Stadhampton TT – 17th April – Road bikes only

As a reminder the TT at Stadhampton on 17th April will be for Road bikes only, with no aero kit allowed.

For clarification that means:
Road bikes only
No skinsuits
No aero helmets
No clip on bars
No wheels with rims deeper than 50 mm

Anyone contravening the above “may” be allowed to ride and get a time but wont be eligible for scratch and castle competition points.

The time keepers decision is final.

Thursday evening Harwell Hilly

Congratulations to Eamon Deeley who won the DPCC Thursday night Harwell Hilly TT on the 10th April. First DPCC rider was Steve Mead with a time of 27.59. Many thanks to Ron Smith for standing in as time keeper and start sheet organiser. Finish time keeping was covered via Neil Morris.

Remember if you cycle in 6 of our club TTs, you will be expected to volunteer at a club night.

Pusher: Darren Addison

Start timekeeper/start sheet/number taker: Ron Smith

Finish timekeeping: Neil Morris

Lap 1
1EamonnDeeleyMid Oxon CRT13:2727:11
4ChrisBainesBuxton CC14:4129:08
15JeremyStambaughTry It17:4435:50
13MikeFordBlazing Saddles13:30DNFPuncture
1MickFountainDPCC21:23DNF1 lap only

TT Results – 06/04/2014 – CC243A

On a blustery Sunday morning, we had 10 riders racing on the new CC243A TT course making use of the Wallingford by-pass.

Just before we get to the results, please see this notice from Mick Fountain, who is organising a couple of TTs for the WLCA.

Two dates to put in your diary.
I am organising 2 open events and will need some help please.
10 miles H1/17r 10 May
25 miles H25/17 22 June
See below for results.

Start Timekeeper Simon McGowan 
Numbers before and after Neil Morris 
Pusher Kevin Wilkinson 
Finish Timekeeper Simon Evans 

Result club TT 6 April 2014. CC243a

1RonSmithDPCC24:01Course Record
6TomSeftonRP Racing Team26:45

Great night had by all at The Road Room/Mountain Mania

Last night saw the first of hopefully should be regular nights at our local shop. The generous discount was appreciated by many, the Coopers arrived to debut littlest DPCC’er Monty (what a cutie), and Dunko couldn’t reach the bottom of the pedalstroke on the turbo, which made IDK the winner (as he was the only one brave enough to have a hit out).
Pizza, Renee’s lovely little cupcakes (look out Clare H), and tea and coffee were very appreciated on the night, all provided by the shop. In a post event interview, Jamie and Dan from the shop said that the Didcot Phoenix had the potential to be the best club in town (I may have made that up), but both the boys were very pleased with how things went and look forward to the next evening at the shop. One point discussed was making our rendezvous point for our club runs the (vacant), car park of the shop on Sunday mornings. Sensible suggestion to me.
Your task now, if you accept it, is to find one member who didnt make it last night and rave what a great shop we have here in town and ensure they come next time round.

And please, lets make an effort to support our great Local Bike Shop!

Here’s to a new and prosperous relationship with the Road Room!

See you at the TT Sunday

Road Room Exclusive DPCC evening this Wednesday @1930hrs!

It’s here!

Hot on the heels of what looked an excellent first Spring Training weekend in Wales and our first TT of the year,  it’s time to head on over to The Road Room/Mountain Mania on Wantage Rd on Wednesday night. We’ll have exclusive use of the shop on the night, with the Road Room techy guys on hand as well as pizza and beers and refreshments and cool turbo comps on their very flashy setup.

On the evening there will be a massive 20% discount for DPCC members for all Bikes and Accessories and if they don’t have what you want and they can order it, you’ll receive your discount as long as you pay on the night.  Anyone who has worked in a bike shop will know that 20% is a very generous offer from a local bike shop, so please make the most of this fabulous offer!

This will be our first evening at the shop with the club, so please come along and I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to make it a regular event. If you haven’t been to the new shop, think of the nice oxford bike shops and improve it by 50% – it’s really that good.

So, there’s only one place to be at 7.30pm on Wednesday night and that’s the Road Room in Didcot. Bring your credit card/cash and walk away with a smile!

PS- there’s a post on the forum asking who is attending so I can provide it to the guys for catering purposes- take a minute to say ‘I’ll be there’ and I’ll let them know….

Harwell Hilly – First TT of the year

March 30th saw the Didcot Phoenix CC Time Trial season commence, with our traditional opener on the CC220 “Harwell Hilly” course.  Weather conditions were great and we had a fantastic turnout for such a warm Spring Day.

Simon McG

Winning the TT with a time of 27.45 was Fairly United’s Mark Cox.  The first DPCC rider, Ron Smith, came in second with a time of 28.16. Mick

Thanks to all of our volunteers for helping to run the event and remember the club expects you to help out at least once for every 6 events you race in.  Please sign up via our Time Trial pages.

Next week we are on the new Wallingford course – map and parking details to follow.

Results from the first TT of the season can be found here.

RonMany thanks to our 2014 Downhill Champ Chris Gilligan for taking the photos.Bryan

Spring Newsletter 2014

Dear club members,

I hope you are all enjoying the recent drier weather and that you will manage to find time amidst all your pre-season training to read this spring newsletter!

Club Membership
Firstly thank you to all those members who have renewed membership with us this year. If you have not renewed yet then please do so as soon as possible or hand in your form and payment at the first time trial. For those who attend group rides, please remember that it is a requirement of the club that you also have suitable third party liability insurance and this can be provided through membership of the CTC, BC or similar. Affiliate membership can be bought for just £16 through the club. Please contact me at if you have any questions about this.

Time Trials
If you have not already done so, it is time to prepare a suitable steed ready for action! There are two Sunday events to ‘kick start’ the clubs time trial calendar this year starting with the Harwell Hilly on 30th March at 11.00am. The following Sunday uses the new Cholsey course CC243a which is also starts at 11.00am. Thursday evening TTs start on 10th April at 18:46pm back on the Harwell Hilly. It should all feel easy after that! Please see the time trials section on the web site for the full details. It was agreed at the clubs AGM that if you participate in 6 TTs then you will be expected to volunteer at least once at a club event. Please sign up via the web site so that events can run. Remember that first claim DPCC members are entered into the Scratch League and the Castle League (where points are awarded based on improvement relative to other riders) so this will all make for an exciting season!

Club Runs
Club Runs have continued to be well supported (despite some very wet Sundays!) with turnout often over 20 riders. This has increasingly meant that the group will be split for safety reasons. Please note that once the clocks have changed rides will start at 9.00am with the first of these rides being 30th March going to West Wycombe. Please contact Simon or Ron at for more information. Ladies only rides have also been well supported and continue to run on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Please see the Ladies Rides section on the web site or contact Laura or Clare at for more information. The club will be starting a new initiative soon with beginner rides co-ordinated by Steve Warwick. If you have friends or family who would like to get out on their bike then please encourage them to come along. The dates for this will be advertised on the web site soon. Volunteers will be needed to help lead beginner rides so please let Steve know if you can help using

Winter Training
If you were hoping that you had missed it, there are still two more sessions of winter training left on the 20th and 27th March at the Brightwell Pavilion!! Turbo training has been a great success this year and has been well supported and ‘enjoyed’ by all participants!? The club would like to thank Laura Cooper for leading the sessions before Christmas also Robert Briggs and Simon Evans who have been leading sessions after Christmas.

Up Coming Events

Spring Road Trip – LLandysul (West Wales) – 28-30th March
At the last count 13 club members had signed up for the Welsh weekend organised by Tim Davies. This promises to be a great social weekend away and should also provide lots of pre-season hilly miles with great scenery! Please email Tim for further information as it is not too late to join in!

DPCC Club Night at ‘Mountain Mania’ – Wednesday 2nd April: 7.30-9.30pm

Thanks to Duncan for liaising with the shop to organise an exclusive club only evening! Drinks and nibbles and discount will be on offer! There will also be an opportunity to collect and purchase club kit on the night.

Future Diary Dates

Oxfordshire Road Racing League – DPCC event (Great Shefford) – 4th June – news to appear on website soon!
Club Open 25 TT – 29th June
Club Audax – Sunday 13th July
Club open 10 TT – 23rd August

(Helpers always needed for the above)

There will be a social event after the following time trials so please also put these dates into your diary:

8th May – Stadhampton
10th July – Stadhampton (after the 5 mile TT)
14th Aug – End of season supper.

It just remains for me to wish you a safe and successful season of cycling and that you manage to reach the goals you may have set yourself. Thank you again for your continued support of the club.

Best Wishes

Iain Kent
DPCC Membership Secretary

Sunday Club Ride

Weather was wonderful for cycling today and I was joined by Vicky, Rachel, Amanda and Diana for a lovely jaunt in the countryside. It was great to see a new lady out with us today – Diana who is in training for a 60K in May, from today’s outing I’m sure you’ll have no trouble with that. :)

We headed out of Didcot towards Long Wittenham, past the clumps before heading up Sires Hill (east) to North Moreton, South, Moreton and onto Wallingford. Climbing up out of Wallingford up Coxs Lane – catching our breath at the top, before cruising through Ipsden and onto Goring before heading back towards Didcot, passing through Cholsey, Blewbury and West Hagbourne. Vicky & Rachel headed for home, leaving Amanda, Diana and myself to grab a drink and have a lovely chat in the sunshine. 8)

I really enjoyed the fab company and route – I hope you ladies enjoyed it too.

looking forward to the next one already! :D


Sunglasses and sun cream was the order of the day for today’s DPCC Club Ride 8) … Like the ladies, we also had a new lady out with us: Beth, having recently move to Didcot from the Liverpool area (if I heard correctly during the coffee stop chat), and keen to tackle a longer ride over some of the local hills. Once again a large turnout meant we split into two groups, Matt C. leading one and me taking the other.

Our route tackled much of the ladies’ one – only in the opposite direction – as we headed through East Hagbourne, Aston Tirrold, Cholsey and Moulsford to get to Streatley. Here the two routes departed as we headed further south to Hook End Land and the climb to Upper Basildon. And it was just outside Streatley that Matt’s group sailed past us as we waited for Steve Luck to swap tubes after puncturing on one of the myriad potholes :roll: .

After passing through Upper Basildon our route then turned back on itself as we headed for Pangbourne and our second climb of the day to Whitchurch Hill. And with the toll bridge closed and negligible traffic we could take the climb at our own pace. From here it was a short ride down to Chazey Heath, crossing the Reading Road and through Tokers Green and Kidmore End to Sonning Common and The Herb Farm, where coffee and a selection of cakes and bacon rolls awaited us as we sat outside in the 8) glorious sunshine 8) .

For the return journey we deviated from the advertised route and rode through Stoke Row and Checkendon to avoid a section on the busy Reading Road, returning “on course” for the descent down Cleeve Hill. Here, the possibility of us having to divert again due road closures for the Goring 10k charity run was averted thanks to the time spent at the cafe, meaning they were all reopened and free from runners (although I suspect the ladies may have been caught up in this…). From here it was up to Ipsden and through Wallingford after which we escorted Steve Luck back to his mansion in Brightwell, before we finished our morning with a ride over Sire’s Hill and back in to Didcot along Abingdon Road.


DPCC Club Night @ Mountain Mania

Good news DPCC members, our resident CX Director (Dunko) has organised a club night at Mountain Mania in Didcot…There will be nibbles*, drinks* and discounts*

*Don’t quote me on that. Mike

2nd April – 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Plus we will be launching our new Club Runs Poster!!! Watch this space :)

There will also be an opportunity to purchase and collect club kit on the night!

See you there!