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.
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Congrats to the 3 hardy club riders who took part in the Reading Open Hill climb, firstly climbing Goring – Crays Pond Hill, followed by Streatley Hill an hour later.
Richard Gildea came 4th overall (first DPCC rider), but more importantly becomes DPCC Hill Climb Champ 2016 and overall club record holder for both hill climbs! Great work Richard!
It was a great morning of TTing for the club as part of the inter club Leiden Plaque competition on the H25/17 course. DPCC was 2nd in the team comp, with Chris Virgo 3rd in Handicap comp, and Richard Gildea 2nd overall on Scratch.
Richard also becomes the Club 25 mile TT champion for 2016, recording 55m57s for his efforts.
Well done to all riders with many DPCC members having a go at their first 25 mile TT, on what was a far from quick day with a strong westerly. Lastly we would like to say a big thank you to Luke Souter and Banbury Star CC for a fantastic event!
The re-arranged date for the Clubs Annual Hill Climb championships is now Sunday 18th September. The championship event will take place within Reading CC’s Open Hill Climb event, so pre-event entry must be done via the CTT Website here by the end of Tuesday 6th September.
Many thanks to Reading CC for letting us ride within their event.
Richard Gildea finished 1st with a new Hill Climb Course record on the 3rd year of the club using Wittenham hill as a climb. Anthony Atkin was 2nd with Martin Stanley and Grant Goodall tied 3rd. All 4 riders were inside the DPCC benchmark set last year by Ron Smith who equaled his best in 5th place.
Club Hill Climb Champs – News
The Hill climb championships originally scheduled for 28th August has been delayed, we will publish a new date when we know more, so watch this space for more information.
The last summer club TT of season and an almost perfect night on Fairmile CC241 produced a string of notable rides, with many riders recording PBs and course PBs.
Mark Cox (Fairly United CT) was quickest after taking full advantage of the conditions with a 20m56s ride. This ride being the fastest in our club database for Fairmile, congratulations Mark. Club members Steve Mead (21m57s) and Harri James(22m01s) were 2nd and 3rd, also securing course PBs in the process.
Thanks to the Timekeepers and volunteers for putting on the TT.
Next Thursday see the “fun” Hill climb of Wittenham Hill (if the planned roadworks in the area have completed), volunteers still required.
There will be an end of TT season social at the Red Lion in Brightwell cum Sotwell on the 18th August 2016 from 8 p.m. onwards, if you would like to come along please take a look at the menu (here) and ring the pub direct to pre-order your food, hope to see you there. Simon Evans
End season social/ride at Swinley Forest on September 17th. Join us for mountain biking and go ape treetop adenture. Please message or email me to book go ape – I need to make a reservation soon to get a time slot booked.
Also let me know (but not as urgent) if you are planning to come for picnic and /or mountain biking to get an idea of numbers.