Wheal Jane Circuit Races – Youth Report

13 /4/19 Saturday Wheal Jane Summer Race Series round 2
Closed Circuit , Truro

A sunny but windy day for round 2 of the Wheal Jane Summer Race Series saw a slightly delayed start due to the conditions. The under 8’s ended up riding with the under 10’s to make back the time this saw 5 riders riding for MDCC.

Under 8’s 
Maddy Woodger was 3rd which was an improvement on the first round. Charlotte Ward was 4th attempting the circuit for the first time and coping very well with the hills. Ben Ward came 1st in the boys enjoying racing some of the under 10’s at the same time.

Under 10’s 
Matt Holmes was otherwise committed today this saw the three amigos down to two. Jacob Start had a great start and saw off some good competition to come in 2nd. Bayley Woodger came in 1st making it 3 wins in a week. 

Under 16’s 
The wind was getting up throughout the day and the under 16’s was up next in a busy day of racing. Reuben Heal and Callum Start raced in a good field. Unfortunately Reuben crashed in the last quarter of the race but is ok. Callum worked hard in the group with riders being dropped off the back of the group, he finishing in 4th this backs up some strong performances in the last 7 days for Callum.

Great days racing again today with some strong rides well done all.

Totnes Vire Support Races

MDCC Youth had a good turnout at the Totnes Vire Support Races on Saturday, 06 April at Torbay Velopark. 13 riders across different age groups ranging from Under 8 to under 16.

The podium places were:- Maddy Woodger 2nd under 8 girls. Ellie Birchall 2nd under 10 girls. A 123 in the under 10 boys for the second time this season with Bayley Woodger 1st, Matt Holmes 2nd, Jacob Start 3rd. William Birchall 3rd in the under 12’s. Well done to all the other riders.

U8 Boys
1Cody Culley 1366440
2Dominik Perriam – Mason 721459
U8 Girls
1Lauren Fox 1337097
2Madeline Woodger 1457421
U10 Boys
1Bayley Woodger 1264814
2Matthew Holmes 1344125
3Jacob Start 1230608
U10 Girls
1Franny Wright 1505383
2Ellie Birchall 1395522
U12 Boys
1Louis Wright 1257114
2Thomas Roodhouse 1223080
3William Birchall 1391046
U12 Girls
1Eva Fox 1337094
U14 Boys 
1Reuben Stacey 941903
2Joseph Wright 1121971
3Jack Wilson 1426349
No Girls
U16 Boys 
1George Eames 964535
2Tyler Lindo 1026873
3Sam Medlyn 892105
4Ryan Abram 1019657
5Ben Woodland 1009168
6Callum Start 951815
7Shaun Duffield 918598
8Lewis Ross 832292
9Reuben Heal 1053402
10Jacob Thomas 842170
4th Cat
3DominicArmstrongOkehampton Cycle Club4th1077599
5JohnSawersRoyal Navy & Royal Marines CA4th961835
6RossMorrisTavistock Whlrs Cycling Club4th1459635
8BenSavageRoyal Navy & Royal Marines CA4th1398690
10StephenJonesPlymouth Corinthian CC4th1296074
Womens 3/4
1CatrionaRossBridport CC421953
3ElizabethSandersUniversity of Exeter Cycling Club1242646
4HettySummerhayesMid Devon CC1083357
5AmyDunwellBCR Racing1251168
6AnjaRoedingExeter Wheelers1399358
7KarenWyle SmithExeter Wheelers434169
8JennyBolsonBCR Racing1551547
9JoPerramExeter Wheelers721459
11LucyHoadeBCR Racing1551547
12EmilyWilkinsExeter Wheelers1558456
Masters 3/4
2MarkGibbsQueens Head403544
3GideonAroussiExeter Wheelers3rd1242304
4WilliamBundayRoyal Air Force CA3rd407651
5CharlieStebbingsTri UK3rd1210584
6FrankSchirnhoferRoyal Navy & Royal Marines CA3rd1111816
7WilliamHornbyCycle Sport South Hams3rd408251
8SteveBlakePlymouth Corinthian CC4th407310
9GregoryStaceyNorth Devon Wheelers3rd941909
10SiPotterMid Cornwall Cycling Club3rd1149236

Primavera Race Report

With a quality line up for the Primavera Road Race in Hatherleigh (Devon), battling for the win was always going to be tough and yet again, after his win at the Jock Wadley in 2018, Mikey Mottram Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK delivered the goods for his new team, and on his new bike, with a sprint victory over the classy Lincoln GP winner, Alex Richardson of Canyon DHB.

“It was good to get my first win in the Vitus colours” Mikey explained afterwards. “You always come out of the winter not quite knowing where you are at and whilst the numbers can look good one day to the next, you can feel different each day over the winter as you generally focus on your training and so can be carrying a fair bit of fatigue. It was good to be racing against Alex and the other Canyon boys as you know they will always be strong and have some one to work against”.

Asked for a summary of the race, Mikey explained “The race had a typical fairly fast start with early attacks and about 10 kilometres in, a strong group of five of us got away on and over the top of the main drag on the circuit we were building a small gap. Unfortunately, there was a large crash which forced the race to be stopped and restarted with a slightly shorter distance. The gap was not reinstated.”

“The restart was very fast and it was strung out for 5-6km and I followed a counter move by Alex drawing a group of five of us out. We were driving this break quite hard and soon opened a large gap and whittled the break down until it was just Alex and myself left for the final 15-20km. We both just played to our strengths and worked well together. The speed was always high so there wasn’t much opportunity to attack each other. I had good confidence in my finish so we took it to the line in a two up sprint I managed to win”.

The course for the race organised by long time organiser of events, Ken Robertson, was typical of mid Devon roads; constantly rolling with a bit of everything. It was a transfer out to the circuit with four (reduced to 3 laps after the crash) of the course with rolling main roads. The main drag and false flat top in the middle of the circuit helped sort out the inform from the out of form whilst the fast lanes helped those in the wheels. At the end of the circuit, it was a fast transfer back before finishing on a steady climb about 1km long.

Up against such a strong rider as Alex Richardson, the win was not going to come easy for Mikey who the year before, had beaten another classy rider in Joey Walker to win the Jock Wadley in a two up sprint. Mikey talks us through the sprint at Primavera RR saying “Me and Alex haven’t got the biggest kicks in the bunch as we are both much more VO2 Max kind of racers. I was keen to take it from the front and managed to take it to about 150m to go before having to open it up. I just got my head down and managed to hold him off. Alex gave it a good crack however and put in a solid effort to push me all the way”.

The 3/4 race saw ex Mid Devon CC rider Harry Loader with a minute gap when the race restarted. This all came back together on the run in and the win was taken by Hamish Fletcher Cooney from Bradnich who rides for a Northern based Off-road team All Terain Cycles. Cooney has impressed in the SW CX league this season so it was no surprise to see him take the win.

Thanks to all the friends and members of Mid Devon CC for helping. Thanks also to the SW NEG, SWRWG and the Accredited Marshals without whom we couldn’t race on the roads.


1. Hamish Fletcher Cooney All Terrain Cycles
2. Ryan Seed Velo Club Venta
3. Elliott Barratt Bath CC
4. Dominic Pullen Propello J
5. Travis Bramley BCR Racing
6. Matthew Houlberg Portsmouth NE J
7. Steve Thomas Steele Davis
8. Phil Collings Private
9. Matthew Dennis Primera
10. George Greensmith Propello J


1 Mikey Mottram Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
2 Alex Richardson Canyon DHB
3 Fred Sheske Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
4 Dougal Toms Exeter Uni
5 Owain Roberts Backstedt J
6 Red Walters Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
7 Louis Rose Davis Canyon DHB
8 Daniel Maclean Howell Cardif Ajax
9 Iwan Evans The Bulls
10 Cian Roberts The Bulls
11 Bryn Davies The Bulls
12 Thomas Day Giant Halo
13 Andrew Davenport Team Tor
14 ?
15 ?
16 Aled Jones RNMCA
17 Joe Healy St Piran
18 Neil Phillips Kibosh
19 ?
20 James Codd Backstedt J

Credit https://www.velouk.net/2019/02/25/feature-mikey-mottram-wins-primavera-rr

Angus Menter takes maiden victory at Westpoint

After 30 minutes this race came down to the last corner. It was a technical and narrow combination – right, left, then 180 degree right over a speed bump, to a 90 degree left. I don’t think I was the strongest rider in the race, I just managed to get a good position for the corner. Coming into the straight before it I was boxed in so dropped back to move to the inside line. As I did I felt someone kicking past me and realised now was the time to fight for position, so I got my jumble sale elbows out as my mum would have said, and ended up second wheel into the corner, about 300m from the line. On the shallow climb before it flattened out I felt the rider in front of me slowing so I kicked although it felt early. I came round him up the climb then on the flat realised I was undergeared but decided it was no time to be changing as I was head down and eyeballs out. As I crossed the line I looked round and saw a decent gap. Then for five or ten seconds I felt like I was dreaming, it was a surreal sensation.

This was my first bunch race, having been tempted for a while but preferring the relative safety of Mtb and Cx races, temptation finally outweighing risk aversion. I started near the back and gradually moved to the front through the race, focusing on getting the inside line through corners, holding my position, and coasting wherever I could. I covered a couple of gaps when it was strung out, but realised it was still coming back together at the corners, as there were no really strong breaks. Woody Ferguson, Paul Burness-Moakes and I had a loose plan that if any of us was in a break to avoid working to close it, which didn’t come into play. We chatted during the race, checking how each other were feeling and pointing out sketchy riding. (as well as having a word with the instigators). In general though the bunch was pretty tidy, phew!

As we were all in the lead group in the closing stages I was dreaming of a mid devon 1-2-3. It wasn’t to be, but we did have all four of us (including Jack Cooper who I only met after) in the top ten. And everyone stayed upright, despite a slightly greasy surface at some points, yay! All in all a great race, and double bonus now I get to write my version of its history! Have to shout out some good advice from Ian Cullen, Jason Kettle and Antony Jenkins, and my family for their support. It was all the thrill I hoped it would be, the constant shifting sands, reacting to and creating new situations, hitting the apex, surfing the wheels, reading the guys around me and the guys at the front of the race, all the while working towards position on the last lap. And kicking, once for the last corner, once for the line. Next day was back down to earth though, went for a training ride and bonked, miles from home…

Primavera Road Races – 24th February 2019


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.

Enter here:


Mid Devon CC Winter Chaingangs – start Weds 7th November at the Velopark

Starting weekly from the Wednesday 7th November, the MDCC chain gangs will be run by Mark Dolan and Andy Parker. The sessions will be run in separate ability groups from complete novice to elite rider. The format will change weekly to keep it varied and will roughly consist of 3 aerobic efforts of approximately 15-20 minutes in duration. Gates open at 6:30 PM , finishing at 8 PM. Non club members welcome for an additional fee of £5

Regional Crit Championship Race Report – Morgan Gibson

On a home circuit I was feeling enthusiastic with my chances of winning the race. The field was full of familiar riders, so I knew which wheels to follow, who not to be stuck behind and who would be strong enough to make a break. Riders such as Dominic Pullen and Sam Medlyn would be ideal riders to take with in a break and to watch out for in the sprint.

From the start, short attacks were repeatedly being put in by the Propello squad in aim of breaking down the group. I followed a particularly strong looking attack from Dominic Pullen in hope we could carry on the effort together to form a break. However, it was not in his interests to form a break and despite me attempting to carrying on the effort, we were brought back by the Propello riders.

For the rest of the race I sat in within the group, letting others shut down these attacks and sitting on wheels, conserving my energy. At this point I realised that a breakaway might not happen and that it would be best waiting for the sprint as I am used to

Towards the last half of the race I had to put in an effort to close down a gap which was forming due with some strong riders attacking. Once brought back I made sure I was close by Dominic’s wheel, knowing he had the best sprint. The pace increased to the last few laps and I held onto my position making sure I was set up by the front towards the last sprint.

On the last lap I pushed through the group, obtaining a position behind Sam Medlyn. into the last hairpin I made sure to stick to the inside as in previous races I had been swept off this corner by riders misjudging the corner. I was sat in third position behind Propello rider Dominic Pullen and Sam Medlyn. As we went around this last corner there was an issue with riders locking bars and coming off the racing line on my outside and behind me. This gave us an edge coming out the corner. I sat in as Dom started his sprint from the corner, Sam and I sat behind in the saddle ready to sprint, on the sweeping bend towards the finish Sam clipped his inside pedal sending both of us wide, this forced me to start my sprint and attempt to close the few meters that had opened up between me and Dom, I could feel myself gaining quickly on Dom however the finishing straight was not long enough to catch up before the line, leaving me with second position. It was an exciting sprint and I’m gutted that I missed out on first, but I am happy to achieve second place.

SW Cyclocross Round 1 – Powderham Castle

Sunday 1st September saw the opening event of the South West Cyclocross season with round 1 of the series taking place in the grounds of Powderham Castle. Jackie Shute, Robin Delve and a legion of helpers organised the event on behalf of Mid Devon Cycling Club.

Robin put all the experience that he’s gained racing cross around the world to good effect by creating a challenging course which made the most of the terrain available. The course featured technical sections, tight corners, power drags, running boards, changes of rising surface (grass, gravel, tarmac and loam) and a tricky copse to navigate through. Which all made for a classic course, which received praise from competitors and spectators alike.

Cyclocross as a fun off road sport which appeals to all the family. One of its features is the number of youth riders that compete with riders travelling in from Cornwall and Somerset to swell the under 16 races to 90 participants.

The club was well represented and there were some great results across the age groups from Maddie Woodger in the under 8’s race, Ellie Birchall (1st U10 Girl) Mathew Holmes (3RD U10), Jacob Start and Bayley Woodger, Aine Graham (U10’S) Ben Goldsmith (3rd U12), Henry Birchall (5th U12) and William Birchall (U12’s)

Meanwhile in the U14/16 race Sol Drury made a welcome return to racing taking 3rd place in U14, and was joined by Dylan Gorrin, Angus Graham and Ed Selwood, Callum Start and Ewan Warren shone in the u16 race.

The final race of the day was the senior race with 110 riders gridded at the start line, the race was fast from the gun and with a lack of rain in recent weeks the ground was running very quickly. MDCC had great representation with thirteen riders. First club rider home was Andy Parker in fifth and steadily working his way through the field, other notable mentions were Tristan Davies 2nd in the Junior race and Nicky Quant 7th in the women’s race.

Attention now turns to the next round in Taunton where both Jackie and Robin get the opportunity to compete for honours.

Many thanks to all who helped on the day

Race Report – Perky rides the Div Champs

South West Regional  Champs

My 2018 campaign is drawing to its conclusion and I’ve managed to carry some decent form over the last few weeks with top 5 finishes in 9 races including 4 wins.

The last two weekends have seen the two SW Regional championships, the first being the road title fought out over 90 hilly – and it turned out wet and windy – miles and then the circuit race champs over 30 flat miles at the Velopark.

The road champs weren’t going to suit me – I hadn’t ridden a road race for nearly 2 years and the ten hours a week training I do per week can’t prepare you for races of close to 100 miles against younger and often full time riders. I managed to make the chasing group and finish 15th which I was pretty pleased with.

The Circuit or ‘crit’ champs were far better suited for me and I hoped a top-ten finish was a realistic aim with the form I had. My preparation for the race wasn’t ideal, the race was originally scheduled two weeks earlier but was postponed due to bad weather, and the rescheduled race clashed with the Junior Tour of Wales were I was helping to manage the junior team. A quick dash back saw me arrive home 80 minutes before the race start which gave me time to ride over to the Velopark as a warm up.

The race had attracted a good quality field with a mix of elite and first cat riders with second cat’s making up the remainder of the field.

Fred Shescke of a Team Tor was the favourite but with another 4 of his team mates capable of winning his whole squad were dangerous. Elite rider Lee Frost (Tri UK) had finished top three in the road champs so was on form and his team mate, elite rider George Smith, was a big threat too.

I decided my tactic would be to try to keep my powder dry for 20 minutes and then try to bridge to any breaks which included Fred Shieske.

His team mate Charlie Revell went clear after ten and at around 20 minutes a counter move formed including Fred, his team mate Josh Croxton and Lee Frost – they quickly had fifteen seconds and I realised this was a move that had to be closed down. I jumped hard and did the next half a lap on the front and when I swing over the rider behind me shook his head – I had to make a split second decision, drive on and risk being ‘jumped’ or sit up and risk the move going away if the rider behind was not bluffing. The legs felt good so I decided to push on, continuing until the junction was made to ensure I wasn’t countered. It took a lap and a half and by the end I was seriously deep into the red. On checking Strava later I found I’d ridden the second fastest recorded lap of the circuit – impressive when you consider who has raced on there.

Once the junction was made a group was formed of 8 experienced riders and we started riding strongly through and off and within a few laps we’d stretched the lead out and caught the solo rider. After that it was a question of covering moves. Team Tor we’re particularly dangerous as if one of them attacked the team mates were entitled not to chase but were likely to counter attack if the gap was closed. In the closing stages I made a point of covering attacks by Croxton and Shieske leaving it to Team Tor to cover the Tri UK attacks of Smith and Frost. I had a dig myself at three to go, but it seemed destined for a sprint.

I managed to get myself onto James Williams wheel on the last lap, but had to fight to keep it at other riders wanted to force their way into the third place slot I’d taken. Lee Frost led out from the penultimate corner with the riders making their efforts down the penultimate straight. Williams passed Frost on the penultimate corner and whilst I was able to follow his wheel, he was simply too fast for me and my efforts were focussed on holding off Fred Shieske who came up very fast and I just managed to hold on for second place.

The stat’s looked pretty good at 26.5 mph for 1 hr ten mins and 37.5 mph in the final sprint. I was very pleased to take a silver medal at 47 years of age – whilst I’d finished 5th in the road champs in 2012 – my last regional champs medal was a gold all the way back in 1989!

I learned afterwards that Juliet Elliott had also taken a silver in the woman’s champs and we’d secured a good number of medals across the various youth categories, so all in, a very good day for the club!

Matt Langworthy – 2nd in National 25!

Ex Mid-Devon CC rider Matt Langworthy competed in the Mens National 25 on 5th August, the day after having placed 11th in the Andover National B road race. The course was rolling on the A3 near Petersfield. Despite the previous day’s efforts, Matt managed to place joint second with Chris Bartley, the Olympic silver medalist British rower, with a time of 00:46:13.

This was Matt’s second fastest 25 mile time. South West based rider Marcin Bialoblocki won the event convincingly with a time of 00:44:22 showing his class. Matt is targeting the Regional Road Race Championships and the National 10 for the final part of the season.