Wittenham Hill Climb – Thursday 24th August

Congrats to Richard Gildea on taking the win and taking another few seconds off the Wittenham hill climb course record with 2 min 16s. Tim Allen (TVIL) was 2nd just 4s in arrears, and Tim Rayment (OTCC) in 3rd, a further 10s back. Also many thanks to tonight’s volunteers.
Sunday 27th also sees the annual club hill climb championships up Flint Hill, Goring at 9.30 a.m. and Streatley hill at 10:30 a.m. Meet from 9 a.m. in Goring.

Cumnor H10/17 TT Results – Thursday 10th August

Chris Boddy clocked a very impressive 19m41s for the H10/17 course, with Richard Gildea taking 2nd and Harri James 3rd on a pretty decent August evening. Chris’s time equates to a new club course record. Congratulations Chris!

Thanks to all TT helpers and timekeepers.

Next week sees us return to the Abingdon 10 course, with first rider off at 18:46, and afterwards there will be a end of season social at the Wildwood Kitchen Abingdon. We hope to see many of you there. And finally please dont forget if you can help with running an event, including the upcoming Open, Leiden Plaque and Hill climbs please email: timetrials@didcotphoenix.co.uk

Leiden Plaque and Club 25 TT Championships 2017

This year sees Didcot Phoenix host the Interclub Leiden Plaque Trophy, a 25 Mile time trial which is handicapped using CTT rules. As with last year, we are also using the event to host the club 25 mile TT Championships.

It would be fantastic to see a turn out by DPCC riders, and given the handicapping system opens up the chance to win prizes to anyone.

Date: 28th August 2017 8/9am Start
Course: H25/17
HQ: Wootton & Dry Sandford Community Centre
Entry Cost: £6

If you’d like to enter, in advance of the event, please message email Harri James (harrijam@gmail.com).

We are also looking for some volunteers to help with the running of the event, which if you can help out with, would be much appreciated.

p.s Last year Paul Demicoli and his Banbury Star team won it, which we can’t have happen again!

Stadhampton CC118 2-up TT Results – Thursday 27th July

Tonight saw the annual club 2-up TT on the Stadhampton CC118 course. Henry Latimer and Karla Boddy were the fastest pair on the night with a time of 22m05s, beating Neil Ashcroft and Mark Cox who set a time of 22m22s (all the two’s!). Team PhD (Ron Smith and Simon McGowan) beat Team Gildea (Richard Gildea and Oliver Gildea) by the narrowest of margins (1s) to third place with a time of 22m44s. Thanks to all TT helpers and timekeepers.

Brightwell CC243a TT Results – Thursday 13th July

A road closure affecting the planned Donkey Sanctuary course saw us return to last week’s Brightwell CC243a. Dr Neil Ashcroft was the fastest on the night with 22m58s, an improvement of 22s on last week, with Dr Anthony Atkin only 14s behind in 2nd place with a time of 23m12s. Dr Ron Smith was rounded up the trio of PhDs to take 3rd with a time of 23m50s. Mark Shoring was fastest road bike with 25m47s and 4th overall. Thanks to all TT helpers (including Dr Richard Gildea) and timekeepers.

Midsummer Road Racing Round-up

Racing correspondent Jez Hewitt writes…
June was another excellent month for our roadies, particularly our ladies.
Olivia Bentley led the charge by finishing runner up in two in successive Bovingdon Bomber circuit races. The latter of these came at the end of a 45 minute 2-up break, proving that brave early moves can – and do – stick. As if that wasn’t enough she made it a hot-trick of podiums by finishing 3rd in the next one to round-off a super month. Could a series win be on the cards?
Moving to Thruxton, high finishes by Olivia (4th) and Laura Pittard (3rd – another club podium!) secured them promotions to 2nd and 3rd cat respectively. In the same race, Clare Hoffman came 7th, her best ever result in a road race. Chapeau ladies!
Speaking of promotions, Grant Goodall gained promotion to 3rd cat at the very same circuit with a 9th place finish.
Now, Clare and her beau, Martin Stanley, are NOT competitive which is just as well as he won the VC10 cat 34 road race in Leighton Buzzard by going early in the uphill “sprint” (read “slog”) to the line and holding off the bunch. They may not be competitive but Stan’s thinly-veiled KFC reference in his “chicken dinner” Strava meme left readers under no illusions that Clare is the classier of the two…
Back at Dalton Barracks, a great team effort saw Harri James land 7th place from a competitive field of nearly 100. Anthony Atkin and Dan Atkins got into early breaks only to be pulled back. Simon Kelly chased down the only break where the club wasn’t represented and, once Harri had made the decisive move, his “rabble”, led by me and Dan, blockaded the front of the peloton, helping him to stay away.
Lastly it’s also great to see new roadies Jared  JedynowiczMark Shoring and Clive Seabrook having fun and mixing it up in the bunch. Keep it up guys!