NICK Makin has kicked off his racing block in Europe with a win at the Evergem Kermesse in Belgium.

Makin will compete in a few more races before linking up with the Mid Devon Cycling Club (MDCC) team in France to participate in the prestigious Vire race. This year's team is Nick Makin, George Watch, Ben Meek, James Pearcy, Charlie Meredith and Shaun Davey. The team will be managed by Andy Hitchens and supported by mechanic Simon Aske. The Totnes Vire race, held annually since 1974, celebrates the twinning of Totnes and Vire, France.  

Torbay Velopark came alive this past weekend with the Shutt Velo Rapide Hitters Crits Rd 1, marking the start of the senior racing season. MDCC riders were out in force, putting on a strong showing across multiple categories.

James Williams took a win in the E/1/2/3 category, showcasing his early-season form. Clubmates Julian Pittock (4th), Will Kelly (6th), James Pearcy (11th), and Shaun Davey (12th) also impressed.

Several MDCC riders opted to double up and compete in both the E/1/2/3 and Masters races. In the Masters race, Julian Pittock continued the winning ways, securing the top spot with James Williams (4th) and Andrew Hitchens (8th) further bolstering the MDCC presence.

The 3/4 race saw Joshua Snow finish a commendable fourth, followed closely by Andrew Hitchens in fifth. Shaun Davey rounded out the MDCC finishers in ninth. The strong performances by MDCC riders bode well for the upcoming season.

The Tiverton National Series Junior Road Races saw two Mid Devon Cycling Club riders tackle the demanding 73-mile course against a strong national field.

From the starting gun, the pace was fierce, pushing the peloton to its limits. Both Mid Devon riders, Ben Meek and George Watch, displayed excellent race positioning throughout. Coming down to the final sprint finish, Meek put in a strong showing, securing an impressive 18th place. Watch also dug deep, crossing the line in a solid 30th.

This challenging race showcased the talent and determination of the Mid Devon juniors. Their ability to handle the intense pace and compete against top national riders bodes well for their future performances.

The Mid Devon Cycling Club's off-road crew made a strong showing at the South West MTB XC Series race held at Woodies Bike Park in Cornwall.

Female Juvenile rider Lauren Fox displayed impressive skills, securing a well-deserved second place. Lara Dix, competing in the Female Youth category, also took home second, showcasing her talent on the challenging course.

The Open Juvenile category saw Mid Devon riders dominate the podium. Matt Holmes claimed a hard-fought second, while James Alan battled his way to a close third.