CONRAD Moss of race organisers Mid Devon Cycle Club finished 50 seconds behind winner Rob Scott at the Open 25 Time Trial.
The course started at Dean Prior then travels out to Chudleigh Knighton and back via Bickington.
With the forecast showing relatively calm but cold conditions at 8am, then rising 19mph winds just an hour later, many riders decided to remain in the warmth of their beds.
Those riders who made the effort were rewarded with faster times than the Exeter Wheelers' event two weeks earlier, or had the unpleasant task of riding the challenging return leg into a rapidly increasing headwind and times typically around a minute slower.
The battle for top honours was expected to be between Scott (Plymouth Corinthians), comeback rider Moss and Sean Childs from the Royal Navy.
With all three riders seeded to start at the end of the field five minutes apart, it meant the race would be contested under the same conditions with a gruelling 12-mile slog into the wind over Bickington to the end.
Scott (52.50) took the win from Moss who finished in 53.40 exactly a minute slower than his previous outing on the course two weeks earlier. Childs was third in 53.59.
There were some other great performances from MDCC riders. Evergreen Andy Hitchens improved on his time two weeks earlier and took the vets O40s' prize and sixth overall.
Mark Sanders turned in a mid-56 following his superb ride in Wales a week earlier.
Ian Cullen took advantage of the calmer conditions to dip under 58.
Matt Langworthy turned in a super 58-minute ride in his first 25. Ian Deakin battled the elements with a long 58, and Mark Foale rode a great 59.12.
Solid rides by Darin Dodd 1.04 Brett Barber 1.06 and Ralph Hitchens ensured a strong overall showing by the MDCC.
This weekend sees Moss and clubmate Andy Perkins challenge some of the UK's top riders in the Yeovil CC 10 on Saturday, before travelling down to Cornwall on Sunday.
Perkins and Moss will be in Cornwall looking to seal first and third spots respectively in the season-long South West Best All-Rounder competition, comprising two 10-mile time trials, two 25-mile time trials and a 50-mile time trial.
MID-Devon CC had four youth winners at round two of the South West Cyclo-Cross Championships raced in Wellington, Somerset.
Freddy Birchall finished first in the U12 category and while club-made Ruby Faun was first girl in the same age group. Keiran Collins was third U12 boy. In the U10 age-group race, Sol Drury was runner-up.
Harry Birchall, who is Freddy's older brother, won a battle royal with club pal Charlie Meredith in the U14-16 race. Second-placed Meredith was first U16 home.
National veterans' champion Steve Davies took an early lead, leaving a close battle for second between Tim Carpenter, MDCC's James Davey, Kamden Ready and Alistair Lovell with the four locked together for 40 minutes.
Davy took third overall and won the senior category.
James Bovey took ninth and third in the veterans' class.
Andy Parker took tenth for fourth veteran
Ali Hooper and Elaine Mason competed in their first cyclo-cross events taking third and fifth respectively.