All welcome for a social evening with a difference.
As everyone knows, one cyclist’s pile of disused things is another cyclist’s treasure trove. Therefore, from 6pm on Thursday 23 March, please attend Brightwell Pavilion with all the things from your garage/wardrobe/kitchen/bookshelves/spare room/cupboard under the stairs that have anything to do with cycling but that you (and perhaps your dear family) don’t have the time to love.
There will be two tables: free to a good home, and items you’ve labelled with a price and your name.
We’ll dispatch someone on a chipshop run to ensure no-one flags, and we can rummage and negotiate long into the night.
Lucy, who only started cycling ‘properly’ six months ago, stormed to second place in the OTRT women’s cat 234 crit race on 11 February. Credit also to her trusty domestiques, Karla (Corley Cycles) and Olivia (Twickenham CC) – particularly to Olivia, who raced even though she’s been suffering from goo on the lungs.
Entries are still open for the remaining two events in the series (ladies, any takers?), and a quick skim of the entry lists reveals that Anthony, Grant, Harri, James and Stan will be in action in the men’s races on the 25th.
Meanwhile, Annabel is putting in the miles in preparation for another long-haul adventure. She’ll be spending March 9th – 14th riding 1,452km from London to Cannes. Turns out you can also get there in 2 hours on easyjet, but this way, Annabel saves herself the massive faff of airport security AND confirms her status as a legend.
A great night was had by the club members that attended the awards evening at The Steventon House Hotel on Saturday evening. Many thanks to our Chairman Tim for presenting the many awards and to Simon Evans for organising such a great venue, meal and quiz. Full set of photos here.
For those not in attendance the full list of awards follow:
Good news! Becoming the fastest Didcot Phoenix rider called Richard has become fractionally easier, as Richard Harrison has been invited to ride amongst the great and the good at drag2zero. He remains the holder of the DPCC 10-mile TT record, with a storming 18:56 achieved on the V718 course last year.
We wish him all the best with his new team. Pop back and see us some Thursday night on the A420, won’t you Rich? We’ll be in the usual lay-by.
A quick request for everyone who’d like to attend awards dinner to let Simon Evans have your menu choices as soon as possible using this form – he has to get final numbers to the venue ASAP. Thank you!
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!
The date for the 2017 freewheeling challenge is set for Sunday 8th January.
The hill has been carefully selected by defending champion David Emms and is Copperage Road outside Farnborough (in the direction of West Ilsley).
The main clubrun will stop at Court hill beforehand and gather at the hill in Farnborough from around 12:30
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
On a bright sunny but very chilly Boxing day, Tim Allen (RP racing) had the fastest time of the day but clubman Simon McGowan wins the much coveted Christmas cup for a 2nd year on handicap. Robert Briggs finished 2nd with Paul Demicoli and Martin Stanley tied for 3rd.
The Christmas Cup Boxing Day 10 will run on the Fairmile Course, with the first rider off at 11:01; please arrive at the usual layby a good 30 minutes beforehand to sign on. Christmas jumpers optional. We have a full complement of volunteers and it is ok to give them presents.