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.
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)
80 riders (including 2 vacant slots)
First rider 19:01
Last Rider 20:20
Start Timekeeper: Marion Fountain
Finish Timekeeper: Mark Scanlan
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).
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: http://www.didcotphoenix.co.uk/?page_id=2187
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.
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.
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 : https://evententry.ctt.org.uk/Account/Logon/98790
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!
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: https://www.justgiving.com/Duncan-O-Reilly
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Well that is quite enough from me – I’m off to watch the highlights of the latest Tour stage!
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
Many thanks to Steve Luck, Marion Fountain and Bryan Charleston for stepping in and helping with last nights time trial, but we are short of numbers for the coming weeks, so please take a look at the site and sign up if you can help. Remember, if you ride regularly, the club does expect you to help out!
The next two weeks we are racing at Stadhampton, with the second week being the Ben Owen. Given that this is a charity event, the club would also appreciate any cake donations, which we will sell on the night. If you can provide a cake, please let us know via the form below.
As many of you are aware, Didcot Phoenix CC host an annual inter-club 10 Mile TT, in memory of club member Ben Owen. This year it is the 25th anniversary of the Ben Owen TT and it’s time to bring the trophy back home!
This year we will have 2 teams racing for Didcot Phoenix, with the Ladies team being organised by Clare and the Men’s team being organised by myself.
On Thursday 12th June we have a qualifier event on the Stadhampton TT course and I will also be looking at current record holders and nominations from recent open TTs. We have some quick members in the club this year, so lets aim high and bring the trophy back to DPCC!
The event is of course a fundraiser for a number of children’s cancer charities and so we would also welcome your cake donations to be sold on the night. If you are able to bake a cake, please let me know as well.
Finally, we do require volunteers to help ensure the evening is a success so let me know if you can help out:
Finish Time Keeper – register via the TT website Kitchen Staff – to sell teas and cakes Admin – To give out team numbers and ensure all teams have paid their entry fees Marshals – a couple of volunteers will be welcome to help show riders to the start line, etc