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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Sunday, 06 Oct 2019 Mid Devon cycling club youth went to Coxleigh Barton for the 3rd round of the South West Cyclo-cross league.
Under 8 boy Ben Ward kept up his winning ways in all three rounds and leading the series with Sister Charlotte coming 4th in under 8 girls.
Matt Holmes wins another round keeping his unbeaten run in the series going despite riding with a cold in the under 10 boys. Maddy Woodger keeps her good start to the series going with taking another 3rd and brother Bayley Woodger came in 4th once again this year in the under 12 boys with Jacob Start coming in 7th having another solder ride.
Under 14’s girl Grace Ward that has just joined the club to develop her cycling skills across all disciplines came 2nd with a great performance.
The next round is Newnham Park Plymouth, Sunday 13th Oct 2019