In road racing, sometimes you’re the hammer and sometimes you’re the nail. The early season results are in and DPCC certainly has more hammers than it does nails.
Eleven club members raced in one/more of the OTRT Winter Series at Dalton Barracks. Notable successes were: a winner (Martin Stanley) and a fifth (Grant Goodall in his first ever road race) in the cat 4 men and a 2nd place (Lucy Austin – in her maiden race) in the cat 2/3/4 women.
Top 10 finishes beckon for Harri “3 puncture” James and Simon Kelly after strong rides in cat 4 races.
In the cat 2/3/4 men’s races, despite being surrounded by 2nd cats, including several ex-1st and elite cat riders, Anthony Atkin and JezHewitt recorded solid bunch finishes and an unlucky late crash robbed Paul Solerti of a bunch placing after a similarly strong ride. Thankfully, Paul and his VERY flashy bike are both OK.
Lastly, James Pittard continued his good form, dodged several crashes and secured an excellent 8th in a 4th cat crit at Milton Keynes this Saturday. This came a week after the Dalton peloton thwarted his brave, late solo attack and caught him in the final 100m so again, more points are in the post.
Watch this space for updates: in upcoming weeks members are racing in Buckingham and Milton Keynes (and probably a few others) before the ORRL series starts – with the DPCC race – on 13 May.
Congratulations to Martin ‘Stan’ Stanley,
who has just won the gentlemen’s 4th cat race at Dalton Barracks. Yay! Social media suggests that he might be about to fritter his winnings away on a crafty half or two: and why not?
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, Neil, Simon K 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