Cross Purposes Ride – Friday 25th July

Cross puposes training ride

A new non-too serious training ride to dust off the cross bikes and skills begins on Friday the 25th of July. Meet in the car park at Forde House, Newton Abbot for an hour or so, followed by an optional post ride beer / lemonade. E-mail for info. Mountain bikes are welcome.

2014 2XC MTB Series – Final Round

John Newbold MDCC

Despite a smaller than usual field a great nights racing was had in the final of the 2014 series, should have known at the planning stage that putting on a race between two national weekends was a bad idea! You can find some photos of the race here courtesy of Andy Styles. My thanks to everyone who helped out this year, all the Mid Devon CC lap scorers and Kris Pratt for the computer timing. Cheers also to the Forestry Commission Rangers especially Gemma who help make the organising a simple process and Steve Hodgson for clearing the ‘Horse Trail’ on Tuesday night (Had to stop him doing more grooming with a rake on Wednesday too!). See you on the trails!

There is another instalment of the 2XC Rookie series at Stover School on Monday the 21st of July as well, featuring racing for Under 8’s right through to beginner adults. Dont miss it!

MDCC Club Run’s for 19th/20th July

MDCC Club Run’s for 19th/20th July


50 miles @10-14mph Clyst St Mary  by Mike Radant


A Run (70 miles @ 20-22 mph) Loddiswell – Andrew Parker – See note below
B Run (70 miles @ 18-20 mph) Loddiswell – Ben Tisdall – See note below
C Run (60 miles @ 16-18 mph) Loddiswell – See note below
D Run (50 miles @ 14-16 mph)
E Run (40 miles @ 12-14 mph) Moreton via Manaton by Jamie Horton
Social (30 miles @ 10-12 mph) Topsham Route 2 by Joe Harnett

The idea behind the A/B/C rides going to the same location this week is to enable those riders of thinking of moving up to a faster ride the opportunity to come back with a slower ride  if they feel the pace is too high. Alternatively if  you feel your ride is too slow you can come back from the Cafe with a faster group!

More details on our Club Runs here

MDCC Club Run’s for 13th July

MDCC Club Run’s for 13th July


A Run (70 miles @ 20-22 mph) Joining B run
B Run (70 miles @ 18-20 mph)
C Run (60 miles @ 16-18 mph)
D Run (50 miles @ 14-16 mph)
E Run (40 miles @ 12-14 mph) Shaldon (obviously the long way!) by Martin Nurse
Social (30 miles @ 10-12 mph) Ashburton via Haytor by Lisa Cassidy

More details on our Club Runs here

Cyclo Cross at Plymouth City Moto Park

Wednesday evening saw the second race in the 3Sixty Performance Summer Cyclo Cross Series at Plymouth City Moto Park. The good weather had really dried out the course providing a hard packed circuit with many tight turns, frequent short steep climbs and ruts to negotiate. Representing MDCC were Alan Drury (Veteran), Ashton Spence (Senior) and Steve Hodgson (Senior).

Clearly, the feedback from the first event had got around as the field featured a couple of riders looking for good results at national level. In attendance were Dextor Hurlock (Mondraker UK) tuning up for the national MTB events over the next couple of weekends, Steve Davies (Ex national Veteran CX Champion) and Tim Carpenter (Elite Velo and winner of the veteran south west championship) and Maddie Horton (Fully Sussed, also tuning up for MTB nationals). The rest of the field had their work cut out to keep up!

A good start was essential and the MDCC riders and Alan and Ashton made the best of a good grid position. As expected the high quality field made a fast start and pulled away over the first lap. The MDCC pair soon established their position and had a race long battle with Paul Sole (Kernow Riders) to finish fourth and fifth in their categories. Steve wasn’t far behind and came in eighth senior rider.

The last race in the series takes place on Wednesday the 13th of August. The format will be a little different as it will be run in a pursuit format with the fastest riders starting last, should be interesting. So put the date in your diary now to avoid missing this excellent form building opportunity for the coming season!

Thanks to Alex Laws Photography for the use of the photo.

MDCC Club Run’s for 5th & 6th July


50 miles @10-14mph Dittisham (+ £3.50 for Ferry) by Mike Radant


A Run (70 miles @ 20-22 mph) Joining B run
B Run (70 miles @ 18-20 mph) ? by Ben Tisdall
C Run (60 miles @ 16-18 mph) Okehampton by Steve Staines
D Run (50 miles @ 14-16 mph) ? by Ken Robertson
E Run (40 miles @ 12-14 mph) Postbridge by Helen Bonness & Simon Lewis
Social (30 miles @ 10-12 mph) Orange Elephant Farm by Mike Radant

More details on our Club Runs here

MDCC – Local Press Updates

Some great feedback in the Local Press for the MDCC recently

Dartmoor Classic stories

TT Updates for Adults and Youths

Velopark – Womens/Youth Races Updates

Mid Devon CC hosted the first of its three race series for youth and women at Torbay velopark on Thursday 26th June.

The event featured 29 MDCC members amongst the 45 rider field. It was great to see so many riders enjoying the circuit and putting into practice the skills that they have learnt at our regular coaching sessions. For many it was their first taste of competition and the super smooth surface led to some really fast racing and lots of smiling faces.

Major results were Ed Selwood in the Under 8’s leading a clean sweep of mdcc riders, U12’s Will Peneny leading home a further five mdcc riders for second place behind One and All’s Toby Peters, U10’s Bailey Tribble taking third place in his first competitive event, Jamie Plummer 2nd in U14 and Joe Saunders 2nd in U16. Rosa Tibbets 1st Girls U16 and Lexi Dart 1st Girls U14.


Many thanks to all the parents that made the event run so smoothly !

In the women’s event nine riders took to the start line and enjoyed close quarter racing , with the winner Helen Mackie emerging from the group to secure the win in the finishing straight, MDCC’s Nicky Quant and Elaine Mason took second and third.


The next event in the series takes place on Wednesday 23rd July

Dartmoor Classic Roundup

Press Release following our most successful Dartmoor Classic to date!

Glorious sunshine brings out cheering crowds to welcome Dartmoor Classic cyclists

Cloudless skies and cheering crowds greeted almost 3000 cyclists as they crossed the finish line of the Dartmoor Classic cycling sportive at Newton Abbot Racecourse. The event, which attracts cyclists from all over the country has become one of the premiere cycling events in the country and is regarded as one of the toughest cycling challenges in the UK. Participants set out from the racecourse on either a 67 mile or a 107 mile route across Dartmoor. The Dartmoor Debutante is a smaller event which runs alongside aimed at women new to cycling.


One of the hallmarks of the event is the warm welcome cyclists received from the people of South Devon. Tracey Quintana-Parker who travelled from Bristol to take part in her third Dartmoor Classic said “On the course, the people watching from the side of the road, clapping their hands and offering shouts of encouragement gave me the push to go that little bit more. The scenery of Dartmoor, great weather, people cheering by the roadside and great event organisation, all made for a superb day out on the bike!”

Tamasine Corney who rode the 107 mile route two years after being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and only started cycling at around that time posted the following on the event’s Facebook page “Job done. Bronze Medal… Another huge vote of thanks to everyone involved in making this event what it was today. It was brilliantly organised… To my cystic fibrosis diagnosis 2 years ago – blow it up your trousers!”

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Dartmoor Classic organisers were equally thrilled with the support the event received from the people of South Devon. Ron Keegan who has been heavily involved in each event since it’s inception in 2007 said “the Dartmoor Classic is a big event which really helps put Newton Abbot and Dartmoor on the map. The ‘Classic’ has been in my blood for nearly 9 years and I’m stepping down now to hand over promotion of the event to others in the club. As I stood in the grandstand at the racecourse watching finishers come I took a moment to take in the atmosphere; the sight was absolutely awesome. A huge crowd were enjoying the sunshine, either relaxing on the grass or lining the barriers to cheer their loved ones home, while being entertained by some cracking live music.”

The date is yet to be set for next year’s event, but the success of the 2014 event has set the bar high.