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Primavera 2024 Road Race Report

Mid-Devon CC’s annual ‘Primavera’ pursuit road race took place over the weekend, and saw a fantastic performance from Exeter Wheeler Tristan Kelsall-Spurr, who finished on the podium with a highly creditable 3rd place. Amazingly, this was Tristan’s first ever road race, so established SW road racers look out !

The route used the Halwill Junction circuit, 44 miles of rolling terrain, with the start and finish at Hatherleigh.

Tristan spoke afterwards of his race –

“I began bike racing 18 months ago, starting with Hill Climb competitions, and this year, Time Trials.

Through these events I had made friends with a couple of chaps from Okehampton CC, with whom I had a friendly rivalry.

Given that the Primavera is a pursuit, with 4th category riders like ourselves off first, and the Elite a few minutes later, we opted for a plan . . . smash it from the gun in a three-up-time-trial fashion! And hope to stay away…..

Better that, we felt, than mix it with the Elite and 2nd cats.

We kept the plan to ourselves, and from the off, we just went for it . . . one other 4th cat rider tried to stick with us after the start, however, after a mile or so we’d dropped him, so it was just the three of us, sharing the pace. Perfect. At just over halfway through the race we got a timecheck and learnt we were 3 and half a minutes up on any chasers, and it was at that point that we all felt “Yeah, we can do this!”. The spectators at the side of the road had cottoned onto the fact that we three 4th cat underdogs were in with a good chance of staying away, and their support was fantastic.

We held the pace right to the finishing straight where we had a sprint finish, ending with myself in third and my mates on the podium. We had done it!

The chasing group came in over a minute later. 

Buzzing from the race, I am looking forward to more races. Myself and my fellow escapees Lloyd (Copp) and Jonathon (Hobbs) all felt before the start that even if just one of us came in ahead of the field then our plan could be considered to have succeeded, to have all three of us on the podium was just brilliant”

An indication of the wisdom of ‘the plan’ was how the race went for all the other 4th cat riders – aside from Tristan and his fellow breakaway companions, no other 4th cats finished in the top 30 – all the rest were gobbled up and spat out the back by riders in higher categories catching and passing them.

Tristan receiving his third place prize.

It was also a road race debut for Exeter Wheeler Ben Zissimos, who finished in 45th place on the day. Ben said of his day:

“I’ve always wanted to do a road race, and the Primavera on 24/03/2024 was my first.  So in a way, at the age of 53, I’m ticking a life-long dream off my bucket list.  Yet my decision to enter the Primavera this year seemed very much a spur-of-the moment thing, but  I’m so so glad I did, and I will definitely race again.  If, like me, you have experienced the thrill of watching road racing but have never actually raced, then let me tell you that to actually be there in the thick of things with the other riders, the motorbikes, and the crowd by the roadside gives you a buzz like no other.

One of the most interesting things for me about being part of the Primavera was the way that the race evolved.  I think this is due in part to the fact that it is a pursuit race.  Roughly, the 4th cats go off first, then the 3rd cats, and so on.  So I was in the first group to launch.  Mindful of not blowing up on the first climb, I let my group get away from me.  Then my plan was to jump in with the 3rd cats to catch the front group.  My cunning plan almost worked, but I just couldn’t quite hang on as they surged upon seeing the first group at the top of the biggest climb.  However, I found a nice group of riders to work with, and we even contested a sprint amongst ourselves to finish.  I’m grateful to everyone at EWCC, especially those who encouraged me and gave me advice, and to the race organisers as well.  And huge congratulations to Tristan Kelsall-Spurr of EWCC on getting 3rd, especially since this was his first road race too!”

Hopefully the exploits of Exeter Wheelers Ben and Tristan, plus last year’s successful debutant Paul Cameron in the British Cycling Masters Road Races, will inspire other Wheelers to make their road race debut this year. Go on, give it a go !

Joe Staddon, an Army Cycling Union rider, but whose 2nd claim club is Exeter Wheelers, also rode, coming in in 27th place.

Featured photo of Tristan leading the break is by permission of Sam Nancarrow Photography –

More photos from the race can be found on the Mid-Devon CC Facebook page:

and full results on the BC web pages

Four Firs 2024 Open Hilly Time Trial

The South West Time Trials season 2024 got under way today Sunday 3rd March with the Exeter Wheelers Open Hilly Time Trial on the Woodbury ‘Four Firs’ course.

The morning was very cold, with some ice on the roads as dawn broke, and no doubt some of the DNS’s came about as a result of riders concerned that ice might present dangerous conditions, but in the event all got round safely, as the rising sun warmed the air sufficiently by 8.01 am and first rider off.

Fastest was Elliot Collyer of the University of Exeter Cycling Club, who was one of three rider with sub-40 minute times for the 17 mile course, on 37 minutes and 59 seconds. Elliot was knocking on the door of a CTT Open win in events at the tail end of 2023, with a 4th, two 3rds and a 2nd in hill climbs, so no doubt he will feel pleased to finally win. Elliot used a road bike, and held off TT bike rider and last year’s winner Lloyd Copp of Okehampton CC by 24 seconds (38.23) with another road biker Aidan King of FTP 3rd at 39.29.

The Team prize went to Exeter Wheelers in the shape of Graham Turner, Tristan Kelsall-Spurr and Aaron Lawrence, all pleased with their rides for various reasons – Graham had suffered mechanicals in the Four Firs last year, Tristan was competing in only his 2nd time trial, and it was Aaron’s first time trial since he broke his arm in the first South-West Cyclo-Cross League race last September.

Other prize winners were:

Female:   Yvonne Farrell, Total Tri Training
Vet 40+:  Sam Thompson, Podium Addict
Vet 50+:  Del Stafford, Podium Addict
Vet 60+:  Mark Sanders, Mid-Devon CC

Following the event, prizes for the 2023 Devon Cup and SWCTT BAR were awarded. Photos from the today’s time trial and the various awards will be posted on the Exeter Wheelers Facebook

Thanks go to all the EWCC members who timekept and marshalled, and provided hot drinks and a fine selection of cakes, and we also thank Exeter Brewery for providing prizes in the form of their lovely organic Avocet Ale.

Full results:

1stElliottColyerRoad BikeUniversity of Exeter Cycling ClubEspoir37.59
2ndLloydCoppTT BikeOkehampton CCSenior38.23
3rdAidanKingRoad BikeFTP ( Fulfil The Potential ) Race TeamSenior39.29
4thMattStanburyTT BikePoole Wheelers Cycling ClubSenior40.29
5thTristanKelsall-SpurrRoad BikeExeter Whs CCSenior41.03
6thAnthonyGreenTT BikeKernow Racing TeamSenior41.04
7thStuartMcPhailTT BikeRoyal Navy & Royal Marines CASenior41.24
8thJonathanHobbsRoad BikeOkehampton CCSenior41.24
9thJimmyRichardsTT BikePure EnduranceSenior43.24
10thAaronLawrenceTT BikeExeter Whs CCSenior44.03
11thSamThompsonTT BikePodium AddictVet 40+44.03
12thDelStaffordRoad BikePodium AddictVet 50+45.28
13thMahirAhsanTT BikeUniversity of Exeter Cycling ClubEspoir45.34
14thGaryFrancisTT BikeGillingham and District Wheelers / Wheels CyclesVet 50+45.46
15thMarkSandersTT BikeMid Devon Cycling ClubVet 60+45.55
16thLeeMallenTT BikeRevo RacingVet 40+46.57
17thDarrenLunnTT BikeBristol South Cycling ClubVet 40+47.48
18thThomasHinchliffeRoad BikePlymouth Corinthian CCSenior48.02
19thRichardMooreTT BikePodium AddictVet 40+48.02
20thGrahamTurnerRoad BikeExeter Whs CCVet 50+48.05
21stFinlayWebbTT BikeExeter Whs CCC548.46
22ndMarkHughesTT Bike1st Chard WheelersVet 40+48.59
23rdPaulPomeroyTT BikeTotal Tri TrainingVet 50+52.59
24thSimonBrownTT BikeCS DynamoVet 60+53.42
25thYvonneFarrellRoad BikeTotal Tri TrainingSenior Female56.42
 ChantelCoetzerTT BikeRedbridge CCSenior 
 DrewDunnTT BikeTotal Tri TrainingVet 40+ 
 PeteBishopRoad BikeExeter Whs CCVet 60+ 
 KatyaTuneRoad BikeCity Cycle Couriers RTVet 50+ 
 JulianWilkesRoad Bike1st Chard WheelersVet 50+ 
 IanDeakinTT BikeMid Devon Cycling ClubVet 60+ 
 StephenBarnesRoad BikeWellington Wheelers Cycling ClubSenior 
 JamesGreenawayRoad BikeExeter Whs CCSenior 
 JonTuneTT BikeCity Cycle Couriers RTVet 40+ 
 SamWordleyTT BikeRoyal Navy & Royal Marines CASenior 

Results from previous years