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Success for DPCC women

Lucy, who only started cycling ‘properly’ six months ago, stormed to second place in the OTRT women’s cat 234 crit race on 11 February. Credit also to her trusty domestiques, Karla (Corley Cycles) and Olivia (Twickenham CC) – particularly to Olivia, who raced even though she’s been suffering from goo on the lungs.

Lucy (in black) and Karla off the front

Entries are still open for the remaining two events in the series (ladies, any takers?), and a quick skim of the entry lists reveals that Anthony, Grant, Harri, James, Neil, Simon K and Stan will be in action in the men’s races on the 25th.



Meanwhile, Annabel is putting in the miles in preparation for another long-haul adventure. She’ll be spending March 9th – 14th riding 1,452km from London to Cannes. Turns out you can also get there in 2 hours on easyjet, but this way, Annabel saves herself the massive faff of airport security AND confirms her status as a legend.

Awards Awarded at 2016 Awards Evening

A great night was had by the club members that attended the awards evening at The Steventon House Hotel on Saturday evening. Many thanks to our Chairman Tim for presenting the many awards and to Simon Evans for organising such a great venue, meal and quiz. Full set of photos here.

10 Mile TT Championship - Richard Gildea

For those not in attendance the full list of awards follow:

DPCC Trophies 2016

DPCC TrophyWinnerTime / Points
10 MILE TT CHAMPS MENRichard Gildea21m 34s
25 MILE TT CHAMPS MENRichard Gildea55m 57s
BEN OWEN - MENFairly United CT
BEN OWEN - LADIESZappi's Ladies
CASTLE TROPHYAlan Allcock73 points
CLUB RUNS TROPHYSimon Evans & Simon McGowan
CX JUVENILEGareth Davies
CX SENIORDaniel Atkins
ERIC COLE TROPHY Richard Gildea7m 52s
GARY STEPHENS TROPHYRichard Harrison18m 56s
LADIES B.A.R. No Entry
LUPTON TROPHY - VETS BARMick Fountain+0.958 mph
MENS AUDAX Will Vousden31 points
SENIOR HILL CLIMBRichard Gildea8m 17s
WOMENS AUDAX Miranda Bradshaw

New DPCC Records 2016

2015 RecordsNameTimeDate
10 Mile Senior TT - MenRichard Harrison18m 56s10th September 2016
10 Mile Senior TT - LadiesVicky Lawson24m 19s11th June 2016
25 Mile Senior TT - MenRichard Harrison48m 56s25th June 2016
50 Mile Senior TT - MenRichard Gildea1h 46m 11s23rd July 2016
Streatley Hill Climb RecordRichard Gildea2m 37s18th September 2016

DPCC Standard Claims 2016

DPCC StandardNameTimeDate
10 Miles BronzeChris Virgo24m 17s21st July 2016
10 Miles GoldHarri James21m 16s 25th June 2016
10 Miles GoldRichard Gildea21m 37s12th March 2016
25 Miles BronzeSimon Evans1h 5m 00s4th September 2016
25 Miles BronzeChris Virgo1h 3m 28s4th September 2016
25 Miles SilverRichard Gildea56m 50s2nd May 2016
25 Miles GoldHarri James55m 30s13th August 2016
25 Miles GoldMartin Stanley56m 00s19th June 2016
25 Miles GoldRichard Gildea55m 59s15th May 2016
25 Miles GoldNeil Morris56m 25s11th June 2016
50 Miles GoldNeil Morris1h 59m 13s14th August 2016
50 Miles GoldRichard Gildea1h 53m 29s8th May 2016

Full set of photos here.

Richard Harrison invited to ride for drag2zero

Good news! Becoming the fastest Didcot Phoenix rider called Richard has become fractionally easier, as Richard Harrison has been invited to ride amongst the great and the good at drag2zero. He remains the holder of the DPCC 10-mile TT record, with a storming 18:56 achieved on the V718 course last year.

We wish him all the best with his new team. Pop back and see us some Thursday night on the A420, won’t you Rich? We’ll be in the usual lay-by.

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?


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


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!

Richard Gildea combined time: 7.44.6 (Goring 5:07.9, Streatley 2:36.7)
Grant Goodall combined time: 8:50.5 (Goring 5:49.1, Streatley 3:01.4)
Ron Smith combined time: 9:02.1 (Goring 5:54.4, Streatley 3:07.7)


Club Hill Climb Trio 2016

Didcot Phoenix CC AGM – 6th October, 7:30PM Jubilee Pavilion, Brighwell-cum-Sotwell

Hello to all members of Didcot Phoenix Cycling Club,

This message is to give notice of our Annual General Meeting, which will take place on Thursday 6th October at 7:30PM in Jubilee Pavilion, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell.

If you wish to propose a motion for discussion, please send it to by Thursday 29th September for including in the final agenda.

This year I will be standing down as Chairman, following 3 enjoyable years in the role. With my young family in mind, I feel that our club would benefit from someone who is more involved in the regular club events acting as Chairman into next season and beyond.

Also stepping down this season will be our Club Secretary and Membership Secretary.  If you enjoy cycling with Didcot Phoenix and would like to put something back into the club, please let us know.  As a committee we typically meet about 6 or 7 times a year, at the Plough in Long Wittenham.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the meeting, where we will be serving refreshments and cake on the night!

Best regards, Mike

DPCC Chairman

Club 25 mile TT Championship and Leiden Plaque

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!
2016 - Club 25 mile TT championship and Leiden Plaque

Wittenham Hill Climb results – 25th August

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.