ORRL Tenerife Training Camp 2016

Hi Everyone

At the beginning of this year Dan and I went on on a training camp with Azur Cycle Tours as a prize for winnnig the ORRL. The camp was run by Justin Lord, who some of you might know, and featured some great rides with everything setup perfectly for us to make the most of our time out there to tackle some big mountain climbs around Nice. This Feburary he’s running a camp out in Tenerife (i.e. warmer and sunnier still!) and has invited folks from all the clubs involved in the ORRL. Here are the details (get in touch with Justin if you’re interested but post here too so everyone knows who’s going/interested):

As the curtain closes on an enjoyable 2015, thoughts turn to training over the winter and the 2106 season. As a proud ORRL sponsor, Azur Cycle Tours would like to invite you and your DPCC mates (club regulars as well as road racers) to join a training camp in Tenerife, 27/02 – 05/03.

The invitation is extended to all the ORRL clubs.

It should be a fantastic week – there will be a choice of rides each day, so people can choose between some high intensity training and some more relaxed riding in the sunshine! There is also a lot for non-cycling partners to enjoy.

Riders from other ORRL clubs have already signed up, and it would be great to have some DPCC riders along too.

The accommodation is in apartments in the Regency Country Club, so depending on numbers, it may well be possible for DPCC to have their own self-containted apartment, whilst being part of the wider group for rides and socialising.

All the details are on the website: http://azurcycletours.com/tenerife/ give me a shout if you have any further questions (AzurCycleTours@gmail.com). The places are actually going quite quickly, so if you’d like to join, please get in touch ASAP.

David Emms
Road Race Secretary

XC – Rampage series winner

Gareth Davies made the top step of the popular Checkendon XC MTB rampage night race – round 4. He came 1st in the under 13 race, and also picked up 1st for the whole series after 3 consistent results in previous rounds. Results can be found here. Tim Davies also picked up 7th for the whole series in the Sport category.

Congratulations to Gareth and Tim!

Gareth Davies XC  1st

Autumn Newsletter

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Hi All,

The nights are drawing in, the days are getting colder and for the umpteenth time this year, my commuter clothes are drying after another downpour :) Yes, autumn is well and truly here and you can even buy mince pies in the local supermarkets!

To all of us at Didcot Phoenix, this time of year means the following:

  • Winter Turbo Training – Every Thursday from 19:00 at the Brightwell Jubilee Pavilion
  • Sunday Club runs now start from 09:30
  • Cyclo-Cross – Continues most weekends over the winter
  • Members need a Club Fleece to keep warm
  • Trophy and standards claims submission date approaching

Winter Training
Once again we are holding indoor turbo training sessions at the Jubilee Pavilion and my thanks goes out to Robert and Simon for hosting these evenings. Details can be found on the club website and are a great opportunity to carry form into the new season, socialise with club members and enjoy some thumping old skool music! All members are welcome, with a cost of £3 per session and you don’t even need to own a turbo trainer. If you are interested, please email turbos@didcotphoenix.co.uk to confirm your place.

Club Runs 

09:30 start time from this Sunday 25th
Depressingly the clocks go back this weekend and with darker mornings, we start the club runs from 09:30 from Broadway. Full details of our club run agenda can be viewed on the website, with this week’s destination the New Herb Kitchen.

Following on from the recent club AGM, I’m pleased to welcome two new members to the Didcot Phoenix committee, as Dan Atkins and Mark Winks are sharing the CX Secretary role for the coming season. Both are active CX racers and you can see them racing throughout the Wessex and Central league series this autumn. If you are interested in taking part in a CX race, both will be keen to provide information about this type of off-road racing! It’s great fun, pretty muddy and a fantastic way of racing away from traffic.

Email cx@didcotphoenix.co.uk if you are interested in taking part.

Après cycle wearClub Fleece
As modelled by Simon Evans at the AGM, the club is now selling fleeces which can purchased via clothing@didcotphoenix.co.uk. If you would like to buy one of these items, please contact Simon.

Trophy and Standards Claims
As we approach the end of this cycling season, we start to look forward to our annual awards evening and the final events for the year. Details of the awards evening will be posted on the website soon, but beforehand all trophy and standards claims need to be submitted by the end of November. All first claim club members qualify for time trial standards and the various trophies available. See the Trophy website for details and if you have a claim, please let club secretary Martin Stanley know by Nov 31st.

Email secretary@didcotphoenix.co.uk for all claims

Many thanks to all of you who attended the recent club AGM. The minutes of the meeting can be found on the AGM section of the website. It was a great evening, not only with new members joining the club committee, but we also welcomed back old members, filled some key positions in the club and enjoyed socialising with teas and biscuits :)

That wraps up this newsletter and I hope to see you all on a bike soon.

DPCC Chairman

DPCC Sunday Rides – Announcement

For those of you who weren’t at the AGM to hear this, after doing the job for over 3 years Simon McGowan will be stepping down as Sunday Rides co-organiser early in the New Year. Don’t panic – he’s not giving up riding with us! And I’m carrying on, so you’ll probably not notice any change. (This isn’t meant to imply that Simon didn’t do anything… Quite the opposite – I’m sure you’ll all agree that his contribution over the past few years has turned the DPCC Sunday Rides program into the popular and thriving success it currently is)

Nevertheless, if anybody would like to join me as a co-organiser I’d be delighted to have somebody to bounce ideas off for the rides calendar. The job is REALLY DIFFICULT – it’s HARD trying to choose which of all the local cafes are your favourites, and in which order you want to visit them. Also, sometimes you have to go and recce a new destination, and EAT CAKE and DRINK COFFEE to determine whether they are worth our custom…

In addition, three or four times a year we would sit down and update the table of destinations on the web site. For the last 3+ years this has involved me supplying the beers and Simon doing the typing. If you’re NEW to DRINKING BEER, please don’t feel that you aren’t qualified for the job. I will personally ensure that FULL TRAINING WILL BE GIVEN!

In addition, you might have to respond to the occasional e-mail messages we receive from riders looking to join us, and if you’re keen you might have to battle Vicky and/or me to be the first to submit a hilariously witty (Vicky), or poor imitation of hilariously witty (me) ride report to the DPCC Forum

You also get the chance to boss people around and make decisions when I’m not around (and also if I am…) – e.g. if I can’t manage a Sunday, or if rider numbers force us split into groups. There are loads of fully-downloadable routes in our RideWithGPS online account, so as long as you can load them on to a Garmin (other GPS devices are available), or are able to vaguely remember a course, then the decision making can be kept to a minimum if you like it that way.

So, don’t be shy* – feel free to reply to this post if you think you’ve something to offer. Or speak to me on a Sunday or email.

Cheers! Ron.

(* among other things it allows you to say you’re doing something for the Club, so that when volunteers are being sought for other tasks you don’t need to feel guilty about turning them down!)

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,