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DPCC Open 25 mile TT – Sunday 10th June

National record holder Marcin Bialoblocki smashed the course record to win the Didcot Phoenix CC 25-mile time trial on the H25/17 course on the A420 between Cumnor and Faringdon in Oxfordshire.

His time of 45:49 gave him a winning margin of more than three minutes over second-placed rider Tim Cartwright of Newbury RC (49:08), with Chris Boddy close behind to take the final podium spot (49:20).

First woman was Suzy Patience of Banbury Star CC with a time of 1:02:34, while Deborah Davidson (Mickey Cranks) took second place with a time of 1:03:40 and Cyndi Goh (Oxford University CC) third in 1:04:11.

Gregory Woodford (+16:51) was fastest veteran on standard, with Rob West (+14:57) in second place, ahead of Danny Axford (+14:36) in third place.

The team prize was won by Didcot Phoenix CC (Chris Boddy, Richard Gildea and Martin Stanley), with a combined time of 2:36:10. Matthew Ridley (Oxford University CC) was the winner of the prize for being “closest to the hour, without breaking it”, with a time of 1:00:19.

The H25/17 course starts near Cumnor, and heads along the A420 through Kingston Bagpuize to Faringdon before turning around and retracing.

Thanks to Harri James for organising a well run and attended event.

2018 - DPCC Open 25

Results:

Men:
1. Marcin Bialoblocki (NoPinz) 45.49
2. Tim Cartwright (Newbury RC) 49.08
3. Chris Boddy (Didcot Phoenix CC) 49.20

Women:
1. Suzy Patience (Banbury Star Cyclists’ Club) 1:02.34
2. Deborah Davidson (Mickey Cranks Cycling Club) 1:03.40
3. Cyndi Goh (Oxford University CC) 1:04.11

Veterans:
1. Gregory Woodford (Reading CC) +16.51 (52.43)
2. Robert West (AeroCoach) +14.57 (51.42)
3. Danny Axford (Arctic Tacx RT) +14.36 (52.03)

Team:
Didcot Phoenix CC (Chris Boddy, Richard Gildea, Martin Stanley) 2:36.10

Closest to the Hour, without breaking it: Matthew Ridley (Oxford Univ CC) 1:00.19

Full results here

Club kit Sale, Welsh weekend in Llandysul

Club kit SALE!!!!!!!!!!!
Finally spring seems to be just around the corner, and it won’t be long until those legs make an appearance and the jackets gets peeled off. How better to celebrate than turning Oxfordshire orange?
DPCC kit is available from Mountain Mania and they are running a spring sale with everything running at 30-40% off the usual price.
Current size availability below
If your size is not in stock let a member of staff now what you want and an order will be placed once the manufacturers minimum is met.
Arm warmers (L, M, S) 15.50; Leg warmers (L, M, S) 19.99;
Men’s Bib shorts (XL, L, M, XS) 49.99; Women’s bib shorts (S, XS) 49.99;
L/Sleeve men’s skin suit (XXL, XL, L) 59.99; L/sleeve women’s skin suit (L, M) 59.99;
Gilet (XL, L, M, S) 49.99; S/sleeve jersey (XL, XS) 31.99;
S/sleeve skin suit (XL, M, S) 59.99

2018 – Welsh weekend in Llandysul
Another top weekend of riding in Wales organised by our President Tim, this year we had 2 full dry days. We’re all looking forward to being back in 2019!

2018 - Welsh Weekend in Llandysul

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.