Category Archives: Time Trials

WLCA 50 – Sunday 15th July

Hi All

A few of us tried our hands at the WLCA 50 on Sunday morning: Neil Morris and Neil Ashcroft, Mick Fountain, Pete Tantrum and myself.

The course is two laps from Kingston Bagpuise down to Watchfield and back via Faringdon on the A420. Weather was pretty good considering the rain the day before and the roads started and stayed dry – lovely.

My ride was pretty steady, a poorly daughter meant not much sleep over the course of Friday and Saturday nights. But I enjoyed being out on the road and my first 20 mile split was not far off my PB for the course, but on the second lap my legs started to tie up a bit on the drags – not helped by what felt like a slightly rising wind. The last section from Watchfield was however with a good following wind which eased the pain a little and made the last part of the race fun. I finished with a better time than I expected, but a minute or so down on my best on this course.

I only really saw Pete to speak to at the end as I had to get home sharpish. He was close to going under 2hrs on his first ever 50 – an awesome performance.

It was great to have Al Allcock and Dave Rodger shouting encouragement on the Kingston Bagpipes roundabout and then Steve Luck and Dunco oing the same at Watchfiled. It’s the first time I’ve had a marshall running down the road cheering in a tdf stylee in a timetrial – well done Dunc you obviously had your beetroot for breakfast!

Thanks to Mark Scanlan for being Timekeeper, Mick for organising the event and Marion for taking the times for halfway (and also for stopping on the way to the start to see if I was Ok whilst i tried to sort my gears out).

Results are here:

Hopefully will catch up with you soon


Ron Smith doubles up with the club 25 championship!

the A420 and Oxonian CC provided the setting for the club 25 championship on Sunday. With Smith, Ashcroft and Tantrum all primed to duke it out for the cup, the chasers- McGowan, Middleton, Morris et al were looking for Fourth place on the day.

It was (another) pretty ordinary day- gusting breeze from somewhere and light rain making the course that little more difficult on the morning.

It was everyone’s favourite Scotsman (outside of that gawky wet fish Murray), Ronald Reginald Dermott Smith (58.30)who nipped the cup on the day by 4 seconds to an inspired Neil Ashcroft (58.34), who wasn’t going to let his title go without a fight. Pete Tantrum zipped up and down withing 19 seconds of the Rocket, his time of 58.49 meaning there was a blanket of just 19 seconds over the speedy trio.

Zoe Ludwig-Tantrum led the Didcot Gals home on the day to win the 25 cup and congratulations to her as like Ronnie McHaggis McSmith she made it a 10/25 double which almost £7K on her bike (which we all have apparently). Well done Zoe, and congrats on trophy two for the year!

Results as follows

R Smith 58.30

N Ashcroft 58.34

P Tantrum 58,49

D O’Reilly 61.12

I Middleton 62.08

S McGowan 62.58

P Stacey 63.22

N Morris 63.33

R Briggs 65.25

I Kent 65.38

R B-Davies 69.03

Z Ludwig-Tantrum 71.57 (gals 25 champ)

M Fountain 74.23 (fastest male over 90)


For heavens sake, can everyone start practicing the Hill Climb course or Ron will break his rear axle with all the trophies he’s going to take home on presentation night…..



Cholsey Hilly – Results from 5th July

Conditions were perfect for racing last with, with no wind and warm conditions.  The club was cycling on the Cholsey Hilly course, which always provides a challenge!

Well done to Mark Cox who won the event, but Ron was only just behind, ahead of the Club 25 Championship this weekend.

Result of Club 10 mile TT 5 July 2012 on cc243.

Start TK Marion
Pusher Steve Luck
Finish TK Pete Annells
Number taker Steve Annells.

04 Mark Cox Fairly United 22:18
07 Ron Smith DPCC 22:26
01 Neil Ashcroft DPCC 23:17
11 Pete Tantrum DPCC 24:10
15 Rob Gray RAF 24:33
19 Simon McGowan DPCC 24:34
16 Niall Davidson RAF 24:39
14 Steve Rowe DPCC 25:00
06 Robert Briggs DPCC 25:19
20 Adam Gardner GS Henley 25:32
18 Mitch Purvis DPCC 25:59
09 Dave Rodger DPCC 26:33
13 Jake Smith DPCC 27:00
12 Kevin Stopps DPCC 27:28
08 William Annells DPCC 28:12
10 Dennis McSweeney Oxonian 28:52
05 Ian Hillsdon DPCC 28:53
02 Darren Addison DPCC 29:07
17 Laura Cooper DPCC 29:13
00 Mick Fountain DPCC 31:05
03 Ian Harkness OCRC DNF

Final chance for club 25 champs entry!

another friendly (final) reminder to get your entry sent off for the club championship 25m event out on the A420 piggybacking the Oxonian open event.

Here’s the link to the entry details

If you’re like me and haven’t got around to posting off your entry, pop a cheque for £8 and fill in the entry form available for Open events on the CTT website.

I think the general consensus last night at the BO was that I the entry arrives before Tuesday you should be ok.

See you at Fairmile on Thursday.

Ben Owen post to come tonight. Well done to riders(even those who didn’t make it past the roundabout), and massive thanks to all those who helped!


Cholsey Hilly TT – Thursday 7th June

Well done to all riders and particularly our volunteers for turning up on a wet and windy evening last Thursday, as the TT season continued with mixed weather conditions.

Results can be found below.

Remember we need volunteers to keep these events running, even when the weather is poor!  If you haven’t helped out this season, now is the time to speak to Dunc and book your slot!  All necessary training will be given before the event.

Result of Club 10 mile TT 7 June 2012 on cc243.

Start TK Nick Druce
Pusher Neil Morris
Finish TK Ian Middleton
Number taker. Duncan O’Reilly

7 Robin Wilmott GA Cycles 24:19
5 Robert Briggs DPCC 25:59
4 Phillip Stacey DPCC 26:06
6 Oliver Clark DPCC 27:09
3 Mitch Purvis DPCC 27:13
1 Mick Fountain DPCC 32:01
2 William Annells DPCC 36:06 Extra distance off course

Rocket Ron is Club 10 Champion 2012!

Last Thursday saw the Didcot Phoenix Cycling Club race on the H10/17r course, on the A420 near Southmoor.  Conditions were dry with a slight tail wind blowing across the course, perfect for a fast run out to Tubney.

All riders completed the course, with many beating or very close to their personal bests.

The race was won by Ron Smith, 19 seconds ahead of last years winner, Neil Ashcroft.

The trophy was presented on the night.

10 Ron Smith DPCC 22:02
8 Neil Ashcroft DPCC 22:21
3 Nick Druce DPCC 22:32
7 Pete Tantrum DPCC 22:44
13 Mike Cooper DPCC 22:44
9 Mark Harvey DPCC 22:56
2 Duncan O’Reill DPCC 22:58
17 Simon McGowan DPCC 23:20
6 Dave Rodger DPCC 23:22
11 Pete Warwick DPCC 23:37
5 Steve Rowe DPCC 23:50
16 Neil Morris DPCC 23:51
20 Iain Kent DPCC 25:05
14 Matt Chambers DPCC 25:06
15 Steve Warwick DPCC 25:27
18 Kevin Stopps DPCC 26:42
4 Zoe Tantrum DPCC 27:24
12 Laura Cooper DPCC 27:25
1 Mick Fountain DPCC 27:43
19 Ian Hillsdon DPCC 28:21

Club 10 Mile Championships Preveiw…

It’s been a mixed season conditions wise so far, but the quick times on Fairmile this week will hopefully hold out for this coming Thursday which would lead to some exciting performances and blistering new PB’s.

Vying for the 10 mile cup will Be Rocket Ron McSklonney-Smith, Neil Ashcroft, Mark Harvey, Pete Tantrum, Nick Druce, Mike Cooper, Ian McMiddleton and Dave Rodger.

The second teir of riders whi will be mixing it up includes Stevie Rowe, Simmo McGowan, Big Neil Morris, Dunca O’Reilly, Andy Harrison, Phil Stacey, Pete Warwich, Robbo Briggs although look for a dark horse from this group for a sneaky top 10.

It should be a hot contest between our TT queens with Laura and Zoe for the ladies TT crown.

Lets cross our fingers and our toes for a not too warm but calm day- the longish range forecast is promising at this stage with showers clearing and the wind dropping.

Helpers who have committed to run the night are Marion Fountain, Phil Brown (who some may remember from his pre-paternal days) and Mark Scanlan so far. We could do with one more volunteer as the start and finish are separated on Southmoor. Many thanks to you guys in advance. It gives me a chance to ride!

Good luck and may you all record your best times ever.




Club TT Fairmile 24.5.12

A bumper roll up of 39 saw some pretty fast conditions at Fairmile on Thursday.There were some great times which is promising the week before the Club 10 champs at Southmoor next week. Ronnie McSklonney Smith was first home for DPCC with his old nemisis from last year’s 10 mile champs Neil Ashcroft 15 seconds behind. Add the triumvurate of Tantrum, Druce and Cooper who interestingly all came in with exactly the same time and we’ve got a battle royale on our hands.

For the second teir who won’t necessarily be battling for the cup, there’s a gaggle of riders all nudging personal bests with Stevie Rowe, Simmo McGowan, Neil Morris, Phil Stacey and even Duncan O’Reilly looking to duck under 24 mins for the first time.

Fantastic new PB for new young club rider Will (I am) Annells on Uncle Pete’s bike, who was quite a proud finish line timekeeper on the night (thanks again Pete).

Train hard and taper well and See you at Southmoor next Thursday!!!

14 Mark Cox          FUCT  21:42
8 Steve Wright      OCRC  22:15
39 Ron Smith          DPCC  22:27
9 Neil Ashcroft      DPCC  22:42
17 Pete Tantrum      DPCC  23:11
26 Mike Cooper        DPCC  23:11
36 Nick Druce        DPCC  23:11
24 Ian Middleton      DPCC  24:06
7 Steve Rowe        DPCC  24:11
11 Dave Rodger        DPCC  24:13
30 Neil Morris        DPCC  24:22
35 Andy Clark        PTE    24:26
32 Matthew Hammersle  PTE    24:32
37 Simon McGowan      DPCC  24:36
29 Phill Stacey      DPCC  24:40
21 Pete Warwick      DPCC  24:42
22 Rob Briggs        DPCC  24:45
23 Andy Harrison      DPCC  25:13
31 Max Brown        Zappis  25:13
3 Chris Sharratt    RCC    25:31
28 Steve Warwick      DPCC  26:08
34 Jake Smith        DPCC  26:15
16 Mitch Purvis      DPCC  26:21
10 Oliver Clark      DPCC  26:35
2 Michael Coulson    DPCC  26:42
18 Ross Bentley-Davi  DPCC  26:51
38 Mark Scanlan      DPCC  26:52
6 Dennis McSweeney  OXO    26:57
20 Darren Addison    DPCC  27:00
12 Patrick Swain      DPCC  27:26
33 Kevin Stopps      DPCC  27:33
25 Ben Chuilon      Ox Tri  27:36
15 Laura Cooper      DPCC  27:44
4 William Annells    DPCC  28:14
5 Ian Hillsdon      DPCC  28:19
13 Matt Shepherd      AVTC  28:30
27 Stephen Jones      PTE    29:14
1 Mick Fountain      DPCC  32:06
19 Gareth Lockwood    PTE    DNF



Fairmile on Thursday

Hi All,

Finally the weather looks like it is getting warmer, so hopefully this will mean some quick times on the Fairmile course this Thursday – the 24th May.  The night is a designated “Come and Try It” event,  so we welcome all newcomers; come along and have a go at your first Time Trial of the season!

See you there,