Peter Harrison from GS Henley clocked an impressive 23m34s in the years Non Aero kit TT on the CC118 Stadhampton course, followed by a brace of Zappi’s riders: Adam Studholme 2nd and Junior Giles Clark 3rd. Richard Gildea was the fastest DPCC rider with 25m 11s taking 4th Spot.
Sunday 19th April sees a return of the Abingdon cycle festival. As part of the festival our club is running 3 of the many events on offer:
A Ladies ride
A Medium paced ride
And as part of the Audax we need couple of people to assist at a couple of the check points. This wont be anything more arduous than ticking people off on a list, stamping cards, and/or handing out cake/munchies!). If you can help out for a couple of hours then please email.
The club is also pleased to announce the launch of a new Time Trial database. The Database holds all results for the current and previous 4 seasons, its accessible from our website menu and here.
Its shows the data from our club TTs in a number of useful formats:
Overall course history, and fastest times.
Individual Rider history
Head to head Rider comparison
plus many more features.
So take a look and explore, in time we will be back populating with previous TT seasons as we migrate the data from the existing set-up. Many thanks to Mike Cooper and especially Simon McGowan for getting the Time Trial Database up and running.
To avoid a potential clash of riders with the Cholsey Wallingford Steam railway, the time trial start time has been brought forward by 1 hour. The first rider off is now at 10:01 am. Please now meet from 9:00 am.
In addition to the current kit order (that I hear on the grapevine is very close to being delivered), we would like to collate interest in Club skinsuits. This is to enable the shop to place an order our behalf.
The shop does have a long sleeve sample in large for those wanting to try on for sizing.
If you are interested please fill in the following form:
I hope you’ve all had a good start to the year and everyone’s looking forward to the great cycling weather that’s surely in store just around the corner! Below are a few updates from the club to set you up for the year ahead.
The first time trial of the season is getting under way this Sunday (5th April) on the new Brightwell course (CC243a) starting at 11am, full details are available here. After that we’ll have our next time trial on the Thursday (9th April) and every Thursday after that. Of course the time trials can’t happen without people to run them so please sign up on the website to volunteer to help. If you ride in 6 TTs then we’d expect you to volunteer to help out at least one event. We have also been asked by WLCA to help supply 1 or 2 Marshals on the H25/2 course on the 19th April. If you are free and willing to help then please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch with the event promoter.
Awards Evening Review
The annual awards evening took place in January and was a perfect chance for everyone to celebrate some great achievements across the club over the past year. There’s a full list of all the trophy winners and everyone who achieved a club standard on the website. It was a great event and a real inspiration to hear what everyone had achieved over the year. If it whetted your appetite for the year ahead then there’s more for you below.
Gain Yourself a Club Standards or Awards
I imagine the start of the TTs has got many of you thinking about your plans and goals for the year but probably not everyone is aware of the awards the club gives out to recognise our members’ cycling achievements at all levels so here’s a quick run-down of what’s available and where you can find out more information.
First up are the club standards: bronze, silver and gold standards are awarded for anyone achieving qualifying times in 10, 25, 30, 50 or 100 mile time trials as well as 12 and 24 hour challenges. Check out the times you have to beat on the webpage. There are separate times for men and women and there are also age categories for the 10 and 25 mile TTs. There’ll be a call at the end of the year before the awards dinner for anyone who’s achieved a standard so now’s the time to get out there and show what you can do!
There are also a number of awards presented each year including the new Stan Maciak Challenge (more details below). There are awards to suit all cycling tastes all detailed on the website. On the time trial front we have the Eric Cole for most improved 25 mile time trial and the points-based Castle Trophy for the 10 mile club TTs amongst many others. If on the other hand you’re more into Cyclocross, Audax, the Hill Climb comp. or Road Racing then there are awards to be competing for too! So take a look at the website to see what’s up for grabs and see if you can get your name on one of the Didcot Phoenix trophies this year.
Stan Maciak Challenge
To honour Stan Maciak and his contribution to the club a new trophy has been created. The Stan Maciak Challenge will celebrate his multi-discipline approach to all things cycling and will recognise the greatest involvement of a club member in terms of both taking part in and helping with cycling events throughout the year. It’ll be a real test of the breadth of cycling you’re involved in through the year with points for each event. There is a page with full details here. For the first year all events from 29th March – 26th December will be considered but you’ll need to claim for each event within two weeks of taking part so have a look at the events that are available and start building up your points.
We also have some great news from the Wessex Cyclocross League where Richard Abbott took the honours in the Vets 65+ category. He raced in 12 of the 14 rounds in the league and got some great results right the way through. There were strong showings from a number of other DPCC members, more details here.
Surely the most fiercely fought over trophy of them all is the Freewheel Challenge which took place just before the Awards Evening. I’m sure I can add, impartially of course, that this makes it the most prestigious of all the club awards. This was won by one David Emms, a rider of finely chiseled aerodynamic features … and breath-taking density. Never mind that the high level of competition is due entirely to the simplicity of the challenge. Any mug can roll down a hill without pedaling, and this mug did.
The Wales trip last weekend was another great success and looks sure to become a permanent fixture in the club calendar. Friday saw us visit Newport Velodrome for a taster session zipping along straights and trying to look nonchalant (i.e. praying the bike would stick to the track) on the steeply banked corners. That was followed on Saturday and Sunday by two great rides through the Welsh countryside taking in some hilly terrain, spectacular coastal roads and DPCC regulation cake stops. It was a great social event too with plenty of great grub at the Porth Hotel. Tim Davies had planned every aspect of the trip to perfection and a huge thanks goes out to him. See a selection of photos below and the KOMs on Strava!
Also coming up this summer is the Oxfordshire Road Race League (ORRL) with the first event on 26th May as well as plenty of other races throughout the year. The ORRL races should be up to enter online now and we’ve got a number of riders planning to race. The DPCC race will be on the 3rd June so if you’re not racing then please consider helping out.
The club has decided to delay the start of TT season from Sunday 29th March to Sunday 5th April.
Ongoing roadworks on Hagbourne Hill without a definitive end date, combined with a good proportion of the club being away in Wales obviously impacts the ability to run a smooth event.
Sunday 5th April’s TT will be on the Brightwell course (CC243a) starting at 11 a.m., more details here.
Thanks to all that attended the awards evening at The Crown and Thistle in Abingdon upon Thames on Saturday evening, and also to our Chairman Mike for presenting the many awards and to Laura and Simon Evans for organising such a great venue, meal and quiz.
For those not in attendance the full list of awards follow: