We at Didcot Phoenix are so far ahead of the curve, we can’t even see the curve any longer, and we believe socks are where it is at. ticcc-socksWe’ve found some posh winter merino socks that match our kit, and if 20 of us would like them, we can do a bulk order and save at least 15%: £16 a pair. That’s £8 per foot. Email (or get your mum to email*) secretary@didcotphoenix.co.uk with your size by Friday 9th December if you would like a pair. We’ll only order if there are 20 of us (that’s 40 feet, for those of you working in imperial).

*mummy secretary, whom many of you met at the Barbury Bash, is a whizz with the internet these days, and it may be that your parents are similarly proficient and love you enough to buy you a present.

Ultra Randonneur Audax award for Matt Chambers

In recognition of 10 years of a cycling life less ordinary, our very own Matt Chambers received his Ultra Randonneur Audax award last weekend from ultra-cycling great Mike Hall. Matt has spent the last 10 years clocking up an unfathomable amount of Audax mileage on the highways and byways of Britain and the nearer parts of ‘abroad’. The Ultra Randonneur requires commitment, tenacity, and the ability to chat through all kinds of adversity. It is an extraordinary achievement. Well done, sir.

Congrats Matty!
Matt (in red) receives his Ultra-Randonneur award from Mike Hall

Find out more about Audax long-distance riding

Membership survey: what do YOU want from DPCC?

We want to know what you think. Are you perfectly happy with DPCC? Or is there something that needs to change? Are you full of ideas for the club’s future? Well, here’s a thing. You can tell us all your troubles (so far as they relate to buying club jerseys, turning up on time for club runs, and socialising with people who will always agree you need another bike) by filling in the simple and anonymous survey we’re about to email you.

If you haven’t received the link by the end of Monday 21 November, please email secretary@didcotphoenix.co.uk to complain fulsomely.

Since the survey is anonymous, we won’t be able to offer you any prize beyond the fuzzy warmth that comes from doing a good deed.

Please complete your survey before Friday 11 December.

Didcot-Zappi’s CX Sunday 20th November

Hi all.  We are co-organising a round of Wessex League Cyclo-cross on 20th Nov at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, OX11 0QX between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. We have a good crew of Marshals already volunteered but many would also like to ride, if we get enough offers of help we can let everyone who wants to marshal and race do both. We have club riders racing in every category, so its a great chance to help the club and cheer on your mates. Please let me know via email if you can spare a few hours.

Within the event there will also be a 30 minute Novice race (start time 11:15), so if you have a suitable mountainbike or cyclocross bike and would like to give racing a go, then this is your chance!


Mark Winks

Cyclo-cross Secretary


Saturday ride to Breakfast – meet 0930 @ Benson

Something new this Saturday – ride to a cafe for coffee/breakfast with other members.

See more details on the forum 

… but it’s very simple! No fixed route or start, just get to the caff with/without friends – ride 5 miles or 50, it’s upto you. Post here or on Facebook if you’re coming, and/or to arrange someone to ride with.



This proved very successful, with a dozen of us arriving by 5 different routes. We shall make this a weekly event – sticking with Benson meet to see how it goes. M

DPCC AGM – Minutes

Hi All,

Many thanks to all of you who attended the AGM last week.  For those who weren’t able to make the meeting, please use the AGM link on the website menu bar.  Password available from Club Secretary.  As many of you are aware, I stood down at the AGM but am pleased to welcome Tim Davies as the new club Chairman.  I would also like to welcome Vicky Lawson as Club Secretary, Gary Lester as Membership Secretary and Richard Gildea as TT Secretary.

Moving forwards, our next club event is the Nov 20th Cyclo-cross at RAL, so please keep an eye on the website for details.  We do need volunteers to ensure this event is a success, so if you are available, please let Mark Winks know as soon as possible – email admin@didcotphoenix.co.uk.

Best regards, Mike


Congrats to the 3 hardy club riders who took part in the Reading Open Hill climb, firstly climbing Goring – Crays Pond Hill, followed by Streatley Hill an hour later.
Richard Gildea came 4th overall (first DPCC rider), but more importantly becomes DPCC Hill Climb Champ 2016 and overall club record holder for both hill climbs! Great work Richard!

Richard Gildea combined time: 7.44.6 (Goring 5:07.9, Streatley 2:36.7)
Grant Goodall combined time: 8:50.5 (Goring 5:49.1, Streatley 3:01.4)
Ron Smith combined time: 9:02.1 (Goring 5:54.4, Streatley 3:07.7)


Club Hill Climb Trio 2016

Didcot Phoenix CC AGM – 6th October, 7:30PM Jubilee Pavilion, Brighwell-cum-Sotwell

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 6th 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 29th September for including in the final agenda.

This year I will be standing down as Chairman, following 3 enjoyable years in the role. With my young family in mind, I feel that our club would benefit from someone who is more involved in the regular club events acting as Chairman into next season and beyond.

Also stepping down this season will be our Club Secretary and Membership Secretary.  If you enjoy cycling with Didcot Phoenix and would like to put something back into the club, please let us know.  As a committee we typically meet about 6 or 7 times a year, at the Plough in Long Wittenham.

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

Club 25 mile TT Championship and Leiden Plaque

It was a great morning of TTing for the club as part of the inter club Leiden Plaque competition on the H25/17 course. DPCC was 2nd in the team comp, with Chris Virgo 3rd in Handicap comp, and Richard Gildea 2nd overall on Scratch.
Richard also becomes the Club 25 mile TT champion for 2016, recording 55m57s for his efforts.
Well done to all riders with many DPCC members having a go at their first 25 mile TT, on what was a far from quick day with a strong westerly. Lastly we would like to say a big thank you to Luke Souter and Banbury Star CC for a fantastic event!
2016 - Club 25 mile TT championship and Leiden Plaque