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Hill Climbs – Sunday 31st August

This Sunday sees the annual Hill Climbs of Crays Pond at 09:31 followed by Streatley Hill at 10:31.

Both climbs are Come and Try it events, so as ever, non club members are most welcome.

Signing on to both climbs will be at around 09:00 at the bottom of Crays pond in Goring. The Senior and juvenile (under 16) club hill climb cups are awarded to the club riders who produce the lowest aggregate time in the 2 hill climbs.

The following Sunday (7th September) will see a new hill climb of Wittenham clumps, which wont be quite as steep, but no less competitive.

Fairmile TT Results – 14th August

The final club TT of the summer season saw Phil Brown managing to keep his bike upright to record the fastest time of 21m 18s on a relatively calm night on the Fairmile course. Steve Wright was 2nd in 21m 55s and George Towersey in 22m 8s.

The next TT events are the Annual club hill climbs of Crays Pond and Streatley on Sunday 31st August with a new taster Hill climb of Wittenham clumps on Sunday 7th September, all these hill climbs are Come and Try it events.

Result of Fairmile CC241 on 14th August 2014:

#Start NoNameClubTimeCat
112Phil BrownDPCC21.18V
28Steve WrightDPCC21.55
37George TowerseyDPCC22.08
43Neil AshcroftDPCC22.16V
511Ron SmithDPCC22.50V
61Martin StanleyDPCC23.01V
72Oliver ClarkDPCC23.09J
810Iain KentDPCC23.49V
99Robert BriggsDPCC24.20V
104Pete WarwickDPCC24.55V
1113Phil StaceyDPCC25.10
125Mitch PurvisCome and Try It26.47V
136Chris VirgoDPCC27.27

Thanks again to all our volunteers.

Number Seller: Iain Kent
Number taker: Simon Evans
Start Timekeeper: Simon Evans
Finish Timekeeper: Andy Black
Pusher: Gary Lester

DPCC Open Event – Volunteers required – Saturday 23rd August

Hello all,

The Club is holding a Open 10 mile TT on Saturday 23 August, and Dave Rodger (our organizer for this event) has asked for a few more volunteers to assist with making the event run smoothly.

So if you have a 2-3 of hours free from around 2 pm on the 23rd then Dave and the club would be most appreciative.

The Positions still open are:

  • A second person to help pushing off and with general safety at the start. (We currently have 64 riders entered).
  • Two more marshals for the turn roundabout.

You would need to meet at the HQ (Turners Hall, North Leigh) at 2PM on the day, full address and copy of start sheet will be emailed in advance.

Also if anyone wants to donate homemade cakes then these would also be gratefully accepted.

If you can assist Dave then please email him at:

Fairmile TT Results – 7th August

A float night on the Fairmile course saw another impressive time by Rob Gray from RAF CA for the win with 21m52s. Neil Ashcroft pipped Steve Mead for 2nd place by a solitary second with 22m17s.
Next week we return to Fairmile for the last TT of the season, followed by a social in the Red Lion in Cholsey

Result of Fairmile CC241 on 7th August 2014:

#Start NoNameClubTimeCat
117Rob GrayRAF CA21.52-
26Neil AshcroftDPCC22.17V
316Steve MeadDPCC22.18V
44Martin StanleyDPCC22.54V
511Ron SmithDPCC22.55V
62Max BrownZappi's22.58-
78Simon McGowanDPCC23.02V
83Andy KellyCome and Try it23.56V
910Alan AllcockDPCC24.01V
1018Adam GardnerGS Henley24.07V
1113Ian HillsdonDPCC24.17-
1215Jake SmithDPCC24.44V
1319Robert BillCome and Try it25.03V
1420Darren MilliganOTCC25.10-
1512Dimitri KalafatisDPCC25.13V
161Steve WarwickDPCC25.28V
177Adam MorrisDPCC26.05-
1814Matt ChambersDPCC26.46V
199Mitch PurvisCome and Try It27.01V

Thanks once again to all our volunteers.

Number Seller: Jeremy Stambaugh
Number taker: Steve Luck
Start Timekeeper: Jeremy Stambaugh
Finish Timekeeper: Nick Druce
Pusher: Kevin Stopps

2014 – 25 mile TT Championship results

Steve Wright wins the 2014 Club Championship. Steve was the fastest rider from DPCC and overall on a warm, but windy H25/17 course.

Thanks to Oxonion CC for allowing DPCC to use their Leiden plaque 25 TT for our Club Championships.
DPCC times below, full result here : Leiden Plaque results

#Start NoNameClubTime
128Steve WrightDPCC55:38
416Steve MeadDPCC56:51
726Ron SmithDPCC58:14
829Mark WinksDPCC59:35
1030Simon McGowanDPCC01:00:05
1123Martin StanleyDPCC01:00:27
1325Tim DaviesDPCC01:02:37
2227Simon EvansDPCC01:07:33
2724Chris VirgoDPCC01:12:15
NA21Matt ChambersDPCCDNF

Stadhampton TT result

Club Badge
Lottie: Guardian of the results

A fine sunny night of racing on the Stadhampton course saw Rob Gray from RAF CA take top spot ahead of the top trio of DPCC riders Neil Ashcroft, Ron Smith and Steve Mead.

As a reminder there isn’t a club run this Sunday as the 25 Mile TT Club Champs, is happening on the H25/17 Course, race HQ is at Appleton village hall with the first rider off at 8am.

Sign on at the HQ around 7:30am



Result of Stadhampton CC118 on 31st July 2014

Number Seller: Giles Clark
Start Timekeeper: Matt Chambers
Finish Timekeeper: Andy Clark
Pusher: Giles Clark

#Start NoNameClubTime
112Rob GrayRAF CA22.38
26Neil AshcroftDPCC23.09
35Ron SmithDPCC23.25
48Steve MeadDPCC23.26
516Mark WinksDPCC24.11
611Dan CooperZappis24.22
74Alan AllcockDPCC24.40
813Nick DruceDPCC24.54
915Harri JamesDPCC25.09
107Robert BriggsDPCC25.25
1110Tim DaviesDPCC25.32
122Martin StanleyDPCC25.35
1314Phil StaceyDPCC25.35
141Kevin StoppsDPCC27.58
153Chris VirgoDPCC28.58
169Marcus WiedowersTeam USA29.15

Oxfordshire Road Race League – Round 6

Sunday 27th July saw the Oxonian and last round of the ORRL at the Great Milton road circuit.

Dave Emms narrowly came second in the sprint on a glorious Summer morning. After initially being isolated on the front with 500m to go, Tim Allen had the guile to take over on the front of the peleton to lead out Dave over the final hill on the A40 to leave “The Emms Express” in prime position for the sprint ahead.

As a reward for both their efforts, Dave Emms won the league and now becomes a 2nd Cat rider and Tim Allen picked up the most “combative” rider in the series and winner of the under 23 competition.

A top team effort guys! Congratulations from all at DPCC!

Ryan Witchell, University of Bristol, wins ahead of David Emms, Didcot Phoenix

Thanks also to Oxonian CC for hosting the final round of the ORRL.

David Emms, overall men's winner of the league
Winner of the under 23 competition

L’Etape du Tour 2014

Congratulations to both Simon McGowan and Paul Solerti on completing the very hilly L’Etape du Tour sportive on Sunday 20th July. Starting in Pau riding over the Tourmalet and then up the Hautacam in the Pyrenees.

Simon has taken time to write up his version of the ride here: Etape 2014

Both couldn’t quite manage the Pro’s speed over the stage when they rode it on the 24th (See Laurens Ten Dam’s stats on his Strava log of the stage) , but they did have the worst of the weather.

Chapeau to both!

As ever, if you have a ride write up to share, then email Secretary, and get it published here.


July Newsletter 2014

Club Badge
Club Badge

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:

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.

Time Trials
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.

The Scratch competition top 3 are currently: Neil Ashcroft 52 pts, Ron Smith 45 pts, and Steve Mead with 26 pts. ( Castle trophy competition top 3 are Mark Winks with 56 pts, Giles Clark 49 pts, and Andy Clark 47 pts. (

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 :
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!

Le Tour
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:

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: or

Well that is quite enough from me – I’m off to watch the highlights of the latest Tour stage!

Clare Hofmann
DPCC Ladies Ride Secretary