Weekend Round-up

Newbury RC’s Open Hill climb

Richard Gildea and Chris Virgo made the short trip down the A34 on Sunday 27th to take part in our neighbouring club: Newbury RC’s Open Hill climb on Walbury Hill.

Glorious conditions saw Chris have a solid ride to finish 53rd, with Richard Gildea riding an outstanding Hill Climb time of 4min 25.40s to finish the race in 3rd Overall. Full results here.
Richard GildeaCongratulations Richard!

Cross Country MTB – Rampage XC    

The 2nd round of the popular Mountain bike Rampage races at Checkendon were also held on Sunday 27th, 3 club members were racing, with Gareth Davies best placed DPCC rider of the day finishing 4th in the 11&12 year old category. 


Rachel Pearce picked up 2nd spot in the “Sprint” category in the Warwickshire Triathlon, in the event held in Stratford upon Avon Congratulations to Rachel!

Wessex Cyclo cross          

10 club members were in action in Swindon, in the 3rd round of the Wessex League Cyclo-cross in a event hosted by the Cotswold Veldrijden club.  Senior rider Dan Atkins finished a notable 20th, made even more impressive as this was done after completing the MTB race earlier in the day at Checkendon. Full results here.  

Sportive and Audax

Many club riders took full advantage of the glorious Autumnal weather to take part in some Audaxing and sportives both Local and further afield:

Henley Hilly 100 Audax, many members  on Saturday 26th (including Dan Atkins again)  took part in the local Audax starting from Sonning Common picking there way around the leafy lanes of the Chilterns.

Ron Smith visited his homeland to take part in the closed road sportive Etape Royale, finishing with the 19th fastest time in the 100 mile non competitive epic (results here), and also placing 13th in the timed King of the Mountain climb to The Lecht ski centre. 

Simon McGowan and Clare Hofmann were riding the Etape London , a 115 mile sportive into Essex and back from the Olympic Park in London.

Etape London 2015 - Simon and Clare with finishers medals

The Reading Roubaix a local sportive with a difference, taking in cobbled and unpaved lanes and tracks inspired by the famous Paris-Roubaix. Both Frank Schroer and Peter Cowan completed the 100km event in style, finishing on the Palmer Park Velodrome in the centre of Reading.

Club run

With all the above going on, Jeremy Hewitt and Simon Evans were left in charge of running the Clubrun, they both led the hilly ride out to Henley and back stopping at Toad hall. As usual the full Club run write up can be found on our forum here.


Didcot Phoenix CC AGM – 8th October, 7:30PM JubileePavilion

Hello to all members of Didcot Phoenix Cycling Club,

This message is to give notice of our Annual General Meeting, which will take place on Thursday 8th October at 7:30PM in Jubilee Pavilion, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell.

If you wish to propose a motion for discussion, please send it to secretary@didcotphoenix.co.uk by Thursday 1st October for including in the final agenda.

As a club, we are always interested to hear from members who wish to join the committee, whether it be helping to run events or to provide input in the running of the club. Currently we have vacant positions for Cyclocross Secretary and also Audax Secretary, so if you believe you can help in these positions, please let us know.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the meeting, where we will be serving refreshments and cake on the night!

Best regards, Mike

DPCC Chairman

Weekend update – Road racing and TT news

Club member Danny Lake finished 2nd in the Cat 4 race hosted by Zappi’s CC at the relatively new Enstone circuit on Sunday 6th September. Results here mean he has enough points to move up to 3rd cat, and Danny now joins Jeremy Hewitt, Dan Atkins, Dave Emms, Paul Solerti, Seb Charlesworth at the forefront of the road racing scene will many other members giving road racing a go in 2015 with the introduction of the ORRL.

Congratulations to Danny from all at DPCC!
Danny Lake Zappis Enstone Crit - Cat 3

Also in action at the weekend was Dan Atkins who secured 7th spot in the 80km Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Race on the Little Milton road circuit also on Sunday 6th. Many members of the club witnessed Dan going full gas as the Club run happened across the race on its way from Benson. Full results here and again congratulations to Dan from the club.

    Time Trials
    Richard Harrison was in action again on the E2/25 course in a Team Velocity event on Sunday 6th. Richard clocked an impressive 50 minutes 22 seconds for a new PB, and finished 4th overall.

    At the same time Phil Brown was in Wales on the R25/3L course in a Port Talbot Whs CC event. Phil clocked 50 minutes 10 seconds for 18th place.
    Congratulations to Richard and Phil on amazing rides.

    Apres Club wear

Après cycle wear As a reminder, the club has designed a Fleece to complement the current cycling kit design. This is available to order direct from the club for £35.  The Fleece sports front and rear embroidered club logos.

If you would like to Order one then please email clothing and then we will contact you about arranging payment and indicative delivery details. For information on sizing see here.


Weekend Roundup

As well as Richard Gildea and the club in Hill Climb competition, a lot of other members of the club were participating in a wide range of cycling events over the weekend:

Torq in your Sleep MTB 12 Hour Enduarance
Dan Atkins completed the popular MTB event SOLO, finishing in a unconfirmed 10th place. Awaiting Results. Nice one Dan!

Photo 4
Dan’s riding is also rubbing off on his son Balin who finished 3rd in the balance bikes category for 2-4 year olds, I don’t think it was for 12 hours riding though :-)

National 10 mile TT
Richard Harrison competed in the RTTC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 10 mile TT race in Leicestershire on Saturday, Richard finished in a time of 21m 50s and taking a commendable 77th spot. Full results.

Fairly United 10 mile TT
Phil Brown continues his strong vein of form taking 2nd spot in the Fairly United TT on the H10/17r course. Phil’s time of 20m 21s was a PR for the course. Also in action for the club was Neil Morris who clocked 23m 07s for 21st and TT secretary Robert Briggs who came 32nd in 23m 55s, and also Mick Fountain who took part in the fixed gear Category home in 37m 05s. Full Results here, and here.

R.U.K. Alf Miller 2-up Championship
DPCC also had 2 teams entered in the testing 20km 2-up event run by TT legend Glen Longland in Braishfield, Hampshire. Simon McGowan and Martin Stanley finished 4th, with Nick Druce and Simon Evans picking up 6th.  Awaiting Results.

As ever email secretary to share your news.

Weekend roundup and volunteers needed!

Hi All,

It was a busy weekend for Didcot Phoenix, with our Open Club 10 attracting a large field of riders and many thanks to all volunteers who helped run the event.  It was a successful afternoon on the Witney bypass with Paul Gamlin of Northover Vets Team winning the event in 20:08.  First DPCC rider was Steve Mead who had a time of 22:05.  Results can be seen via the link below.

DPCC H10/181 22/08/15

In other news, DPCC club member Phil Brown had a cracking ride in Wales beating the current club 25 record with a time of 50:04 and completing the top 10 of this hugely popular event.  Congratulations Phil for an amazing time!

Equally fast Richard Harrison was also in action this weekend on the super quick V718 course up in Hull…Richard finished the 10 miles in 19m 46s.

Finally, this coming Sunday is the club Hill Climb Championship.  There is a huge trophy up for grabs, but we are still looking for a time keeper to run the event.  Please contact timetrials@didcotphoenix.co.uk if you are able to help.

Bye for now,



Wittenham Clumps Hill Climb – 20th August

Giles Clark (Zappi’s Racing Team) finished quickest up Wittenham clumps on a slightly shorter (~100 yards) course from the inaugural race in 2014. Rob Friend (GS Henley) took 2nd with Ron Smith (DPCC) 3rd.

Thanks again to the many club members for enabling the event to happen, and the club still needs helpers for the Hill Climbs on the morning of Sunday 30th, so if you can help email here.

Hill Climbs – helpers required

Can you Help? The Hill climb scheduled for tomorrow evening (20th) up Wittenham Hill needs a start timekeeper and a Pusher.
This also applies to the hill climbs scheduled for Sunday 30th on the Crays Pond and Streatley Hill climbs.
If you can help respond here or drop me a email at secretary@didcotphoenix.co.uk.

Also dont forget that there will be a social in the Plough in Long Wittenham after Thursday’s Hill Climb :-)

Kit update & Fairmile results

Club Kit

Hi All,
Just a quick update to let you know we’ve received in a fresh batch of clothing which includes the long awaited skin suits and also Women’s bib shorts so you can let all know they are here.

Also just on a side note with the end of the bike model year approaching we’ve picked up a few end of season deals including Scott Plasma Tri Frames and Bikes of which some will be over 50% off. Just wanted to let you guys know in case anyone is looking for one.

Mountain Mania

Fairmile TT

The predicted rain held off for the final Thursday evening TT of the season on the Fairmile course and Mark Cox (Fairly United) claimed first place, with Neil Ashcroft 2nd and Simon McGowan 3rd. On Thursday 20th August the club will be holding a small hill climb in Little Wittenham followed by a social at the Plough in Long Wittenham.

Southmoor TT results – 6th August

Tim Cartwright (Newbury RC), rode an immense TT clocking 19m 40s on warm and breezy Southmoor H10/17r course, Mark Jones (Drag2Zero) was 2nd with an equally impressive 19m 54s and 3rd was our own Richard Harrison home in 21m 02s.

Thanks to the Timekeepers, and helpers for a smooth running event. Next week we return to the Fairmile course with a 19:16 start time and the last Thursday night 10 mile TT of the season.