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

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

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 Racing.co.uk
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!