Some people describe road racing as “chess on wheels” because you face a plethora of potential moves by your opponents and need to think several moves ahead to cover all eventualities. At the same time, you must constantly reassess your strategy, sometimes in a split-second, depending on what your opponents throw at you. This combination of mind and body is what makes road racing so alluring to so many, even when the best laid plans don’t work out…
Well our Grandmasters’ plans are generally working out, so much so that this time last month DPCC was one of the top 10 clubs nationally!*
Starting with our 4th cats, Martin Stanley “captured” his 3rd cat licence with another podium – a 2nd place in a Milton Keynes crit – after deploying his fave top-secret strategy very nicely. Grant Goodall and James Pittard also “checked” in with further top 10 finishes, carrying through their good form from February.
Turning to our 3rd cats, Anthony Atkin recorded a strong finish in the Spring Chicken RR and was unluckily caught behind a crash after doing everything right in the Lovello RR; sometimes bad luck trumps even the best-laid plans!
Jez Hewitt knows this, having punctured 10 minutes into in the Spring Chicken. He then finished 18th in the Cat 3 Karbona Circuit Race, ruing a poor split-second decision in the final kilometre which cost him a certain top-10 finish. Next time…
Our racers are now building towards the DPCC road race on Saturday 13 May, and the rest of the ORRL series, with Anthony and Martin contesting their final prep race – the Thames Velo RR – this weekend.
*at the time of writing, this had changed a little
Such excitement here at DPCC HQ. Hot on the heels of Swish and Chips (which didn’t suffer at all from being Swish and Pizza in the end), we’re pleased and proud to present: Aero Night.
Join us on April 12 from 6 pm for an evening at Mountain Mania Cycles in Didcot to eat the metric ton of aerated chocolate I’ve currently got in my car boot, enjoy your club discount, and hear from our two guest speakers (from about 7 ish): Mark Harvey from Take3 will talk about bike fit, and Xavier Disley founder of Aerocoach will talk about taking aero even further.
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.
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!
The Christmas Cup Boxing Day 10 will run on the Fairmile Course, with the first rider off at 11:01; please arrive at the usual layby a good 30 minutes beforehand to sign on. Christmas jumpers optional. We have a full complement of volunteers and it is ok to give them presents.