On Sunday 1st June the inaugural Torbay Cycling Festival was held. The event took place at the new Torbay Cycling facility and gave the opportunity for everyone to try out the new circuit.
Over 1, 000 riders came along and it was great to see everyone enjoying the day. Variously stalls and displays were available too including club sponsor Colin Lewis Cycles.
During the afternoon the first bike races took place with racing for youth, women and male competitors. The Mid Devon had over thirty youth riders competing and also made up the bulk of the field in the senior events. Great performances al round but the highlight of the day was Charlie Meredith taking the win in the Youth A under 16 event backed up by Joe Saunders in third. In the men’s races a late break of three riders gave Charlie Revell of Somerset RC the win with Ricky Parsons just failing to bridge to the leaders in 4th and Jason Poore taking 5th place and gaining enough points to up to 2nd cat status.
For more information on events and club training evenings please go to the velopark tab
By now you should be aware that the Torbay velopark, a 1.5 kilometre traffic free facility has opened with a mass participation ride and competitive events taking place at the weekend.
The club has a regular Wednesday evening session booked at the venue and we are keen that as many club members as possible get to use the facilities. Over the next few months we will be looking to give a range of experiences, coaching, training sessions or just doing your own thing opportunity and would appreciate your feedback on what works well for you. The club can then consider how best to move forward into 2015 and build the volunteer structure to suit.
During June the format will be
Wed, June 4th
1830 – 1930 Youth Coaching
Women’s coaching (places booked via Michele Radant) Fully booked!
1930 – 2100 Open riding – come along and try the circuit, £1 payable on the day
Wed, June 11th
1800 – 1930 Women’s coaching ( places booked via Michele) Fully booked!
1900 – 2000 Cornering coaching session Andy Parker – turn up on the day £2
2000 – 2100 Open riding
Wed June 18th
1830 – 1930 Youth Coaching
Women’s coaching ( places booked via Michele) Fully booked!
1930 – 2100 Open riding – come along and try the circuit out, £1 payable on the day
Wed June 25th
1830 – 1930 Women’s coaching ( places booked via Michele) Fully booked!
1830 – 2000 Youth Racing
2000 – 2045 Women’s entry level racing
Together with local clubs Cycle Sport South Hams and Starley Primal, Mid Devon CC are organising a series of seven evening circuit races on the new Torbay Velopark.
The events are designed to cater for existing demand and more importantly to encourage new riders to take their first steps into competition.
Taking place fortnightly on a Thursday evening they will have a friendly atmosphere and develop a community of cyclists at the new purpose built facility.
Each event will follow the same format with registration opening at 1800 and the first event for 4th cat or new riders starting at 1900. After a short break there is an event for 2nd and 3rd category riders which starts at 2000.
The dates are Thursday 5th June, 19th June, 3rd July, 17th July, 31st July, 14th August and 28th August
The first event listing is here
If you are interested in bike racing or want to find out how you can get involved contact email@example.com
Mid Devon CC will also be organising a series of youth and womens events at the circuit. The events will take place on Wednesday evenings on the 25th June, 23rd July and 20th August and compliment the coaching programmes that we have in place.
We are particularly interested in developing a strong women’s racing scene at the circuit and the events will be targeted at encouraging new women into cycle sport. More details on timings will follow once the events go live
MDCC testing the new Torbay Velopark
Club members helped to test the new Torbay velopark the first purpose built cycling circuit in the South West and were impressed by the smooth finish and speed. Lap times for the one mile circuit were circa 2 minute 15 seconds.
On 1st June the facility hosts the inaugural Torbay Cycling Festival, a community event for all the family, come and have a ride around the circuit, meet the local councillors who have invested in the build and watch the racing too. Report to follow.
We have moved – now at the Velopark!
The next series of coaching sessions will take place at Stover School TQ12 6QG on Wednesday evenings at 1830.
We have three ability groups, group 1 for the youngest riders group 2 is intermediate and group 3 advanced riders. To progress through the groups attend regularly and pick up the coaching points. Our coaches feedback on rider development and will advance riders through the groups.
The dates are 2nd, 16th , 30th April, 14th , 28th May. Groups one and two will use the car park and grass areas, whilst group 3 (the older children) will take to the quieter roads at the back of the school. We would encourage parents to join us on this ride and there is the option to join in with group 2 if the road ride is not appropriate. Everyone will meet at the entrance for sign on. We look forward to seeing you all there