The schedule and marshalls and time-keeping rota for the Summer 10s is now live see MDCC Club & Open TT Schedule. Please email Ben Tisdall to get your name down on the rota!
Online entries are now open for the Mid Devon CC Open 10 on the fast S4 course on the A38. Last year 2 club members broke 20 minutes on this course. You can enter online at this link. No fancy equipment required just a bike, a helmet and fast legs
The Teign Valley Hilly 23 returns again this Good Friday 29th March
We still have a few places left. For further information check out the MDCC Facebook page or you can enter online on the Cycling Time Trials website
Great turnout for boxing day 10 as driving rain and wind fails to dampen holiday spirit...
Twenty brave souls faced the elements on Boxing Day morning to try and wear off some of the Christmas excesses in the Mid-Devon Cycling Clubs/Colin Lewis Cycles' 5 mile Time Trial. While the early starters began their ride in light drizzle the later ones had heavy rain and got a good soaking. All had to contend with a strong wind that seemed to be a headwind in both directions of the Chudleigh Clay Pits route.
Top of the tree was Teignmouth's Joel Kelly who covered the distance on 12 mins 31 secs holding off the club's 25 and 50 mile record holder Andrew Perkins by 9 seconds.
Equal in third place were Will Kelly and Dave Bartlett in 13 minutes 24 seconds. The pair held off Paignton's Adam Beams and Will Lynds by 1 and 8 seconds respectively.
In seventh spot was 17 year old Kye Martin. Martin had ridden the 20 miles from Ivybridge to the race so some some of his speed may have been blunted. He took 13 minutes 37 seconds holding off veteran Ian Deakin by 6 seconds.
Two newcomers to time trialling and from Totnes took 13 mins 53 seconds and 14 minutes 3 seconds , respectively. Juveniles Ed Lynds and Joe Saunders were timed in at 14 minutes 23 seconds and 14 minutes 37 seconds.
The two ladies who rode ended up 2 seconds apart with Carrie Hill's 14 minutes 38 seconds beating Becky Kelly by 2 seconds.
A special mention has to be made of Kenny and Alfie Parker who rode in fancy dress with Kenny towing Alfie, who laughed and smiled all the way, on a tag-along - no easy task as their time of 21 minutes 50 seconds showed.
Other times were Mark Jones 14.46; Darin Dodd 15.04; Chris Ash 16.41 and Henry Stokes 19.16
Click here for full results.
Special thanks to Ken Robertson and Simon Paget for timekeeping and to Joe Saunders' father and grandfather for marshalling the turn.
Good turnout for the Last Club 10 and once again youth triumphs over experience
Just as Joel Kelly set the pace in the early season 10s, Harry Loader, aged 16, beat Mark Sanders to the best time of the evening by just 5 seconds in the final 10 of the season. Whether Harry can repeat the feat on Sunday in the longer Open 25 is another matter as Mark generally goes better at the longer distances and still has a few tricks up his sleeve in the shapes of a disk wheel and a pointy hat!
In third place was Ian Deakin. Andy Beam's, finished in 4th on his standard road bike (not even any clip-ons) less than a minute behind the winner which indicates his form is returning. He's even mentioned 'looking at a few TT frames on ebay for next season.'
Thanks to Phil Burrows and Ken Robertson for time keeping and to Don Potter for marshalling. Club 10s will return in May 2013.
Records tumble as MDCC’s time triallists set the pace in National and local races
What a week for the club’s time triallists!
First off Andy Perkins took the silver medal in the Vets over-40 National Championships last weekend. By all accounts it was a great course with wide straight Roman roads across the Leicestershire country side. But the 1.2 mile Melton Hill, similar to Longdown from the Teign Valley side but with a very steep 150 yd kick at the top – then a plateau and no descent perhaps didn’t play to Andy’s strengths. Andy still managed to finish ahead of second favourite Julian Ramsbottom but was more than a minute behind a very quick Simon Bridge of Manchester Wheelers who took gold.
Then in the afternoon the big boys came out to play. Despite a couple of no shows (from Hutchinson and Luke Rowe among others) it was a strong field with Sky Pro Alex Dowsett in full Sky regalia Unfortunately Pete Vincent lost a brake block at the end of his warm up and with no time to replace had to ride effectively without a back brake on the relatively technical course. He still recorded an excellent 6th place. And in other South West news Wendy Houvenaghel won the ladies event by more than a minute.
Tom Baylis takes 4th at GHS 10 Championship
Then on Saturday 8th Sept it was the GHS 10, which is the National Youth Championship. It was held in Berkshire and had around 150 starters.
Tom Bayliss recorded a fantastic 21:53 to equal Andy Parkers’ Youth Record record from 1987. Tom was second in his age group and 4th overall. Will Kelly recorded 23:36 and also finished second in his age group. Joel Kelly recorded a 23:26 Joel has been working long hours on a summer job which left him little time or energy left to train and also had an altercation with a car on the final descent which meant he had to stop briefly. Certainly Joel would have given Tom a run for his money if he’d been at full fitness, but he’s not the first mid-Devon rider to struggle with the Work/Bike balance!
The Mid Devon team also achieved another first for the club by winning the team prize by a few seconds.
Perkins Smashes Club 25 Record
As if that wasn’t enough the following day Andy Perkins travelled up to Wales to tackle the famously quick R25/3L (PortTalbot Wheelers) course where Adam Beams set the Veterans club record 2 years ago. Andy broke the club record to record a 51.14. And on the same day Pete Vincent won the Yogi Sporting 25m TT in Tavistock in 56:25. Click here to see the Club TT records
With all these great results and three ex-Mid-Devoners starting the Tour of Britain, I think it’s fair to say that MDCC is not just the best club in the South West but one of the very best in the country!
Club 10s cancelled on 30th Aug and 6th Sept
The next 2 club 10s have been cancelled. Last week only 2 riders turned up and traffic lights are still in place on the Teign Valley leading to a shortened course. And if you still want a Thursday evening ride there is a ride leaving from Abbrook at 7pm (2 groups if enough people turn up)
The final Club 10 of the season on Thursday 13th September is going ahead and is an ideal to test your legs and your TT bike or tri-bars ahead of the Club Open 25 on Sun 16th Sept. See full schedule at the link below.
Full events schedule
Perky's rich vein of form continues + excellent MDCC performances in the CS Dynamo 4-Up
Fresh from winning the One and All Open 25 in a PB of 52.54 and into a stiff headwind on the way out, Andy headed to the New Forest the following day and managed to win Rudy Project Round 6. His time of 39.15 was nearly a minute ahead of Steve Smales who currently leads the vets series. This was despite losing valuable seconds by pulling his back wheel over at the start gate. A podium finish for Andy in the vets category at the British TT Championships now looks on the cards for next weekend.
The same schoolboy error of failing to tighten the rear wheel skewer sufficiently, cost valuable time for Ian Deakin who was in a team with Ian Cullen, Andy Parker and Martin Holmes at the CS Dynamo 4-Up 25 mile team team time trial. They posted a 58.09. Funnily enough the real schoolboys Joel and Will Kelly teamed with Jason Whitmarsh and Callum Deakin had no such problems in their 4-up team and consequently beat the seniors to post a great time of 57m 57sec.
The event was won, however, by MDCC's top team of Andy Perkins, Pete Vincent, Seb Bayliss and Ben Turp in 52.03. MDCC's other team of Mark Dolan, Daniel Dolan, Tom Baylis and born-again tester Jake Durant took an excellent third place overall in 54.13.
BIG TURN OUT FOR CLUB 1-UP, 2-UP, 3-UP, 4-UP TIME TRIAL
On a beautiful summer evening around 20 riders turned up for the Club 2-Up 10. Unfortunately the course was truncated due to roadworks on the Teign Valley road.
Top team of Andy Perkins and Pete Vincent, riding road bikes, recorded the fastest time of 20:14 on the truncated 8.74 mile course. They were just ahead of the 4-Up team of the Kelly brothers along with Callum Deakin and Jason Whitmore. Martin Holmes riding 1-Up recorded the 3rd fastest time just ahead of the 'Girls team' of Becky Kelly, Jo Edwards and Carrie Hill. An on-form Keith Watts finished just ahead of Alan Drury showing that Alan has some training to do before the start of the Cyclocross season.
Meanwhile, Lander Aperribay, an ex-Euskaltel Euskadi Pro from Spain visiting Totnes for a month, and out for a ride with Ben Tisdall, did his best to hide his astonishment at the strange things English club riders get up to on a Thursday evening!
Finally thanks to Kevin Bolt and his partner who marshalled and put out the signs and to Phil and Ken who did the time keeping.
Perky & Sanderson duel their way to record breaking times on Teign Valley 10 course
Conditions this week were just about perfect - 22 degrees with hardly any wind. In-form testers Andrew Perkins and Lee Sanderson both broke 23 minutes to set new record times for the Teign Valley 10 of 22:21 and 22:45 respectively. Lee Sanderson was briefly blocked by a bunch of leisure cyclists with a queue of cars behind so we'll never know how close he would have got to Perky's time without the delay.
The other 5 riders last night chose to ride the 'Athletes 10' on road bikes Adam Beams leading the way on 25:38 ahead of newcomer Jon Burgoyne with a useful 27:40.
Thanks to Ken and Simon Paget for time-keeping and to Martin Woolcott and Andy Cleave for marshalling.
NEW COURSE CONFIRMED FOR CLUB OPEN 25 ON SUNDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
Due to roadworks the Club 25 has been moved to the S12R 25 course. This is still a fast course with a 'low 52' course record but is on quiet roads allowing a more civilized 10am start.
There are lots of prizes on offer for this special event! The WAJ Best Cup to the winner, Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup to the fastest rider who has previously not beaten 1hr 4 mins and the Women's Olympic Shield to the fastest lady
You can Click here to enter online now
Or traditionalists can fill out an entry form and post a cheque for £7.50 (payable to Mid Devon CC) to Ben Tisdall, Week Meadow, Higher Week, Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6JP
Mid Devon testers clean up at the RNRMCA 10 on the S4 on Wed 11th June
A dominant performance by some of Mid Devon's leading testers saw club members win about half the prizes on offer at Lee Sanderson's recent 10. A fierce headwind meant times were approximately half a minute down on times from the Club 10 a few week's earlier. Andy Perkins won 1st overall with a time of 20:14. Joel Kelly was 1st junior (and 7th overall) with 22:22. Brother Will was first Juvenile on 25:31, Carrie Hill was first Lady with 26:16 closely followed by Becky Kelly on 26:54.
Dry conditions as Adam Fursdon takes the honours in Club 10
In a brief gap in the rain that is already plaguing July (just as it for the rest of the so-called summer), Adam Fursdon took the honours in this this week's Club 10 in 25:42. He was just ahead of Jason Whitmarsh and Martin Holmes. Darin Dodd, who's ridden most of this season's Club 10s, also posted a season's best time.
Thanks to Ken Robertson for time-keeping and to Chris Bittlestone and Paul Fursdon for marshalling.
Hopkins sets new women's course record in the Club 10 on the Teign Valley
Ella Hopkins, days after riding the National road Championship set a new best women's time of 26:54, riding a standard road bike. Ben Tisdall was fastest man with 25:31 with Martin Holmes in second place on 26:17 ahead of third placed Ella.
For once conditions were dry but conditions were again blustery with a headwind on the longer return leg.
Thanks to Simon Paget and Ken Robertson for time-keeping and to Jo Edwards and Annette Dentith for marshalling.
First Knobbly 10 sploshes off to a wet & windy start
Despite diabolical conditions 5 riders were brave enough or stupid enough to make it to the start of the Knobbly 10 last Thursday evening.
In the extremely wet and windy conditions a sailing dinghy may well have been the quickest way up and down the very wet Teign Valley road. Unsurprisingly all the starters were on mountain bikes as anyone planning to ride on a TT bike no doubt thought better of it.
Ben Tisdall was first home with 28:41. Newcomer Will Tyler Hart turned in a more than respectable 29:15 and Will Kelly, probably slowed by some very chunky tyres probably more at home on the Les Gets downhill course than the Teign Valley road completed the podium with a 30:08.
A big thank you to Phil Burrows, Andy Starkey and Darin Dodd who looked after the time-keeping and marshalling. The awful weather was to blame for a poor turnout but it was good to see three new faces at the Teign Valley 10 and those who took part said they enjoyed it (once it was over). We are hopeful the knobbly 10, with some better weather, will become an annual event.
Vincent just pips Perky as both break 20 minutes in the S4 10 mile TT + PBs all round for the Kelly gang
Andy Perkin's had already mentally trousered the winner's envelope when a last minute entry from Pete Vincent ratchetted up the pressure. Conditions were less than perfect with a 15mph south-westerly blowing but Vincent, off number 16, still managed to post an impressive 19:48. Perkins, last man off was just 1 second down on Vincent at the turn but lost a further 4 seconds on the run in to finish with an excellent PB of 19:53. Lee Sanderson, completed the podium but was more than a minute further back on 21:12 with Steve Kirby 8 seconds further back in 4th place.
Joel Kelly knocked around 2 minutes off his PB to post a 21:57 just a few seconds outside Andy Parker's long-standing youth 10 record from the 80s. Brother Will, still just 14, managed an equally impressive 23:16 and mum Becky posted 26:41 to set a new best known club time for veteran ladies.
Mark Sanders bounced back from a recent nasty crash on the chaingang with 22:19, enough to take 5th place on standard. Finally Jason Whitmarsh posted a 26:00, pretty good when you consider he punctured at the turn and rode the last 5 miles on a flat clincher.
The three best club times from Perky, Vincent & Joel are also a new team record for a 10 mile time trial.
Special thanks to Simon Paget and Barry Day for time-keeping, to Mike Parker, Jon Burgoyne and others for marshalling, to the Hitchens family who looked after the refreshments and of course to organiser Ralph Hitchens.
Kelly family continue run of great results and Lee Sanderson takes Perky's course record
The Kelly brothers achieved an excellent second place overall (and 1st junior team) at Wednesday's Royal Navy 2up TT with a time of 40.48 over a hilly 16 miles. And a respectable 5th club team was earned by the Deakin duo of Ian and Callum.
Then on thursday night Becky Kelly set a PB and best women's time at the club time trial on the Teign Valley with a time of 28.25. For once conditions were excellent and Lee Sanderson broke Andrew Perkin's course record by 7 seconds to record the first '22' on the new course. Click here for full results.
And with thanks to Andy Perkins and Kenny Parker who marshalled and Ken Robertson who kept time.
Joel Kelly wins Club 10 & Perkins wins Open 10
On a cold (9 degrees) blustery night when there appeared to a headwind in both directions, but worse on the longer return leg, just 7 riders made it to the start line. And tmes were down reflecting the poor conditions. Joel Kelly, riding a standard road bike without tri bars, won in 25.47, nearly 2 minutes down on his season's best with Ben Tisdall first loser on 25.52. Kenny Parker filled out the podium with 27.14. A big thank you to Kevin Bolt who stepped in at the last minute to marshall, Andy Parker ( the other marshall) and Phil Burrows who did the time-keeping.For this weeks full results Click here
Just the night before Andy Perkins won the won the Exeter Wheelers Open 10 on the Feniton course. Despite a tougher course than the S4 and a stiff breeze on the way out he recorded a PB equalling 20.27 (the same time as on the S4 on Saturday), second was Dean Robson from Somerset RC with 21.10 with Lubos Obornik (Revo) third with 21.35
PERKY PIPS CHILDS AND BREAKS CLUB VETS 10 RECORD TO WIN OPEN 10 ON THE S4
Andrew Perkins recorded a new PB to win the Plymouth Corinthians open 10 on the S4. His time of 20-27 just ‘pipped’ regional time-trialling legend Sean Childs by one second and also broke Mark Sanders' Vets club record. The conditions were warm, but with a stiff breeze and most riders saw their times fall back against the previous week’s results.
However Perkins recent huge training efforts are starting to pay off and he hopes, within a month or so to have a crack at breaking the 20 minute barrier!
PERKY, SANDERS & DEAKIN SET NEW CLUB 50 RECORDS ON SUNDAY MORNING
Sunday morning saw the One and All 50, at Roche in Cornwall. The event was effectively a ‘dry run’ for the National 50 Mile TT Champs which take place there in June and therefore attracted a high quality field. Conditions were good with bright weather, a very gentle breeze and warm temperature. Scott Povey of Drag 2 Zero, who is in with a good shout for a top 5 in the National’s, was the seeded rider and he lived up to his billing clocking a 1.44.04. Blake Pond remains in good form with a 1.45.25, John Wynn of Northover VT, clocked 1.46.23, just pipping Perky with 1.46.32. Sean Childs recorded 1.48.10 for fifth. Perky's ride takes around 8 minutes off his PB and breaks the long-standing club record by over 3 minutes. Mark Sanders rode a strong 1.57 and Ian Deakin was just over 2 hours in 2.02. Combined these times also set a new club record for the 50 time trial team.
SHADOW FALLS ON JOEL KELLY's RECORD
Andy Perkins (AKA the Shadow) finally made his first appearance at the Club 10 this Thursday. This week's ‘10’ was run off in fairly still but cold conditions – surface water on the Teign Valley roads meant riders had to hold back on the last twisty sections of the return leg. However Perkins still managed to record a 23.04 to finish 59 seconds ahead of second placed Joel Kelly and set a new record for the new Teign Valley course. Adam Beams made a welcome return to time trialling and recorded a solid 25.50 riding on a road bike. For this weeks full results Click here
MDCCs young riders impress at Navy Cycling Festival
17 year old Tom Bayliss produced a fine performance to finish 6th out of a field of over 50 in the 3.1 mile prologue, just 26 seconds down on top local tester Sean Childs and Olympic pursuiter Wendy Houvenaghal who were joint winners of the event in 6.41. Adam Fursdon was a little further back in 18th place and Kye Martin finished in 28th place . Bayliss then teamed up Peter Georgi for the Two Up 22 mile team time trial and finished in 2nd place just 5 seconds behind Sean Childs and Nick Tryon. Meanwhile Fursdon and Martin, riding together in the 2-up finished in 13th. As if that wasn't enough Bayliss then placed third in the Individual Devil A Road Race and Adam Fursdon won the Individual Devil B Road Race with Kye Martin taking 4th place.
Joel Kelly sets pace again onTeign Valley 10 Course
The lashing rain in the Abbrook car park was enough to send Keith Watts and Jason Whitmarsh home for an early bath. But up the valley the sign shone (briefly) and the road was dry. Unfortunately a nasty headwind on the longer return leg made conditions tough. Despite this Joel Kelly was just 4 seconds down on his time the previous week and won with 24.04 catching 5 of the 6 people who started in front of him in the process. Ben Tisdall was a DNF due to a puncture but has now recorded the 10 course as a Strava segment using a special technique called 'riding the last 2 miles on a flat tub thereby wrecking the tub in the process'. Sign up with Strava.com to see this. For this weeks full results Click here
Perkins sets PB in 10 & beats top class field
Perkins recorded a personal best of 21.17 to beat a 90 rider field and win a windswept Yeovil CC 10 on Saturday 21st April. It was Andrews' first '10' of the season and he appears to have benefited from strenuous power training sessions undertaken throughout the winter and from a new 'aero' position he 'experimented' with in the event. He probably also benefitted from recently turning pro (aka gardening leave between lawyering jobs) to the envy of many MDCC members.
On the way to his win he took several notable scalps including Poole Wheelers' Terry Icke, second in 21.43 and Northover VT/Rudy Project's Jon Wynn third in 21.48. For full results see Click here
Joel Kelly smashes Perkins 10 record
Despite cool, breezy conditions, Joel Kelly posted a 23.58 to beat Andy Perkins Boxing Day 10 time on the new Teign Valley 10 course by 46 seconds. Kelly also beat Chris Halls, who recently placed second in the club's Good Friday Hilly 23 by 49 seconds. Mark Sanders was a further 5 seconds back to take 3rd place. Click here for full results. Next week's 10 starts at 7.00pm or sign on at Abbrook at 6.20pm and ride the 6.5 miles to the start as a group at 6.30pm.
Adam Fursdon pipped by Sanderson in club 10
Good Friday 6th April Teign Valley Sporting 23
Blake Pond flew round the course in a very rapid 52:36 to win the event by almost 3 minutes. First MDDC rider was Andy Hitchens in 6th place with 56:56. See http://tinyurl.com/cancleu for full results
Exeter Wheelers Hilly 17
Due to roadworks the event was subject to a last minute course change and ran over 2 laps of a course which including the climbs of Woodbury Village and the lower slopes of Woodbury Common. Conditions were a shock to the system after the last few days of sunshine, with early rider facing near freezing conditions. The changed race was over 18 miles with Regional Time Trial champion Blake Pond of North Devon Wheelers taking the honours with a time of 44m 41sec just pipping Sean Childs with 44.44. Ben Turp produced a great ride to take third place with a time of 46.04 with Andrew Perkins, riding a road bike with clip on bars covering the course in 46.38 for fourth.
Check this page regularly for the latest news on the time trial scene in the Mid Devon CC and the South West generally.
2 Up 10 Sunday 4th March 2012 9am S26R/10
Unfortunately this race was cancelled due to rain. Although an hour after the cancellation was announced the sun came out! A new date is expected soon.
Click here for the report on the Boxing Day 10
Pete Vincent wins Somerset RC 10 07/03/09