10th year, the series comprises of 2 rounds of endurance based Omniums for youth riders. Each round includes scratch, elimination and points races for each category. Bayley (age 10) was in under 12 category and Grace Ward (age 12) was in the under 14 category both enjoyed the challenge finding it hard to get a good track position in a large field of riders at speeds over 24mph, both improved across each race throughout the Omnium. 

Both riders would like to thank Mid Devon Cycling club for supporting them with club bikes and South West British Cycling for the development training session before this event. 

Cannock winter classic MTB

Sunday saw 3 riders start their MTB season making a long trip to Cannock for the winter classic. On a very wet and muddy course made riding conditions very difficult 2 new club members Anna Lane and Molly Lane both showed good early form along side Grace Ward coming straight off the back of racing on the track at Newport. All three rider are under 14’s but at this event they are riding in the under 16’s with riders 3 years older Anna came 3rd, Molly Lane 7th and Grace 8th this is great achievement from the three of them in a strong field.