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.
Just a reminder that the DPCC kit (as worn by Gareth Davies for his recent CX podium, well done G!) is in stock at Mountain Mania in Didcot. They currently have lots of pairs of arm and leg warmers in stock, plus the gilets that everyone likes, bibshorts in all sizes (I know we’re not all double-hard, but you could wear them on the turbo) and jerseys in all sizes except small and medium. If you’d like a size that isn’t in stock, or XXS or XXL, please pop in and let Mountain Mania know so they can request it in the next order.
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. We’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*) firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Just a quick update to let you know we’ve received in a fresh batch of clothing which includes the long awaited skin suits and also Women’s bib shorts so you can let all know they are here.
Also just on a side note with the end of the bike model year approaching we’ve picked up a few end of season deals including Scott Plasma Tri Frames and Bikes of which some will be over 50% off. Just wanted to let you guys know in case anyone is looking for one.
The predicted rain held off for the final Thursday evening TT of the season on the Fairmile course and Mark Cox (Fairly United) claimed first place, with Neil Ashcroft 2nd and Simon McGowan 3rd. On Thursday 20th August the club will be holding a small hill climb in Little Wittenham followed by a social at the Plough in Long Wittenham.
Please find yourself invited to The Road Room (aka Mountain Mania) on Wednesday evening from 19:30 – 21:30 to purchase kit and receive other shop discounts.
10% off club kit – individual items 15% off club kit basic bundle (Shorts, Jersey, Gilet, Arm warmers) 20% off club kit full bundle (basic bundle + skinsuit and leg warmers)
Skinsuit sizes will be available to try on the night, with a 3 or 4 week turnaround on skinsuit orders.
On the night there will also be 20% off RoadRoom/Mountain Mania stock (or items pre-ordered on the night).
The Road Room have purchased a quantity of kit based upon our Didcot Phoenix booking form so these members will have an opportunity to buy first. Moving forwards the shop will be keeping stock of club kit items from now on, so there will be easy options to try and buy.
In addition to the current kit order (that I hear on the grapevine is very close to being delivered), we would like to collate interest in Club skinsuits. This is to enable the shop to place an order our behalf.
The shop does have a long sleeve sample in large for those wanting to try on for sizing.
If you are interested please fill in the following form:
Hello to all club members, welcome to the May edition of the club newsletter. The weather is now getting better and days are getting longer which means we all have more time for cycling, so hopefully you will be able to spend some time away from your bikes reading this.
Oxford Road Race League
The ORRL is nearly upon us with the first round at Weston on the Green on the 30th May, if you ever thought of giving road racing a go this would be a great opportunity. You will need to have a BC Race License to participate. The DPCC round is on the 4th June at GreatShefford and the more members we have entered the more chance we will have of getting some Kudos (sorry for the Strava reference) for the club. There is a men’s and women’s competition with some great prizes to be won. For all those interested please go to www.orrl.co.uk to enter and to get all the locations and start times etc.
Alternatively, if there is anybody willing to give up some of their time on the 4th June to help out, then please contact either myself Simon Evans or Nick Druce at email@example.com
The TT season is now in full swing with good numbers turning out even in the wind and rain. Those of you that were at Fairmile on 1st May now know what racing in the rain is like, the next 2 Thursday evenings are 22nd May at Fairmile and the DPCC 10 mile cup at Southmoor on the 29th May. The Scratch and Castle trophy competitions are also very closely run at the moment. With Ron Smith leading Neil Ashcroft by 1 point in the Scratch (http://www.mickfountain.co.uk/poiscr14.htm), and Andy Clark leading Giles Clark again by a solitary point in the Castle (http://www.mickfountain.co.uk/points14.htm).
Also, Congratulations go to George Towersey for breaking the Junior 10 time trial record twice within recent weeks, the latter being with a time of 21 minutes 36 seconds, on a very windy Southmoor course on the 8th May.
We also have a couple of club organised Open TTs coming up in the near future, so please put the dates in your diary if you are thinking of competing but more so we need lots of helpers for all of the events. A volunteering page will be added to the club website for those willing to help our organisers Dave Rodger and Mick Fountain for:
Also this year sees the 25th Anniversary of the Ben Owen inter club time trial on 19th June Stadhampton 118A course, the club is looking to enter a strong men’s and women’s team. Mike Cooper and Clare Hofmann are respective team managers and will be polling club members for team selection. Again we will need some helpers to make sure the event runs smoothly.
The Barbury Bash is being organised again this year by Ian Middleton and is being run on Sunday 13th July, there will not be a club run on this day so all those regular club runners can come and give an Audax a go. If last year is anything to go by it will be a great day out in the saddle with a group of like minded people. Entry costs £6 for all route distances, 110km, 160km or 210km. http://www.didcotphoenix.co.uk/?page_id=10
Rapha Women’s 100
On Sunday 20th July thousands of women around the globe will join together and ride 100km for the Rapha #womens100. Last year 4000 women took part, and this year they are trying to double that figure, so the club (in particular Clare and Laura) thought it would be a great idea for the ladies of the club to join in as this date coincides with a ladies club run.
We have teamed up with Mountain Mania in Didcot who have agreed to open on the day and support the ladies during the event. We will start and finish at the shop on the Wantage Road next door to the Co-Op, the ride will be split into 2 halves so the ladies can purchase gels/refreshments from the shop and for the shop to provide any mechanical assistance if required. For further details please go to the website and Facebook and come and sign up for 100km of enjoyable cycling: http://pages.rapha.cc/womens100
We are in the motions of ordering some new club kit from a couple new suppliers who are able to provide those bits of kit to us, that will enable us to look good both in the winter and summer (wind jackets, gilets, winter bib tights, skinsuits). The members that were at the TT at Stadhampton on the 17th April will have tried on the sample kit. Our clothing secretary Tom Gray will be sending out details of ordering soon, in the mean time take a look at the following websites to get an idea of the kit and likely prices www.impsport.com (skinsuits) www.owayo.com (all other kit).
Membership numbers are over 90 for this year, if you have any friends or family that are thinking of taking up cycling get them to come and join DPCC the more members we have the stronger the club becomes, any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org, for those family and friends that are looking to get more experience out on a bike then the new beginners rides may be of interest to them:
The next scheduled beginners ride is on 25th May starting from Broadways pub at 9:00 a.m. please invite all possible cycling lovers to come along and join a leisurely ride around the Oxfordshire countryside.
Well I think that is enough from me, as I need to clean my bike, hope to see you out on your bike sometime soon.
I hope you are all enjoying the recent drier weather and that you will manage to find time amidst all your pre-season training to read this spring newsletter!
Firstly thank you to all those members who have renewed membership with us this year. If you have not renewed yet then please do so as soon as possible or hand in your form and payment at the first time trial. For those who attend group rides, please remember that it is a requirement of the club that you also have suitable third party liability insurance and this can be provided through membership of the CTC, BC or similar. Affiliate membership can be bought for just £16 through the club. Please contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions about this.
If you have not already done so, it is time to prepare a suitable steed ready for action! There are two Sunday events to ‘kick start’ the clubs time trial calendar this year starting with the Harwell Hilly on 30th March at 11.00am. The following Sunday uses the new Cholsey course CC243a which is also starts at 11.00am. Thursday evening TTs start on 10th April at 18:46pm back on the Harwell Hilly. It should all feel easy after that! Please see the time trials section on the web site for the full details. It was agreed at the clubs AGM that if you participate in 6 TTs then you will be expected to volunteer at least once at a club event. Please sign up via the web site so that events can run. Remember that first claim DPCC members are entered into the Scratch League and the Castle League (where points are awarded based on improvement relative to other riders) so this will all make for an exciting season!
Club Runs have continued to be well supported (despite some very wet Sundays!) with turnout often over 20 riders. This has increasingly meant that the group will be split for safety reasons. Please note that once the clocks have changed rides will start at 9.00am with the first of these rides being 30th March going to West Wycombe. Please contact Simon or Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Ladies only rides have also been well supported and continue to run on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Please see the Ladies Rides section on the web site or contact Laura or Clare at email@example.com for more information. The club will be starting a new initiative soon with beginner rides co-ordinated by Steve Warwick. If you have friends or family who would like to get out on their bike then please encourage them to come along. The dates for this will be advertised on the web site soon. Volunteers will be needed to help lead beginner rides so please let Steve know if you can help using firstname.lastname@example.org
If you were hoping that you had missed it, there are still two more sessions of winter training left on the 20th and 27th March at the Brightwell Pavilion!! Turbo training has been a great success this year and has been well supported and ‘enjoyed’ by all participants!? The club would like to thank Laura Cooper for leading the sessions before Christmas also Robert Briggs and Simon Evans who have been leading sessions after Christmas.
Up Coming Events
Spring Road Trip – LLandysul (West Wales) – 28-30th March
At the last count 13 club members had signed up for the Welsh weekend organised by Tim Davies. This promises to be a great social weekend away and should also provide lots of pre-season hilly miles with great scenery! Please email Tim email@example.com for further information as it is not too late to join in!
DPCC Club Night at ‘Mountain Mania’ – Wednesday 2nd April: 7.30-9.30pm
Thanks to Duncan for liaising with the shop to organise an exclusive club only evening! Drinks and nibbles and discount will be on offer! There will also be an opportunity to collect and purchase club kit on the night.
Future Diary Dates
Oxfordshire Road Racing League – DPCC event (Great Shefford) – 4th June – news to appear on website soon!
Club Open 25 TT – 29th June
Club Audax – Sunday 13th July
Club open 10 TT – 23rd August
(Helpers always needed for the above)
There will be a social event after the following time trials so please also put these dates into your diary:
8th May – Stadhampton
10th July – Stadhampton (after the 5 mile TT)
14th Aug – End of season supper.
It just remains for me to wish you a safe and successful season of cycling and that you manage to reach the goals you may have set yourself. Thank you again for your continued support of the club.