Sunday 12th May – Club Run roundup

Hi All,

I’m writing this email from the comfort of my sofa and with a slight drizzle coming down outside, its satisfying to know that the Sunday club runs clocked up over 100 miles in fantastic sunshine this morning!  Two rides left the Broadway, with the men’s ride (approx 60 miles) heading over to Brill Hill and back and the ladies ride (approx 40 miles) cycling out to Lambourne (via Blowingstone Hill) and back.  Over 30 cyclists out enjoying plenty of miles and warm weather across Oxfordshire.  Cake were well earned today 🙂

Some comments from Laura who led the ladies ride:

“Fantastic Ladies Club Ride today. Route planned yesterday with a little help (!?!) from Mike. 8 of us out, doing a 40 mile loop. 30 miles to the cafe at Letcombe Regis (wow) and an easy 10 back with the wind behind us”.

“The 30 heading out was into wind and a wee bit hilly…..But we all made it to the top of Blowingstone Hill :-)

Next Ladies Ride will be Sunday 9th June

Some comments from Ron, who led the mens ride:

“Complementing the large ladies’ turnout, 22 of us left Broadway. Also doing a ~30 mile outward route, our destination was Waterperry Gardens. And also tackling a significant climb – ours being Brill Hill from Oakley – as well as a few minor ones, namely heading out of Chiselhampton and up to Cuddesdon. But we had the wind on our backs for most of the way there, and by the time we reached the cafe the sun had come out, meaning we could sit outside in the warmth while “refuelling” for the homeward journey”.“Heading back to Didcot we first took in Wheatley, Great Milton, the Haseleys, and Stadhampton. Then, to avoid retracing our outward route, we turned off through Newington, Warborough and Shellingford – where there was a brief break in the group as half of us got caught by the traffic lights. Regrouping a few minutes later, we took the back roads route for the final 10 miles or so – heading straight through Wallingford town centre and out to the Hithercroft roundabout to pick up the road to South Moreton”.

Stats: just over 56 miles in 3 hours 22 minutes, meaning an average of a shade under 17mph”.

The past few weeks have also seen some great conditions for racing and time trials with a number of club members making PBs on the Tring TT course.  In addition, club members have been out road racing, Audaxing and generally enjoying the warm weather and Bank Holiday weekend.

Some dates for your diary:

10 Mile Cup – Thursday 30th May
Come and race on the fast H10/17R TT course to see if you are the quickest DPCC club rider

Barbury Bash – Sunday – 30th June
A little further off, but one of the clubs premier events throughout the cycling season.  The “Barbury Bash” is an Audax that Didcot Phoenix run annually and this year we are planning 3 routes with distances of 110 km, 160 km and 210 km.

As ever, to ensure the Audax is a success we are looking for volunteers to help run the event.  The starting point is the Methodist Church in Milton, but we need staff to look after each of the checkpoints on route.  This is very undemanding work that will hopefully be no more than sitting out in the sun watching the riders go past.  You will not have to give up a whole day and timings can be arranged to suit the needs of individuals.

If people are able to help please could they let Ian Middleton know.

Best regards,


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