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
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?
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.
On Saturday 14th May, DPCC will be hosting 2 road races:
First off is the Oxfordshire Road Race League (ORRL) round 1 starting at 09:30
Followed by the Ridgeway Spring Classic at 13:30
Both races will utilise the Great Shefford course (see here for a map of the race circuit), with many DPCC members volunteering their time to help host these prestigious events. Even if you are not helping on the day it would be great for club members, and friends of DPCC to come and show their support for what is planned to be a great day of racing.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Sunday 5th July: 8 a.m. : DPCC utilised our friends at Oxonian CC – Open 25 mile TT on the H25/17 course for our club champs. On what was a perfect float morning with not a breath of wind, Steve Mead and Clare Hofmann emerged victorious as Mens and Ladies champions – 2015. Congratulations to Both!
Thanks again to Oxonian for a super event.
9 a.m.: The ever popular Club run with ~20 members led by Ron and Simon had a great morning ride to Waterperry. For the usual great weekly write up of the club run see our internal forum section here.
11:30 a.m.: 3 plucky DPCC riders were among a strong 80 man peleton in Kirtlington for the latest round of the ORRL hosted by Cowley road Condors. A great event again in perfect conditions, although a non racing incident on the final lap did interfere with the ultimate results, but Sebastian Charlesworth rode his luck and finished in a unconfirmed top 10 place.
Congratulations to Seb and the team.
More photos here.
Finally Richard Harrison took a drive up to to Hull to Ride on the now famous V718 course in a City RC event. Unconfirmed results again, but I hear it may be a new club record for a 10 mile TT in a monster time of 19 minutes 6 seconds. Looking forward to validating that as a club record Richard! Edit results now confirmed, new club record! Results here and photos of Richard here.
As usual, if you have any cycling related activity you want to share then drop me an email here.