Armchair racing correspondent Vicky Lawson writes…
Ten events, squillions of gallons of sweat, and inexplicably, Phoenix didn’t win. Sort it out next year, chaps and lady-chaps, yeah?
Congratulations to the winners:
Men Individual: Greg Fitzek – Cowley Road Condors
Men Individual (U23): Greg Fitzek – Cowley Road Condors
Men Team: GS Henley
Women Individual: Aimee Jones – Cowley Road Condors
Women Team: Cowley Road Condors
We, small but mighty, were 4th women’s team and 5th men’s team. I feel a 2018 bird-off coming on.
We had some great performances to be proud of. The Hofley household – Martin ‘Stan’ Stanley, a magnificent overall 8th man, was accompanied by blushing racing debutante Clare Hofmann (12th woman). The Pittards: Laura 9th and James 14th (and second-placed U23 rider). Olivia Bentley, most recently seen in the Women’s Tour of Sussex, took 6th thanks to her podium in the Woodstock round. Harri James took 10th, and experienced lags (sorry chaps) Grant Goodall and Jez Hewitt rocked up to add a bit of mid-table respectability to the mix.
Now in its fourth year, the league overall has grown, with the addition of High Wycombe CC and associate membership of Oxford University CC, and included an ITT (ahh, civilised) from Oxonian for the first time.
The league couldn’t continue without all of the volunteers from each club who work really hard to put on races. The DPCC race this year was executed to perfection by directors David Emms and Simon Evans; if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Christian Prudhomme, there will be opportunities to run our 2018 event – come to the AGM on Thursday 19th October and seize power.
2017 Leiden Plaque
This year it was DPCCs turn to host the annual inter Oxfordshire cycling club time trialling competition and Harri James pulled out all the stops in creating a great event on such a stunning Bank Holiday Monday.
Congratulations were due again to winners Banbury Star CC, with Cowley Road Condors CC 2nd, and Oxonian CC 3rd. Thanks to all competing riders and especially to the many volunteers at the HQ, and marshals and timekeepers out on the course.
Photos on flickr here.
Full results here.
Club Hill Climb Championship – Sunday 27th
It was business as usual with the on-form Richard Gildea taking the 2017 Hill climb Championship trophy. This year Richard clocked an aggregate time of 7 minutes 37 seconds, and in doing so setting a new time up the Crays Pond/Flint hill climb.
Photos oh Flickr here.
Club 25 mile TT Championship – Monday 28th
A stunning morning on the Cumnor H25/17 TT course saw 11 DPCC members take to the start within the inter club Leiden Plaque competition. Richard Gildea was victorious, with Chris Boddy 2nd and Martin Stanley 3rd.
Leiden Plaque full results
Congrats to Richard Gildea on taking the win and taking another few seconds off the Wittenham hill climb course record with 2 min 16s. Tim Allen (TVIL) was 2nd just 4s in arrears, and Tim Rayment (OTCC) in 3rd, a further 10s back. Also many thanks to tonight’s volunteers.
Sunday 27th also sees the annual club hill climb championships up Flint Hill, Goring at 9.30 a.m. and Streatley hill at 10:30 a.m. Meet from 9 a.m. in Goring.
Race report here.
DPCC Open TT results:
Rob West 1st Overall and 1st Vet – 19m50s
Nick English 2nd – 20m02s
Richard Gildea 3rd – 20m19s
Rachael Elliot 1st Woman (New course record) – 20m59s
Jenny Simmonds 2nd – 23m36s
Claire Emons 3rd – 23m49s
Chris Hart Memorial results:
Stewart House 1st
Steve Mead 2nd
Martin Stanley 3rd
Chris Boddy clocked a very impressive 19m41s for the H10/17 course, with Richard Gildea taking 2nd and Harri James 3rd on a pretty decent August evening. Chris’s time equates to a new club course record. Congratulations Chris!
Thanks to all TT helpers and timekeepers.
Next week sees us return to the Abingdon 10 course, with first rider off at 18:46, and afterwards there will be a end of season social at the Wildwood Kitchen Abingdon. We hope to see many of you there. And finally please dont forget if you can help with running an event, including the upcoming Open, Leiden Plaque and Hill climbs please email: email@example.com
This year sees Didcot Phoenix host the Interclub Leiden Plaque Trophy, a 25 Mile time trial which is handicapped using CTT rules. As with last year, we are also using the event to host the club 25 mile TT Championships.
It would be fantastic to see a turn out by DPCC riders, and given the handicapping system opens up the chance to win prizes to anyone.
Date: 28th August 2017 8/9am Start
HQ: Wootton & Dry Sandford Community Centre
Entry Cost: £6
If you’d like to enter, in advance of the event, please message email Harri James (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are also looking for some volunteers to help with the running of the event, which if you can help out with, would be much appreciated.
p.s Last year Paul Demicoli and his Banbury Star team won it, which we can’t have happen again!
Martin Stanley added to his road-racing palmarès with a win tonight on the Sires Hill (H10/15) TT course with a time of 22m49s, beating Anthony Atkin (23m11s) by 22s. Ron Smith took 3rd place with a time of 23m53s. Thanks to all TT helpers and timekeepers.
Next weeks sees us return to the A420 on the H10/17 Cumnor course, first rider off at 19:31.
Tonight saw the annual club 2-up TT on the Stadhampton CC118 course. Henry Latimer and Karla Boddy were the fastest pair on the night with a time of 22m05s, beating Neil Ashcroft and Mark Cox who set a time of 22m22s (all the two’s!). Team PhD (Ron Smith and Simon McGowan) beat Team Gildea (Richard Gildea and Oliver Gildea) by the narrowest of margins (1s) to third place with a time of 22m44s. Thanks to all TT helpers and timekeepers.
Richard Gildea was the fastest on a windy night with a time of 20m12s, with Harri James close behind in 2nd place with a time of 20m26s (a PB!), and James Barlow in 3rd place with a time of 21m38s. Thanks to all TT helpers and timekeepers.
A road closure affecting the planned Donkey Sanctuary course saw us return to last week’s Brightwell CC243a. Dr Neil Ashcroft was the fastest on the night with 22m58s, an improvement of 22s on last week, with Dr Anthony Atkin only 14s behind in 2nd place with a time of 23m12s. Dr Ron Smith was rounded up the trio of PhDs to take 3rd with a time of 23m50s. Mark Shoring was fastest road bike with 25m47s and 4th overall. Thanks to all TT helpers (including Dr Richard Gildea) and timekeepers.