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.

>Create an account at Primal Custom Pro<

If you already have an account with Primal Custom Pro, no need to create another. Follow this link to login
>Log into Primal Custom Pro<


Please note that all custom team store products are PREORDERS. All orders will be put into production once the store closes and will be delivered on approximately 20th July. You must place your order before the store closes. Your team store will close on 24th May . If you have any questions please contact Primal +44(0)1752 696290 or europe-sales@primalwear.com

Primal suggest members use either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as there web browser.

Here is a link to the size guide: https://www.primaleurope.com/pages/fit-guide

The team store is live as of today and closes midnight 24th May . Once it’s closed we can’t re-open and the orders will be submitted to production.

Primavera Road Races – 25th February 2018

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 Academy – Skills Session 5 – 30th January 2018

The fifth Mid Devon CC Academy Skills session will take place at the Velopark on 30th January 2018 at 6.30 pm sharp and will last for around 90 mins.

The plan will be:

6 lap warm up 4 lap, 3 rider break with single rider attacks on each straight. 5 minutes recovery then repeat. Pursuit race – 6 laps, starting in groups of 3-4 with time gaps according to ability. Tactical Emphasis on attacking the group and rushing the gap. Physical goals are 30s and 8 minute 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.