A message from our Club President – Tim Davies…
A big thanks to Simon Evans and David Emms for organising two great races this weekend. Thanks also to the comms, the motorbike squad, the accredited marshals, including a big group from Mickey Cranks and the rest of the marshals. Finally thanks to the riders for coming – we hope you enjoyed the racing.
Well done Phoenix – we can be proud of ourselves today. Next up TTs and audax – get involved.
Oxfordshire Road Racing League Rd 2 – Organised by David Emms
Photos by Richard Gildea:
DPCC Ridgeway Spring Classic – Organised by Simon Evans
Photos by Richard Gildea:
Photos of both events by Nick Druce:
Some of you may have noticed that with the start of the new club TT season we are trialling a new road bike points competition alongside the usual scratch points competition. We don’t currently have a trophy for this competition, but the club committee may choose to award one if there is sufficient interest in the competition over the course of the season.
Points will be awarded in a similar manner as for the scratch points competition, however, only people riding standard road bikes will be eligible:
In the club time trial series, points are awarded for finishing position, 5 points for first, 4 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd, 2 for 4th and 1 point for fifth. Best 14 scores to count.
Eligibility will be assessed by the start time keeper who will record on the start sheet which riders were on road bikes. Please make a note on the signing-on sheet if you think you are eligible as this will aid our bookkeeping. Criteria are the same as used for the annual non-aero/road bike TT.
- Disk wheels and trispokes
- Time trial specific aero helmets
- Aero road helmets (i.e. would be road race legal)
- Deep rim wheels
The current standings can be found in the club time trial results database. The results for each event will include a note of which riders were on road bikes, which will help comparison with riders on similar equipment. Thanks to Simon McGowan for the necessary updates to the database.
Not a bad day at the Office for DPCC in the Antelope 50km 3-up team time trial. Firstly club lady Lucy Austin, Karla Boddy (Corley cycles), Suzy Robinson (VC10) formed a composite team to win the Ladies prize! And in the mens standings, Simon Kelly, Paul Demicoli and Simon Evans, rode solidly on a mix of TT and road bikes. And finally Richard Gildea, Harri James and Martin Stanley, were just 6 minutes off 1st place (to national level riders), but did find themselves on 2nd step of the podium.
Racing correspondent Jez Hewitt writes…
Some people describe road racing as “chess on wheels” because you face a plethora of potential moves by your opponents and need to think several moves ahead to cover all eventualities. At the same time, you must constantly reassess your strategy, sometimes in a split-second, depending on what your opponents throw at you. This combination of mind and body is what makes road racing so alluring to so many, even when the best laid plans don’t work out…
Well our Grandmasters’ plans are generally working out, so much so that this time last month DPCC was one of the top 10 clubs nationally!*
Starting with our 4th cats, Martin Stanley “captured” his 3rd cat licence with another podium – a 2nd place in a Milton Keynes crit – after deploying his fave top-secret strategy very nicely. Grant Goodall and James Pittard also “checked” in with further top 10 finishes, carrying through their good form from February.
Turning to our 3rd cats, Anthony Atkin recorded a strong finish in the Spring Chicken RR and was unluckily caught behind a crash after doing everything right in the Lovello RR; sometimes bad luck trumps even the best-laid plans!
Jez Hewitt knows this, having punctured 10 minutes into in the Spring Chicken. He then finished 18th in the Cat 3 Karbona Circuit Race, ruing a poor split-second decision in the final kilometre which cost him a certain top-10 finish. Next time…
Our racers are now building towards the DPCC road race on Saturday 13 May, and the rest of the ORRL series, with Anthony and Martin contesting their final prep race – the Thames Velo RR – this weekend.
*at the time of writing, this had changed a little
Congrats to Richard Gildea on the win in 23m04s, Giles Clark (Vision Innovative Leisure RT) for clocking 23m32s taking 2nd spot, and to Chris Boddy (Cowley Road Condors) coming 3rd in 23m34s.
Many thanks to the helpers/time keepers: Paul Demicoli, Gwyneth Seigel, Kevin Stopps, Henry Latimer, Steve Warwick and to Dan Atkins for putting the signs out. Next week the TT is on the Sires Hill course.
Congratulations to Lucy Austin, who took a chunk off the 10-mile TT record to produce 23:48 on a road bike. Sensational stuff, lady. See you at Tring?
First time use of the new Donkey loop (2x 7 mile laps), saw Tim Allen (Team Vision Innovative Leisure) take first spot, with Neil Ashcroft and Ron Smith 2nd, 3rd on TT bikes, with Anthony Atkin 4th (1st on a road bike).
Next week (20th April) sees the first visit of the year to Stadhampton for the road bike only TT.