Category Archives: Cyclocross

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


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 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 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 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 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

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.


Cyclocross – end of season Round-up

We have a Champion!

Wessex league 65+vets cyclocross champion 2014/15 - Richard Abbott

Richard Abbott finished off an impressive season of cyclocross in the Wessex league by taking the honours in the Vets 65+ category, Richard raced in 12 of the 14 rounds of the league.

Congratulations Richard from all in DPCC.

Also racing throughout the CX season, DPCC had strong representation in many other categories in the Wessex league and Central league.

Photos of the Wessex prize presentation evening can be found here, and full list of prize winners from the Wessex league here.

July Newsletter 2014

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Hello club members, welcome to the July edition of the club newsletter. There has been lots going on: records being broken, TT’s, road racing, Audaxing (if that is a word), Ladies 100km and the weather has been pretty good! – all this activity does make it tough finding time to watch the Tour!


Oxfordshire Road Race League
There is only 1 race left in the ORRL this season and Dave Emms has had some great results, winning the first race at Weston on the Green, 5th at Dalton Barracks and coming 2nd at Kirtlington. Junior rider Tim Allen is also placing high in the under 23 rankings for the race league. The 2nd round was our clubs road race and it was a huge success, down to the excellent organization from Nick Druce and Simon Evans – a huge thank you to them, and all the volunteers who made it all happen on the night. Photos here:

Beeline bikes will host a League presentation evening and last stage of the TDF at their shop on Cowley Road, Oxford. There will be a bar & nibbles and special discounts on the day.
Timings will be approx:
1630 – Shop closes
1700 – open up to league presentation evening
1730 – presentations of prizes
1800 – watch the finish of the tour.

Time Trials
The TT season is now down to the last few fixtures. There’s a 2-Up on the 24th July on the Sire’s Hill course, the 25 club championship has moved to 3rd August and joins the Oxonian event at Cumnor, and at the end of August the Club Hill Climb championship. Don’t forget there is a new “beginners” Wittenham clump hill climb too on 7th September.

The Scratch competition top 3 are currently: Neil Ashcroft 52 pts, Ron Smith 45 pts, and Steve Mead with 26 pts. ( Castle trophy competition top 3 are Mark Winks with 56 pts, Giles Clark 49 pts, and Andy Clark 47 pts. (

Also, Congratulations go to Steve Wright for breaking the 50 Mile TT club record with a time of 1 hr 46 minutes 40 seconds, on a very hot Shaftesbury CC E2/50 course on the 19th July and Phil Brown for breaking the Veterans 25 mile record in a time of 51mins 28 seconds on the R25/3L course in South Wales on 21st June.

This year also saw the 25th Anniversary of the Ben Owen inter club time trial which took place on the 19th June (Stadhampton 118A course). Numbers were down on previous years – mainly due to the World cup going on! – however DPCC had a great result with both the Men’s and Women’s team winning! Congratulations to all who took part and especially the volunteers & cake bakers – all helping to raise over £300 For the Children’s Leukemia charity.

Friday 20th June saw the BMCC Silverstone 9-Up TT ( 3 laps of the F1 circuit, 10.8 miles). An unpracticed DPCC team finished in a time of 24mins 53 secs placing a very respectable 34th our of 80 clubs.

If you would like to enter the Club Open 10 mile on H10/181 course Saturday 23rd August enter here :
Dave Rodger is also looking for some more help in the way of 3 marshals, if you have a spare hour or two on the 23rd then please contact Dave.

The Barbury Bash proved to be another successful event with 110km, 160km, and 210km routes. Plenty of club members took part over all distances and had a great day in the saddle. Thank you to Ian Middleton for organizing such a successful Audax.

Rapha Women’s 100
The proved to be great day – 16 ladies set off on a ‘figure of 8’ loop around Didcot. Having a last minute re-routing of the 2nd half as the council decided this would be a good day to ‘resurface’ some of the local roads! I use ‘resurface’ in the loosest sense – chucking stones one the road is what really happens!

We stopped half way for a welcome break and the obligatory tea & cake. A huge thank you for Mountain Mania for supporting the club and opening the shop for us to use on the day as well as providing the tea & cake, yum! Last year Rapha managed to attract 4,000 women worldwide to join the ride – this year they are expecting this to be more than double. So far on Strava 8,130 have signed up to the challenge.

8 DPCC members joined the ride and helped keep the rides together (we split into 2 after a while) – so a huge thank you to all of them. 8 non members join in the ride, with some coming from as far as Chipping Norton. No mechanicals, however, we did pass a number of road kill: 7 pigeons (not a good day for pigeons!), 3 rabbits, 2 butterflies, 1 pheasant, & 1 hedgehog . . . only the 2 butterflies were victims of cyclists! Oh and the 2 big juicy flies that Beth swallowed :o(

All ladies who took part will proudly receive a woven badge from Rapha – this should sit nicely with the DPCC roundels! Well done ladies, a thoroughly enjoyable day!

Le Tour
It is that time of year again when we avidly watch le Tour – and this year the Grand Depart was in Yorkshire! Duncan O’Reilly rode the first stage of the tour to raise money for the Brain Tumor Charity – so far he has raised an amazing £2,700!! If you have not donated it isn’t too late, visit:

A few club members managed to catch le Tour on its way from Leeds to London – bumping into Dunko in Muker on Stage 1, well he found them! Other club members managed to catch the racing on stages 2 and 3, with Martin Stanley and Simon Evans helping as official marshals on stage 3 within Epping Forest.

This was a great success last December and we are looking for a team of volunteers to help organize the next event, either this year or next. If you have a passion for Cyclocross & fancy helping to organize such a great event for the club then we’d like to hear from you, please contact: or

Well that is quite enough from me – I’m off to watch the highlights of the latest Tour stage!

Clare Hofmann
DPCC Ladies Ride Secretary

Hi All,

As we approach the end of the year, the club is still very active with members taking part in our weekly club runs, winter turbo training sessions, Cyclo-Cross races and even the odd Audax.  It’s good to see the Strava mileage counter ticking up (well done to those who rode 210km this weekend!) and the DPCC website and forum so well used 🙂

Here is a quick summary of club activities taking place in the near future:

Sunday Club Rides – Starting from 09:30 from the Broadway Pub, Didcot
This coming Sunday (10 November) the club ride heads out to the Herb Garden at Sonning Common.  In addition to our regular club run, there is also a DPCC Ladies club run, taking a slightly shorter route to the same cafe.  Email Ron, Simon, Laura or Clare for more information.

Cyclo-Cross – 8th December
Did you enjoy the Great British Bake Off?  Well now is your chance to practice skills honed from the series, because Didcot Phoenix CC are hosting the South of England Regional Cyclocross Championships on Dec 8th and we would like your cake donations to sell on the day 🙂  Although the event is still a month away, please can you let Stan, our Club Secretary, know if you can help with a cake donation?

The event is our biggest fundraiser of the season and this year it is being run as a Central and Southern League Championship, an honour for the club!  In addition to cake donations, we will require volunteers on the day and in advance of the event, to ensure things run smoothly.  If you can help out, please let us know.

  • Sunday – 1st Dec – Equipment collection from Milton Keynes Cyclo-Cross
    • We would love someone with a van, or trailer to help collect some equipment from the MK race, that we can use the following weekend
    • Petrol expenses will be covered
    • We would plan to leave about 13:30 and be back in Didcot by 18:30.
  • Saturday – 7th – approx 6 people needed to help prepare the course – half a day at Harwell
  • Sunday 8th – we require between 10 and 20 people on the day to ensure everything runs smoothly – throughout the day at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Winter Training – every Thursday evening, 7PM at the Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Jubilee Pavilian
We are into our third week now, with decent numbers attending the training sessions so far.  If you would like to join us for the hour turbo training session, please come along!  It’s a greak workout and certainly easier to turbo when motived by Laura and the rest of the class.  Please bring £3 for each session and check the website for Turbo bookings if you haven’t got one to bring along.

See you out on a bike soon!

DPCC Chairman

Cowley Cyclocross – Sunday 15th September

Thanks to Pete Warwick for a few notes regarding yesterdays Cyclocross held at Cowley in Oxford.

Summer can’t be over because I got stung by about 4 wasps!

DPCC were represented by Nick D, Mitch, Steve W and Me. Also good to see simon H who is now riding for Oxford City.

Another gentlemanly start followed by the usual Cowley queue. Mitch assume the lead of the didcot quartet. I did my best to follow him but could close to closer than 50 m for about 3 laps. With 2 laps to go Mitch slowed, but Nick D sped up. I spent the last two laps duking it out with Nick. I made my run for it but Nick nipped past me at the end to claim first Didcot rider in 57th place. I was 58th. I think mitch was a couple of places back. Steve was 75th and I think Simon H was 48th.

The horrid weather didn’t arrive, so all was well!