Steady sunday roll-out

What’s that? You did a big ride on Saturday and your legs are a bit sore? You’re new-ish to cycling and want a gentle introduction to group riding? Mark was taking off his jacket while riding and in the ensuing brouhaha you somehow sat on him, leaving you with niggling back issues? Fret no more, friends in Lycra. The Steady Sunday Roll-out is here.

On Sundays 18 June, 25 June, 2 July, 9 July, 23 July, and 13 Aug, Ron’s excellent club run will be complemented by lighter fare: a 35-miler with a cake stop and the aim of not getting terribly out of breath. Around 16 mph. Few hills. That sort of thing.

Meet at 9 am at Broadway, as usual, and we’ll see how we get on.

2017 – Ben Owen Memorial TT Results

Thanks to all supporters, riders, timekeepers, marshals and particularly to Ron Smith for organising and to Christopher Owen for presenting the awards on the Evening.

Results: Full results

Ben Owen Memorial Trophy
1Fairly United CT - 11h 28m 32s
2Didcot Phoenix CC - 11h 28m 46s
3Newbury RC - 11h 29m 47s
Ben Owen Womens Trophy
1Cowley Road Condors CC1h 40m 16s
2Outdoor Traders CC1h 47m 52s
3Bicester Millennium CC1h 47m 56s
Fastest Men
1Tim Cartwright (NRC)20m 28s
2Chris Boddy (DPCC)21m 15s
3Mark Cox (FUCT)21m 20s
Fastest Women
1Katie Greves (CRCCC)23m 14s
2Michelle Lee (BMCC)24m 12s
3Aimee Jones (CRCCC)24m 44s

2017 - Ben Owen Memorial TT

Road Racing Round-Up: The Month Between April and June*

Racing correspondent Jez Hewitt writes…

Let’s be frank: May was a fantastic month. Our men’s and ladies’ teams landed some super results, had tons of fun and are developing great team mentalities with riders looking out for each other in the bunch.

Starting with our Cat 4 men, Harri James secured 3rd in the VC Ventana cat 4 crit. A week later, he went one better, landing 2nd in Thruxton crit, chased home closely by James Pittard in 4th, with both timing their sprint finishes beautifully and securing promotion to cat 3 for their efforts. The following week at Thruxton, Grant Goodall rode a typically solid race, placing 6th and putting himself on the verge of promotion to cat 3 too.

Jared Jedynowicz and Simon Kelly also secured top 15 finishes in cat 4 crits. It won’t be long until they’re in the top 10 in their first seasons of road racing.

Turning to Cat 3/4 men’s races, James Pittard finished 7th in the DPCC ORRL road race with notable rides by Dan Atkins (chasing back on after unluckily getting caught behind a crash) and Rob Dyke (quick thinking on the run-in, after spending a LOT of time controlling the pack’s pace, to give James an impromptu lead-out).

In the next ORRL race at Arncott, James got in the early break and spent most of the race off the front before being caught in the closing stages. This allowed Martin Stanley to conserve his energy in the bunch and then bag an impressive 4th place, the club’s best result in a men’s Cat 3 race for a few years; this strategy was straight out of club legend Nick Druce’s playbook and was ‘coincidentally’ deployed just after he kindly agreed to be the team’s directeur sportif…

Stan also recorded bunch finishes two cat 2/3 races a Thruxton at average speeds of 27 mph and 28 mph! Racing against cat 2s is a big step-up, so these were cracking rides.

Not to be outdone by the men, Olivia Bentley bagged a podium (3rd) in the Bovington Bomber cat 3/4 crit with Clare Hoffman finishing 11th in her first ever race. Lucy Austin then maintained her 100% podium strike rate with a 2nd place in the Verulam ReallyMoving RR. My sources tell me that Lucy was finishing faster than the winner (who has recently seen the light and now rides 2nd claim for DPCC) and could have gone one better had the line not come a little too soon!

Back at Thruxton, Olivia, Clare and Laura Pittard recorded strong finishes in a couple of all-category crits: that’s right, they were mixing it with elite, cat 1 and 2 riders! In the process, they displayed some fine team work, including stints riding as a 3-up to chase a break. These were really strong rides as ladies’ racing can be more aggressive than men’s; smaller field sizes mean fewer opportunities to gain shelter/hide in the bunch, particularly when the pace is hell for leather from the outset!

So, well done to all our road racers. I can’t wait to see what June has in store…

*DPCC wish to remain politically neutral at this charged time.

ABINGDON CC272 TT RESULTS – THURSDAY 25TH MAY

A lovely sunny evening saw 23 riders turn out for the first event on the new “Abingdon 10” CC272 course, thanks as usual to all our volunteers. Next week sees the club 10 mile championships on the Southmoor H10/17R course, first rider off at 19:31. We are still looking for a start pusher and ideally two people to help put the CTT signs out (there are 5 signs needed for this course) – please email timetrials@didcotphoenix.co.uk to volunteer.