November Newsletter 2014

Hello club members and welcome to the November edition of the club newsletter. Even though daylight is in short supply and the roads are not in the best condition, there is still plenty of cycling going on at the club and plenty of news from the last couple of months. But to start things off, news of an upcoming event…

Claims / Awards

The Annual Awards Evening will take place next year on the 24th of January at a new venue – the Crown and Thistle in Abingdon (map). There will be a quiz during the evening and partners are welcome to come along. More details including menu choices, and times will be sent out to all members nearer the date.

And for the awards themselves – anyone who has achieved a Club Standard time at a time trial this year or believes they qualify for one of the club trophies, please contact the club secretary before December 31st with details of your claim – this will give us time to order and engrave the medals before the Annual Awards Evening. The club Standards and Trophies web pages have all the details and times required for qualification. And a note to all 2013 winners to please return their trophies as we need to get them engraved for this year’s winners.

On the subject of awards evenings, the West London Cycling Association AGM & Prize Giving Buffet is on December 14th this year.

Club Kit

There is exciting news regarding our new club kit. In partnership with Mountain Mania, we are working on a plan for the shop to stock our kit, making it much more available to members… A full range of items will be available, so keep an eye on the club website for more details. We will be able to buy the kit with the usual 10% discount offered to all club members on any purchase at the shop.


The club AGM was held on 9th October this year at Jubilee Pavilion, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell – you can view the minutes on our web site at: (ask Club Secretary for password).

Club Runs

The club runs continue to draw large numbers of riders on Sunday mornings (even on mornings with the worst weather – we had six riders battling the aftermath of hurricane Bertha on one run back in August!). The rides have now moved to their Winter start times of 9:30 at the Broadway – ride routes are posted on the club runs web page in the week prior to the ride.

We’ve lost a couple of venues due to closure (in West Wycombe and Highworth) but have found five new ones to replace them: Bucklebury Farm, Elaine’s in Hungerford, Little Italy Espresso Bar in Haddenham, The Cafe in Lambourn and The Tea Chest in Lechlade. The website now contains a list of venues as well as links to some tried-and-tested routes used on the club runs.

We will be continuing a recent tradition by joining the Wantage CTC “Mince Pie Ride” on Sunday 7th December in place of the usual club run – mince pies and mulled wine under the gaze of the White Horse anyone? The Mince Pie Ride is in aid of Whizz Kidz, the children’s mobility charity, so please bring along a donation.

As in previous years, we will also replace one of the club runs in April next year with entry into a local sportive, the White Horse Challenge. This drew 10 club members earlier this year and was a well-run, hilly and very enjoyable event. Entries for next year’s event open tomorrow, December 1st, at 8:00am.

Time Trials / Competitions

The time trial season is well-and-truly over for this year – or is it? There is still time for one more ride out at the 10 mile, Boxing Day time trial. This year the race will be held on the Fairmile course and it starts at 11:00.

And one final competition to draw attention to – the keenly contested free-wheel competition. This will be held before the Annual Awards evening and on a venue yet to be decided by last year’s winner, Chris Gilligan. The event will be worked into one of the regular club runs so details will be posted on the club runs page when available.

Club membership renewal

Our Membership Secretary, Iain Kent says, “Now that another cycling year is coming to an end, I hope you have enjoyed your membership of Didcot Phoenix CC and that you will now be thinking of renewing membership for 2015!”

Membership can now be renewed for 2015 at the discounted rate of £12. Members renewing before the end of February 2015 qualify for the discounted rate and after this date the full £15 will apply!

There are now two ways to renew membership. Please either download a form from the ‘join us’ section of the web site or renew online at our clubs page on the British Cycling website. Go to  and click on ‘Buy Club Membership’ then choose the required option. Please remember to update your emergency contact details. First-time members of BC can take advantage of introductory discounts after the process. This brings the cost of the Silver or Ride packages down to £20. Please see for more details.

Please note that it is a requirement of the club that you have third party liability insurance if you intend to join in with group rides. This can be provided by membership of the CTC, BC, BTF or similar. The BC Bronze package does not include insurance.

Didcot Phoenix is affiliated to the CTC so if you wish, you may purchase individual affiliate membership via their web site for £18. Please contact Iain Kent ( if you would like the club’s code for this or if you have any questions regarding membership or insurance.

I hope you have a great Christmas and that we all enjoy some great riding over the New Year and beyond.

Simon McGowan

joint Club Runs Secretary

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