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ORRL 2017 round up

Armchair racing correspondent Vicky Lawson writes…

Ten events, squillions of gallons of sweat, and inexplicably, Phoenix didn’t win. Sort it out next year, chaps and lady-chaps, yeah?

Congratulations to the winners:

Men Individual: Greg Fitzek – Cowley Road Condors
Men Individual (U23): Greg Fitzek – Cowley Road Condors
Men Team: GS Henley
Women Individual: Aimee Jones – Cowley Road Condors
Women Team: Cowley Road Condors

We, small but mighty, were 4th women’s team and 5th men’s team. I feel a 2018 bird-off coming on.

We had some great performances to be proud of. The Hofley household – Martin ‘Stan’ Stanley, a magnificent overall 8th man, was accompanied by blushing racing debutante Clare Hofmann (12th woman). The Pittards: Laura 9th and James 14th (and second-placed U23 rider). Olivia Bentley, most recently seen in the Women’s Tour of Sussex, took 6th thanks to her podium in the Woodstock round. Harri James took 10th, and experienced lags (sorry chaps) Grant Goodall and Jez Hewitt rocked up to add a bit of mid-table respectability to the mix.

Now in its fourth year, the league overall has grown, with the addition of High Wycombe CC and associate membership of Oxford University CC, and included an ITT (ahh, civilised) from Oxonian for the first time.

The league couldn’t continue without all of the volunteers from each club who work really hard to put on races. The DPCC race this year was executed to perfection by directors David Emms and Simon Evans; if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Christian Prudhomme, there will be opportunities to run our 2018 event – come to the AGM on Thursday 19th October and seize power.

Leiden Plaque, DPCC Hill climb Champs and Club 25 mile TT Champs results

2017 Leiden Plaque
This year it was DPCCs turn to host the annual inter Oxfordshire cycling club time trialling competition and Harri James pulled out all the stops in creating a great event on such a stunning Bank Holiday Monday.
Congratulations were due again to winners Banbury Star CC, with Cowley Road Condors CC 2nd, and Oxonian CC 3rd. Thanks to all competing riders and especially to the many volunteers at the HQ, and marshals and timekeepers out on the course.
Photos on flickr here.
Full results here.

Club Hill Climb Championship – Sunday 27th
It was business as usual with the on-form Richard Gildea taking the 2017 Hill climb Championship trophy. This year Richard clocked an aggregate time of 7 minutes 37 seconds, and in doing so setting a new time up the Crays Pond/Flint hill climb.


Photos oh Flickr here.
2017 - DPCC Hill climb championship

Club 25 mile TT Championship – Monday 28th
A stunning morning on the Cumnor H25/17 TT course saw 11 DPCC members take to the start within the inter club Leiden Plaque competition. Richard Gildea was victorious, with Chris Boddy 2nd and Martin Stanley 3rd.

Leiden plaque - 2017 DPCC Club 25 mile TT Champion - Richard Gildea2017 - DPCC Hill climb winner

Leiden Plaque full results

Midsummer Road Racing Round-up

Racing correspondent Jez Hewitt writes…
June was another excellent month for our roadies, particularly our ladies.
 
Olivia Bentley led the charge by finishing runner up in two in successive Bovingdon Bomber circuit races. The latter of these came at the end of a 45 minute 2-up break, proving that brave early moves can – and do – stick. As if that wasn’t enough she made it a hot-trick of podiums by finishing 3rd in the next one to round-off a super month. Could a series win be on the cards?
Moving to Thruxton, high finishes by Olivia (4th) and Laura Pittard (3rd – another club podium!) secured them promotions to 2nd and 3rd cat respectively. In the same race, Clare Hoffman came 7th, her best ever result in a road race. Chapeau ladies!
Speaking of promotions, Grant Goodall gained promotion to 3rd cat at the very same circuit with a 9th place finish.
Now, Clare and her beau, Martin Stanley, are NOT competitive which is just as well as he won the VC10 cat 34 road race in Leighton Buzzard by going early in the uphill “sprint” (read “slog”) to the line and holding off the bunch. They may not be competitive but Stan’s thinly-veiled KFC reference in his “chicken dinner” Strava meme left readers under no illusions that Clare is the classier of the two…
Back at Dalton Barracks, a great team effort saw Harri James land 7th place from a competitive field of nearly 100. Anthony Atkin and Dan Atkins got into early breaks only to be pulled back. Simon Kelly chased down the only break where the club wasn’t represented and, once Harri had made the decisive move, his “rabble”, led by me and Dan, blockaded the front of the peloton, helping him to stay away.
Lastly it’s also great to see new roadies Jared  JedynowiczMark Shoring and Clive Seabrook having fun and mixing it up in the bunch. Keep it up guys!

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

Antelope 3-UP TT Results

Not a bad day at the Office for DPCC in the Antelope 50km 3-up team time trial. Firstly club lady Lucy Austin, Karla Boddy (Corley cycles), Suzy Robinson (VC10) formed a composite team to win the Ladies prize! And in the mens standings, Simon Kelly, Paul Demicoli and Simon Evans, rode solidly on a mix of TT and road bikes. And finally Richard Gildea, Harri James and Martin Stanley, were just 6 minutes off 1st place (to national level riders), but did find themselves on 2nd step of the podium.

2017 - Antelope 3-UP TTT

Success for DPCC women

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.

Lucy (in black) and Karla off the front

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.

 

Annabel

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.

Awards Awarded at 2016 Awards Evening

A great night was had by the club members that attended the awards evening at The Steventon House Hotel on Saturday evening. Many thanks to our Chairman Tim for presenting the many awards and to Simon Evans for organising such a great venue, meal and quiz. Full set of photos here.

10 Mile TT Championship - Richard Gildea

For those not in attendance the full list of awards follow:

DPCC Trophies 2016

DPCC TrophyWinnerTime / Points
10 MILE TT CHAMPS MENRichard Gildea21m 34s
10 MILE TT CHAMPS WOMENNo Entry
25 MILE TT CHAMPS MENRichard Gildea55m 57s
25 MILE TT CHAMPS WOMENNo Entry
BEN OWEN - MENFairly United CT
BEN OWEN - LADIESZappi's Ladies
CASTLE TROPHYAlan Allcock73 points
CHRISTMAS CUPSimon McGowan
CLUB RUNS TROPHYSimon Evans & Simon McGowan
CX JUVENILEGareth Davies
CX JUNIORNo Entry
CX SENIORDaniel Atkins
CX VETERANSMitch Purvis
DAVIDSON TROPHY - JUVENILE B.A.R.No Entry
JUNIOR B.A.R.No Entry
ERIC COLE TROPHY Richard Gildea7m 52s
FREEWHEEL COMPETITION Chris Gilligan
GARY STEPHENS TROPHYRichard Harrison18m 56s
JUVENILE HILL CLIMBNo Entry
LADIES B.A.R. No Entry
LUPTON TROPHY - VETS BARMick Fountain+0.958 mph
MARTIN NEWALL TROPHYAnthony Atkin
MENS AUDAX Will Vousden31 points
PEN TROPHY - SENIOR B.A.R.NO ENTRY
SCRATCH CLUB TT TROPHY Richard Gildea
SENIOR HILL CLIMBRichard Gildea8m 17s
SYCOTTA CUPRon Smith
WOMENS AUDAX Miranda Bradshaw
STAN MACIAK CHALLENGEChris Virgo

New DPCC Records 2016

2015 RecordsNameTimeDate
10 Mile Senior TT - MenRichard Harrison18m 56s10th September 2016
10 Mile Senior TT - LadiesVicky Lawson24m 19s11th June 2016
25 Mile Senior TT - MenRichard Harrison48m 56s25th June 2016
50 Mile Senior TT - MenRichard Gildea1h 46m 11s23rd July 2016
Streatley Hill Climb RecordRichard Gildea2m 37s18th September 2016

DPCC Standard Claims 2016

DPCC StandardNameTimeDate
10 Miles BronzeChris Virgo24m 17s21st July 2016
10 Miles GoldHarri James21m 16s 25th June 2016
10 Miles GoldRichard Gildea21m 37s12th March 2016
25 Miles BronzeSimon Evans1h 5m 00s4th September 2016
25 Miles BronzeChris Virgo1h 3m 28s4th September 2016
25 Miles SilverRichard Gildea56m 50s2nd May 2016
25 Miles GoldHarri James55m 30s13th August 2016
25 Miles GoldMartin Stanley56m 00s19th June 2016
25 Miles GoldRichard Gildea55m 59s15th May 2016
25 Miles GoldNeil Morris56m 25s11th June 2016
50 Miles GoldNeil Morris1h 59m 13s14th August 2016
50 Miles GoldRichard Gildea1h 53m 29s8th May 2016

Full set of photos here.

Richard Harrison invited to ride for drag2zero

Good news! Becoming the fastest Didcot Phoenix rider called Richard has become fractionally easier, as Richard Harrison has been invited to ride amongst the great and the good at drag2zero. He remains the holder of the DPCC 10-mile TT record, with a storming 18:56 achieved on the V718 course last year.

We wish him all the best with his new team. Pop back and see us some Thursday night on the A420, won’t you Rich? We’ll be in the usual lay-by.