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July Newsletter 2014

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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:

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.

Time Trials
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.

The Scratch competition top 3 are currently: Neil Ashcroft 52 pts, Ron Smith 45 pts, and Steve Mead with 26 pts. ( Castle trophy competition top 3 are Mark Winks with 56 pts, Giles Clark 49 pts, and Andy Clark 47 pts. (

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 :
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!

Le Tour
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:

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: or

Well that is quite enough from me – I’m off to watch the highlights of the latest Tour stage!

Clare Hofmann
DPCC Ladies Ride Secretary

Midsummer weekend update

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

Club Records Broken

Two club records were broken over the weekend.

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.

Championship 10 Results

Championship 10 results - 29th May 2014 - Southmoor
Championship winner

George Towersey rode the Southmoor H10/17R course in 21 minutes 16 seconds to become club 10 mile champion 2014. In doing so George also chipped a big 20 seconds off the junior 10 mile record.

Steve Wright finished in 2nd spot with 21m 33s, and Steve Mead with 21m 43s to take third.




Thanks again to all our helpers on the night:

Start TK: Mick Fountain
Pusher: Simon Evans
Finish TK: Mark Scanlan
Number seller and number recorder: Steve Luck

Result 29th May 2014. H10/17r

#Start NoNameClubTime
111George TowerseyDPCC21.16
221Steve WrightDPCC21.33
313Steve MeadDPCC21.43
45Ron SmithDPCC22.04
56Neil AshcroftDPCC22.17
614Martin StanleyDPCC22.39
79Simon McGowanDPCC22.46
822Neil MorrisDPCC22.54
910Toby FranksDPCC22.59
1026Tom SeftonRP RT23.11
113Robert BriggsDPCC23.45
1217Mark WinksDPCC23.46
1320Allan AllcockDPCC23.46
1423Tim AllenDPCC23.55
158Pete WarwickDPCC24.32
167Steve WarwickDPCC24.40
1715Paul SolertiDPCC24.40
184Phill StaceyDPCC24.48
1925Jake SmithDPCC25.14
2012Harri JamesDPCC25.41
2124Tim DaviesDPCC26.02
2228Dimitri KalafatisDPCC26.11
2327Jeremy StambaughDPCC26.25
2416Seb CharlesworthDPCC27.49
2518Pete TantrumDPCCDNF
2619Zoe Ludwig-TantrumDPCCDNF

Southmoor TT Results – 8th May

Congratulations to George Towersey for a great 1st place and taking another chunk off the junior record.
All club records can be found here

H10/17r Strong Westerly wind

Sign on and result board: Neil Morris
Start TK: Matt Chambers
Pusher: Steve Mead
Finish TK: Marion Fountain

#Start NoNameClubTimeNotes
113George TowerseyDPCC21.36Provisional Junior Record
27Mark CoxFairly United CT21.41
35Neil AshcroftDPCC21.56
418Simon McGowanDPCC22.46
58Martin CairnsReading CC22.47
611Martin StanleyDPCC22.52
715Nick DruceDPCC23.00
810Ron SmithDPCC23.04
912Toby FranksDPCC23.21
109Alan AllcockDPCC23.54
116Adam GardnerGS Henley24.30
1220Tim AllenDPCC24.40
133Simon EvansDPCC24.54
142Pete WarwickDPCC24.55
1519Phill StaceyDPCC25.07
164Andy BlackDPCC25.18
1721Harri JamesDPCC26.07
1814Tim DaviesDPCC26.23
1917Kevin StoppsDPCC27.44
2016Shane McSweeneyCome and Try it30.57
211Mick FountainDPCC33.24

TT Results – 06/04/2014 – CC243A

On a blustery Sunday morning, we had 10 riders racing on the new CC243A TT course making use of the Wallingford by-pass.

Just before we get to the results, please see this notice from Mick Fountain, who is organising a couple of TTs for the WLCA.

Two dates to put in your diary.
I am organising 2 open events and will need some help please.
10 miles H1/17r 10 May
25 miles H25/17 22 June
See below for results.

Start Timekeeper Simon McGowan 
Numbers before and after Neil Morris 
Pusher Kevin Wilkinson 
Finish Timekeeper Simon Evans 

Result club TT 6 April 2014. CC243a
1RonSmithDPCC24:01Course Record
6TomSeftonRP Racing Team26:45

PB for PB – Phil smashes a club record!

Last weekend Phil Brown made the long drive up to East Yorkshire to compete in the V718 10 mile TT, traditionally a very fast course and one that Michael Hutchinson also rode.  Phil has been chasing a personal best in the 10 mile event all season, and everything came good in Yorkshire!  The event was won by Michael Hutchinson with a time of 18:01, with Phil coming home in 19:43 just outside of the top 10.

2013-09-26 10.31.50Many congratulations to Phil for completing a fantastic personal best time, but more importantly breaking the Club 10 record (subject to official verification!) in the Senior and also Vet categories.

Well done Phil!

2013 Award Evening – Trophy, standards and records claims

“With not long until the club dinner, it is time to claim trophies, standards and records for the 2012 season. Records and standard claims need to be backed up with evidence from either a CTT open results sheet or Didcot Phoenix club TT date. Details of trophy competitions, standard times and records are on the website. For clarification on claiming trophies etc. or to make your claim please email All claims must be received by Sunday 6th Jan for consideration by committee on 7th January 2013.
2011 trophy winners are reminded that their trophies need to be returned and they can email the same address to arrange collection.”

Matt Chambers beats the club 24 hour TT record!

Well done to Matt for stretching the club 24 hour TT record out to an impressive 380.481 miles ( provisional), and also well done to Ross on his 352 mile PB. Matt’s distance also takes the vet’s record and vet’s ‘on standard’ record.

From a distance the weather looked to be favourable for big distances but there was nobody over 500 this year.  No doubt there will be a further account from the riders themselves once they have recovered!

Ross reported “we had close to perfect weather conditions for this year’s race: no wind and warm all night”.

“Matt started 9 mins ahead of me and I couldn’t resist the temptation to try to chase him down. I did catch him, but the effect was that I started much too fast. I’d done the first 100 miles, including a stop for a cup of tea and a sandwich in only two minutes more than my 100 mile TT time last month”.

“Realising I’d overcooked it, I backed off and Matt moved ahead again. We reached halfway within a mile of each other, and when Matt stopped for a sleep for half-an-hour, I had the lead again. I was in quite a bit of pain and slowing all the time from my pace-misjudgement, and Matt had got his pace just right. He breezed past me and I finally admitted defeat about 5am”.

“While Matt was slogging out the miles down to Telford, I deliberately took a longer break and tried to recover a bit, safe in the knowledge that if I reached the Hodnet roundabout after 7am I’d get turned back and wouldn’t have to ride the rough road surface all the way to Telford. I worked out that I could still get a PB if I was careful with my pace. In the end I’m pretty pleased with managing to recover and keep my head together enough to get a PB on a ride when I’d got myself into such a mess after only 6 or 7 hours”.

“Matt did brilliantly – he got the pacing just right and, unlike previous years, managed to keep his digestion under control too”.

“A well deserved record”.

Congratulations to all riders taking part in this event, it takes a tremendous effort to complete a 24 hour race!