MDCC Offroad Youth

MTB Youth Report – South West MTB XC Series 2019 Haldon inc the SW Regional Champs

Sunday, 19 May 2019

The 3rd round of South West MTB XC Series 2019 Haldon forest incorporating the SW Regional Championships hosted by MDCC. This event saw some age group fields double in size on a great challenging course with fantastic weather conditions. 

The under 8’s race kick started the day with Maddy Woodger coming 3rd in her very 1st MTB race learning a lot along the way but improved every lap.

Under 14 Boys Ed Selwood was going strong on an extended and challenging course – Ed suffered a mechanical so did not finish. 

In the under 10’s series leader Bayley Woodger kept up the winning streak by taking the South West title. Jacob Start in his 1st MTB race of the year came 9th. 

Under 10 podium 

Under 12’s boys saw Ben Goldsmith take 7th in a very strong field. 

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14/5/2019 Dunkeswell Youth Report.

After a year away from the racing calendar Dunkeswell was back seeing a good turn out for MDCC youth. 

Maddy Woodger racing for the first time at the venue winning her 1st road race of the year in the under 8s making a big jump to a 20 minute race with the under 10s and 12’s. Ellie Birchall continuing the winning way for the MDCC girls under 10s.

The three amigos were at it again in the under 10 boys with another clean sweep.
Bayley Woodger showing strength to solo ride for the win. Matt Holmes worked hard with William Birchall (under 12) taking turns showing some good skills they have learnt in training taking 2nd. Jacob Start found the fast pace hard to hold but dig deep and had  a solo ride to 3rd. These three were riding at a average over 18 mph.

William and Henry Birchall under 12 boys Henry crashed out on the second corner but got up and was fine. William worked with Matt And came in 2nd over all. 

Noah Thomas as a first year in the under 14’s got in a group of 3 (one being an under 16) they worked together for almost the whole race with Noah and the other under 14 from Minehead sprinting it out at the end with Noah coming out on top for 7th.

Jacob Thomas and Callum Start both 1st years in the under 16’s carrying good form coming in to this race. The pair were in the front group with Jacob being very active keeping the pace high staying in the front 2 for the majority of the race. Callum worked hard to get in the group and to stay with them. It came down to a sprint finish with Jacob coming 3rd and Callum 5th.

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Mid Devon Youth – Bank Holiday Weekend Update

MDCC youth split into different directions this weekend some went to Odd Down Bath for the Sulis Scorpions Racing #2 where Noah Thomas finishes in the chase group of the under 14’s. His older brother Jacob had a good strong ride and came in 2nd in the under 16’s. 

Others headed down to Wheal-Jane for the 3rd round of series were they saw more success with Maddy Woodger coming in 2nd in the under 8’s girls. The under 10 boys saw another clean sweep of the podium.

The boys are unbeaten in the South West so far this season. Bayley Woodger 1st Matt Holmes 2nd and Jacob Start 3rd. Under 16’s boys was a hard race with attacks on every climb but Callum Start and Reuben Heal stayed in the front group – 


2019 VP Thursday Evening Series Event 1

1VickyJowettPlymouth Corinthian CC
2EmmaCockcroftBianchi Dama 
3AnjaRoedingExeter Wheelers
4NicoleCoatesPerformance Cycles
5NatashaReddyBianchi Dama 
7LucyMonkExeter Wheelers
8KarenWyle SmithExeter Wheelers
2SimonSzenderExeter Wheelers
3CoreyBaleCycle Team OnForm 
4JulianPitoccoMid Devon CC
5GeordieStockQueens Head Cycling
6JamesCartlidgePlymouth Corinthian CC
7LukeBarfootTri UK
8TravisBramleyBCR Racing
9JoeGodwinExeter Wheelers
10AndrewDavenportTeam Tor 2000 KALAS

2019 Club TT Series Info

2019 Club 10 mile TT Series.

  • 17 April: 18.31 – Teign Valley
  • 24 April: 19.01 – Clay Pits
  • 1 May: 19.01 – Clay Pits
  • 15 May: 19.01 – Teign Valley
  • 29 May: 19.01  – Clay Pits
  • 12 June: 19.01 – Teign Valley
  • 26 June: 19.01 – Clay Pits
  • 10 July: 19.01 – Clay Pits
  • 24 July: 19.01 – Teign Valley
  • 7 August: 19.01 – Clay Pits
  • 14 August: 19.01 – Clay Pits
  • 21 August: 18.31 – Teign Valley

Times above are the start times for the first rider – signing on for each event is 30 minutes before those times!

Teign Valley events sign on at: Teign Valley Community Hall, Lower Town, Christow

ClayPits events sign on at: MDCC HQ, Abbrook Park, Strap Lane, Kingsteignton

If you are a member of an affiliated club simply turn up, pay £3 and race. If you’re not a member of an affiliated club you can still take part under the ‘Come and Try it scheme’. Helmets are mandatory. Minimum age to take part is 12. Under 18’s do need a Parental Consent form which you can download here (one form is good for the whole season). In order for all events to take place the club requires support.

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Castle Combe Easter Classic Youth Races

Castle Combe Easter Classic 2019
Closed Circuit , Chippenham – Friday, 19 Apr 2019

A sunny but windy day at Castle Combe for the Easter Classic, This closed circuit race for young riders is well established drawing good riders from the South of England, South West and Wales with many of the age groups categories at capacity. The South West as a whole did very well giving them all great chances to ride in bigger field. 

Under 10’s Bayley Woodger came in 4th after missing out in a sprint for 3rd. Matt Holmes came in 7th casing down the field as the race went on, Jacob Start on a new bike did very well and was around 12th. These three are 123 in the South West and it was good to give them a new challenge again today.

Under 14’s Noah Thomas has a good race as he is a 1st year in the age group. just dropping off the back of the field on the last lap. 

Under 16’s Morgan Gibson Clay, Callum Start, Jacob Thomas and Ewan Warren. All finished together in a bunch sprint and Jon Dobel a triathlete has just started training with the club got a puncture on the 3rd lap but was holding his own well in the big field.

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Wheal Jane Circuit Races – Youth Report

13 /4/19 Saturday Wheal Jane Summer Race Series round 2
Closed Circuit , Truro

A sunny but windy day for round 2 of the Wheal Jane Summer Race Series saw a slightly delayed start due to the conditions. The under 8’s ended up riding with the under 10’s to make back the time this saw 5 riders riding for MDCC.

Under 8’s 
Maddy Woodger was 3rd which was an improvement on the first round. Charlotte Ward was 4th attempting the circuit for the first time and coping very well with the hills. Ben Ward came 1st in the boys enjoying racing some of the under 10’s at the same time.

Under 10’s 
Matt Holmes was otherwise committed today this saw the three amigos down to two. Jacob Start had a great start and saw off some good competition to come in 2nd. Bayley Woodger came in 1st making it 3 wins in a week. 

Under 16’s 
The wind was getting up throughout the day and the under 16’s was up next in a busy day of racing. Reuben Heal and Callum Start raced in a good field. Unfortunately Reuben crashed in the last quarter of the race but is ok. Callum worked hard in the group with riders being dropped off the back of the group, he finishing in 4th this backs up some strong performances in the last 7 days for Callum.

Great days racing again today with some strong rides well done all.

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Totnes Vire Support Races

MDCC Youth had a good turnout at the Totnes Vire Support Races on Saturday, 06 April at Torbay Velopark. 13 riders across different age groups ranging from Under 8 to under 16.

The podium places were:- Maddy Woodger 2nd under 8 girls. Ellie Birchall 2nd under 10 girls. A 123 in the under 10 boys for the second time this season with Bayley Woodger 1st, Matt Holmes 2nd, Jacob Start 3rd. William Birchall 3rd in the under 12’s. Well done to all the other riders.

U8 Boys
1Cody Culley 1366440
2Dominik Perriam – Mason 721459
U8 Girls
1Lauren Fox 1337097
2Madeline Woodger 1457421
U10 Boys
1Bayley Woodger 1264814
2Matthew Holmes 1344125
3Jacob Start 1230608
U10 Girls
1Franny Wright 1505383
2Ellie Birchall 1395522
U12 Boys
1Louis Wright 1257114
2Thomas Roodhouse 1223080
3William Birchall 1391046
U12 Girls
1Eva Fox 1337094
U14 Boys 
1Reuben Stacey 941903
2Joseph Wright 1121971
3Jack Wilson 1426349
No Girls
U16 Boys 
1George Eames 964535
2Tyler Lindo 1026873
3Sam Medlyn 892105
4Ryan Abram 1019657
5Ben Woodland 1009168
6Callum Start 951815
7Shaun Duffield 918598
8Lewis Ross 832292
9Reuben Heal 1053402
10Jacob Thomas 842170
4th Cat
3DominicArmstrongOkehampton Cycle Club4th1077599
5JohnSawersRoyal Navy & Royal Marines CA4th961835
6RossMorrisTavistock Whlrs Cycling Club4th1459635
8BenSavageRoyal Navy & Royal Marines CA4th1398690
10StephenJonesPlymouth Corinthian CC4th1296074
Womens 3/4
1CatrionaRossBridport CC421953
3ElizabethSandersUniversity of Exeter Cycling Club1242646
4HettySummerhayesMid Devon CC1083357
5AmyDunwellBCR Racing1251168
6AnjaRoedingExeter Wheelers1399358
7KarenWyle SmithExeter Wheelers434169
8JennyBolsonBCR Racing1551547
9JoPerramExeter Wheelers721459
11LucyHoadeBCR Racing1551547
12EmilyWilkinsExeter Wheelers1558456
Masters 3/4
2MarkGibbsQueens Head403544
3GideonAroussiExeter Wheelers3rd1242304
4WilliamBundayRoyal Air Force CA3rd407651
5CharlieStebbingsTri UK3rd1210584
6FrankSchirnhoferRoyal Navy & Royal Marines CA3rd1111816
7WilliamHornbyCycle Sport South Hams3rd408251
8SteveBlakePlymouth Corinthian CC4th407310
9GregoryStaceyNorth Devon Wheelers3rd941909
10SiPotterMid Cornwall Cycling Club3rd1149236

Primavera Race Report

With a quality line up for the Primavera Road Race in Hatherleigh (Devon), battling for the win was always going to be tough and yet again, after his win at the Jock Wadley in 2018, Mikey Mottram Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK delivered the goods for his new team, and on his new bike, with a sprint victory over the classy Lincoln GP winner, Alex Richardson of Canyon DHB.

“It was good to get my first win in the Vitus colours” Mikey explained afterwards. “You always come out of the winter not quite knowing where you are at and whilst the numbers can look good one day to the next, you can feel different each day over the winter as you generally focus on your training and so can be carrying a fair bit of fatigue. It was good to be racing against Alex and the other Canyon boys as you know they will always be strong and have some one to work against”.

Asked for a summary of the race, Mikey explained “The race had a typical fairly fast start with early attacks and about 10 kilometres in, a strong group of five of us got away on and over the top of the main drag on the circuit we were building a small gap. Unfortunately, there was a large crash which forced the race to be stopped and restarted with a slightly shorter distance. The gap was not reinstated.”

“The restart was very fast and it was strung out for 5-6km and I followed a counter move by Alex drawing a group of five of us out. We were driving this break quite hard and soon opened a large gap and whittled the break down until it was just Alex and myself left for the final 15-20km. We both just played to our strengths and worked well together. The speed was always high so there wasn’t much opportunity to attack each other. I had good confidence in my finish so we took it to the line in a two up sprint I managed to win”.

The course for the race organised by long time organiser of events, Ken Robertson, was typical of mid Devon roads; constantly rolling with a bit of everything. It was a transfer out to the circuit with four (reduced to 3 laps after the crash) of the course with rolling main roads. The main drag and false flat top in the middle of the circuit helped sort out the inform from the out of form whilst the fast lanes helped those in the wheels. At the end of the circuit, it was a fast transfer back before finishing on a steady climb about 1km long.

Up against such a strong rider as Alex Richardson, the win was not going to come easy for Mikey who the year before, had beaten another classy rider in Joey Walker to win the Jock Wadley in a two up sprint. Mikey talks us through the sprint at Primavera RR saying “Me and Alex haven’t got the biggest kicks in the bunch as we are both much more VO2 Max kind of racers. I was keen to take it from the front and managed to take it to about 150m to go before having to open it up. I just got my head down and managed to hold him off. Alex gave it a good crack however and put in a solid effort to push me all the way”.

The 3/4 race saw ex Mid Devon CC rider Harry Loader with a minute gap when the race restarted. This all came back together on the run in and the win was taken by Hamish Fletcher Cooney from Bradnich who rides for a Northern based Off-road team All Terain Cycles. Cooney has impressed in the SW CX league this season so it was no surprise to see him take the win.

Thanks to all the friends and members of Mid Devon CC for helping. Thanks also to the SW NEG, SWRWG and the Accredited Marshals without whom we couldn’t race on the roads.


1. Hamish Fletcher Cooney All Terrain Cycles
2. Ryan Seed Velo Club Venta
3. Elliott Barratt Bath CC
4. Dominic Pullen Propello J
5. Travis Bramley BCR Racing
6. Matthew Houlberg Portsmouth NE J
7. Steve Thomas Steele Davis
8. Phil Collings Private
9. Matthew Dennis Primera
10. George Greensmith Propello J


1 Mikey Mottram Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
2 Alex Richardson Canyon DHB
3 Fred Sheske Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
4 Dougal Toms Exeter Uni
5 Owain Roberts Backstedt J
6 Red Walters Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
7 Louis Rose Davis Canyon DHB
8 Daniel Maclean Howell Cardif Ajax
9 Iwan Evans The Bulls
10 Cian Roberts The Bulls
11 Bryn Davies The Bulls
12 Thomas Day Giant Halo
13 Andrew Davenport Team Tor
14 ?
15 ?
16 Aled Jones RNMCA
17 Joe Healy St Piran
18 Neil Phillips Kibosh
19 ?
20 James Codd Backstedt J



Angus Menter takes maiden victory at Westpoint

After 30 minutes this race came down to the last corner. It was a technical and narrow combination – right, left, then 180 degree right over a speed bump, to a 90 degree left. I don’t think I was the strongest rider in the race, I just managed to get a good position for the corner. Coming into the straight before it I was boxed in so dropped back to move to the inside line. As I did I felt someone kicking past me and realised now was the time to fight for position, so I got my jumble sale elbows out as my mum would have said, and ended up second wheel into the corner, about 300m from the line. On the shallow climb before it flattened out I felt the rider in front of me slowing so I kicked although it felt early. I came round him up the climb then on the flat realised I was undergeared but decided it was no time to be changing as I was head down and eyeballs out. As I crossed the line I looked round and saw a decent gap. Then for five or ten seconds I felt like I was dreaming, it was a surreal sensation.

This was my first bunch race, having been tempted for a while but preferring the relative safety of Mtb and Cx races, temptation finally outweighing risk aversion. I started near the back and gradually moved to the front through the race, focusing on getting the inside line through corners, holding my position, and coasting wherever I could. I covered a couple of gaps when it was strung out, but realised it was still coming back together at the corners, as there were no really strong breaks. Woody Ferguson, Paul Burness-Moakes and I had a loose plan that if any of us was in a break to avoid working to close it, which didn’t come into play. We chatted during the race, checking how each other were feeling and pointing out sketchy riding. (as well as having a word with the instigators). In general though the bunch was pretty tidy, phew!

As we were all in the lead group in the closing stages I was dreaming of a mid devon 1-2-3. It wasn’t to be, but we did have all four of us (including Jack Cooper who I only met after) in the top ten. And everyone stayed upright, despite a slightly greasy surface at some points, yay! All in all a great race, and double bonus now I get to write my version of its history! Have to shout out some good advice from Ian Cullen, Jason Kettle and Antony Jenkins, and my family for their support. It was all the thrill I hoped it would be, the constant shifting sands, reacting to and creating new situations, hitting the apex, surfing the wheels, reading the guys around me and the guys at the front of the race, all the while working towards position on the last lap. And kicking, once for the last corner, once for the line. Next day was back down to earth though, went for a training ride and bonked, miles from home…