It was a busy weekend for Didcot Phoenix, with our Open Club 10 attracting a large field of riders and many thanks to all volunteers who helped run the event. It was a successful afternoon on the Witney bypass with Paul Gamlin of Northover Vets Team winning the event in 20:08. First DPCC rider was Steve Mead who had a time of 22:05. Results can be seen via the link below.
In other news, DPCC club member Phil Brown had a cracking ride in Wales beating the current club 25 record with a time of 50:04 and completing the top 10 of this hugely popular event. Congratulations Phil for an amazing time!
Equally fast Richard Harrison was also in action this weekend on the super quick V718 course up in Hull…Richard finished the 10 miles in 19m 46s.
Finally, this coming Sunday is the club Hill Climb Championship. There is a huge trophy up for grabs, but we are still looking for a time keeper to run the event. Please contact email@example.com if you are able to help.
Sunday 5th July: 8 a.m. : DPCC utilised our friends at Oxonian CC – Open 25 mile TT on the H25/17 course for our club champs. On what was a perfect float morning with not a breath of wind, Steve Mead and Clare Hofmann emerged victorious as Mens and Ladies champions – 2015. Congratulations to Both!
Thanks again to Oxonian for a super event.
9 a.m.: The ever popular Club run with ~20 members led by Ron and Simon had a great morning ride to Waterperry. For the usual great weekly write up of the club run see our internal forum section here.
11:30 a.m.: 3 plucky DPCC riders were among a strong 80 man peleton in Kirtlington for the latest round of the ORRL hosted by Cowley road Condors. A great event again in perfect conditions, although a non racing incident on the final lap did interfere with the ultimate results, but Sebastian Charlesworth rode his luck and finished in a unconfirmed top 10 place.
Congratulations to Seb and the team.
More photos here.
Finally Richard Harrison took a drive up to to Hull to Ride on the now famous V718 course in a City RC event. Unconfirmed results again, but I hear it may be a new club record for a 10 mile TT in a monster time of 19 minutes 6 seconds. Looking forward to validating that as a club record Richard! Edit results now confirmed, new club record! Results here and photos of Richard here.
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Phil Brown breaks the club vets record for a 50 mile TT that had stood for 20 years! Phil used the Liss P855 course in Hampshire on Sunday 28th June to set the record. Congratulations Phil!
Also on Sunday Mark Scanlan won the 10 mile Chris Hart memorial TT – handicap event on the H10/17r, using one of Chris’s bikes. Congratulations to Mark!
And finally, last week saw a criterium race at Dalton barracks, which forms part of the popular Oxfordshire Road Racing league. 8 of our members took part with Jez Hewitt securing 5th spot which should consolidate his 3rd place in the league overall. Congratulations Jez!
Thanks to all that attended the awards evening at The Crown and Thistle in Abingdon upon Thames on Saturday evening, and also to our Chairman Mike for presenting the many awards and to Laura and Simon Evans for organising such a great venue, meal and quiz.
For those not in attendance the full list of awards follow:
George Towersey and Oliver Clark were competing in the Junior RTTC National 10 mile Championships on Saturday 30th August, both riders had really impressive rides with George finishing in 13th with a time of 21m38s, and Oliver in 41st with 23m 35s. Full junior results.
On Sunday it was the turn of the Mens RTTC National Championships, with Phil Brown making the long trip to the fast Hull V718 course. Phil Finished 59th, with 86 of the 143 riders posted times under 20 minutes. Full mens results.
Phil’s ride of 19m 38s is a new Senior and Vets Club 10 record.
Congratulations Phil from all in the club!
Club Hill Climb Championships
Also on Sunday 31st August, the club hosted the annual hill climb championships on Crays pond followed by Streatley Hill.
Ron Smith had the fastest club time up Crays pond, with Tim Allen in second place just 3 seconds off his pace, with Martin Cairns from Reading CC in 3rd.
An hour later on the slopes of Streatley, David Ryan from Zappi’s CC was quickest with Tim Allen 2nd ahead of Ron Smith in 3rd.
After the times from both Climbs had been added it was apparent there would be a new champion in 2014
And so Tim Allen becomes Club Hill Climb Champion 2014.
Hello club members, welcome to the July edition of the club newsletter. There has been lots going on: records being broken, TT’s, road racing, Audaxing (if that is a word), Ladies 100km and the weather has been pretty good! – all this activity does make it tough finding time to watch the Tour!
Oxfordshire Road Race League
There is only 1 race left in the ORRL this season and Dave Emms has had some great results, winning the first race at Weston on the Green, 5th at Dalton Barracks and coming 2nd at Kirtlington. Junior rider Tim Allen is also placing high in the under 23 rankings for the race league. The 2nd round was our clubs road race and it was a huge success, down to the excellent organization from Nick Druce and Simon Evans – a huge thank you to them, and all the volunteers who made it all happen on the night. Photos here: http://www.didcotphoenix.co.uk/?page_id=2187
Beeline bikes will host a League presentation evening and last stage of the TDF at their shop on Cowley Road, Oxford. There will be a bar & nibbles and special discounts on the day.
Timings will be approx:
1630 – Shop closes
1700 – open up to league presentation evening
1730 – presentations of prizes
1800 – watch the finish of the tour.
The TT season is now down to the last few fixtures. There’s a 2-Up on the 24th July on the Sire’s Hill course, the 25 club championship has moved to 3rd August and joins the Oxonian event at Cumnor, and at the end of August the Club Hill Climb championship. Don’t forget there is a new “beginners” Wittenham clump hill climb too on 7th September.
Also, Congratulations go to Steve Wright for breaking the 50 Mile TT club record with a time of 1 hr 46 minutes 40 seconds, on a very hot Shaftesbury CC E2/50 course on the 19th July and Phil Brown for breaking the Veterans 25 mile record in a time of 51mins 28 seconds on the R25/3L course in South Wales on 21st June.
This year also saw the 25th Anniversary of the Ben Owen inter club time trial which took place on the 19th June (Stadhampton 118A course). Numbers were down on previous years – mainly due to the World cup going on! – however DPCC had a great result with both the Men’s and Women’s team winning! Congratulations to all who took part and especially the volunteers & cake bakers – all helping to raise over £300 For the Children’s Leukemia charity.
Friday 20th June saw the BMCC Silverstone 9-Up TT ( 3 laps of the F1 circuit, 10.8 miles). An unpracticed DPCC team finished in a time of 24mins 53 secs placing a very respectable 34th our of 80 clubs.
If you would like to enter the Club Open 10 mile on H10/181 course Saturday 23rd August enter here : https://evententry.ctt.org.uk/Account/Logon/98790
Dave Rodger is also looking for some more help in the way of 3 marshals, if you have a spare hour or two on the 23rd then please contact Dave.
The Barbury Bash proved to be another successful event with 110km, 160km, and 210km routes. Plenty of club members took part over all distances and had a great day in the saddle. Thank you to Ian Middleton for organizing such a successful Audax.
Rapha Women’s 100
The proved to be great day – 16 ladies set off on a ‘figure of 8’ loop around Didcot. Having a last minute re-routing of the 2nd half as the council decided this would be a good day to ‘resurface’ some of the local roads! I use ‘resurface’ in the loosest sense – chucking stones one the road is what really happens!
We stopped half way for a welcome break and the obligatory tea & cake. A huge thank you for Mountain Mania for supporting the club and opening the shop for us to use on the day as well as providing the tea & cake, yum! Last year Rapha managed to attract 4,000 women worldwide to join the ride – this year they are expecting this to be more than double. So far on Strava 8,130 have signed up to the challenge.
8 DPCC members joined the ride and helped keep the rides together (we split into 2 after a while) – so a huge thank you to all of them. 8 non members join in the ride, with some coming from as far as Chipping Norton. No mechanicals, however, we did pass a number of road kill: 7 pigeons (not a good day for pigeons!), 3 rabbits, 2 butterflies, 1 pheasant, & 1 hedgehog . . . only the 2 butterflies were victims of cyclists! Oh and the 2 big juicy flies that Beth swallowed :o(
All ladies who took part will proudly receive a woven badge from Rapha – this should sit nicely with the DPCC roundels! Well done ladies, a thoroughly enjoyable day!
It is that time of year again when we avidly watch le Tour – and this year the Grand Depart was in Yorkshire! Duncan O’Reilly rode the first stage of the tour to raise money for the Brain Tumor Charity – so far he has raised an amazing £2,700!! If you have not donated it isn’t too late, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Duncan-O-Reilly
A few club members managed to catch le Tour on its way from Leeds to London – bumping into Dunko in Muker on Stage 1, well he found them! Other club members managed to catch the racing on stages 2 and 3, with Martin Stanley and Simon Evans helping as official marshals on stage 3 within Epping Forest.
This was a great success last December and we are looking for a team of volunteers to help organize the next event, either this year or next. If you have a passion for Cyclocross & fancy helping to organize such a great event for the club then we’d like to hear from you, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Well that is quite enough from me – I’m off to watch the highlights of the latest Tour stage!
It has been a busy weekend in the club so though I’d summarise some of the great cycling across the club *
Thursday 19th June – Ben Owen Inter club memorial TT
A great evening in Stadhampton saw the cub host the Annual Ben Owen Competition. The Mens and Ladies teams both won the team competitions.
Thanks to our friends in the respective clubs for coming along to support our charity event. Individual rider results are available here
Friday 20th June – BMCC Silverstone 9-UP TT
The unpracticed Silverstone 9-up TT team finished in a time of 24minutes 53 seconds to finish 34th out of 80 teams
The event comprised of 3 laps of the F1 circuit which equates to 10.8 miles.
Saturday 20th June – Avebury Summer Solstice ride
5 hardy souls met at 1 a.m. and rode through the night to watch the Sunrise at Avebury Stone circle
Sunday 21st June – Club record broken
Phil Brown traveled to South Wales to ride the R25/3L course, and in doing so secured a time of 51 minutes 28 seconds.
Congratulation to Phil from all at the club for breaking the Veterans 25 mile record
In addition to the above we also had multiple riders in the Newbury Open 10 and DPCC Open 25 events on Saturday and Sunday, Kevin Wilkinson took part in the 24hour Mountain Mayhem MTB endurance ride, and Nick Druce went all retro to ride in L’Eroica Britannia up in Derbyshire. Oh and last but not least a Clubrun to Benson via Henley.
More photos of some of the events above here and some videos on our youtube channel here
Cycling Weekends surely cant get any better than that?
* let me know if I missed off anything by emailing Secretary
George Towersey has taken another 17 seconds off the Junior 10 mile TT record. George rode the F11/10 course on Saturday in an event promoted by Hemel Hempstead CC. This junior record now stands at 20 minutes 59 seconds.
Also on Saturday Steve Wright traveled to Suffolk to ride in the API Zak Carr Memorial 25 mile TT on the E2/25 course. Steve rode around the course in 51 minutes 27 seconds. The 25 mile record had stood for 18 years and Steve knocked 21 seconds off the previous best time that was held by Richard Abbott.
A huge congratulations to both George and Steve from all at the club.