The club’s AGM is scheduled for October 9th starting at 7:30PM at the Jubilee Pavilion in Brightwell cum Sotwell.
The draft agenda for this meeting is shown below:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Minutes of the last AGM; held 10/10/2013
3. Annual Report
– a. Chairman’s Report
– b. Membership Secretary’s Report
– c. Treasurer’s Report
– d. Club Runs Secretary’s Report
– e. Time Trial Secretary’s Report
– f. Audax Secretary’s Report
– g. Road Race Report
– h. Social Secretary’s Report
4. Election of Committee for 2014-2015
Please come along and have a say in how your club is run!
We will have teas and coffees, plus a few snacks to eat. Should anyone wish to stand for any of the vacant committee positions, you will be more than welcome to join the team. We are looking for a new Audax Secretary, Social Secretary and potentially a new position as Mountain Bike representative.
For those interested in committee positions, or even to read previous committee meeting minutes, please contact our club secretary via the following email address. Secretary@didcotphoenix.co.uk
Other Club news
On Sunday club member Rachel Pearce was in action in the Warwickshire Triathlon and placed first in the Sprint event with a time of 1h12m29s at the event held in Stratford.
Congratulations Rachel from all at the club!
Also on Sunday 28th there was a Clubrun with a difference, with two rides: Road and Off-road offered. Both leaving the Broadway for Court hill at 9 a.m. with aim of meeting as close to 11 a.m. at the Tea stop. For the result see Ron’s excellent write up on the forum and take a look on the club Cake stop pages for some Videos and photos of the off-road action.
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
Hello to all club members, welcome to the May edition of the club newsletter. The weather is now getting better and days are getting longer which means we all have more time for cycling, so hopefully you will be able to spend some time away from your bikes reading this.
Oxford Road Race League
The ORRL is nearly upon us with the first round at Weston on the Green on the 30th May, if you ever thought of giving road racing a go this would be a great opportunity. You will need to have a BC Race License to participate. The DPCC round is on the 4th June at GreatShefford and the more members we have entered the more chance we will have of getting some Kudos (sorry for the Strava reference) for the club. There is a men’s and women’s competition with some great prizes to be won. For all those interested please go to www.orrl.co.uk to enter and to get all the locations and start times etc.
Alternatively, if there is anybody willing to give up some of their time on the 4th June to help out, then please contact either myself Simon Evans or Nick Druce at email@example.com
The TT season is now in full swing with good numbers turning out even in the wind and rain. Those of you that were at Fairmile on 1st May now know what racing in the rain is like, the next 2 Thursday evenings are 22nd May at Fairmile and the DPCC 10 mile cup at Southmoor on the 29th May. The Scratch and Castle trophy competitions are also very closely run at the moment. With Ron Smith leading Neil Ashcroft by 1 point in the Scratch (http://www.mickfountain.co.uk/poiscr14.htm), and Andy Clark leading Giles Clark again by a solitary point in the Castle (http://www.mickfountain.co.uk/points14.htm).
Also, Congratulations go to George Towersey for breaking the Junior 10 time trial record twice within recent weeks, the latter being with a time of 21 minutes 36 seconds, on a very windy Southmoor course on the 8th May.
We also have a couple of club organised Open TTs coming up in the near future, so please put the dates in your diary if you are thinking of competing but more so we need lots of helpers for all of the events. A volunteering page will be added to the club website for those willing to help our organisers Dave Rodger and Mick Fountain for:
Also this year sees the 25th Anniversary of the Ben Owen inter club time trial on 19th June Stadhampton 118A course, the club is looking to enter a strong men’s and women’s team. Mike Cooper and Clare Hofmann are respective team managers and will be polling club members for team selection. Again we will need some helpers to make sure the event runs smoothly.
The Barbury Bash is being organised again this year by Ian Middleton and is being run on Sunday 13th July, there will not be a club run on this day so all those regular club runners can come and give an Audax a go. If last year is anything to go by it will be a great day out in the saddle with a group of like minded people. Entry costs £6 for all route distances, 110km, 160km or 210km. http://www.didcotphoenix.co.uk/?page_id=10
Rapha Women’s 100
On Sunday 20th July thousands of women around the globe will join together and ride 100km for the Rapha #womens100. Last year 4000 women took part, and this year they are trying to double that figure, so the club (in particular Clare and Laura) thought it would be a great idea for the ladies of the club to join in as this date coincides with a ladies club run.
We have teamed up with Mountain Mania in Didcot who have agreed to open on the day and support the ladies during the event. We will start and finish at the shop on the Wantage Road next door to the Co-Op, the ride will be split into 2 halves so the ladies can purchase gels/refreshments from the shop and for the shop to provide any mechanical assistance if required. For further details please go to the website and Facebook and come and sign up for 100km of enjoyable cycling: http://pages.rapha.cc/womens100
We are in the motions of ordering some new club kit from a couple new suppliers who are able to provide those bits of kit to us, that will enable us to look good both in the winter and summer (wind jackets, gilets, winter bib tights, skinsuits). The members that were at the TT at Stadhampton on the 17th April will have tried on the sample kit. Our clothing secretary Tom Gray will be sending out details of ordering soon, in the mean time take a look at the following websites to get an idea of the kit and likely prices www.impsport.com (skinsuits) www.owayo.com (all other kit).
Membership numbers are over 90 for this year, if you have any friends or family that are thinking of taking up cycling get them to come and join DPCC the more members we have the stronger the club becomes, any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org, for those family and friends that are looking to get more experience out on a bike then the new beginners rides may be of interest to them:
The next scheduled beginners ride is on 25th May starting from Broadways pub at 9:00 a.m. please invite all possible cycling lovers to come along and join a leisurely ride around the Oxfordshire countryside.
Well I think that is enough from me, as I need to clean my bike, hope to see you out on your bike sometime soon.
Many club run regulars are away on other activities over the next couple of weekends with the Spring Training trip to Wales and the start of the time trial season. Consequently, there will be no club run on Sunday 30 March.
I hope you are all enjoying the recent drier weather and that you will manage to find time amidst all your pre-season training to read this spring newsletter!
Firstly thank you to all those members who have renewed membership with us this year. If you have not renewed yet then please do so as soon as possible or hand in your form and payment at the first time trial. For those who attend group rides, please remember that it is a requirement of the club that you also have suitable third party liability insurance and this can be provided through membership of the CTC, BC or similar. Affiliate membership can be bought for just £16 through the club. Please contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions about this.
If you have not already done so, it is time to prepare a suitable steed ready for action! There are two Sunday events to ‘kick start’ the clubs time trial calendar this year starting with the Harwell Hilly on 30th March at 11.00am. The following Sunday uses the new Cholsey course CC243a which is also starts at 11.00am. Thursday evening TTs start on 10th April at 18:46pm back on the Harwell Hilly. It should all feel easy after that! Please see the time trials section on the web site for the full details. It was agreed at the clubs AGM that if you participate in 6 TTs then you will be expected to volunteer at least once at a club event. Please sign up via the web site so that events can run. Remember that first claim DPCC members are entered into the Scratch League and the Castle League (where points are awarded based on improvement relative to other riders) so this will all make for an exciting season!
Club Runs have continued to be well supported (despite some very wet Sundays!) with turnout often over 20 riders. This has increasingly meant that the group will be split for safety reasons. Please note that once the clocks have changed rides will start at 9.00am with the first of these rides being 30th March going to West Wycombe. Please contact Simon or Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Ladies only rides have also been well supported and continue to run on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Please see the Ladies Rides section on the web site or contact Laura or Clare at email@example.com for more information. The club will be starting a new initiative soon with beginner rides co-ordinated by Steve Warwick. If you have friends or family who would like to get out on their bike then please encourage them to come along. The dates for this will be advertised on the web site soon. Volunteers will be needed to help lead beginner rides so please let Steve know if you can help using firstname.lastname@example.org
If you were hoping that you had missed it, there are still two more sessions of winter training left on the 20th and 27th March at the Brightwell Pavilion!! Turbo training has been a great success this year and has been well supported and ‘enjoyed’ by all participants!? The club would like to thank Laura Cooper for leading the sessions before Christmas also Robert Briggs and Simon Evans who have been leading sessions after Christmas.
Up Coming Events
Spring Road Trip – LLandysul (West Wales) – 28-30th March
At the last count 13 club members had signed up for the Welsh weekend organised by Tim Davies. This promises to be a great social weekend away and should also provide lots of pre-season hilly miles with great scenery! Please email Tim email@example.com for further information as it is not too late to join in!
DPCC Club Night at ‘Mountain Mania’ – Wednesday 2nd April: 7.30-9.30pm
Thanks to Duncan for liaising with the shop to organise an exclusive club only evening! Drinks and nibbles and discount will be on offer! There will also be an opportunity to collect and purchase club kit on the night.
Future Diary Dates
Oxfordshire Road Racing League – DPCC event (Great Shefford) – 4th June – news to appear on website soon!
Club Open 25 TT – 29th June
Club Audax – Sunday 13th July
Club open 10 TT – 23rd August
(Helpers always needed for the above)
There will be a social event after the following time trials so please also put these dates into your diary:
8th May – Stadhampton
10th July – Stadhampton (after the 5 mile TT)
14th Aug – End of season supper.
It just remains for me to wish you a safe and successful season of cycling and that you manage to reach the goals you may have set yourself. Thank you again for your continued support of the club.
Weather was wonderful for cycling today and I was joined by Vicky, Rachel, Amanda and Diana for a lovely jaunt in the countryside. It was great to see a new lady out with us today – Diana who is in training for a 60K in May, from today’s outing I’m sure you’ll have no trouble with that. 🙂
We headed out of Didcot towards Long Wittenham, past the clumps before heading up Sires Hill (east) to North Moreton, South, Moreton and onto Wallingford. Climbing up out of Wallingford up Coxs Lane – catching our breath at the top, before cruising through Ipsden and onto Goring before heading back towards Didcot, passing through Cholsey, Blewbury and West Hagbourne. Vicky & Rachel headed for home, leaving Amanda, Diana and myself to grab a drink and have a lovely chat in the sunshine. 8)
I really enjoyed the fab company and route – I hope you ladies enjoyed it too.
looking forward to the next one already! 😀
Sunglasses and sun cream was the order of the day for today’s DPCC Club Ride 8) … Like the ladies, we also had a new lady out with us: Beth, having recently move to Didcot from the Liverpool area (if I heard correctly during the coffee stop chat), and keen to tackle a longer ride over some of the local hills. Once again a large turnout meant we split into two groups, Matt C. leading one and me taking the other.
Our route tackled much of the ladies’ one – only in the opposite direction – as we headed through East Hagbourne, Aston Tirrold, Cholsey and Moulsford to get to Streatley. Here the two routes departed as we headed further south to Hook End Land and the climb to Upper Basildon. And it was just outside Streatley that Matt’s group sailed past us as we waited for Steve Luck to swap tubes after puncturing on one of the myriad potholes 🙄 .
After passing through Upper Basildon our route then turned back on itself as we headed for Pangbourne and our second climb of the day to Whitchurch Hill. And with the toll bridge closed and negligible traffic we could take the climb at our own pace. From here it was a short ride down to Chazey Heath, crossing the Reading Road and through Tokers Green and Kidmore End to Sonning Common and The Herb Farm, where coffee and a selection of cakes and bacon rolls awaited us as we sat outside in the 8) glorious sunshine 8) .
For the return journey we deviated from the advertised route and rode through Stoke Row and Checkendon to avoid a section on the busy Reading Road, returning “on course” for the descent down Cleeve Hill. Here, the possibility of us having to divert again due road closures for the Goring 10k charity run was averted thanks to the time spent at the cafe, meaning they were all reopened and free from runners (although I suspect the ladies may have been caught up in this…). From here it was up to Ipsden and through Wallingford after which we escorted Steve Luck back to his mansion in Brightwell, before we finished our morning with a ride over Sire’s Hill and back in to Didcot along Abingdon Road.
Who would have thought that after a bright and frosty start to the morning it would end up so grey and dreich by the time we left the cafe? Still, it allowed some riders to give their new and clean-looking Xmas cycling clothing a first outing .
With 20 riders assembled outside Broadway’s there was no debate required, and we rode to the cafe stop in 2 groups – Simon McG. setting off with the first group and me taking the second. Grove Road out of Harwell was flooded, meaning a detour to the Reading Road and Rowstock – but despite all the wet weather recently we were otherwise unaffected by all the flooding. The drop in to Steventon was interesting where the melt water running down the edge of the road had been turned in to a slushy hazard in the middle of the lane by passing car wheels .
Thankfully this was as bad as it got, and although we did encounter occasional icy/slushy stretches as we passed through the Hanneys, Denchworth, West Challow and Letcombe Regis these were all negotiated without incident. Reaching the section up Court Hill we found ourselves riding through a large stretched-out group of cyclists, which we later learned were participating in an Evans’ Cycles Ride It event – we’s pass and re-pass many of these people several times as we regrouped at the top of hills along the way.
A quick blast down the Newbury Road and through Brightwalton saw us arrive at our destination – Saddleback Farm Shop, where a large selection of cakes demanded (and received) our attention . And where Matt Chambers – having ridden cross country on his mountain bike – joined us for a section of the journey home.
Suitably weighed down with cake for extra gravitational assistance we left the cafe in the direction of Farnborough for the Freewheel competition. But not before Harri took a few minutes to replace a deflated inner tube and remove the offending chunk of flint from his tyre.
With the starting point being quite flat, Simon Evans took on the role of official easer-offer to ensure that everyone set off with a similar starting velocity. Going off last, we were all intrigued to know how he was going to – ahem – ease HIMSELF off…
So. The Freewheel Competition. And this year’s winner is recently-joined new member Chris Gilligan who, setting off early, took advantage of a favourable early easing of the wind to reach a point a good ten yards or so past the next-best ride. And then had to wait in the cold as everybody else failed to beat his mark. Last year’s champion Martin Stanley failed to emulate previous multiple-time winner Steve Luck by finishing, er, um, last… . Congratulations Chris!
That only left us with the drop into West Ilsley (where Matt went his own way again to get a few more miles in), the climb over the Ridgeway and the sprint up the A34 to get us back to Didcot.
A short ride today, due to the mid-course distraction. 37.5 miles in 2 hours 40 minutes, giving an – admittedly skewed – average speed of 14mph.
A couple of punctures that I was aware of.
As we approach the end of the year, the club is still very active with members taking part in our weekly club runs, winter turbo training sessions, Cyclo-Cross races and even the odd Audax. It’s good to see the Strava mileage counter ticking up (well done to those who rode 210km this weekend!) and the DPCC website and forum so well used 🙂
Here is a quick summary of club activities taking place in the near future:
Sunday Club Rides – Starting from 09:30 from the Broadway Pub, Didcot
This coming Sunday (10 November) the club ride heads out to the Herb Garden at Sonning Common. In addition to our regular club run, there is also a DPCC Ladies club run, taking a slightly shorter route to the same cafe. Email Ron, Simon, Laura or Clare firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cyclo-Cross – 8th December
Did you enjoy the Great British Bake Off? Well now is your chance to practice skills honed from the series, because Didcot Phoenix CC are hosting the South of England Regional Cyclocross Championships on Dec 8th and we would like your cake donations to sell on the day 🙂 Although the event is still a month away, please can you let Stan, our Club Secretary, know if you can help with a cake donation? email@example.com
The event is our biggest fundraiser of the season and this year it is being run as a Central and Southern League Championship, an honour for the club! In addition to cake donations, we will require volunteers on the day and in advance of the event, to ensure things run smoothly. If you can help out, please let us know.
Sunday – 1st Dec – Equipment collection from Milton Keynes Cyclo-Cross
We would love someone with a van, or trailer to help collect some equipment from the MK race, that we can use the following weekend
Petrol expenses will be covered
We would plan to leave about 13:30 and be back in Didcot by 18:30.
Saturday – 7th – approx 6 people needed to help prepare the course – half a day at Harwell
Sunday 8th – we require between 10 and 20 people on the day to ensure everything runs smoothly – throughout the day at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Winter Training – every Thursday evening, 7PM at the Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Jubilee Pavilian
We are into our third week now, with decent numbers attending the training sessions so far. If you would like to join us for the hour turbo training session, please come along! It’s a greak workout and certainly easier to turbo when motived by Laura and the rest of the class. Please bring £3 for each session and check the website for Turbo bookings if you haven’t got one to bring along.
Now into November, the 17 riders out today were able to enjoy an extra half hour in bed with the 9.30am start. We were also able to enjoy some autumn sunshine – although the stiff breeze was only enjoyable when it was behind us! First Sunday of the month so it was a Come And Try It ride, and we had one new rider: welcome Helen.
With the A415 closed at Clifton Hampden our outward journey took us first through South Moreton, Wallingford, Benson, Chalgrove and the Haseleys. From here, in order to keep the route fairly flat (i.e. avoiding Brill Hill…) we then headed for Milton Common, Tiddington, Ickford and Worminghall before turning back to Waterperry Gardens.
Approaching the bridge over the M40 at Milton Common we had our first minor mechanical of the day when Helen dropped her chain, but that was quickly resolved. Simon E. punctured just short of the stop, but after telling the group to go and get their coffee then had trouble reinflating his tyre (suspected dodgy pump) and strolled in 20 minutes later. Thankfully, there was still plenty cake left despite there being two other reasonably large groups of riders in the cafe.
Before leaving for home we would quickly give Simon’s tyre a good fill of air, which ended up being something of an Ealing Comedy . After three pumps had singularly failed to result in any inflation , it then became apparent that Simon’s spare tube was in fact holed. So Ian H as the rider whose bike was closest to the scene kindly offered his spare, only for its valve core to unscrew as we put a little air in it to aid its fitting .
Anyway, we finally got Simon back on the road and set off for home, retracing our steps back to Worminghall and looping to Wheatley via Stanton St John and Forest Hill. Regrouping at the top of Ladder Hill we turned off through Cuddeston, Chiselhampton and Stadhampton as we made our way back to Benson and retraced our steps back to Didcot.
Stats: 54.2 miles in 3h 18 minutes giving an average speed of 16.4 mph