Troy Wheeler – Fully Sussed Summer Series

New member and Junior MTB racer Troy Wheeler reports on his latest race:

Last weekend saw me at Fully Sussed – ‘summer series’. This event was known to be your typical grass and roots XC event, fast climbs, and some great single track. Despite the continuous rain in the day – the track held its dryness (And luckily the weather stayed away from us for the race!). I went out in the early evening for a practise lap and soon came to realise my legs seemed quite stiff! I worked them off with a higher cadence. The track was smooth, flowing, and hardworking. I knew there would be great racing this evening.

At around 7:15 our race began; with some big local names behind the line I knew I was in for an hour of pain! As the whistle blew I went with my typical race plan of attack off of the start, it worked which gave me a good lead by the end of long hauling fire road climb, unfortunately I suffered a mechanical on the first lap causing me to drop to mid pack.

After the 1st lap I knew I had my work cut out. I climbed back up to 1st place senior, where I then unfortunately suffered another 5 mechanical s through the race, all due to a broken clutch on the rear mech! I ended in 3rd place, this to me was acceptable due to the circumstances. All in all was a brilliantly fast and flowing track. Great event put on by Fully Sussed.

Thank you to MDCC for the support.


MTB – Race Dates 2018

Here are the dates for the SWXC series and the Haldon summer series.

Dates for the 2018 SW XC series are now confirmed:

  • 18th March – Woodbury Common, Nr Exeter (Excel coaching)
  • 15th April – Bush Farm, Saltash (Pilgrim Flyers)
  • 20th May – Haldon (Mid Devon CC)
  • 10th June – Mount Edgecombe (Edge cycles)
  • 7th July – Haldon (Mid Devon CC) (( also round 1 of evening series))
  • 12th August – Mount Edgecombe (Edge cycles) Evening series (dates to be confirmed)
  • 7th July -Haldon (MDCC)
  • 1st August -Haldon (MDCC)
  • 15th August – Haldon (MDCC)
  • 29th August -Haldon (MDCC)

South West Cyclo-Cross Awards Night

The great and the good of the South West Cyclo Cross scene were out in force at the Kenn Centre on the evening of Sunday the 29th of January for the annual awards ceremony. The Mid Devon were out in force with many trophies to pick up, and of course there was a buffet!

Just for the record, here’s how we did.

Bethany Coates 2nd U8 Girls

Jack Nixon 1st U8 Boys

Ben Goldsmith 3rd U10 Boys

Sol Drury 1st U12 Boys

Dylan Gorrin 2nd U12 Boys

Ross Pratt 3rd U16 Youth

Maria Weymouth 3rd Vet Women

Jackie Shute 1st Vet Women

Robin Delve 2nd Vet+ Men

Well done to everyone and thanks to the South West Cyclo Cross crew for organising such a fine series.

Cyclo Cross takes over the Velopark

On Sunday 11th December the club hosted the penultimate round of the 2016-17 South West Cyclo-Cross League at Torbay Velopark. Early morning mist cleared to reveal a course covered in frost which quickly melted in the sunshine. Last years ankle deep sodden grass and mud had made way for relatively firm ground. Competitors were treated to ideal cross conditions.

In the main race, the fast course lead to many small groups who fought for places throughout the race, positions changing lap to lap. In the men’s categories, Rich Long (Unattached) took an early lead and tried to force a gap to the other racers. As groups started to work together and racers settled into their pace, Matt Loake (South Fork Racing) slowly slowly caught and overtook Long by mid distance. He then built a small gap and maintained it to take the win.

Further back, Marcus Durant held off club mate Daniel Wellings from Somerset RC but eventually succumbed to the younger rider but claimed first Veteran position in fourth.

Andrew Parker, having stood commentating on the earlier races, had used up some of his energy and came in first rider for the MDCC in 8th.

In the women’s race Catherine Kilburn demonstrated the strength built over a season of cross by taking the win. Leading from the gun, she was out of sight after the first few laps. In second position was MDCC rider Juliet Elliot who fought a close battle with Rebecca Cornwell for much of the race, eventually proving faster than the Taw Velo rider.

Check the results page out on the British Cycling website for all the results of the clubs riders. There were some excellent performances from the clubs youngest riders with some very close racing and riders looking to secure their positions in the league standings. Ben Goldsmith taking third in the U10’s race and holding off many older riders, Ross Pratt taking 3rd in the Youth race.

Next week sees the league move on to the last league round at Mount Kelly School,

Tavistock, which will also be the South West Cyclo-Cross Championship so it’s all to ride for!

Early Christmas Present for Robin

On Sunday Robin Delve put in a virtuoso performance to win the inaugural Torbay Velopark Cross, the final round of the 2015-16 South West Cyclo Cross league.

A week of rain lead to a water logged course that gradually broke up through the day of racing for all age groups. With the main senior event taking place in the early afternoon, there were many slippy and boggy sections requiring plenty of skill and the ability to hop of the bike, run, then remount and keep applying the pressure.

Robin, took an early lead in the race and never looked back. His gap grew throughout, as the 57 year old appeared to float over the tricky conditions while younger riders tried to force their way through and quickly used up there energy reserves.

The win was truly deserved after being there or there abouts for fifteen years in the South West league. The performance bodes well for the national championships which take place on the weekend of the 9th-10th January at Shrewsbury Sports Village. Good luck!

In the other age groups, points were on offer to cement series standings with this being the last event. MDCC riders took quite a few podium positions as follows. Full results can found here

Vet 40-49
1st Andrew Parker

2nd Oliver Twigger
3rd Alex Blackburn

Youth U16
3rd Louis Priddle

Youth U14
3rd Jack Forrest

2nd Sol Drury
3rd Felix Fawn

2nd Ed Selwood


Pave Velo Cross Report

Sunday the 25th saw the South West cyclo-cross action move to Cornwall to begin two consecutive weeks of Cornish cross action. The event at Poltair School/St Austell Brewery was well attended with many MDCC riders making the journey to contest what was also the South West Cyclo Cross Championship.

Despite indications during the week that poor weather was on the way this didn’t materialise. Sun dried out most of the course leaving just one tricky muddy bank section. There was also the infamous brewery steps to contend with, plus the thought of riding passed many untasted pints of finest ale as the course wound through the brewery buildings!

Results are still to be released but Felix Fawn managed to get on the podium in the under 12’s and there was some close racing featuring Ollie Allen in the Youth race. More to follow once the results are released.


Cyclocross – National Trophy Series Report – Southampton

Mid Devon CC sent a crack team of intrepid veteran bike racers to the first round of the National Trophy Series at Southampton on Sunday. Alan Drury, Andrew Parker (vet 40) Ben Tisdall and Robin Delve (vet 50) took to the start line in the highly competitive events which bring together the country’s top racers with full fields of 60 riders in each event. The start list featured National and World cyclo cross champions as well as legends Tim Gould and Chris Young


The course was very dry and fast and whilst the course was technical there were no decisive features. In cyclo cross races are won and lost at the very fast starts and with the gridding based on last year’s rankings we were consigned to the third row and beyond we would have our work cut out. As predicted when the whistle blew the riders were soon red lining it and charging towards the first feature at 300 metres. After several laps of lung bursting activity Andrew Parker had made up ground as was lying in 11th place whilst Ben was unfortunate to get way laid by a slow rider crashing in front of him.


The final result after much thrashing around was 14th places for Robin and Andrew,  36th for Ben and 51st for Alan. Attention now turns to the next round of the SW series at Escot Park.

South West Cyclo Cross Series – Round 3

West Buckland near Barnstaple was the venue of choice for the third round over the South West Cyclo Cross Series on Sunday. Once again the weather was very kind to us with 18 degrees and sunshine and barely a trace of any mud ! The venue is renowned for its immaculately tended lawns and pitches and didn’t disappoint, however this year a short wooded section and some low sleepers were inserted to keep us on our toes.

Once again a good showing from the Cross Collective with xx riders pacticipating with good results across all the age groups and a welcome return to racing for Oscar Weissler (although sadly puncturing)

Under 8’s 3rd Jack Nixon

Under 10’s 2nd Ed Selwood, 6th Ben Goldsmith

Under 12’s 2nd Sol Drury 5th Dylan Gorrin

Under 14’s 2nd Ollie Allen

Under 16’s 2nd Ross Pratt

5th Woman Nicky Quant

Vet 50 5th John Newbold

Vet 40 2nd Andrew Parker, 8th Alan Drury, 13th Adam Forrest, 15th Steve Hodgson, 16th Carl Austin, 27th Simon Miles

Don’t forget to attend the cross training on Tuesday evenings – checkout the Mid Devon CC cyclo cross and mountain biking Facebook page for updates.

Good luck to Joe Harnett who attends the Cyclo Cross Commissaire training this weekend and to Andrew and Alan who participate in the first round of the National series at Southampton on the 11th October

Next event for the South West series is Escot Near Exeter on the 18th !

South West Cross League Comes to a Close

The final instalment of the South West Cyclo-Cross League took place last weekend at Central Park, Plymouth. With final league standings in many of the age categories still to be decided, there were many battles being fought in the muddy but dry conditions. During the week the points amassed from the races were put into the league standings and the overall places decided. This evening (Sunday 25th January) there will be an awards presentation at the Kenn Centre, Kennford, near Exeter where a number of MDCC riders will be taking home new trophies. It’s worth mentioning that 35 Mid Devon Devon members have entered at least one of the league events this year. That’s a great total and all those interested should keep any eye out for our weekend cyclo cross rides that will take place through the year to keep our cross skills ticking over.


Under 10s

2 Solomon Drury
3 Felix Faun
4 Ed Selwood

Under 14s
3 Oli Alen
4 Keiran Collins
5 Jack Forest
6 Ross Pratt

Under 16s
6 Oliver Twigger

1 Oscar Wiessler
9 Ashley Towey

Female Seniors
4 Elaine Mason
6 Sharn Hooper

29 James Davey
35 Ben Staley
43 Ashton Spence
47 Tim Prowse
50 Carl Austen
73 Mike Gratton

Female Vets 40-49
2 Alison Hooper
3 Nicky Quant
5 Maria Weymouth

Vets 40-49
1 Andy Parker
3 James Bovey
8 Alan Drury
16 Andy Collins
30 Rich Fowlds
37 Andy Friend
47 Tom Woodman
67 Jim Murray
84 Kris Pratt
97 Simon Miles
99 Diccon Haynes

Vets 50+
2 Ben Tisdall
3 John Newbold
5 Robin Delve
27 Tony Clark

Cross National Champs Round Up

Robin Delve on the podium

After the Christmas break the MDCC cross riders took to the national stage on Saturday, competing in the National Championships held in Abergavenny. At this time of year, with the number of riders taking part, muddy conditions were guaranteed. So equipped with spare bikes, mud tyres and lots of extra clothing, the team made an early start to arrive to pre-ride the course before competition began.

Up first were Alison Hooper and Nicky Quant competing in the Female Veteran category. Alison has put in a couple of strong performances so far this year in National events, but this time round was riding with an injury and resulting time off the bike. She put in a quick start but was slowly slipping down the field as the race progressed. Hopes then fell on Nicky’s shoulders, who overhauled Alison, then continued to gain places back, to finish a creditable 8th in the 45-49 age group. Alison came in 7th in the 40-44 group. Both riders will have picked up valuable experience for the next race.

Robin Delve was looking to improve on his silver medal in the veteran 55-59 age group he’d achieved last year. Unfortunately, bad luck plagued his race. Sometimes the smooth and fast race you planned just eludes you, and so it was for Robin. A couple of crashes in the mud, remounting when he should of been running etc., lead Robin to use his fast final lap to make third place this year. Still a place on the podium though!

Finally, the veteran 40-49 race took place in the afternoon. The sun and wind had dried out the course, so there was grip in many of the tight corners. Andrew Parker and Alan Drury were representing the Mid Devon, though Alan was still overcoming the Christmas flu, so building up to the final round of the South West Series was more on his mind. Andrew, however, had a cunning plan! He had amassed a good tally of ranking points to place himself well up on the starting grid.

Straight from the gun Andrew made a fast start. The course was wide and tarmac here, so this allowed him to get close to the top ten. Sitting comfortably at the front of the field he was able to keep up with the leaders. But now things started to go wrong. In a replay of the Milton Keynes round, problems in the form of a broken chain forced Andrew to shoulder his bike and run to the pits for his spare. This must have been a good third of the course, Alan was surprised to see Andrew fly past on his new bike only minutes after seeing him running. What could’ve been we’ll never know, but Andrew managed to finish in 10th place in the 40-44 age group. Alan came in 34th, happy to have been part of a great event.

The South West cross season wraps up for 2014 – 2015 next Sunday, in Central Park Plymouth (Click here for details.). Many MDCC riders will be racing and some will be fighting for podium placings in the overall series, why not come along and give your support?