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?


Cyclocross Round-Up

The cyclo-cross season is in full swing now with the pleasant autumn weather making way for more muddy conditions. Last weekend saw the South West league holding an event at Central Park in Plymouth and true to form the conditions were tough. Many riders were hoping to complete the course with just one bike but found themselves stopping multiple times, during the hour,  to try to unclog bikes. At the front of the race, veteran Andrew Parker formed a lead with junior rider Oscar Wiessler. The younger rider succumbed to the course and senior,  Dextor Hurlock, caught up and eventually overhauled Andrew for the win. Mid Devon CC was well represented in the days racing with 20 riders spread throughout the categories. See the results here.


This weekend saw cyclo cross fans from all over Europe descend on Milton Keynes, for the first round of the UCI World Cup held in the UK since 1992. Many competitors and spectators from the south west made the trip up country to support the regions riders and watch the pro’s in action. On Sunday the fourth round of the National Trophy series was held on the same course as used for the world’s on Saturday, giving the riders a chance to experience a true world cup course. Conditions were muddy and sticky with long queues at the jet wash stations around the course and in the pit. Andrew Parker represented the Mid Devon in the veteran category which had a full entry of 74 riders on the day. Unfortunately, on the first lap, in the heat of the race, Andrew lost his chain on a slippery climb meaning he lost vital seconds getting the chain back on and remounting. For the next forty minutes it was a question of how many places could be made up without making too many mistakes in the difficult conditions. He finally finished 21st which should help maintain his grid position for the next national trophy rounds. In the veteran over 50 category Robin Delve continued this seasons strong showing to achieve a top ten position, coming in 9th. He’s also currently just outside the top ten in the overall ranking for the series so far. This weekend will see two days of cyclo cross competition at Stover School, Newton Abbot, as the South West league host the Southern Championships. Saturday features races for novices if you fancy having a go, bikes will be available for hire. Sunday sees the usual age category races for under 8’s right through to the over 50’s. Come along and support the club’s riders, there will be trade stands and refreshments to enjoy as well as the racing!

Parker Takes It All

Winning, it’s the name of the game but sometimes things just don’t go your way, especially when the pressure is on to repeat previous success. Andrew Parker took a trip to North Devon and seems to be surfing a wave of success as he took the overall win and first veteran at West Buckland School in Sunday’s round of the South West Cyclo Cross series.

A fantastic course was laid out around the school grounds, with the manicured sports pitches providing an experience not unlike riding around a golf course. The autumn sun continued to shine and the racing was set to be fast and full on.

The numerous inclines on the course provided an opportunity for riders to make the best of a good start with the front group of riders being policed by Andrew, Oscar Wiessler and James Davey, who was returning from a couple of weeks of after a busy road season.

After an hour of racing the Mid Devon riders managed to cross the line and take each step on the podium and first position in junior, senior and veteran categories.

In other races Solomon Drury and Felix Fawn took first and second in the under 10’s while Ali Hooper took fourth in the womens race.
Again there were many other MDCC riders in action so if you fancy giving cross a try, check out the cyclo cross page where the calendar has all the details of club rides and the next race at Escot in two weeks.

More details when the full results are released!

Parker Wins at Wellington

As the summer weather continues into autumn, evergreen roluer, Andy Parker, took his first overall win in round 2 of the South West Cyclo Cross League at Court Fields Community School,  Wellington. Andy found time to crash into a tree before riding away from the rest of the leading pack, who were unwilling or unable to share the chase, resulting in the veteran’s day

in the sun.

Oscar Wiessler rode to fourth position overall and second junior, to back up his result from Bodmin a fortnight ago and confirm his entry at the top of the south west cyclo cross field.

Other notable rides were James Bovey taking fourth veteran and placing comfortably in the top ten. Other results are below but it was great to see so many Mid Devon CC jerseys competing.

The next south west league event will be in north Devon in two weeks. Check out the club cyclo cross calendar for training events.

Senior, Veteran & Junior
1 8 216 Andy Parker MDCC V
4 8 71 Oscar Wiessler MDCC J
7 8 223 James Bovey MDCC V
11 8 206 Alan Drury MDCC V
15 8 16 Steve Hodgson MDCC S
18 8 211 Ben Tisdall MDCC V
23 8 73 Ashley Towey MDCC J
34 7 201 Andy Collins MDCC V
37 7 228 John Newbold MDCC V
40 7 212 Andy Friend MDCC V
70 6 92 Nicky Grant MDCC W
71 6 99 Maria Weymouth MDCC W
72 6 91 Elaine Mason MDCC W
DNF 210 Kris Pratt MDCC V
DNF 214 Robin Delve MDCC V

U14 & Novice
4 7 117 Jack Forrest MDCC U14
5 7 114 Keiran Collins MDCC U14
7 7 119 Oliver Allen MDCC U14
8 7 147 Becky Coulson MDCC Novice
9 7 145 Sarah Miller MDCC Novice
11 6 118 Ross Pratt MDCC U14

U10 & U12
2 4 132 William Penny MDCC U12
6 4 156 Sol Drury MDCC U10
8 4 152 Felix Faun MDCC U10
9 4 157 Ed Selwood MDCC U10

National Champ on Duty

National Youth Champion Harry Birchill hands out medals at 2XC Stover Race

Past MDCC member Harry Birchill turned out on Monday to award the medals and t-shirts to the riders in the 2XC Rookie Cup race at Stover School. Well done to all the riders taking part and special congratulations go to Harry on becoming the National Youth MTB Champion and winning the National Cross Country Series for his age group, all in the past week!

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.