Category Archives: Ben Owen

Ben Owen Memorial inter club TT

Cowley Road Condor CC women retain the trophy for 2018, with DPCC men taking the honours in the scratch event. Thanks to all participants, volunteers and especially to Chris Owen for presenting the trophies and to Ron Smith for organising the annual inter club TT. See you next year!

2018 - Ben Owen memorial TT

Individual results here

Team Standings
DPCC Men-A 1:28:37
FUCT Men-1 1:29:49
Cowley Rd Condors Men 1:29:51
BMCC Men-A 1:31:17
Mickey Cranks CC Men 1:33:06
Newbury RC Team 1 1:34:17
DPCC Men-B 1:35:02
Banbury Star CC Men-A 1:35:49
BMCC Men-B 1:42:17
Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 1:45:23
Newbury RC Team 2 1:45:54
MCCC Crankettes 1:46:04
Banbury Star CC Men-B 1:46:16
OTCC Men 1:46:31
BMCC Women 1:49:39
Abingdon Race Team Ladies 1:52:54

2017 – Ben Owen Memorial TT Results

Thanks to all supporters, riders, timekeepers, marshals and particularly to Ron Smith for organising and to Christopher Owen for presenting the awards on the Evening.

Results: Full results

Ben Owen Memorial Trophy
1Fairly United CT - 11h 28m 32s
2Didcot Phoenix CC - 11h 28m 46s
3Newbury RC - 11h 29m 47s
Ben Owen Womens Trophy
1Cowley Road Condors CC1h 40m 16s
2Outdoor Traders CC1h 47m 52s
3Bicester Millennium CC1h 47m 56s
Fastest Men
1Tim Cartwright (NRC)20m 28s
2Chris Boddy (DPCC)21m 15s
3Mark Cox (FUCT)21m 20s
Fastest Women
1Katie Greves (CRCCC)23m 14s
2Michelle Lee (BMCC)24m 12s
3Aimee Jones (CRCCC)24m 44s

2017 - Ben Owen Memorial TT

Ben Owen Memorial TT – Thursday 23rd June

Congratulations to Fairly United CT and Zappi’s Ladies for winning their respective Ben Owen trophies at this years event.  It was a great evening in Stadhampton!

Team of 4 From 5
Fairly United CT 1 (Men’s winners) 1:29:14
Newbury RC Men 1:32:58
DPCC Men 1:33:30
BMCC 1:35:31
Fairly United CT 2 1:36:42
Oxonian CC 1:38:23
Abingdon Freewhs Men 1:40:29
Cowley Rd Condors Men 1:42:46
Newbury RC Mixed 1:43:15
Zappi’s Ladies 1  (Ladies’ winners) 1:43:16
Outdoor Traders Men 1:46:39
Outdoor Traders Mixed 1:49:09
Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 1:51:02
DPCC Ladies 1:52:02
Abingdon Freewhs Ladies 1:57:13
Zappi’s Ladies 2 1:59:48

Full results can be found via Mick Fountain’s website here:

Many thanks to Ron Smith for organizing the event, plus everyone else who once again ensured the event was a tremendous success.

2015 Ben Owen Memorial results

2015’s Ben Owen Memorial Inter club TT saw a super Sunny night on the Stadhampton CC118a course, with Zappi’s Puffins ladies team and the DPCC mens team taking the team honours on the evening.

DPCC would like to thank all our friends from the participating clubs that came along to ride and make the evening so enjoyable. Also a huge thanks to Ron Smith for organising the event and to the many volunteers that gave up their evening to help out. Very special thanks again to Christopher Owen and Ian Patrick, one of Ben’s friends for presenting the trophies on the evening.

Ladies Result:
1st Zappi’s Puffins 1h41m56s (Tamara Davenne 24:13; Clare Leaver 25:31; Tracy Best 26:19; Merce Pujado 25:53; Bonnie van Wilgenburg 27:06)
2nd Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 1 1h48m52s
3rd DPCC Ladies 1h51m01s

Scratch Result:
1st DPCC Men 1h31m16s (Richard Harrison 22:08; Steve Mead 22:40; Neil Ashcroft 22:49; Ron Smith 23:39; Martin Stanley 23:41)
2nd Newbury RC A 1h31m49s
3rd Fairly United CT 1h32m35s

Full individual results here.

Full Team results (fastest 4 riders count):

  • 1:31:16 – DPCC Men
  • 1:31:49 – Newbury RC A
  • 1:32:35 – Fairly United C T 1
  • 1:34:38 – Cowley Rd Condors Men A
  • 1:35:47 – Oxonian CC
  • 1:40:46 – Newbury RC Men B
  • 1:41:56 – Zappi’s Puffins
  • 1:45:30 – OTCC Men 1
  • 1:46:30 – OTCC Men 2
  • 1:48:35 – Cowley Rd Condors Men B
  • 1:48:52 – Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 1
  • 1:51:01 – DPCC Ladies
  • 1:56:08 – OTCC Ladies
  • 1:57:56 – Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 2

2015 Ben Owen Memorial 10 miles Time Trial

Date: Thursday 9th July 2015
Course: cc118a Stadhampton – Watlington – Chalgrove
Event Organiser: Ron Smith, Didcot Phoenix CC –
HQ: John Hampden Hall, 101 High Street, Chalgrove, OX44 7SS
(situated directly opposite the row of four shops)
16 Teams
80 riders (including 2 vacant slots)
First rider 19:01
Last Rider 20:20
Start Timekeeper: Marion Fountain
Finish Timekeeper: Mark Scanlan

Time No Name Club
19:01 1 Jonny Revis Cowley Rd Condors Men A
19:02 2 Mick Chambers OTCC Men 1
19:03 3 Tamara Davenne Zappi’s Puffins
19:04 4 Neil Ashcroft DPCC Men
19:05 5 Paul Nicholls Oxonian
19:06 6 Laura Cubiss Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 1
19:07 7 Pete Oliver Fairly United Cycling Team 1
19:08 8 Helen Taylor DPCC Ladies
19:09 9 Jon Harle Cowley Rd Condors Men B
19:10 10 Tracey Prior OTCC Ladies
19:11 11 Tristan Davenne Newbury RC A
19:12 12 Chris Brand OTCC Men 2
19:13 13 Fi Walton Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 2
19:14 14 Paul Granger Fairly United Cycling Team 2
19:15 15 Nigel Brown Newbury RC Men B
19:16 16 Clare Leaver Zappi’s Penguins
19:17 17 Michael Devaney Cowley Rd Condors Men A
19:18 18 Jono Mckendry OTCC Men 1
19:19 19 Siân Cahill Zappi’s Puffins
19:20 20 Steve Mead DPCC Men
19:21 21 Paul Allday Oxonian
19:22 22 Rachael Peterson Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 1
19:23 23 Mark Cox Fairly United Cycling Team 1
19:24 24 Vicky Lawson DPCC Ladies
19:25 25 Matt Wicks Cowley Rd Condors Men B
19:26 26 Harriet Woollard OTCC Ladies
19:27 27 Rachael Elliott Newbury RC A
19:28 28 Toby Franks OTCC Men 2
19:29 29 Cathy Naylor Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 2
19:30 30 Chris Edginton Fairly United Cycling Team 2
19:31 31 Adam Evans Newbury RC Men B
19:32 32 Hedvika Toncrova Zappi’s Penguins
19:33 33 Andy Ruane Cowley Rd Condors Men A
19:34 34 Adrian Green OTCC Men 1
19:35 35 Tracy Best Zappi’s Puffins
19:36 36 Martin Stanley DPCC Men
19:37 37 Malcolm Rose Oxonian
19:38 38 Aimee Fenwick Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 1
19:39 39 Eamonn Deeley Fairly United Cycling Team 1
19:40 40 Clare Hofmann DPCC Ladies
19:41 41 Mark Glendinning Cowley Rd Condors Men B
19:42 42 Jo Edwards OTCC Ladies
19:43 43 Matt Fisher Newbury RC A
19:44 44 Darren Drysdale OTCC Men 2
19:45 45 Jenny White Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 2
19:46 46 Simon Drewett Fairly United Cycling Team 2
19:47 47 Alastair Jarman Newbury RC Men B
19:48 48 Anita Smith Zappi’s Penguins
19:49 49 Daniel Bradley Cowley Rd Condors Men A
19:50 50 Martin Adams OTCC Men 1
19:51 51 Merce Pacios Zappi’s Puffins
19:52 52 Richard Harrison DPCC Men
19:53 53 Jemima Line Oxonian
19:54 54 Ruth Corrigan Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 1
19:55 55 Matt Alder Fairly United Cycling Team 1
19:56 56 Sarah Bryson DPCC Ladies
19:57 57 Andy Haines Villalta Cowley Rd Condors Men B
19:58 58 Clare Harris OTCC Ladies
19:59 59 Ian Greenstreet Newbury RC A
20:00 60 Rob Griffiths OTCC Men 2
20:01 61 Neele Drob Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 2
20:02 62 Neil Johnson Fairly United Cycling Team 2
20:03 63 Andy Legge Newbury RC Men B
20:04 64 Elly Crockford Zappi’s Penguins
20:05 65 Matt Thomas Cowley Rd Condors Men A
20:06 66 Chris Chambers OTCC Men 1
20:07 67 Bonnie van Wilgenburg Zappi’s Puffins
20:08 68 Ron Smith DPCC Men
20:09 69 Matthew Rowley Oxonian
20:10 70 Tyra Rivkin Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 1
20:11 71 Mike Logue Fairly United Cycling Team 1
20:12 72 vacant DPCC Ladies
20:13 73 Dominic Shadbolt Cowley Rd Condors Men B
20:14 74 Elena Georgakoupolou OTCC Ladies
20:15 75 Hefin Jones Newbury RC A
20:16 76 Gary Nixon OTCC Men 2
20:17 77 Lucy Marsh Cowley Rd Condors Ladies 2
20:18 78 Wesley Cooke Fairly United Cycling Team 2
20:19 79 Graham Morrison Newbury RC Men B
20:20 80 vacant Zappi’s Penguins

Ben Owen Memorial 10 mile Time Trial 2015

This year’s running of the Ben Owen Memorial 10 mile Time Trial takes place on Thursday 9th July (this is later in the summer than normal in order to avoid clashing with the BMCC team time trial event at Silverstone), with racing commencing at 7.01pm.
As in recent years it will be held on the cc118a course – starting in Stadhampton, turning in Watlington and finishing on the Chalgrove bypass.  Teams of 5 riders (each riding individually) will compete in Men’s and Ladies’ competitions: each team’s fastest 4 rider times being aggregated for the final team time.
Events such as this cannot take place without the help of Club members and although I have already had several offers of help, I still need a few more volunteers to ensure its safe and efficient running.  So if you are able to give up some of your time to help (marshalling on the course; helping with signing-on and number distribution; time-keeping; serving post-race refreshments*) please would you let me know.
*If you can’t make it on the night, but have some free time in the evenings leading up to the 9th, you might like to get busy in your kitchen and bake a cake or some biscuits for the refreshment stall.
All proceeds from entry fees and donations for refreshments go to charity (Leukaemia Research).
To contact me regarding this, please email 
Thanks in advance.
Ron Smith.

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

Midsummer weekend update

It has been a busy weekend in the club so though I’d summarise some of the great cycling across the club *

Thursday 19th June – Ben Owen Inter club memorial TT
A great evening in Stadhampton saw the cub host the Annual Ben Owen Competition. The Mens and Ladies teams both won the team competitions.

Thanks to our friends in the respective clubs for coming along to support our charity event. Individual rider results are available here

Friday 20th June – BMCC Silverstone 9-UP TT
The unpracticed Silverstone 9-up TT team finished in a time of 24minutes 53 seconds to finish 34th out of 80 teams

The event comprised of 3 laps of the F1 circuit which equates to 10.8 miles.

Saturday 20th June – Avebury Summer Solstice ride
5 hardy souls met at 1 a.m. and rode through the night to watch the Sunrise at Avebury Stone circle

Sunday 21st June – Club record broken
Phil Brown traveled to South Wales to ride the R25/3L course, and in doing so secured a time of 51 minutes 28 seconds.
Congratulation to Phil from all at the club for breaking the Veterans 25 mile record

In addition to the above we also had multiple riders in the Newbury Open 10 and DPCC Open 25 events on Saturday and Sunday, Kevin Wilkinson took part in the 24hour Mountain Mayhem MTB endurance ride, and Nick Druce went all retro to ride in L’Eroica Britannia up in Derbyshire. Oh and last but not least a Clubrun to Benson via Henley.

More photos of some of the events above here and some videos on our youtube channel here

Cycling Weekends surely cant get any better than that?

* let me know if I missed off anything by emailing Secretary

Ben Owen – Provisional start times

Number Name Club Start Time
  1 Zoe Tantrum DPCC Ladies 19:01
  2 Nigel Brown Newbury A 19:02
  3 Matt Walsh Zappi’s Men 19:03
  4 Phil Prior OTCC 19:04
  5 Lee Kent RAF 19:05
  6 Rog Davis Newbury B 19:06
  7 George Towersey DPCC Men 19:07
  8 Rachel Pearce DPCC Ladies 19:08
  9 Tim Cartwright Newbury A 19:09
 10 Sandy Legge Zappi’s Men 19:10
 11 Gary Nixon OTCC 19:11
 12 Will Morrison RAF 19:12
 13 Adam Evans Newbury B 19:13
 14 Steve Wright DPCC Men 19:14
 15 Beth Williamson DPCC Ladies 19:15
 16 Tristan Davenne Newbury A 19:16
 17 Steve Avery Zappi’s Men 19:17
 18 Jaime Noel OTCC 19:18
 19 Niall Davidson RAF 19:19
 20 Ian Lakey Newbury B 19:20
 21 Steve Mead DPCC Men 19:21
 22 Helen Taylor DPCC Ladies 19:22
 23 Ian Greenstreet Newbury A 19:23
 24 Eamonn Deeley Zappi’s Men 19:24
 25 Andy Jones OTCC 19:25
 26 Rob Gray RAF 19:26
 27 John Marriott Newbury B 19:27
 28 Phil Brown DPCC Men 19:28
 29 Vicky Lawson DPCC Ladies 19:29
 30 Andy Tucker Newbury A 19:30
 31 Matt Suggit Zappi’s Men 19:31
 32 OTCC #5 OTCC 19:32
 33 Greg Southey Newbury B 19:33
 34 Neil Ashcroft DPCC Men 19:34

Ben Owen – this Thursday

Hi All,

As I’m sure you are all aware, this Thursday is the Ben Owen so if you aren’t racing, come along and support our teams!  The first rider is off at 7PM from Stadhampton.

I’m pleased to announce that this year we have our first Ladies team racing and also our Men’s team contains 3 club record holders!

Please come along and help raise money for this charity event.

Additionally, if you are able to donate a cake for sale on the evening, please let me know as soon as possible.

Good luck to all riders 🙂

DPCC Ladies:

Zoe Tantrum
Rachel Pearce
Beth Williamson
Helen Taylor
Vicky Lawson


George Towersey
Steve Wright
Steve Mead
Phil Brown
Neil Ashcroft