November 20, 2017

Totnes Vire – 2 Day Stage Race

Totnes Vire is a 2 day stage race that dates back to 1974 and celebrates the twinning of the two towns. It’s one of the longest established races in the UK calendar and a history can be found here: Totnes Vire History

The classic terrain of the South Hams has led to some immense battles in the past with previous winners including; Darrel Webster, Mark Bell, Peter Longbottom, Jon Locke and our own Mike Parker.

On the 14th and 15th April 2018, the Mid Devon CC will organise the 45th edition of the Totnes Vire. We are keen that this National B event maintains its position as a quality race and remains aspirational for South West riders. With a growing National series calendar and the Chorley Grand Prix taking place on the same date, we will extend the invitation to regional clubs to participate in the 2018 event. We believe that with the right mix of regional and national level competitors the event will achieve its goal and provide a platform for South West riders to excel.

The scene is set for some exciting racing with a Time Trial stage taking in the iconic Haytor climb, a circuit race at the Torbay Velopark and a challenging road race on the rolling roads around South Brent. It’s sure to be a classic promotion.

Here are the details of the race programme: –

Sat 14th April Stage 1 – Hilly Time Trial

Stage one sees riders tackle the iconic climb of Haytor. Expect some big time gaps to appear on General Classification. The course follow the same route as the traditional Hill Climb

Sat 14th April Stage 2 Criterium  Paignton at the Torbay Velopark closed circuit facility . Over 1 hour plus 3 laps. Time for teams to work together to protect their sprinters and GC riders.

Sun 15th April Stage 3  Road Race  South Brent. The final stage is a testing course over rolling roads. The 10 mile circuit heads out of South Brent towards  a punchy two tier short climb on the road out of Avonwick, followed by a fast section downhill towards Totnes. The left turn takes you onto the single track road across to the A385 which the riders will turn left onto and head up the drag towards Marley Head. Crossing the A38 the race heads down the B3372 to the finish. The race will do 7 laps.

To find out more about the event please contact mdccnewsletter@mdcc.org.uk

For teams wishing to stay overnight in the locality we have negotiated a discounted rate at Beverley Holiday Park Paignton, two nights for £99 for a four berth caravan (other sizes are available) inc all facilities. The link is here and you’ll need to quote VIRE as the discount code http://www.beverley-holidays.co.uk/create-your-holiday

The event listing and entry system are here

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/172514/Totnes-Vire-2-day-Stage-Race