July Newsletter 2014

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Hello club members, welcome to the July edition of the club newsletter. There has been lots going on: records being broken, TT’s, road racing, Audaxing (if that is a word), Ladies 100km and the weather has been pretty good! – all this activity does make it tough finding time to watch the Tour!


Oxfordshire Road Race League
There is only 1 race left in the ORRL this season and Dave Emms has had some great results, winning the first race at Weston on the Green, 5th at Dalton Barracks and coming 2nd at Kirtlington. Junior rider Tim Allen is also placing high in the under 23 rankings for the race league. The 2nd round was our clubs road race and it was a huge success, down to the excellent organization from Nick Druce and Simon Evans – a huge thank you to them, and all the volunteers who made it all happen on the night. Photos here: http://www.didcotphoenix.co.uk/?page_id=2187

Beeline bikes will host a League presentation evening and last stage of the TDF at their shop on Cowley Road, Oxford. There will be a bar & nibbles and special discounts on the day.
Timings will be approx:
1630 – Shop closes
1700 – open up to league presentation evening
1730 – presentations of prizes
1800 – watch the finish of the tour.

Time Trials
The TT season is now down to the last few fixtures. There’s a 2-Up on the 24th July on the Sire’s Hill course, the 25 club championship has moved to 3rd August and joins the Oxonian event at Cumnor, and at the end of August the Club Hill Climb championship. Don’t forget there is a new “beginners” Wittenham clump hill climb too on 7th September.

The Scratch competition top 3 are currently: Neil Ashcroft 52 pts, Ron Smith 45 pts, and Steve Mead with 26 pts. (http://www.mickfountain.co.uk/poiscr14.htm). Castle trophy competition top 3 are Mark Winks with 56 pts, Giles Clark 49 pts, and Andy Clark 47 pts. (http://www.mickfountain.co.uk/points14.htm).

Also, Congratulations go to Steve Wright for breaking the 50 Mile TT club record with a time of 1 hr 46 minutes 40 seconds, on a very hot Shaftesbury CC E2/50 course on the 19th July and Phil Brown for breaking the Veterans 25 mile record in a time of 51mins 28 seconds on the R25/3L course in South Wales on 21st June.

This year also saw the 25th Anniversary of the Ben Owen inter club time trial which took place on the 19th June (Stadhampton 118A course). Numbers were down on previous years – mainly due to the World cup going on! – however DPCC had a great result with both the Men’s and Women’s team winning! Congratulations to all who took part and especially the volunteers & cake bakers – all helping to raise over £300 For the Children’s Leukemia charity.

Friday 20th June saw the BMCC Silverstone 9-Up TT ( 3 laps of the F1 circuit, 10.8 miles). An unpracticed DPCC team finished in a time of 24mins 53 secs placing a very respectable 34th our of 80 clubs.

If you would like to enter the Club Open 10 mile on H10/181 course Saturday 23rd August enter here : https://evententry.ctt.org.uk/Account/Logon/98790
Dave Rodger is also looking for some more help in the way of 3 marshals, if you have a spare hour or two on the 23rd then please contact Dave.

The Barbury Bash proved to be another successful event with 110km, 160km, and 210km routes. Plenty of club members took part over all distances and had a great day in the saddle. Thank you to Ian Middleton for organizing such a successful Audax.

Rapha Women’s 100
The proved to be great day – 16 ladies set off on a ‘figure of 8’ loop around Didcot. Having a last minute re-routing of the 2nd half as the council decided this would be a good day to ‘resurface’ some of the local roads! I use ‘resurface’ in the loosest sense – chucking stones one the road is what really happens!

We stopped half way for a welcome break and the obligatory tea & cake. A huge thank you for Mountain Mania for supporting the club and opening the shop for us to use on the day as well as providing the tea & cake, yum! Last year Rapha managed to attract 4,000 women worldwide to join the ride – this year they are expecting this to be more than double. So far on Strava 8,130 have signed up to the challenge.

8 DPCC members joined the ride and helped keep the rides together (we split into 2 after a while) – so a huge thank you to all of them. 8 non members join in the ride, with some coming from as far as Chipping Norton. No mechanicals, however, we did pass a number of road kill: 7 pigeons (not a good day for pigeons!), 3 rabbits, 2 butterflies, 1 pheasant, & 1 hedgehog . . . only the 2 butterflies were victims of cyclists! Oh and the 2 big juicy flies that Beth swallowed :o(

All ladies who took part will proudly receive a woven badge from Rapha – this should sit nicely with the DPCC roundels! Well done ladies, a thoroughly enjoyable day!

Le Tour
It is that time of year again when we avidly watch le Tour – and this year the Grand Depart was in Yorkshire! Duncan O’Reilly rode the first stage of the tour to raise money for the Brain Tumor Charity – so far he has raised an amazing £2,700!! If you have not donated it isn’t too late, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Duncan-O-Reilly

A few club members managed to catch le Tour on its way from Leeds to London – bumping into Dunko in Muker on Stage 1, well he found them! Other club members managed to catch the racing on stages 2 and 3, with Martin Stanley and Simon Evans helping as official marshals on stage 3 within Epping Forest.

This was a great success last December and we are looking for a team of volunteers to help organize the next event, either this year or next. If you have a passion for Cyclocross & fancy helping to organize such a great event for the club then we’d like to hear from you, please contact: chairman@didcotphoenix.co.uk or secretary@didcotphoenix.co.uk

Well that is quite enough from me – I’m off to watch the highlights of the latest Tour stage!

Clare Hofmann
DPCC Ladies Ride Secretary

Rapha ‪#‎womens100 – Sunday 20th July

Ladies join us on Sunday at 9 am to ride 100km as part of the Rapha Women’s 100.

Rapha #Womens100

Rapha #Womens100 Badge

The Rapha ‪#‎womens100‬ (http://bit.ly/womens100) is a global event getting thousands of women around the world to ride 100km on the 20th July wherever they are.
The route can be seen here: http://www.strava.com/routes/325855
There is 1,800ft of climbing over the 100km and the pace will be a medium pace, averaging somewhere between 14-16mph. There will be a refreshment stop at half way. Please bring your own essentials including food, drink, spare inner tube, etc
Please be aware you will be taking part at your own risk and that this is a fun, unmarshalled ride.
We will start at and finish at ‘Mountain Mania’ cycle shop (OX11 0BY).

Clare – Ladies Rides Secretary

Club social tonight after Stadhampton TT

After tonights TT there will be a social in the Crown pub in Stadhampton

Hope to see you there.

Also as a reminder there wont be a club run this Sunday due to the Barbury Bash Audax


Result of Southmoor H10/17r TT on 3rd July 2014

Start Timekeeper and number seller: Iain Kent
Finish Timekeeper: Marion Fountain
Pusher: Simon McGowan
Number taker: Pete Warwick

Start No
116Paul LloydFairly United CT21.16
215Eamonn DeelyMid Oxon21.46
33Neil AshcroftDPCC22.17
410Ron SmithDPCC22.31
517Martin CairnsReading CC22.33
618Nick DruceDPCC23.11
75Oliver ClarkDPCC23.29
89Alan AllcockDPCC23.33
911Neil MorrisDPCC23.56
104Andrew ClarkDPCC24.07
118Robert BriggsDPCC24.10
1214Ian HillsdonDPCC24.20
131Pete WarwickDPCC24.27
146Andy BlackDPCC24.32
157Phill StaceyDPCC24.38
1619Jeremy StambaughDPCC25.49
1712Harri JamesDPCC26.08
1813Adam MorrisDPCC26.43
192Mick FountainDPCC31.48

P.S. Also many members of the club have been out to watch some of the Tour. Check out some of the Tdf footage on our video page here. If you have any content to add (videos or photos) drop me a email.

Dunko’s off to ride the Tour! (kinda), so sponsor him…..

If he hasn’t told you already (where have you been?), Dunko is off on Thursday to Leeds to ride the first stage of Le Tour in the Grand Depart Challenge, where he is trying to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity (funnily enough).

Some of our members have been kind enough to donate in response to my post on the Club’s Facebook page, but if you’re not living in the 20th century yet (and don’t have a Farcebook account), here’s the link to read my story and donate if you can afford it.


Press release pic

Above-(featured pic in today’s Didcot Guardian and hopefully tomorrow’s Didcot Herald)

I’ll post a story on here if I make it to the end, and we’ll be in Yorkshire Sat and Sunday if you’re up having a nose about. I think we’re going to look at the start in Leeds, then catch the bus/train to Harrogate later for the finish of stage 1…. I know Mike and Laura are going up too if you want to catch up with someone who doesn’t talk so much….

I’ll wish me luck!

Fairmile TT result – 26th June

As someone pointed out last night, Glastonbury and Wimbledon have started, so rain was very much in the forecast. And come 19:15 it started and didn’t stop.

Neil Ashcroft ended up with Club honours and the overall win, with Mark Winks picking up second spot ahead of Chris Gilligan 3rd.

Bad Luck to Rob Gray from RAF CA who snapped a chain at the furthest point away from the start line and then attracted the attention of the local boys in blue and their helicopter, luckily they were looking for someone else :-D

Thanks to all the volunteers and to Simon McGowan for providing the broom wagon.

Start TK: Simon McGowan
Finish TK: Steve Luck
Pusher: Simon Evans
Start Sheet & Number Taker: Martin Stanley, Clare Hofmann
Broom Wagon: Simon McGowan

Start No
11Neil AshcroftDPCC22.34
22Mark WinksDPCC24.20
39Chris GilliganDPCC24.28
43Adam GardnerGS Henley24.40
57Dimitri KalafatisDPCC26.04
68Jeremy StambaughDPCC26.05
76Kevin StoppsDPCC27.06
84Matt ChambersDPCC28.06

Midsummer weekend update

It has been a busy weekend in the club so though I’d summarise some of the great cycling across the club *

Thursday 19th June – Ben Owen Inter club memorial TT
A great evening in Stadhampton saw the cub host the Annual Ben Owen Competition. The Mens and Ladies teams both won the team competitions.

Thanks to our friends in the respective clubs for coming along to support our charity event. Individual rider results are available here

Friday 20th June – BMCC Silverstone 9-UP TT
The unpracticed Silverstone 9-up TT team finished in a time of 24minutes 53 seconds to finish 34th out of 80 teams

The event comprised of 3 laps of the F1 circuit which equates to 10.8 miles.

Saturday 20th June – Avebury Summer Solstice ride
5 hardy souls met at 1 a.m. and rode through the night to watch the Sunrise at Avebury Stone circle

Sunday 21st June – Club record broken
Phil Brown traveled to South Wales to ride the R25/3L course, and in doing so secured a time of 51 minutes 28 seconds.
Congratulation to Phil from all at the club for breaking the Veterans 25 mile record

In addition to the above we also had multiple riders in the Newbury Open 10 and DPCC Open 25 events on Saturday and Sunday, Kevin Wilkinson took part in the 24hour Mountain Mayhem MTB endurance ride, and Nick Druce went all retro to ride in L’Eroica Britannia up in Derbyshire. Oh and last but not least a Clubrun to Benson via Henley.

More photos of some of the events above here and some videos on our youtube channel here

Cycling Weekends surely cant get any better than that?

* let me know if I missed off anything by emailing Secretary

Ben Owen – Provisional start times

Number Name Club Start Time
  1 Zoe Tantrum DPCC Ladies 19:01
  2 Nigel Brown Newbury A 19:02
  3 Matt Walsh Zappi’s Men 19:03
  4 Phil Prior OTCC 19:04
  5 Lee Kent RAF 19:05
  6 Rog Davis Newbury B 19:06
  7 George Towersey DPCC Men 19:07
  8 Rachel Pearce DPCC Ladies 19:08
  9 Tim Cartwright Newbury A 19:09
 10 Sandy Legge Zappi’s Men 19:10
 11 Gary Nixon OTCC 19:11
 12 Will Morrison RAF 19:12
 13 Adam Evans Newbury B 19:13
 14 Steve Wright DPCC Men 19:14
 15 Beth Williamson DPCC Ladies 19:15
 16 Tristan Davenne Newbury A 19:16
 17 Steve Avery Zappi’s Men 19:17
 18 Jaime Noel OTCC 19:18
 19 Niall Davidson RAF 19:19
 20 Ian Lakey Newbury B 19:20
 21 Steve Mead DPCC Men 19:21
 22 Helen Taylor DPCC Ladies 19:22
 23 Ian Greenstreet Newbury A 19:23
 24 Eamonn Deeley Zappi’s Men 19:24
 25 Andy Jones OTCC 19:25
 26 Rob Gray RAF 19:26
 27 John Marriott Newbury B 19:27
 28 Phil Brown DPCC Men 19:28
 29 Vicky Lawson DPCC Ladies 19:29
 30 Andy Tucker Newbury A 19:30
 31 Matt Suggit Zappi’s Men 19:31
 32 OTCC #5 OTCC 19:32
 33 Greg Southey Newbury B 19:33
 34 Neil Ashcroft DPCC Men 19:34

Ben Owen – this Thursday

Hi All,

As I’m sure you are all aware, this Thursday is the Ben Owen so if you aren’t racing, come along and support our teams!  The first rider is off at 7PM from Stadhampton.

I’m pleased to announce that this year we have our first Ladies team racing and also our Men’s team contains 3 club record holders!

Please come along and help raise money for this charity event.

Additionally, if you are able to donate a cake for sale on the evening, please let me know as soon as possible.

Good luck to all riders :)

DPCC Ladies:

Zoe Tantrum
Rachel Pearce
Beth Williamson
Helen Taylor
Vicky Lawson


George Towersey
Steve Wright
Steve Mead
Phil Brown
Neil Ashcroft

Club Records Broken

Two club records were broken over the weekend.

George Towersey has taken another 17 seconds off the Junior 10 mile TT record. George rode the F11/10 course on Saturday in an event promoted by Hemel Hempstead CC. This junior record now stands at 20 minutes 59 seconds.

Also on Saturday Steve Wright traveled to Suffolk to ride in the API Zak Carr Memorial 25 mile TT on the E2/25 course. Steve rode around the course in 51 minutes 27 seconds. The 25 mile record had stood for 18 years and Steve knocked 21 seconds off the previous best time that was held by Richard Abbott.

A huge congratulations to both George and Steve from all at the club.