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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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

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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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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.

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.
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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

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Minehead Grand Prix – Youth National Series

MDCC Youth this weekend at Minehead incorporating a National Youth Series Championship event on the Saturday, as well as SW Regional Youth Series races on the Sunday. The Minehead Grand Prix now also forms part of the newly-formed Southwest Region Circuit Race Series. Offering a packed race programme catering for all ages and abilities from under 8’s to Mens and Ladies elites, the 1100m fast and flat town centre circuit comes with enthusiastic crowds and a great atmosphere. MDCC youth have 8 riders racing in the biggest event in the South West calendar for the youngsters. 

On Saturday, the National under 16’s saw 80 riders taking to the start line. Morgan Gibson-Clay 57th was the best placed MDCC rider in a very fast race and seeing the course record broken within this race. Reuben Heal 64th, Callum Start 72nd and Ewan Warren was in the leading group then his chain came off so had to pull out.

Sunday saw the SW riders taking on the best again. Under 8 Maddy Woodger came in 3rd after pulling away from 4th and showing her strength after riding some longer races. Under 10’s Jacob Start, Matt Holmes and Bayley Woodger were in a very fast race seeing Bayley and Matt both in a group who were fighting it out for 2nd as one lad managed to get away, both had to work hard to keep the group together and it came down to a sprint finish with Bayley taking 6th and Matt 7th. Jacob Start came in 9th having worked very hard with no one around him, he kept a great even pace to keep in the top 10.

The under 16’s raced again within 24 hours of the national race with many riding both races. Again a very strong field assembled – Reuben Heal chain came of early in the race. Callum Start came 24th holding on to the lead group for most of the race. Ewan Warren stayed in the front group which was dropping riders every lap and just lost out in a sprint finish coming in 8th he was also the highest placed South West rider. 

It was a great weekend of racing and the younger ones learned a lot and enjoyed supporting the under 16’s during the National race. 

Once again thank to the coaches and the  club for the supporting enabling these great opportunities.

Result link

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Report Colin Lewis Grand Prix, Paignton – Saturday, 25 May 2019

Mid Devon Cycling Club hosted the annual Colin Lewis Grand Prix at the Torbay Velopark on Saturday. This was also the second round of South West Series, with some of the biggest fields in the region this year.

In fabulous weather conditions, the youth races started the day with MDCC youth having great success: In the Under 8’s Ed Holmes won the boys and Maddy Woodger was 3rd in the girls.

The Under 10 boys continued to clean up on the podium this season with 1st place going to Bayley Woodger, 2nd to Matt Holmes and Jacob Start coming in 3rd. In the Under 16’s Boys Morgan Gibson-Clay was 2nd in a strong field with the places being contested in a bunch sprint. The adults races had strong field in both the Men’s and Women’s categories

Full results are here

U8 boys
1 Cody Culley Wheal Velocity

U8 girls
1 Lauren Fox Wheal Velocity
2 Bryher Elliott Wheal Velocity
3 Madeline Woodger Mid Devon CC

U10 boys
1 Bayley Woodger Mid Devon CC
2 Jacob Start Mid Devon CC
3 Matthew Holmes Mid Devon CC

U10 girls
1 Orla White Dartmoor Velo – Care Control…
2 Molly Hughes

U12s boys
1 Oscar Elliott Wheal Velocity
2 Elliot Albert Wheal Velocity
3 Joseph Edwards Mid Devon CC
4 Thomas Roodhouse Wheal Velocity
5 Jed Claxton Wheal Velocity

U12s girls
1 Eva Fox Wheal Velocity
2 Megan Dafydd Maindy Flyers Youth CC
3 Molly Lane Pilgrim Flyers
4 Aine Graham

U14s boys
1 Fin Mead Propello
2 Isaac Wythchard
3 William Salter 1st Chard Whls
4 George Packham-Southon Team Tor 2000 KALAS
5 Jack Wilson Wheal Velocity
6 Rhys Wythchard
7 Ewan Dix Dartmoor Velo – Care Control…
8 Noah Thomas Mid Devon CC
9 Reuben Walter Minehead Merlins
10 Angus Graham

U16s boys
1 Charlie Tompkins Propello
2 Morgan Gibson Clay Mid Devon CC
3 Finlay Walter Queens Head Cycling
4 Callum Start Mid Devon CC
5 George Eames North Devon Wheelers
6 Jacob Thomas Mid Devon CC
7 Shaun Duffield Propello
8 Harry Jukes Wheal Velocity
9 Jake Rowell Wheal Velocity
10 Reuben Heal Mid Devon CC
11 Abraham Reid Dartmoor Velo – Care Control…
12 Finlay Webb Exeter Wheelers

U16s girls
1 Hannah Ranger
2 Connie McLaughlin Dartmoor Velo – Care Control…

Women’s race
1 Laura Rayner
2 Nikki Toomer Exeter Wheelers
3 Anja Roeding Exeter Wheelers
4 Catriona Ross Bridport CC
5 Rosalind Willicombe Exeter Wheelers
6 Haddi Conant Datalynx-Parenesis Cycling
7 Hetty Summerhayes Mid Devon CC
8 Francesca Parlur
9 Karen Wyle Smith Exeter Wheelers

1 Dominic Pullen Propello
2 Daniel Lyness Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA
3 Alexander Ford
4 Samuel Woods Plymouth Corinthian CC
5 George Greensmith Propello
6 Chris Howarth Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA
7 Michael Rogers Plymouth Corinthian CC
8 Nick Blight Nopinz Symec Development Team
9 Joe Rosser BGE
10 Andrew Henderson Nopinz Symec Development Team

1 Aled Jones VCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propu…
2 Joshua Gray Team Tor 2000 KALAS
3 Oscar Hutchings Team Tor 2000 KALAS
4 Tom Nancarrow Nopinz Symec Race Team
5 Thomas Day Giant Cycling Club – Halo Film…
6 Dougal Toms University of Exeter Cycling C…
7 Philip Bray Plymouth Corinthian CC
8 William Makin Wheal Velocity
9 Matt Tupman Okehampton Cycle Club
10 Luke Craddock TAAP Cervelo
11 Charlie Revell Team Tor 2000 KALAS
12 Elliot Barratt BIKESTRONG-KTM
13 Blake Pond Nopinz Symec Race Team
14 Julian Pitocco Mid Devon CC
15 Geordie Stock Queens Head Cycling

Masters (over 40’s)
1 William Bunday Royal Air Force CA
2 Wayne Hitchcock
3 Gavin MacDougall Tavistock Whlrs Cycling Club
4 Andrew Henderson Nopinz Symec Development Team
5 Si Potter Mid Cornwall Cycling Club
6 Brian Hennessey BCR Racing
7 David Elliott Wheal Velocity
8 Jason Kettle Mid Devon CC
9 Adrian Clode Revo Racing
10 Andrew Blake Wheal Velocity