Totnes Vire – Support Races

A great day of races supported the main Totnes 2 Day Promotion.  The club saw success with Jenny Corser 3rd in the Womens Race. Matthew Holmes winning the U8 Boys, Ellie Birchall 2nd in the U8 Girls, William Birchall 2nd in U10 Boys and Morgan Gibson Clay 3rd in the U16 Boys. We caught up with Morgan post race:

“To finish off a great day of racing the support races consisted a good number of A and B riders with riders such as Freddy Birchill and Sam Medlyn. It was also great to start next to fellow team mates Reuben Heal and Ewan Warren all representing MDCC.

The race started very quickly with attacks straight away which where all brought back. MDCC riders where positioned nicely near the front and on around the fourth lap in Freddy Birchill attacked which I followed along with Sam Medlyn. We realised we had gotten a considerable gap and kept the pace high at 25-26mph. Taking turns equally and working together we had gained a gap of over half a lap.

With two laps to go Freddy attacked into the last corner which left me trying to get back for the final lap. I got back onto the back of Sam and Freddy on the straight before the last bend only for Freddy to attack from the last corner once again which left me hanging off the back. Sam and Freddy sprinted for 1st place which Sam narrowly won with me rolling over the line about 20 metres behind.

It was a nice result helping out my SW series standing and a good race for all MDCC riders”


1 Alexandra Sheehan Bianchi Dama
2 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama
3 Jenny Corser Mid Devon CC
4 Jess Norrish NDW
5 Naomi Waters
3/4 Race
1 Benjamin Mallett Cycle Sport Dynamo
2 Wayne Hitchcott Team Tor 2000 KALAS
3 Hamish Fletcher-Cooney All Terrain Cycles Ride In Peace
4 Michael Rogers Plymouth Corinthian CC
5 Ben Richards Tanks Direct Cycling
6 Les Thomas TRI UK
7 Thomas Bass Latchem Sunwise Race Team
8 Phil Walter Tanks Direct Cycling
9 Simon Szender Exeter Wheelers
10 Rowan Ellis 1st Chard Whls
U8 Boys
1 Matthew Holmes Mid Devon CC
2 Jamie Young Tavistock Whlrs NorthShoreGallery
3 Alexander Pearcy Tavistock Whlrs NorthShoreGallery
4 Tristan Lyness
U8 Girls
1 Lauren Fox Wheal Velocity
2 Ellie Birchall Mid Devon CC
3 Eloise Wilson Taw Velo
4 Madeline Woodger
U10 Girls
1 Eva Fox Wheal Velocity
2 Georgia Mahoney Taw Velo
3 Lara Dix Tavistock Whlrs NorthShoreGallery
4 Orla White Tavistock Wheelers
5 Olivia Luckham Tavistock Whlrs NorthShoreGallery
U10 Boys
1 Louis Wright Minehead Merlins
2 William Birchall Mid Devon CC
3 Rhys Cooke Taw Velo
4 Elliot Albert Wheal Velocity
5 Bayley Woodger Mid Devon CC
6 Jacob Start Mid Devon CC
7 Morgan Wilson Taw Velo
U12 Boys
1 Joseph Wright Minehead Merlins
2 Reuben Stacey NDW
4 Oscar Elliott One and All Cycling
5 Ewan Dix Tavistock Whlrs NorthShoreGallery
6 Reuben Walter Minehead Merlins
7 Thomas Roodhouse Wheal Velocity
7 Noah Thomas Exeter Wheelers
8 Henry Birchall Mid Devon CC
9 Lucas Earthy BCDS
10 George Watch Minehead Merlins
U12 Girls
1 Hollis Morrish NDW
2 Alice Clark
3 Emma Luckham Tavistock Whlrs NorthShoreGallery
U14 Girls
1 Eleanor Ley North Devon Wheelers
2 Olivia Earthy
3 Emma Spriggs Taw Velo
4 Abi Greaside
U14 Boys
1 George Eames North Devon Wheelers
2 Finlay Walter Minehead Merlins
3 Charlie Tompkins Taw Velo
4 Benjamin Bisson WORX Factory Racing
5 Reuben Heal Mid Devon CC
6 Fin Mead Taw Velo
7 Jacob Thomas Exeter Wheelers
8 Shaun Duffield North Devon Wheelers
9 Henry Howells Mid Devon CC
U16 Girls
1 Hannah Rainger North Devon Wheelers
2 Phoebe Clark Exeter Wheelers
U16 Boys
1 Samuel Medlyn Clive Mitchell Cycles
2 Freddy Birchill Southfork
3 Morgan Gibson Clay Mid Devon CC
4 Tyler Lindo Propello – Carb Cycles
5 Ben Woodland North Devon Wheelers
6 Oli Allen Pilgrim Flyers
7 Joe Howsley Wadebridge Coasters Cycling Club
8 Evan Warren Mid Devon CC
9 Jack Dallym Honiton Spinners

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.

Mid Devon CC Academy – Skills Session 3

The third Mid Devon CC Academy Skills session will take place at the Velopark on Tuesday 4th December at 6.30 pm sharp and will last for around 90 mins.

Building on the first two sessions, Mark Dolan’s plan includes attacking – rushing the gap – gap bridging ( capacity efforts) chain gang (15 min ) + chain gang (last 2 lap race )

This is open to anyone 14+ that has an interest in racing in 2018. Adults will cost £2, Youth and Juniors are free.

Mid Devon CC Academy – Skills Session 2

The second Mid Devon CC Academy Skills session will take place at the Velopark on Tuesday 21st November at 6.30 pm sharp and will last for around 90 mins.

Building on the first session, Mark Dolan’s plan includes working on sprint finishing and analysis as well as chain gang and break away efforts to include a 3 lap race at the end.

This is open to anyone 14+ that has an interest in racing in 2018. Adults will cost £2, Youth and Juniors are free.


Mid Devon CC Academy – Skills Session

Tuesday 7th November 2017 saw the 1st of the Mid Devon CC academy training sessions ran by Mark Dolan. We had around 30 riders from the Youth, Junior and Senior squads doing drills. The focus was on smooth group riding, followed by some standing start sprints and finishing off with a breakaway race simulation.

We’ll be looking to build on this over the coming sessions. These are held fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at the Torbay Velopark @ 6.30pm. Next one 21st November 2017.

Race Report – Woolly Mamil Series – Isabella Ashford takes 3rd!

Mid Devon CC rider Izzy Ashford is surely one to watch for the future. After impressing in 2016, she’s started her season earlier and claims the honour of the first podium for the club in 2017. Izzy reports as follows

Knowing this season is my first as an U16 I knew I had to get some early racing in my legs and get some BC points so I knew what to expect this year. For the past 3 weeks I’ve been going up to Stourport to race the Woolly Mamil series, great circuit and great riders so its been fun racing! The first 2 races I was super nervous, last year I was an U14 who only rode one national and was pretty used to turning up to regional races seeing the same people so when I saw amazing national riders at an East Mids regional it freaked me out! I raced and did relatively well, I was happy but wanted to do a bit better.


The third race, (the most recent) warming up I actually felt terrible, my legs hurt way too much but I really wanted a good result. The start of the race was delayed as the comms messed up with numbers but eventually we started. On the first lap I already felt it but I really wanted to do well so I just put my head down and got on with it. These girls are quality 2nd year As who have so much national experience, they’re fast and it really hurt but forced myself not to think about it! Then unfortunately about 20 minutes in there was a bad crash and the race was stopped, we restarted and again I went far down the field but picked my way back up to the other girls. U16 girls fields are never large so its always obvious who the strong riders are, the race kept breaking up then coming back together, I had a few hard goes off the front to test my legs, the race broke apart for good during the last 10 minutes. It was me and a Mid Shropshire Wheelers girl racing for 2nd and 3rd, she’s a great rider and can beat half the boys! On the last 5 laps we got on a group with some lads, we dropped them (I don’t know how!) and I lost her on the last lap. Was so happy with 3rd. Can’t wait for the rest of the season! 

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.

Youth Coaching Sessions

1st Chard Whs road races - 15.3.14

We have moved – now at the Velopark!

 The next series of coaching sessions will take place at Stover School TQ12 6QG on Wednesday evenings at 1830.

We have three ability groups, group 1 for the youngest riders group 2 is intermediate and group 3 advanced riders. To progress through the groups attend regularly and pick up the coaching points. Our coaches feedback on  rider development and will advance riders through the groups.

The dates are 2nd, 16th , 30th April, 14th , 28th May. Groups one and two will use the car park and grass areas, whilst group 3 (the older children) will take to the quieter roads at the back of the school. We would encourage parents to join us on this ride and there is the option to join in with group 2 if the road ride is not appropriate. Everyone will meet at the entrance for sign on. We look forward to seeing you all there