Category Archives: Road Racing

Oxfordshire Road Racing League – Starts tonight

Good luck to all of those racing for DPCC this evening, in the first round of the Oxfordshire Road Racing League at Weston on the Green! We wish you all the best and are looking forward to seeing the results later. If you are interested in taking part in this series, you can still register for some of the rounds yet to take place. See for details or contact our ORRL representatives here – DPCC Racing League – Simon and Nick

Good luck and safe riding!

Mike, on behalf of everyone at DPCC
DPCC Chairman

May Newsletter 2014

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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 Great Shefford 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 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

Time Trials

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 (, and Andy Clark leading Giles Clark again by a solitary point in the Castle (

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:

  • DPCC OPEN 25 mile TT 22nd June
  • DPCC OPEN 10 mile TT 23rd August

Advance entry for Open event is done via :

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.

 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:

Club Kit

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 (skinsuits) (all other kit).

 Club Membership

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, 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:

 Beginners Rides

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.

Best Wishes

Simon Evans, DPCC Racing League Secretary

Spring Newsletter 2014

Dear club members,

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!

Club Membership
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 if you have any questions about this.

Time Trials
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
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 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 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

Winter Training
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 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.

Best Wishes

Iain Kent
DPCC Membership Secretary

Dan Aitkins receives his 3rd Cat licence

More good news for  road racing fans as Didcot Phoenix member Dan Aitkins has joined David Emms in receiving his 3rd Cat racing licence.  This fantasic achievement comes after Dan finished 2nd at the recent Weston on the Green circuit race!

Congratulations to Dan on this fantastic result!

If you are interested in taking part in some road races, please contact the club to find out more details.

Best regards,

Mike, DPCC

Circuit Race – Weston on the Green – results

Hi All,

What a great night we had yesterday, with 6 Didcot Phoenix riders taking part in the first circuit race held at Weston on the Green.  Once again, Bicester Millennium put on a fantastic event and the weather held off for perfect racing conditions.

Didcot Phoenix had a brilliant result, with Dan Aitkins finishing 2nd and Mike Cooper making the top 10 in 9th place.  Just behind Zac Purchase finished in 11th, with Nick Druce, Martin “Stan” Stanley and Sam Dorkings coming home with the bunch.

We may have placed riders even higher, but confusion caused on the penultimate due to a crash meant the finish was neutralised and an additional lap was included in order to decide the race.  Mike just managed to avoid the incident and Dan ran off onto the grass as we cycled into the first corner of the last lap.  Riders were scattered over the tarmac, but all of the DPCC team made it through safely.

As the opening sprint commenced, Mike, Zac and Dan were all ideally placed for the “first” finish, only for the race to be stopped so that we could avoid a rider who was still on the floor.  At this point the race was on again and following a slow first sector, the pace picked up ready for the sprint finish.  Mike went first for Didcot Phoenix, perhaps a little early, as he was then passed by Dan and the eventual race winner.

It was the first circuit race for many of the riders and we all had a great night of racing!

The result should mean that Dan has enough points for his 3rd Cat licence, which makes two Didcot Riders this year.

Provisional result:
1 – 19 James Waters GS Henley
2 – 15 Daniel Atkins Didcot Phoenix
3 – 9 Andrew Ruane Zappis CC
4 – 22 Gavin Howell BMCC
5 – 7 David Mills Zappis CC
6 – 43 Tom Maloy LBRCC
7 – 23 Stephen Tearne Cowley Road Condors
8 – 25 Tom Perry 45 Road Club
9  – 11 Michael Cooper Didcot Phoenix
10  – 4 Phil Ross BMCC
11 – 13 Zac Purchase-Hill Didcot Phoenix
12 – 16 Ian Murray VC10
13 – 47 Thomas Sweet Team MK
14 – 5 Ian Howell BMCC

D.P.C.C.’s David Emms moves up to third cat road racer

Good news for  road racing fans, following a year of improvements,  David Emms, the club’s top sprinter, has gained enough points to ride amongst  the third cats next season.

David, who has become known as “The Emms Express”  placed 8th in the G.S. Henley Road Race held near Bracknell on 19th May and followed that up at Chertsey with a third place in the Ottershaw Handicap run by the Surrey R.R. league on 13th June.

Congratulations to David on his well-deserved promotion.

Should David have inspired you to experience the thrill of bunch racing and help achieve more D.P.C.C. success next season please contact a club official who will put you in touch with the club’s British Cycling Representative.

Well done David!

Nick, DPCC Chairman

GC Henley Road Race – Fantastic result for DPCC!

Congratulations to David Emms and Sam Dorkings on their excellent rides this weekend at the GC Henry run road race. Perfect conditions on the 54 mile Fifield/Drift Road circuit saw some fantastic racing (well, as much as I could see in my rear view mirror…!). David came 8th from a field of 80 in an incredibly competitive race that saw break after break. He picks up 2 very hard-won BC points and huge kudos for a massive ride.

Sam’s ride was no less impressive, particularly as his racing experience to date comprises criteriums lasting just 30 minutes. He finished safely in the peloton, much reduced after many very strong and experienced riders fell off the back and abandoned. To finish your first road race in the peloton, over 54 miles and in perfect conditions that saw some brutal racing…..well, double kudos to Sam.

Full results and write up will appear at … &Itemid=76 in the next day or so.

Flickr feed of the race available at … 753932869/

There’s a good pic of Sam: … 3535862076



Weekend round-up

For 5 minutes last week it appeared that Spring was in the air, but with a cold blast from the east, Winter was definitely back this weekend.  However, this did not stop Didcot Phoenix riders from taking part in several events including Simon who completed the 79 miles and 1500m of climbing at the Wiltshire Wildcat Sportive  and David Emms who finished 21st in the Spring Chicken Road Race.

Two races were run, with the shorter being the Spring Chicken and the longer Roy Thame Cup (elite/1s/2s) race is run afterwards. Ex-junior member Henry Latimer and former member James Jones were in the Roy Thame Cup.

Spring Chicken Road Race – Results

At the Wiltshire Wildcat Sportive, Simon bumped (not on the road I hope) into Chris Boardman who presumably was selling an old bike or two…

The Sunday club run was also out covering 55 miles out to Brill and back.  Details of the route and additional news can be found on the DPCC Forum.

Finally Neil Morris took part in an early season Time Trial this weekend, racing on the H29/18 High Wycombe/Chilterns hilly course.  Results for this event can be found on Mick Fountain’s pages here.

See you on a bike soon!



Downton 2 Day Classic Race Report

This weekend saw the 16th and biggest Glenn Longland Downton 2 Day classic. Nick, Steve Luck, Sam Dorkings and Dunko kitted up and headed down to do battle.

Stage 1- Sam 4.52, Dunko 4.59, Nick 5.07, Steve 5.17. Sam is in the lead! Unfortunately the reward for Sam and Dunko was to get lumped in with a bunch of regular road racers who they were never going to keep up with….

Stage 2- Handicap Road Race. All of D.S. Dunko’s road race plans and tactics were out the window when NIck and Steve set off in the gumby group which Sam and Dunko were never going to catch them without taking a decent shortcut on the course. As it was, Nick hung with the main group to the finish, Steve dropped just a couple of minutes and Dunko and Sam finished their training ride 10 minutes down. Cest le vie…

Stage 3- ITT. Sunday morning was Crisp, chilly and misty for the 23mile course. It was fast for the first 1/3, lumpy and hilly for the middle 1/3 and fast across the last 1/3 with a downhill finish.

Nick punched out 1.03.06, Dunko 1.03.29, Steve 1.06.56, Sam 1.12.21(who’d never done a 25 before and was using bar extensions for the second time) .

Mr and Mrs Druce senior were in attendance on Day 2 and their support was appreciated as ever. Sam bravely stayed in the clubhouse with Glenn and his mad crew on Saturday night which made him well known and liked come the final presentation on Sunday. We really enjoyed the weekend, and would really encourage anyone to come along next year- it’s an absolute blast.
I’ll post up when next years entries are open.

Final Results

Nick =20th 2.27.23
Steve 34th 2.33.13
Dunko 45th 2.37.28
Sam Lantern Rouge (Last) 2.46.13

Full results