Friday 16th August Started a big weekend of racing for MDCC and the club is hosting both events.
4 youth riders rode in some difficult conditions made by the weather on a yet again a great course. Thanks Steve!
Under 8 Maddy came in 3rd in her best race of the year once she got her head around the course.
Under 10 Arthur Oliver made light work of the conditions coming in 1st Bayley came in 2nd both boys really enjoyed the course.
Under 12 Ben show his strength training is paying off by winning, lapping all the other under 12 riders.
On Sunday 18th August Mid Devon Cycling Club hosted Paignton Regatta criterium which has a long and proud history. Past winners of the Elite race include Marcin Białobłocki, Chris Opie and our own Andrew Parker!
Mid Devon youth carried on their successful season with under 8 Maddy Woodger coming 1st.
In the under 10’s boys Mid Devon dominated the race taking the top 4 places, 1st Bayley Woodger 2nd Matt Holmes, 3rd Arthur Oliver and 4th Jacob Start.
Under 12 boys Joseph Edwards was 4th, Under 12’s Girls Aine Graham came 1st. Under 16’s competitive field was the 2nd largest racing field in the South West this year with 3 Mid Devon riders in the top 10 Morgan Gibson-Clay and Reuben Heal worked hard in the front group dropping riders every lap with 5 laps to go there were 6 of them, it went down to a sprint and Reuben planned to lead Morgan out it did not go quite to plan but Morgan still got top spot and and Reuben was 6th Callum Start was 8th. Reuben was 6th Callum Start was 8th.
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.
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
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
3/4 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
Elite/1/2 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
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.
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.
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 –
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.
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.