Junior Tour of The Mendips – Louie takes the Points Jersey

Junior Tour of The Mendips

This was my first time racing this  as I didn’t get a place last year. After being ill all week running up to the race and still feeling ill on the race day I was unsure  how I would go.

Stage 1 – 4km TT

I finished the TT with a time of 6min 16 sec which put me in 51st. This left me feeling hopeless and demoralised. But I had to put this behind me for the next stage in 2 hours time.

Stage 2 – 105km Road Race

The course was mostly rolling with no steep climbs other than at the very start for KOM points. I came 4th in the sprint to the top for the KOM points just behind the jersey winner for that day. I sat in the top ten of the bunch for 1 lap when I decided to make my move with Welsh rider Brecon Burnett. We soon had a large gap of about 1 minute when a few others bridged across to us. We all worked smoothly but the bunch picked up the pace. After 3 laps of being out solo we were caught. But I still had good legs! I kept trying and trying and whilst trying I was picking up all the Points for the Points jersey competition. I had won 2 sprints and got 2nd in one.

With 3 laps to go I started my sprint to grab some more points (which I did) and found myself off the front with the same guy I was in a break with at Cadence. He shouted to me “come on let’s keep this up” so we put the hammer down and pushed on. A few people bridged to us and we soon had a large gap of around 1 min 30 on the peloton. Coming into the last lap I knew that the break was going to work. You just get a feeling it will. There was 5 of us up the road and working in a Chaingang – the gap did start to come down but they were too late. We were on the final straight. Unfortunately I picked the wrong wheel to start my sprint and they came around me and I got 4th… AGAIN. But I was put into the Points jersey which I actually won because there wasn’t any points sprints on the next stage. I took the jersey by 3 points ahead of Matt Ellis who took the win. I also moved from 51st on GC to 14th! Overall my best stage.

Stage 3 –

This was the stage that should have suited me this most. Sadly I had left so much out on the road the previous day I had some very tired legs. On the 2nd climb of the day I was gapped from the peloton leaving me and about 20 others to chase hard to get back on. After about 30 min of solid chasing we made it to the peloton. I moved straight to the front to make sure I wouldn’t get gapped up any of the other climbs. We started to chase the break down but sadly didn’t have any luck, they were too far ahead. Coming into the final climb about 1km to go my legs have out, but this was to be expected after putting such a big shift in the day before and still having some underlying illness. I was left feeling knackered! I finished up 34th overall but the winner of the points jersey. I was a little disappointed about the last stage and to end up so far down on GC but I was over the moon to take the points jersey and 4th place on stage two.

Huge thank you to MDCC for the support as always and to my Dad for taking me to the race. None of this would happen without them. Now looking forward to Totnes Vire and seeing what I can do there.

Cadence Junior Road Race – National Series Round 1

The Mid Devon CC are proud to have a squad of 4 talented Junior riders for 2018. This weekend saw the first of the National Series in Wales with both 2nd Year Juniors Louie Priddle and Harrison Wood representing the club. To have two riders place in the Top 10 in an event such as this is a remarkable achievement. Louie came in 4 and Harrison just behind in 6th. Massive congratulations to them both.

Louie Priddle

This was a race I was unable to race last year but this year I was able to. I had heard and read a lot about this race from previous years. It seemed like it was a race to break away on – but not to early and not too late! On the Saturday Harrison W arrived at my house for us to drive up and stay at the same hotel in ‘Three Cocks’ right next to the sign on for the Sunday. I went out and did course recon just after we arrived at the hotel and I ended up doing 2 laps whilst Harrison went on for some extra. The course looked tough in places mainly the finish where it went up a 1km climb! There were also some very tight bends with some slippery surfaces due to gravel and mud.

On the Sunday I woke up had my breakfast and got in the van and travelled literally 1 min to the HQ! All signed on and kitted up I started a 15min warm up just focusing on getting my legs opened up because I knew it would be a quick start being the first national of the year. We began the sketchy neutral section where there were actually a few crashes towards the back because of people trying to move up. After the first lap we were stopped because of ‘white lining’ and also to let the load of people who crashed get back on. After a good telling off we were off again. People were chipping off the front but nothing was successful. I had to keep the early race excitement under control and focus on what I was want to achieve.

After 2 and a half laps had passed I knew I had to move now because there were two riders up the road gaining time and if I’d go now I thought hopefully others would follow and form a nice group! And that we did. I attacked with Joe West who had been out for two laps prior to that so he was a bit tired. But I knew there was a group of 3 coming up behind so I pushed on even harder to make the gap bigger. The group of 3 made it to me and we worked very well to chase the two out front down. After two laps of chaingang and chasing them down we caught the two up front. We now had a break of 5 and still gaining time on the peloton. I believe I time gap went up to 2mins 40 at its peak.

On the 2nd to last lap one of the Spokes riders From Scotland chipped of the front. From then on our group started looking at each other and not wanting to work. We worked but it wasn’t smooth at all with riders skipping turns and just sitting on (very frustrating after working so well for 65km!) we hit the final climb and the rung the bell to signal the final lap! This was it – we had to push on hard or else we’d start to get caught quickly by the chasing group! Which had Harrison W and a few other strong riders in.

We hit the final climb and I glanced behind to see the chasing group behind about 10s back. I really had to dig deep if I wanted a top 3 now. I attacked half way up the climb and came past the group when cramp hit both my legs, legs on fire I was about 30 meters from the line and I could here heavy breathing and panting just behind me. I sprinted to the line and just missed out on third place by half a wheel length. And ended up getting 4th.

For the first national of the year I was pleased with how the legs were and am excited to be doing the MDCC Hilly TT on good Friday Luxembourg and then Travelling to Luxembourg on the Saturday to race in the Bob Jungels UCI race on the Sunday. Massive thank you to My Dad for driving us around and also MDCC for all of the support given to us.

Harrison Wood

Last year was an eventful first national awakening for me. Being taken out by a motorbike wasn’t exactly how I planned on ending the 2017 race. I was therefore excited and of course a bit nervous for the 2018 edition of the race. I travelled up the day before with Louies dad and I rode 4 laps of the course the day before so I knew exactly what was to come!

Now onto race day. The race started in typical UK fashion. Riders crossing the white lines with a few crashes chucked in the mix as well for good measure. The race was then stopped as I predicted after the 1st lap. They told us off. I got to the front and rolled off the front. Kind of by accident really but still a group of 5 of us rode through and off. I didn’t commit really and after half a lap we were pulled back.

I held my position towards the front until around 60 kms to go from the end when I got caught behind a rather big crash. Luckily I only ended up in a thorn bush which was good ish! However I then had to chase back on for a bit as the pace was pretty high as Louie and a few others had attacked just before. I got back on and it eased. I used this opportunity to move towards the front. Then I noticed a few rides were drifting off so I decided to jump across with just under 3 laps to go. We went hard and eventually the elastic snapped to the peloton and we were away. A group of 5 of us working well together chasing a group of 6 who with around 40 kms to go still had 2.5 minutes on us. With 1.5 laps to go we had caught a few from the break but we’re still 1.5 minutes behind the break. We went even harder and eventually just as we hit the bottom of the final 2 minute climb we caught them. I was done in by this point after a very hard few laps. I rolled over the line to take 6th which I was happy with after having a fairly eventful race.

Next time I hope to avoid crashing and I’m sure the top result will follow! Thanks to MDCC for the support, well done to Louie for 4th and his Dad for taking us!

Race Report – Tris Davies 3rd at the Velopark

The start of the race was fairly casual with no-one really attacking. Because I didn’t know what the pace would be like, I sat in for a few laps. On lap 3, I sprinted from the back of the bunch and attacked down the right hand side of the road. This was effective and I got a good gap almost immediately. I was alone however and hopes of staying away were quickly brought back as I was caught after nearly 3 laps away. I decided that the best thing to do was to sit in the bunch and follow the wheel of Tom Nankarrow, as I felt he was the strongest.

With roughly 8 laps to go. Three of us attacked, including Tom. We had a decent gap and rode hard to snap the elastic between us and the bunch. A national mountain biker called Fletcher bridged the gap, making there 4 of us. We extended our gap each lap and to be honest my legs were starting to feel it from my win the previous day. With 1.5 laps left, Tom from Exeter university attacked from behind us and no body could respond. I was certain we were going to have to sprint for third and wanted to be behind the other two riders for the finish. This was not possible however as the others were keen to keep me on the front, no matter how much I slowed down. I could have done with rear mirrors at this point as I was waiting for someone to launch their sprint. Fletcher launched his sprint, so as did I. I managed to hold off 4th but I couldn’t quite get my front wheel ahead for second. I was pleased however as it was a close finish and I was easily the youngest and smallest racing. For sure I was pleased with third and picked up a nice amount of points.

Morgan Gibson Race Report – Maiden victory in first race as Youth A

10th March 2018

Wheal Jane : SW series race 1

As expected the wind was strong up at the circuit in Cornwall making warming up on the rollers quite a challenge. The closed circuit consisted of a short but steep climb, followed by a rolling flat section and a gradual uphill stretch towards the finish. After the line a slow hairpin corner into a fast downhill – flat section with fast corners back to the hill.

I didn’t know what to expect being my first race of the season as a first year cat A. The field consisted of a few strong riders, Sam Medlyn being the rider to watch. As soon as the race started I felt a huge difference from last year in terms of my performance, the race starting quickly splitting the group up to five riders, including me, up at the front. The race consisted of a lot of quick attacks up the climb and at the downhill. From the start I was feeling comfortable with the pace and was doing my part on the front, as well as sticking close to the wheels of the riders to watch. Halfway through the race an attack went on the hill, everyone instantly set out to catch the attacker as I sat in with a group of three, bringing back the solo attacker within three laps or so. With two laps to go the group of four sped up. On the last lap I sat on the back of the group ready for a sprint, with two hundred or so meters left Sam Medlyn made a seated attack as I stuck closely behind. On the last thirty meters I snuck in on his inside out the wind and sprinted for the line stealing 1st place.

Overall it was a great race, the speed and effort levels constantly in short intervals making it quite a demanding race. A great way to start my season and the SW series and get some points and experience. Thanks to Mark Dolan and Andy Parker for helping out with my coaching.

Primavera Road Race Results

A bitterly cold morning in Hatherleigh saw the races delayed for 90 mins whilst the officials assessed the course and removed some icy patches. A tractor then decided to start hedge cutting adding to the excitement but we eventually got underway shortly before Midday.

The support race saw Mid Devon CC Junior Harry Birchill break clear of the bunch after half the race building up to a minute lead. He was then joined on lap 3 by 7 others who combined well to keep the bunch at bay. Harry easily won the sprint and demonstrated that he will be one to watch on the road after years of top level Mountain Bike racing. Tom Nancarrow and Oliver Yates came 2nd and 3rd respectively whilst Joseph Patrick won the bunch kick for 9th.

1. Harry Birchill, Mid Devon Junior
2. Tom Nancarrow
3. Oliver Yates
4. Andrew Kirby
5. Oliver Winwood
6. Andrew White
7. Timothy Flynn
8. Oliver Berisford
9. Joseph Patrick
10. Philip Cole

The Elite race saw one of the best fields that we have had for many years. Hot favourite was Somersets Marcin Bialoblocki now riding for Steele Davis Via Roma RT. Marcin bridged over to the original break including Southern Champion Matt Downie, Mikey Mottram from Morvelo and Lee Frost. This group stayed together until the run in to Hatherleigh when they broke up and Marcin came in victorious with Downie 2nd and Rupert Graham from Spirit Tifosi in third. Mid Devon’s 2nd year  Junior Louie Priddle came in 17th and 1st Junior with team mate Harrison Wood just behind in 20th.

1. Marcin Bialoblocki
2. Matthew Downie @ 13
3. Rupert Graham st
4. Lee Frost @30
5. Mikey Mottram 1.28
6. Fred Scheske @1.35
7. Ed Laverack 1.40
8. Andrew Turner st
9. Max Stedman 1.45
10. Luke Nolan 1.50
11. Joe Harris st
12. Andrew Lawson
13. Neil Philips
14. Alex Fanshawe
15. Adrian Toole
16. Mark Perry
17. Louis Priddle – Mid Devon Junior
18. Tom Temple
19. Ross Holland
20. Harrison Wood  Mid Devon Junior

Thanks as always to Ken and the army of volunteers from inside and outside the club who make all of this possible.

Mid Devon CC Race Team – weekend season openers.

Saturday saw the Road Season start at the  Westpoint Arena.  University of Exeter Cycling Club promoted a series of races on the newly laid out course. Mid Devon saw success in all the categories with Anthony Jenkins and Jack Cooper 4th and 9th respectively in the 4th Cats. Mid Devon Junior Tristan Davies was 4th in the 3rd Cat, Hetty Summerhayes 2nd in the Womens and the evergreen Julian Pitocco  7th in the E/1/2

Men’s 4th Cat

1st Martin Pearce
2nd Marlin Barea
3rd Richard Long
4th Antony Jenkins
5th Alex Joy
6th Simon Durant
7th Chris Cumming
8th Chris Howarth
9th Jack Cooper
10th Kelwyn Rogers

Men’s 3rd Cat

1st Jenson Young
2nd Tom Nancarrow
3rd Phil Cole
4th Alistair Stubbs
5th Owen Prior
6th Tristan Davies
7th Rowan Ellis
8th Samuel Gaskin
9th Scott Fryer
10th Mark Szender

Women’s 2/3/4

1st Tasha Reddy
2nd Hetty Summerhayes
3rd Nikki Toomer
4th Lilie Sanders
5th Sue Allen
6th Sarah Durrant
7th Lili Keau
8th Jean Ackford

Men’s E/1/2/31st George Pym

2nd Max Stedman
3rd Ashley Towey
4th Frederik Scheske
5th Alex Fanshawe
6th Max Moyles
7th Julian Pitocco
8th Martin Rowland
9th Joe Monk
10th Tom Nancarrow

Sunday saw the action switch to the A38.

Ex Mid Devon CC starlet Matt Langworthy continued his fine form as he smashed the course record on the S4/10 in Buckfastleigh, Devon, despite far from ideal conditions.

The previous record was set by our own Conrad Moss in June of last year and stood at 19.02 but the 21-year-old from Newton Abbott, who finished third in the National 10, shaved eight seconds off that and the Saint Piran rider set a new time of 18.54.

The course is an undulating one and although there was no wind, drizzle fell on the track and riders during the event.

Speaking after the event, Matt said: “I’m really pleased with the course record. It’s a local course and a good test to see how I’m doing as my first race of the season, it’s good to see what those numbers are.

“It was foggy but it cleared up and a few riders were quite quick. I thought an 18 was doable on this course but not at this time of year. I just felt decent when I got out there and it went well. I think it’s the first 18 in south west, although I’m not sure.

“I’m mainly going to be on the road with Saint Piran, although I’m aiming to do some ttime trials in the summer with the National 10 and 25 being the main goals. Most of my training is focused on the road but I used to be time trailer and you never lose it, I just kept it ticking over, building in January and February.”

A field of 33 riders tackled the event but there was a lot of quality on display and junior Mid Devon CC duo of Harrison Wood and Louis Priddle completed the podium.

Wood completed in 19.40, 46 seconds down on the record and his team mate Priddle was a further 34 seconds off the record pace.

Top veteran rider on the day was Ian Cullen, also of Mid Devon CC, who placed fifth overall with a time of 20.34. James Tribble, also of Mid Devon CC, was second veteran in 20.39 and Paul Walshe (Plymouth Corinthians CC) was third in 21.21.

There were two women competitors, both also riding for Mid Devon CC, with Jenny Corser clocking a time of 23.56 and Maria Weymouth stopping the clock at 24.57.

(This report is copyright of Cycling Time Trials/Snowdon Sports. )


1. Matt Langworthy (Saint Piran)           18.54

2. Harrison Wood (Mid Devon CC)   19.40

3. Louis Priddle (Mid Devon CC)      20.14

4. Andrew White (Okehampton CC)  20.18

5. Ian Cullen (Mid Devon CC)           20.34

6. James Tribble (Mid Devon CC)     20.39

7. Paul Walshe (Plymouth Corinthians CC)   21.21

8. Nick Campbell (Mid Cornwall CC)           21.32

9. Mark Pierce (Tavistock Wheelers) 21.40

10. Ken Holder (City Cycle Couriers RT)      21.51


1. Jenny Corser (Mid Devon CC)       23.56

2. Maria Weymouth (Mid Devon CC)           24.57

Next weekend see the first Road Race of the season with the Mid Devon promoted Primavera.

Group Riding Skills Sessions – last chance Saturday 17th Feb – Velopark

Back by popular demand, The Club is hosting some FREE group riding skills sessions – these are open to all and particularly aimed at less confident riders – both men and women. The sessions will help you gain confidence in riding close to others in a group.

These will take place at the Velopark on Saturday mornings and will be led by Mid Devon CC member and BC Level 3 Coach Martin Burrows

Times & Dates: 9.30-11.30 am  on Saturday  17th Feb

What should I expect?

The sessions will gradually improve your confidence in riding in close proximity to others in a group by practising various group riding drills and skills.

You will also be introduced to some basic Race Skills. Whilst  you certainly don’t need to be a racer to learn from these drills they will dramatically increase your confidence. This also makes the sessions ideal for anyone thinking of giving racing a go in the near future.

Just turn up this Saturday for the first session!

NOTE: We’ll update via Facebook and Email in the unlikely event that the weather is so bad that the session has to be cancelled.

Mid Devon CC Academy – Skills Session 6 – 13th February 2018

The sixth Mid Devon CC Academy Skills session will take place at the Velopark on 13th February 2018 at 6.30 pm sharp and will last for around 90 mins.

The plan will be:

Rolling 10 second jumps followed by Chain gang and Race efforts.

This is open to anyone 14+ that has an interest in racing in 2018.The club is subsidising the cost for Youth/Junior and Seniors.


RNRMCA – Cycling Festival – Weds 14th March



Entry form here Navy-Cycling-Festival-2018-Memorandum-and-Entry-Form150



 Navy Cyclefest March 2018




  1. The Navy Cyclefest will take place at RNAS Merryfield, ILTON, Somerset on Wed 14th March 18, with registration beginning at 10:00 and the first race commencing at 12:00. The primary aim of this event is to make the sport of cycling attractive and accessible, whilst increasing competitive mass participation within a safe and traffic free environment. This event is aimed at making the complete beginner feel welcome and inclusive, in addition to catering for the more established and experienced competitor. The event will be a mix of road racing and time trials to encourage participants to compete in both disciplines and inspire competition between units.




  1. Competitors are requested to complete the Entry Form at the Annex and return to the Event Organiser so that it is received by Fri 23rd Feb 18 at the latest. The event is open to service personnel, affiliated civilians members, and invited guests. Cost of entry is £5.00 for current RNRMCA members and £10.00 for military non-members/guests/other services. The entry fee covers participation in all events. Cheques are to be made payable to the ‘RNRMCA’ and forwarded to the organiser along with a hard copy entry form; or payment can be made via BACS to ‘RNRMCA S/C 30-92-69 Acc 00743973 including your surname and initial as reference. This is to be followed by a soft copy entry form (email to parker.cj@hotmail.co.uk).


Competition Format


  1. All races will take place on a traffic free 3.1 mile airfield circuit. The following events will be included:


  1. Development Race. This event is designed to allow all competitors the chance to try road racing regardless of experience in a safe environment. The race will be 30 minutes plus one lap.


  1. Inter Unit Road race. Units will enter teams with the top 3 scoring. This will be the first opportunity to score individual and points towards the inter units competition in what will hopefully become a racing series across the season. This race will be 45 minutes plus two laps.


  1. One Up one lap time trial. Open to all competitors.


  1. Two up Time Trial two laps. Open to all competitors. If you do not have a partner for this event but wish to enter tick yes on the entry form and a partner will be nominated.


  1. Inter Unit 9 Mile Team Time Trial. Units will enter teams of 5. This event will also count towards the inter unit competition.


Race Rules


  1. CTT rules will be briefed to all at the Registration, and at the start of each race. It is compulsory for all participating riders to wear approved hard shell helmets for all events. Tri-bars and Tri-Spokes/Carbon bladed/Disc type wheels are only permitted for the Individual Prologue and Navy Cup TTT. Deep rim spokes wheels up to 100mm are allowed for the Handicap Partner and Mixed 4 Up Super Sprint. Drafting or pacing is not permitted in the Prologue or 2 Up TTT, or 4 Up Super Sprint (unless between paired riders of that particular event). Minimum age for all participants on the day is 14 yrs. Signed parental consent is required for those U18 on the day of the event.




  1. From the West on the A303, at the Ilminster roundabout (first Roundabout after Honiton) take second left on A358 towards Taunton continue along for short distance and then take the right turn to Ilton. Follow signs to Ilton, watching out for a sharp left to village.  Continue through village until barrier and entrance to Merryfield can be seen.  From the East Turn Right (4th Exit) to Taunton A358 at the Ilminster Roundabout at the end of Ilminster bypass, then pick up signs as above.




  1. Toilets and limited changing facilities are available throughout. Showering facilities are not available.




  1. Signing on and race number collection will take place at the Registration (Crew Room). Your number is to be kept and used for all races. All riders are required to sign on before racing, and return numbers on completion.


Full Programme


  1. Timings:


1000    Registration open

1145    Development Race Brief

1200    Development Race
1300    Inter Unit Road Race
1430    Individual 3 mile Time Trial

1530    2 Up 6 mile Time Trial

1615    Inter Unit 9 mile Team Time Trail

o/c       Race Numbers returned, de-rig.

o/c       Presentation.



  1. Qualified officials will be in attendance for all events.





  1. A prize fund of between £500-£750 will be allocated towards prizes, dependent upon

on entries received. A full prize list will be confirmed and advertised on receipt of all entries and

annotated on the Start Sheet. This will be released by email on Fri 9th MAR 18.


RNRMCA Points Competition


  1. The inter unit RR and the 5up TT will count towards the inter unit competition.




  1. Free hot/cold refreshments, including a buffet will be available from ‘Claire’s Catering’ who will be in attendance. Please ensure you bring your own adequate fresh water and additional food with you to last you throughout the afternoon.


Additional Information


  1. As this event incorporates the Navy Cup, service personnel will therefore be representing their unit, and as such are requested to arrange travel arrangements via their PT Depts and MT Section. A signal will not be released in advance to confirm attendees.


  1. The RNRMCA will be contributing approximately an additional £600 to assist with the delivery of this event, so please support it. Every participant over the age of 14 has the opportunity to participate in 4 separate races throughout the day, so all get value for their money.


  1. Further information will be available on the Navy Cycling website message board (www.navycycling.org.uk) and Navy Cycling Facebook site.


  1. Cancel this Memorandum 7 Apr 18.


Signed on original


Primal Summer Kit – now available to order

In response to demand for a less race orientated range. Primal spring/summer kit is now available to order. Bib shorts, short sleeve jerseys and the Primal Equinox Short Sleeve Jersey which is on Special offer at £70


The team store allows you to login and place an order for the kit you would like to receive and pay for your order individually with a personal card. To login and place an order, please follow the link below to create an account.

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