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.
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
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,
Today we saw one of biggest turn outs from DPCC at an open today: Laura, Zoe, Dave Rodger, Mike Cooper, Pete Annells, Alan Allcock, Nick Druce, Pete Tantrum and Phil.
It was another morning event on the Witney by-pass, cold as ususal but at least it wan’t raining!
There was a slight tailwind on the way out, but coming more from the side than behind. The course seemed to keep going up and then up, with several false tops, but I’m sure I travelled downhill eventually The head quarters was miles from the start line, so we drove down a lane nearer the A40, which meant you could safely warm up about 10 minutes from the start line. As the start is on a dual carriage way, if you get to the start early, you simply get cold!
Results are here: http://www.mickfountain.co.uk/t12-016.htm
All the boys went under 24 minutes and Zoe and Laura were within seconds of each other.
Unfortunately Phil punctured just as he got to the start, but managed to get lift back to the HQ without too much hanging around fortunately. We’re pretty sure with Phil’s time we would have won the team event! Better luck next time.
See you at an Open soon, or the Halfords Tour Series on Tuesday!
Cheers, Mike (and Phil)
On Saturday, 6 members of Didcot Phoenix (Mick, Zoe, Dave, Pete, Alan and PhilB) took part in the WLCA 10 on the Witney by-pass. It was cold and a little blowy, but the rain largely stayed away. A gaggle of us got kitted up in the car park at the HQ and then wended our separate ways to the start.
The wind seemed to be in a good direction, across the course in coming from the NE – so we were not massively hindered on the longer leg out, and on the way back there was the odd push to keep the speed up.
Zoe posted a very respectable time given the conditions and some pre-race nerves, not far off her first effort at the beginning of April in the OX City event. Apart from Mick (who posted the same time as the week before), all of the boys went under 24 minutes.
Back at the HQ the consensus was that it was worth doing it, racing on the more difficult days will only make the better days more enjoyable when (if) they come.
P.s. A big thank you to Mark Scanlan for promoting the event as well as the gaggle of DPCC members who took care of start timekeeping (Marion), pushing off (Phil R), the results (Mick), marshalling (Ron and Pete) and providing the tea and cake (Dave’s wife and daughter).
It was a different story for Sunday, as several events were cancelled due to horrific weather conditions. We are keeping our fingers crossed for drier and sunnier conditions in the coming weeks.
Remember the club TTs return to Fairmile this Thursday.
8th April 2012 CC243
Start Timekeeper: Mick Fountain
Pusher: Duncan O’Reilly & Iain Kent
Finish Timekeeper: Mick Fountain
Number Taker: Duncan O’Reilly & Iain Kent
010 Paul Lloyd Rides on Air 23:18
008 Ron Smith DPCC 24:05
009 Nick Druce DPCC 24:22
012 Neil Morris DPCC 26:12
006 Andy Harrison DPCC 26:15
005 Andrew Clark Private 26:23
007 Phill Stacey DPCC 26:31
004 Oliver Clark DPCC 27:20
002 Simon Hudson DPCC 27:52
001 Kevin Stopes DPCC 29:14
003 Kevin Wilkinson VC10 30:59
011 Steve Rowe DPCC DNF
To be published on TT results page shortly.
Today DPCC started its time trial season for 2012, with the Harwell Hilly lung buster. Conditions were excellent and hopefully this is a sign on things to come…fingers crossed! Top Didcot rider was Ron Smith, finishing second with a time of 28:31, to Mark Cox of Fairly United. Results are now available on the Time Trial pages and next Sunday we continue on the Cholsey Hilly course. See the Didcot Phoenix Facebook page for more photos.
Finally, in order to make these time trials a success, we need volunteers to help run each event.
Please let the club chairman know if you can help out on a particular week!
See you next week! DPCC
Start TK : Marion Fountain
Pusher: Steve Luck
Finish TK: Brian Charleston
No. Taker: Steve Luck
No. Rider Club Time Handicap
07 Stan Maciak DPCC 24:33 3:09 1st Handicap Trophy
15 John Paul Jnr Private 25:26 5:49
10 Simon Mcgowan DPCC 25:37 6:05
05 Phill Stacey DPCC 25:42 7:15
09 Neil Morris DPCC 26:11 6:53
13 James Leach PM 26:17 7:50
17 Duncan Oreilly DPCC 26:26 7:59
08 Adam Gardner DPCC 27:10 7:52
06 Dave Roger DPCC 27:18 7:30
11 Simon Hudson DPCC 27:31 9:04
02 Patrick Swain DPCC 28:09 8:51
04 Pete Tantrum DPCC 28:29 8:57
01 Mick Fountain DPCC 29:39 6:49
03 Mat Chambers DPCC 31:24 12:06 (Vintage velo)
12 Alan Shuttleworth Altrincham 32:05 10:41
16 Nick Druce DPCC 35:37 14:10 (Trike with basket)
Well done to Ron Smith, who beat Mike Cooper, to win the coveted DPCC Hill Climb Trophy – Ron, you will need to clear some serious mantelshelf space now, as the trophy is huge! Results below. 13 riders took part climbing up to Crays Pond and also up the formidable Streatley Hill. Conditions were dry for the first climb, but come the second climb the heavens opened and all cyclists were basically cycling up a stream!
1. Ron Smith – 8:52 DPCC
2. Mike Cooper – 9:29 DPCC
3. Xavier Dirsley – 9:42 Birmingham Uni
4. Andy Clark – 9:56 DPCC
5. Lee Gallop – 9:59 BikeLux Progression
6. Duncan O’Reilly – 10:07 DPCC
7. Simon McGowan – 10:22 DPCC
8. Olly Clark – 10:23 DPCC
9. Max Brown – 10:32 DPCC
10. Rob Gray – 10:38 RAF
11. Paul Wilson – 10:57 DPCC
12. Bill (sorry couldn’t read your surname!) – 11:26 DPCC
13. Simon Gibbs – 11:36 DPCC
That makes Ron ‘Rocket’ Smith the club Champ – very well done!
Hill climb season is with us and this weekend sees Didcot Phoenix riders tackle the climbs up to Crays Pond and from Streatley. Come along and join in the “fun” if you dare!