Such excitement here at DPCC HQ. Hot on the heels of Swish and Chips (which didn’t suffer at all from being Swish and Pizza in the end), we’re pleased and proud to present: Aero Night.
Join us on April 12 from 6 pm for an evening at Mountain Mania Cycles in Didcot to eat the metric ton of aerated chocolate I’ve currently got in my car boot, enjoy your club discount, and hear from our two guest speakers (from about 7 ish): Mark Harvey from Take3 will talk about bike fit, and Xavier Disley founder of Aerocoach will talk about taking aero even further.
The nights are drawing in, the days are getting colder and for the umpteenth time this year, my commuter clothes are drying after another downpour 🙂 Yes, autumn is well and truly here and you can even buy mince pies in the local supermarkets!
To all of us at Didcot Phoenix, this time of year means the following:
Winter Turbo Training – Every Thursday from 19:00 at the Brightwell Jubilee Pavilion
Sunday Club runs now start from 09:30
Cyclo-Cross – Continues most weekends over the winter
Members need a Club Fleece to keep warm
Trophy and standards claims submission date approaching
Once again we are holding indoor turbo training sessions at the Jubilee Pavilion and my thanks goes out to Robert and Simon for hosting these evenings. Details can be found on the club website and are a great opportunity to carry form into the new season, socialise with club members and enjoy some thumping old skool music! All members are welcome, with a cost of £3 per session and you don’t even need to own a turbo trainer. If you are interested, please email email@example.com to confirm your place.
09:30 start time from this Sunday 25th
Depressingly the clocks go back this weekend and with darker mornings, we start the club runs from 09:30 from Broadway. Full details of our club run agenda can be viewed on the website, with this week’s destination the New Herb Kitchen.
Following on from the recent club AGM, I’m pleased to welcome two new members to the Didcot Phoenix committee, as Dan Atkins and Mark Winks are sharing the CX Secretary role for the coming season. Both are active CX racers and you can see them racing throughout the Wessex and Central league series this autumn. If you are interested in taking part in a CX race, both will be keen to provide information about this type of off-road racing! It’s great fun, pretty muddy and a fantastic way of racing away from traffic.
As modelled by Simon Evans at the AGM, the club is now selling fleeces which can purchased via firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to buy one of these items, please contact Simon.
Trophy and Standards Claims
As we approach the end of this cycling season, we start to look forward to our annual awards evening and the final events for the year. Details of the awards evening will be posted on the website soon, but beforehand all trophy and standards claims need to be submitted by the end of November. All first claim club members qualify for time trial standards and the various trophies available. See the Trophy website for details and if you have a claim, please let club secretary Martin Stanley know by Nov 31st.
Many thanks to all of you who attended the recent club AGM. The minutes of the meeting can be found on the AGM section of the website. It was a great evening, not only with new members joining the club committee, but we also welcomed back old members, filled some key positions in the club and enjoyed socialising with teas and biscuits 🙂
That wraps up this newsletter and I hope to see you all on a bike soon.
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.
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.
Some of you will have started to receive our new club roundals, a cloth badge designed by our very own Clare Hofmann! All members this year will receive a free badge, but additional badges can be purchased for £2.
Please contact our club secretary for more details.
For those of you who haven’t paid up for the 2014 season, submit your membership soon and you will receive your badge!
I’m sure that you have all been waiting for the results of our club kit design and I’m now pleased to reveal the results. The committee met recently to discuss the results, which were very close, but when considering the two distinct colours, the orange style of design came out in front. Tom then went away to finalise the design, which you can see him presenting below. The orange colour goes back to the clubs roots, which is very apt considering we are approaching our 40th anniversary.
Many thanks to Tom for designing a great looking kit, which will be available to purchase via our Clothing Officer, Dave Rodgers, very soon. Details will be sent out in due course.
Higher resolution versions of the kit are available on the clubs Flickr feed, which can be seen on our homepage.
We will hold a kit launch as soon as the clothing is available!
If anyone would like to purchase some Club Kit, please contact our clothing officer by April 13th. Dave Rodger will be placing an order in the next few weeks, ready for kit to be available for the spring/summer season.
We have some Endura samples available for sizing but you can also check Endura sizes out in various cycling shops.
* Please note that the web prices exclude VAT and that if we do not meet the minimum order requirements that a 20% surcharge may be applicable
If anyone would like to purchase some Club Kit, please contact our clothing officer by August 22nd. Dave Rodger will be placing an order towards the end of August, ready for kit to be available for the autumn/winter season.
We hope to have some Endura samples available for sizing shortly. Dave will bring them along on a Thursday evening, but in the meantime you can check Endura sizes out in various cycling shops.