Membership renewal for 2017

Membership can now be renewed for 2017. Members renewing before the end of February 2017 qualify for a discounted rate of £12; after this date membership will cost £15.

There are two easy ways to renew

  • Download this form and return it as directed
  • Online at the DPCC page of British Cycling (BC). Click on ‘Buy Club Membership’ then choose an option. Please remember to update your emergency contact details

You must have third party liability insurance if you join group rides. This can be obtained via membership of British Cycling (silver or above), Cycling UK, or similar bodies.

You may purchase individual affiliate membership of Cycling UK for £24. Please contact Gary Lester at for our club Cycling UK code, or if you have any other questions regarding membership or insurance.

What the well-dressed rider is wearing

Just a reminder that the DPCC kit (as worn by Gareth Davies for his recent CX podium, well done G!) is in stock at Mountain Mania in Didcot. They currently have lots of pairs of arm and leg warmers in stock, plus the gilets that everyone likes, bibshorts in all sizes (I know we’re not all double-hard, but you could wear them on the turbo) and jerseys in all sizes except small and medium. If you’d like a size that isn’t in stock, or XXS or XXL, please pop in and let Mountain Mania know so they can request it in the next order.

Jared, model cyclist

Earlier this year, Jared Jedynowicz of this parish applied to become a Pearl Izumi Champion. Last Friday, he was delighted to find out that he’s been selected from hundreds of applicants to join the scheme.

“Champions exist to support, educate, and inspire other cyclists through their committment to cycling, choice in apparel, community involvement, excellent beards and strong social media presence.”

(One of those may not have been on the Pearl Izumi website).

From February 2017, Jared will receive limited edition Pearl Izumi kit, online discounts, invitations to exclusive events, entrance to races, monthly fitness goals and expert tuition to really test himself. Cool, huh?



We at Didcot Phoenix are so far ahead of the curve, we can’t even see the curve any longer, and we believe socks are where it is at. ticcc-socksWe’ve found some posh winter merino socks that match our kit, and if 20 of us would like them, we can do a bulk order and save at least 15%: £16 a pair. That’s £8 per foot. Email (or get your mum to email*) with your size by Friday 9th December if you would like a pair. We’ll only order if there are 20 of us (that’s 40 feet, for those of you working in imperial).

*mummy secretary, whom many of you met at the Barbury Bash, is a whizz with the internet these days, and it may be that your parents are similarly proficient and love you enough to buy you a present.

Ultra Randonneur Audax award for Matt Chambers

In recognition of 10 years of a cycling life less ordinary, our very own Matt Chambers received his Ultra Randonneur Audax award last weekend from ultra-cycling great Mike Hall. Matt has spent the last 10 years clocking up an unfathomable amount of Audax mileage on the highways and byways of Britain and the nearer parts of ‘abroad’. The Ultra Randonneur requires commitment, tenacity, and the ability to chat through all kinds of adversity. It is an extraordinary achievement. Well done, sir.

Congrats Matty!
Matt (in red) receives his Ultra-Randonneur award from Mike Hall

Find out more about Audax long-distance riding

Membership survey: what do YOU want from DPCC?

We want to know what you think. Are you perfectly happy with DPCC? Or is there something that needs to change? Are you full of ideas for the club’s future? Well, here’s a thing. You can tell us all your troubles (so far as they relate to buying club jerseys, turning up on time for club runs, and socialising with people who will always agree you need another bike) by filling in the simple and anonymous survey we’re about to email you.

If you haven’t received the link by the end of Monday 21 November, please email to complain fulsomely.

Since the survey is anonymous, we won’t be able to offer you any prize beyond the fuzzy warmth that comes from doing a good deed.

Please complete your survey before Friday 11 December.

Didcot-Zappi’s CX Sunday 20th November

Hi all.  We are co-organising a round of Wessex League Cyclo-cross on 20th Nov at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, OX11 0QX between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. We have a good crew of Marshals already volunteered but many would also like to ride, if we get enough offers of help we can let everyone who wants to marshal and race do both. We have club riders racing in every category, so its a great chance to help the club and cheer on your mates. Please let me know via email if you can spare a few hours.

Within the event there will also be a 30 minute Novice race (start time 11:15), so if you have a suitable mountainbike or cyclocross bike and would like to give racing a go, then this is your chance!


Mark Winks

Cyclo-cross Secretary


Saturday ride to Breakfast – meet 0930 @ Benson

Something new this Saturday – ride to a cafe for coffee/breakfast with other members.

See more details on the forum 

… but it’s very simple! No fixed route or start, just get to the caff with/without friends – ride 5 miles or 50, it’s upto you. Post here or on Facebook if you’re coming, and/or to arrange someone to ride with.



This proved very successful, with a dozen of us arriving by 5 different routes. We shall make this a weekly event – sticking with Benson meet to see how it goes. M

DPCC AGM – Minutes

Hi All,

Many thanks to all of you who attended the AGM last week.  For those who weren’t able to make the meeting, please use the AGM link on the website menu bar.  Password available from Club Secretary.  As many of you are aware, I stood down at the AGM but am pleased to welcome Tim Davies as the new club Chairman.  I would also like to welcome Vicky Lawson as Club Secretary, Gary Lester as Membership Secretary and Richard Gildea as TT Secretary.

Moving forwards, our next club event is the Nov 20th Cyclo-cross at RAL, so please keep an eye on the website for details.  We do need volunteers to ensure this event is a success, so if you are available, please let Mark Winks know as soon as possible – email

Best regards, Mike