Freewheeling Challenge winner

Chris Gilligan fought off a strong field of 20+ coasters, to take back the Freewheeling challenge trophy from 2 times winner David Emms who could only manage 4th behind Rich Gildea 2nd, and Paul Demicoli 3rd.

Chris now 2 times winner himself, revealed his last minute training plan in Court Hill whilst eating “4” cakes involved a Saturday night curry, and pre-clubrun Chicken pie for breakfast!

Freewheeling challenge champion 2017 - Chris Gilligan

Mudguards !!!

It’s been a while since a reminder about this, so:

PLEASE fit a full-length rear guard before coming on a wet club-run. Even if it’s not raining, wet and/or muddy roads make it pretty unpleasant to ride behind a bare back wheel.
Have a read here – there is lots of other good tips there too: http://www.didcotphoenix.co.uk/downloads/clubrunguidelines.pdf

Thanks, and Happy New Year!

Membership renewal for 2017

Membership can now be renewed for 2017. Members renewing before the end of February 2017 qualify for a discounted rate of £12; after this date membership will cost £15.

There are two easy ways to renew

  • Download this form and return it as directed
  • Online at the DPCC page of British Cycling (BC). Click on ‘Buy Club Membership’ then choose an option. Please remember to update your emergency contact details

You must have third party liability insurance if you join group rides. This can be obtained via membership of British Cycling (silver or above), Cycling UK, or similar bodies.

You may purchase individual affiliate membership of Cycling UK for £24. Please contact Gary Lester at membership@didcotphoenix.co.uk for our club Cycling UK code, or if you have any other questions regarding membership or insurance.

What the well-dressed rider is wearing

Just a reminder that the DPCC kit (as worn by Gareth Davies for his recent CX podium, well done G!) is in stock at Mountain Mania in Didcot. They currently have lots of pairs of arm and leg warmers in stock, plus the gilets that everyone likes, bibshorts in all sizes (I know we’re not all double-hard, but you could wear them on the turbo) and jerseys in all sizes except small and medium. If you’d like a size that isn’t in stock, or XXS or XXL, please pop in and let Mountain Mania know so they can request it in the next order.

Jared, model cyclist

Earlier this year, Jared Jedynowicz of this parish applied to become a Pearl Izumi Champion. Last Friday, he was delighted to find out that he’s been selected from hundreds of applicants to join the scheme.

“Champions exist to support, educate, and inspire other cyclists through their committment to cycling, choice in apparel, community involvement, excellent beards and strong social media presence.”

(One of those may not have been on the Pearl Izumi website).

From February 2017, Jared will receive limited edition Pearl Izumi kit, online discounts, invitations to exclusive events, entrance to races, monthly fitness goals and expert tuition to really test himself. Cool, huh?

 

#sockdoping

We at Didcot Phoenix are so far ahead of the curve, we can’t even see the curve any longer, and we believe socks are where it is at. ticcc-socksWe’ve found some posh winter merino socks that match our kit, and if 20 of us would like them, we can do a bulk order and save at least 15%: £16 a pair. That’s £8 per foot. Email (or get your mum to email*) secretary@didcotphoenix.co.uk with your size by Friday 9th December if you would like a pair. We’ll only order if there are 20 of us (that’s 40 feet, for those of you working in imperial).

*mummy secretary, whom many of you met at the Barbury Bash, is a whizz with the internet these days, and it may be that your parents are similarly proficient and love you enough to buy you a present.