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Club Runs

If you're new to the club or the area you're very welcome to attend our Club Runs held every Sunday morning at 9am. You don't need to think about joining the club until you've attended two or three club runs. See Club Runs page for more information or join our very active Facebook group where details of the club runs are regularly posted up. Once you've tried a few club runs the full details on how to join the club are below.

Back on the Chain Gang

Chain Gangs are now running every Tuesday from Abbrook starting on Tuesday 1st April. They leave at 6.30pm until Tuesday 15th April. Starting from Tuesday 22nd April they move back to 7pm.   There will be different ability groups so everyone gets a good ride!

Joining the club & MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

We are now in a position for you to renew your membership for 2014 online. 

Please go to http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/club/profile?club_id=913 and click on "Buy Club Membership".  Choose the type of membership you require and follow the instructions.  If you are a member of British Cycling you will need to enter your membership number so please have this handy before you start.  You will also need a debit or credit card.  Honorary and lifetime members do not need to renew their membership as this will be done automatically.  


You may receive an e-mail from me, via British Cycling, asking you to renew your MDCC membership.  If you think that you need not pay your subs for some reason (for example - you have already paid, you are an honorary member, you're covered by family subs....) then please e-mail me, with your name and date of birth, explaining the circumstance and I'll investigate.  Family membership covers two adult and up to three children (under 18) all at the same address.  British Cycling take a £1 administration fee per membership - this is taken from the total membership fee so you pay no more i.e. senior membership is £15, you pay £15 online, £1 goes to British Cycling and £14 goes to MDCC.  


As the new membership secretary and with over 300 members I would be grateful if you would renew online rather than any other method.  Online renewal will be compulsory going forward.  If you have difficulties with this, please let me know. If you have sent a cheque to Graham Brodie recently please e-mail and let me know.  Graham has arranged for these to be forwarded to me but I haven't had them yet.  Graham is away now, covering the winter Olympics in Socchi so please don't send anything to him from now on.   I'm sure that the online system of membership will make administration much easier in the future and enable us to keep in contact with members more easily. I am expecting a few issues but will try my best to sort things out so please be patient.  


Any problems or thoughts then my e-mail address is mdccmembershipsecretary@hotmail.com

Many thanks

Liz Crawford

Membership Secretary

January 2014

MDCC Aces on Facebook!

Join the latest MDCC group on Facebook and keep up with all of the latest developments. Hear about forthcoming events and find out who’s doing what.  We’re hoping this will give riders and parents an opportunity to keep up to date in a more fluid, dynamic environment than at present.  We are aware that the minimum age requirement to use Facebook is 13 so would not seek to encourage younger members to join Facebook to take advantage of this facility.  Please just show your Mum or Dad how to do it instead……   https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/635143736525889/

Tour of Britain Club Ride - Saturday 14 September 2013

An opportunity for MDCC members to ride the 90 mile Devon Stage of the Tour of Britain ahead of the Pro Tour Race on 20 September.

Coach will leave Abbrook Sports & Social Club at 08:00 hrs, taking participants to the start at Sidmouth.

Please note this is a CLUB RUN not a Sportive. We will stick together in the normal groups (A, M1, M2, B).


If you would like to join this club ride it is essential that you email stewb999@gmail.com to reserve your place. We need to ensure we have sufficient places for cyclists and their bikes. Please provide your name, mobile number, and the club group you normally cycle in. The cost of the transport is being funded by MDCC so all you will need is some money for the coffee stop(s).


Requests to participate MUST be received by Friday 30 August at the latest.

Paignton Regatta Circuit Races on Friday 16th August 

Cash prizes, primes, medals, winners jersey & selection for the French road races! 
Tom Norrish and MDCC with some helpful sponsorship from Kitson's Solicitors have put together a fantastic race programme for this year's Paington Regatta races.

Event Headquarters: Kitsons Marquee on Paignton Green
Changing and Car Parking Facilities at Parkfield, Colin Road, Paignton TQ32NR,

Juniors – U8, U10, U12, U14 & U16 –Starting from 1730 hrs. Registration 1700 hrs at the Start/Finish, Kitsons Marquee on Paignton Green.

Senior Men – Regional C+ 1900 hrs Start. Registration from 1800 hrs at the Start/Finish, Kitsons Marquee on Paignton Green

£13.00 Entry fee in advance £16.00 on the day.

You can enter at the link below


The ever popular season opening road races, the legendary Spring Time Pursuits are back starting on Sat 16th Feb with Race 2 on Sat 23rd Feb and Race 3 on Sat 2nd March. For more details see the Road Racing page

BOXING DAY 10 results now online. See
See the Time Trials News page for full details.

Provisional Time Trial Schedule for 2013
See the Time Trials News page for full details.

2XC2012 Totnes results are here.

Our original race 5 at Haldon took place on Wednesday, here are the results. The postponed race 4 will take place on Sunday at the Totnes Show.

Follow us on Twitter @MidDevonCC 

10 results + full schedule of TTs & time trials

See  time trial page for details plus full results for all the club time trials and Open 10.

Andy Perkins recorded a personal best of 20.27 to win the Plymouth Corinthians Open 10 at the weekend. And followed this up with a club record breaking sub 1:50 '50' on Sunday morning. The MDCC '50 team of Perkins, Sanders and Deakin also set a new club record for the '50 team. For full story see the Time Trials News page
Totnes Vire 2 day 28/29 April

This popular E123 race is back for the 40th year. But there is also a 90km 3/4 support race on Saturday. See road racing page for more information. 


MDCC on Facebook!

Join the MDCC group on Facebook and keep up with all of the latest developments.  Hear about forthcoming events, join ad hoc rides, find out who’s doing what, reminisce over past glories and enjoy Andy Parker’s photo opportunities over the years!

Club runs

There is now a list of B runs for Q1  Club runs page


Club Time Trial Records now online

The Club time trial records have now been updated with new categories for men and women for over 40s, over 50s, over 60s and over 70s. We've also added categories for Juvenile and Junior women. If you have any corrections let me know.

John Locke Wins Early Season Races
John Locke's great start to the season continues with victory at Haut Var (see interview below). And be sure to watch the last 4 minutes of the video linked in the article where JTL storms past the French riders.



Social News

See the updates page, for details of the first two Socials for 2012. Dates also booked for Summer Social 28th July BBQ and Disco.The Club Dinner November 23rd. Both will be at Dainton Golf Club


Roller Racing 18 December 2011

 Congratulations to Kenny Parker who came third in the Exeter Wheelers Inter Club Roller Racing Cup that was held on Sunday evening in the Bike Shed Theatre.  Great effort!

Abbrook Aces latest sessions

The club now runs regular sessions for young people aged 5-16 who want to give cycling a try. The sessions are every second Saturday. See the Abbrook Aces page for further information.

MDCC Emails
If you are a member of MDCC and you have not been receiving the news emails, please check your SPAM Folder and also check that you have provided your current email address to Graham Brodie for inclusion in the membership list. If the emails are going into your SPAM folder you will need to add the email address mdcc-membership@dartmoorclassic.com to your 'safe senders' list.
If you have anything updates you want circulated to the membership please email to Stewart Bergman and he will include it with the next email circulation.

Social News
If you enjoyed the 2011 club dinner you'll be pleased to hear the venue's been rebooked for 2012. 

Results from round 3

Results from round 2

Results from round 1



posted 4 Apr 2011 10:31 by Andrew Perkins   [ updated 8 Feb 2012 13:03 ]


South West Regional Road Champs

posted 23 Mar 2011 02:30 by andrew parker   [ updated 23 Mar 2011 06:54 by Alan Drury ]

This year the South West Regional road race championships has stepped up a level and will showcase bike racing at its best. With increased participation in the westcountry, championships for Women, Juniors and Men will take place on the same day. Marcin Bialoblocki  will be hoping to take the win for the third year running.
The Mid-Devon cycling club has worked in partnership with the South West road race work group, and attracted headline sponsorship from Kitson Solicitors and assistance from Kalas clothing, for the winners jersey, Mercedes Exeter and Colin Lewis Cycles, . This has enabled the prize fund to be increased to £600. To encourage participation across the category's there will be a separate prize list for 3rd category riders. 

The event willl be supported by NEG motorcyclists and race service will be provided by Primal Europe, Commissaires vehicles by Mercedes Exeter. A new course for seniors will feature a 30 mile loop around Roadford Reservoir returning to Hatherleigh for six laps of a flat finishing circuit. Juniors and ladies will cover the smaller circuit five times The scene is set for a great days racing, make sure you're there !
If you are available to lend a hand let event organiser Jake Durant know

Dewey triumphs, Townshend claims the overall

posted 7 Mar 2011 05:21 by andrew parker

Doug Dewey of Team GWR won Saturday's final springtime pursuit, beating Motorpoints Marcin Biablocki into second place.
Marcin would go on to complete a weekend double when he finished second in Sundays prestigious Severn Bridge Road Race at Bristol
Seventeen year old Brennan Townshend, managed to latch onto the winning break finishing sixth on the day and claiming the overall for the Mid Devon CC 

Womens Pursuit Results

posted 7 Mar 2011 05:14 by andrew parker

Lucy Commander from Exeter Whls was the winner of the final women's pursuit on Saturday. 
By the end of lap two groups 1 and 2 had combined forces and formed a lead group of 10 riders. A touch of wheels in group 3 prevented the chasers from catching and it was Commander who proved the strongest on the finishing hill.
Wiebke Rietz of 1st Chard Wheelers was the overall winner across the three events with consistant results in each race

Lucy Commander - Exeter Wheelers CC 27 miles in 1 hr14 mins 13 secs 


Kirtsi Robertson Bad Tri @ same time


Nicole Walters - Private Member @ 28 secs


Wiebke Rietz - 1st Chard Wheelers @ 31 secs


Fleur Stoops - Primal Europe @ 37 secs


Heather Booth - Primal Europe same time


Lyndsey Glazier - YOGi Cycling @ 48 secs


Sorrelle le Cornu - Primal Europe @ 52 secs


Debbie Hancock - Shred Racing @ same time


Harriet Whewell - VC St Raphael @ 1 min


Kenny takes his head cam on holiday

posted 4 Mar 2011 09:24 by andrew parker

MDCC purusit 2 result

posted 1 Mar 2011 02:41 by andrew parker

Follow the link to the report on the BC website, congrats to Pete Vincent

posted 23 Feb 2011 13:33 by andrew parker   [ updated 8 Feb 2012 13:02 by Andrew Perkins ]


Olympic Velodrome takes shape

posted 23 Feb 2011 13:21 by andrew parker

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posted 22 Feb 2011 13:07 by andrew parker

Junior Townshend wins first pursuit
         Mid Devon cycling clubs Junior Brennan Townshend  from Chagford rode to a fantastic solo victory in Saturdays first pursuit race of the season.
         Ali Holland was the victor in the second dedicated womens pursuit which started earlier in the day at 1100 am .The ladies were split into three groups spread over four minutes. This years event attracted 20 Female riders and as a dedicated womens event is growing well in stature every year.
        On a dry spring sunny day which even saw Mid Devon club chairman Andrew Perkins decide to apply the fake tan to his legs the first time this year , riders from all over the country couldn’t have had better conditions to start their first race of the season.
        The Race promoted by the Mid Devon Cycling Club is a handicap race which allows riders of all ages and abilities to compete on a level playing field. A group of 10 juniors were under starters orders at 2.30 P.M. closely followed by the first group of 22 senior fourth category riders 2 minutes later. Another 3 minutes saw the start of the group of 20 third category riders leave, then it was a minute to the first tier of second category riders, a minute to the second tier of second category rider. Finally the 1st category and elite riders were set off at 2.39. This group included former Tour De France stage and Paris Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt!
        The Juniors set a good pace from the start, never looking under threat of getting caught by the fourth category riders. At the back of the race though the second tier of second category riders were working well and making good ground averaging a speed of 26 mph for the race, sweeping up the rest of the second category riders by lap two. In the meantime the third category riders had reeled in the fourth category riders.
         At the rear of the race the 11 Elite and First category riders had their work cut out starting 9 minutes behind the head of the race. Averaging a race speed of 28 mph they were still determined to try to get to the front of the race though with Pendragon Le Col and Team Uk Youth driving the group hard.
         Lap three saw the second category riders sweep up the third and fourth categories. The Mid Devon riders who had been driving the second cat train now slowed down, starting to work for Brennan under orders from team leader Andy Parker who knew Brennan was still at the front of the race and strong enough to beat the other juniors.
          Attacks started flying out of the main bunch thick and fast now with riders realising the juniors were not going to get hauled back in, the Mid Devon all worked well to police the moves, watching them all come back to the bunch.
          The handicapping times set up by Ken Robertson and Andy Parker from the Mid Devon CC proved to be extremely well judged. The Elite and Second category riders caught the main bunch with five miles to go, they went straight to the front to try to pull the group of five juniors remaining back. The time gap was coming down rapidly now and the juniors looked set to be caught right on the line.
          Junior Brennan Townshend saw the danger though and attacked at the bottom of the long finishing hill. The bunch caught two of the juniors on the finish hill, but Brennan stayed away winning by six seconds proving he is a name to watch for the future. Junior George Pym from Exeter wheelers came second with fellow Junior Jack Plummer from Somerset R.C third. Peter Vincent from the Mid Devon was the first of the main group home in fourth place, Junior Daniel Mckimm from the Bristol development squad held off for fourth, The first elite rider in was Yanto Barker in fifth place.
         It was a successful day for the Mid Devon CC ( Le Col- Colin Lewis Cycles) with six riders in the top twenty including Jake Durant, Andy Hitchens, Andy Parker, Alain Drury and Mark Dolan. A well organised event thanks to Ken Robertson who is at present recovering from an heart operation. All those in the cycling community who know him wish him a very speedy recovery.

Ali Holland Primal Europe was the victor in the second dedicated womens pursuit which started earlier in the day at 1100 am .The ladies were split into three groups spread over four minutes. This years event attracted 20 Female riders and as a dedicated womens event is growing well in stature every year. All three groups came together one lap from the finish and a tactical battle ensued with Ali Holland and Angie Pike Shred Racing launching several attacks only to be brought back into the bunch. At the foot of the finishing hill twelve riders were still in contention, Miriam Freemantle launched an early attack and nearly held off the fast finishing Holland for the win.
After the event Holland was impressed with the standard of the racing and was fullof praise for the pursuit format

 For more pictures follow this link to Ann Owens' flicker site

Super Session

posted 4 Feb 2011 01:38 by andrew parker   [ updated 15 Feb 2011 12:57 by Alan Drury ]

Regional Talent Development coach Ric Jamieson and Go Ride coach Jo Shackleton came along to the last coaching session as Stover and passed on some top tips.
The schedule was expanded to provide a 2 hour coaching session with Ric advising on group riding followed by some Go Ride Racing
Despite the arctic weather Ric and Jo were impressed by the club turn out with 16 riders attending the coaching session and an additional 12  taking part in the races! 

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