Spring Training Weekend in Wales


Welsh spring training trip #2 planning is underway. March 27-29 in Llandysul. Itinerary to be confirmed but similar to last year. Hilly rides Saturday and Sunday with an optional Friday afternoon for early arrivals. Saturday afternoon activity options (last year an afternoon of canoeing gave us a bit of a core workout). Accommodation at the Porth Hotel and the canoeing centre.
Contact me now for your choice of room. More information on the forum, including my email address.
Tim Davies

Thursday Night Turbo Sessions

The club runs a weekly group turbo training session in the winter months at the Pavillion, in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell.
Each session last about an hour including 15 mins warm-up and cool down and is lead by club members: Simon or Robert.

If you have your own turbo then bring it along, but if you don’t then club has 5 to hire out. If you would like to reserve one, then please email turbos@didcotphoenix.co.uk in advance.

Each session costs £3, with that money covering the cost of the hall booking, club turbo upkeep and a post session tea/coffee.

For further information click here.

Stan Maciak

Stan TT

It is with great sadness that I report that one of our fellow club members has passed away. Stan joined Didcot Phoenix after hanging up his football boots, looking for a sport that wasn’t as demanding on his body. However, when someone as determined as Stan come along, it was clear that he wasn’t going to take it easy. Over the years he regularly won Vet TTs, including a national title for his age group.

Stan was regularly the first to arrive for a ride, whether it be a Sunday club run, club TT or the many open events he participated in. He was incredibly humble towards his ability on a bike and always had time to offer advice, encouragement and friendly, welcoming banter to all people he came across. His knowledge of bikes and all things cycling was tremendous and he was more than happy to offer help or even lend out bikes to those that needed it.

Stan, you are a legend and will be sorely missed.

Rest in Peace.

DPCC Chairman

AGM & Weekend round-up

The club’s AGM is scheduled for October 9th starting at 7:30PM at the Jubilee Pavilion in Brightwell cum Sotwell.
The draft agenda for this meeting is shown below:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Minutes of the last AGM; held 10/10/2013
3. Annual Report
–        a. Chairman’s Report
–        b. Membership Secretary’s Report
–        c. Treasurer’s Report
–        d. Club Runs Secretary’s Report
–        e. Time Trial Secretary’s Report
–        f. Audax Secretary’s Report
–        g. Road Race Report
–        h. Social Secretary’s Report

4. Election of Committee for 2014-2015
5. Motions
6. AOB

Please come along and have a say in how your club is run!
We will have teas and coffees, plus a few snacks to eat. Should anyone wish to stand for any of the vacant committee positions, you will be more than welcome to join the team. We are looking for a new Audax Secretary, Social Secretary and potentially a new position as Mountain Bike representative.

For those interested in committee positions, or even to read previous committee meeting minutes, please contact our club secretary via the following email address. Secretary@didcotphoenix.co.uk

Other Club news

On Sunday club member Rachel Pearce was in action in the Warwickshire Triathlon and placed first in the Sprint event with a time of 1h12m29s at the event held in Stratford.
Congratulations Rachel from all at the club!

Also on Sunday 28th there was a Clubrun with a difference, with two rides: Road and Off-road offered. Both leaving the Broadway for Court hill at 9 a.m. with aim of meeting as close to 11 a.m. at the Tea stop. For the result see Ron’s excellent write up on the forum and take a look on the club Cake stop pages for some Videos and photos of the off-road action.


Tour of Britain – Club viewing spot

Club Photos on Flickr:

With various Youtube videos add on the Cakestop page

A few club members are going to be the top of Shortlands Hill from 11 a.m. on the A417 where the Tour of Britain route is due to descend Halfpenny lane towards Cholsey

Tour of Britain
Suggested ride out route on Google Maps

The race is due to be through this position from 13:17, and I hope to see many of you there.


Afterwards if you have race/spectator content you want to share on the club flickr or youtube accounts then drop me a email at secretary@didcotphoenix.co.uk and I’ll send you instructions


New Club Record – Phil Brown does it again!

Phil Brown took 11 seconds out of the club 25 mile TT record on Sunday 7th September on the R25/3 course in South Wales .

Again a huge congratulations Phil from all in the club!

Also on Sunday the club ran another hill climb on the new Wittenham clumps course HHC028.

Tom Willemson took the hill climb honours, with Tim Allen first DPCC rider just 2 seconds back and Oliver Clark in third.

#Start NoNameClubTimeCat
11Tom WillemsenCome and Try It2m38.1s
28Tim AllenDPCC2m40.3sJ
311Oliver ClarkDPCC2m41.3sJ
49Giles ClarkDPCC2m45.8sJv
55Ron SmithDPCC2m47.5sV
610Harry RosePPV2m53.6sJ
73Chris GilliganDPCC2m56.8s
86Frank SchroerDPCC2m58.9sV
912Andy BlackDPCC3m00.5sV
102Adam DicksonCome and Try It3m27.8s
117Patrick SwainDPCC3m32.0sV
124Harvey BlackCome and Try It4m32.2sJv

Photos of the hill climb can be found here


Weekend Roundup – new Club Record

RTTC National Championships

George Towersey and Oliver Clark were competing in the Junior RTTC National 10 mile Championships on Saturday 30th August, both riders had really impressive rides with George finishing in 13th with a time of 21m38s, and Oliver in 41st with 23m 35s. Full junior results.

On Sunday it was the turn of the Mens RTTC National Championships, with Phil Brown making the long trip to the fast Hull V718 course. Phil Finished 59th, with 86 of the 143 riders posted times under 20 minutes. Full mens results.

Phil’s ride of 19m 38s is a new Senior and Vets Club 10 record.

Congratulations Phil from all in the club!

Club Hill Climb Championships

Also on Sunday 31st August, the club hosted the annual hill climb championships on Crays pond followed by Streatley Hill.

Ron Smith had the fastest club time up Crays pond, with Tim Allen in second place just 3 seconds off his pace, with Martin Cairns from Reading CC in 3rd.

An hour later on the slopes of Streatley, David Ryan from Zappi’s CC was quickest with Tim Allen 2nd ahead of Ron Smith in 3rd.

After the times from both Climbs had been added it was apparent there would be a new champion in 2014

And so Tim Allen becomes Club Hill Climb Champion 2014.

DPCC Hill climb 2014

Congratulations Tim!

More photos of the hill climb here.

Full results:

#Start NoNameClubCrays pondStreatleyAggregateCat
17Tim AllenDPCC5.433.068.49J
210David RyanZappi's5.592.528.51
34Ron SmithDPCC5.403.148.54V
42Martin CairnsRCC5.463.179.03V
511D WotherspoonCome and Try It5.583.199.17
63Dan AtkinsDPCC6.143.149.28
713Bobby PearsonDPCC5.583.319.29
89T WillemsenCome and Try It5.583.349.32
98Harri JamesDPCC6.113.5010.01
105Steve MeadDPCC6.233.5010.13V
116Kevin StoppsDPCC6.534.0610.59
1212Ian MiddletonDPCC6.524.0811.00V
1315Chris VirgoDPCC7.124.3211.44
1414Darren AddisonDPCC8.195.2713.46V

Hill Climbs – Sunday 31st August

This Sunday sees the annual Hill Climbs of Crays Pond at 09:31 followed by Streatley Hill at 10:31.

Both climbs are Come and Try it events, so as ever, non club members are most welcome.

Signing on to both climbs will be at around 09:00 at the bottom of Crays pond in Goring. The Senior and juvenile (under 16) club hill climb cups are awarded to the club riders who produce the lowest aggregate time in the 2 hill climbs.

The following Sunday (7th September) will see a new hill climb of Wittenham clumps, which wont be quite as steep, but no less competitive.

Fairmile TT Results – 14th August

The final club TT of the summer season saw Phil Brown managing to keep his bike upright to record the fastest time of 21m 18s on a relatively calm night on the Fairmile course. Steve Wright was 2nd in 21m 55s and George Towersey in 22m 8s.

The next TT events are the Annual club hill climbs of Crays Pond and Streatley on Sunday 31st August with a new taster Hill climb of Wittenham clumps on Sunday 7th September, all these hill climbs are Come and Try it events.

Result of Fairmile CC241 on 14th August 2014:

#Start NoNameClubTimeCat
112Phil BrownDPCC21.18V
28Steve WrightDPCC21.55
37George TowerseyDPCC22.08
43Neil AshcroftDPCC22.16V
511Ron SmithDPCC22.50V
61Martin StanleyDPCC23.01V
72Oliver ClarkDPCC23.09J
810Iain KentDPCC23.49V
99Robert BriggsDPCC24.20V
104Pete WarwickDPCC24.55V
1113Phil StaceyDPCC25.10
125Mitch PurvisCome and Try It26.47V
136Chris VirgoDPCC27.27

Thanks again to all our volunteers.

Number Seller: Iain Kent
Number taker: Simon Evans
Start Timekeeper: Simon Evans
Finish Timekeeper: Andy Black
Pusher: Gary Lester