Many thanks to Steve Luck, Marion Fountain and Bryan Charleston for stepping in and helping with last nights time trial, but we are short of numbers for the coming weeks, so please take a look at the site and sign up if you can help. Remember, if you ride regularly, the club does expect you to help out!
The next two weeks we are racing at Stadhampton, with the second week being the Ben Owen. Given that this is a charity event, the club would also appreciate any cake donations, which we will sell on the night. If you can provide a cake, please let us know via the form below.
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.
Our awards meal is happening on Sat 25th Jan at the Bear in North Moreton from 7pm onwards. If you’d like to come along, I need your menu choices and money (£27 – either cash or cheque payable to DPCC) by this Friday (17th) at the very latest.
Email email@example.com with your menu choices and post money to Laura Cooper, 9 Tollgate Road, Culham, OX14 4NL
Pan fried garlic prawns with crusty bread
Cream of Mushroom soup with crusty bread
Ardennes Pate with onion marmalade & toast
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.
I’m sad to say that the end of our time trial season is upon us, which means it’s time to invite you all to our traditional post TT supper, this year to be scheduled on August 15th following the Fairmile TT. We have organised a meal at Memories of Bengal, the curry house in Cholsey, and plan to be there at near to 20:00 as possible. Please note that the final TT of the season starts at 18:46.
The meal will cost approximately £15, excluding drinks.
Of course the end of the TT season doesn’t mean the end of the year for the club…Look out for details on the upcoming Hill Climb trophy, Cyclocross season, Club Runs, Kit Launch (yes, we have heard the kit will be arriving soon…!) plus you can still enter a decent number of Open time trials.
In other news this weekend saw the Club 25 mile TT Cup change hands, with Steve Mead winning the trophy. Steve completed his first 25 mile TT of the season in 57 minutes, 37 seconds with Rom Smith a further 15 seconds back. Winning the ladies trophy this year was Zoe Ludwig-Tantrum, with a time of 1:09;54. Well done to Steve and Zoe for their wins on a very windy 25 mile course! Our thanks also go out to Oxonian CC, who allowed us to hold our trophy this weekend, following the cancelled 25 mile TT eariler in the year.
We’re also pleased to hear that Duncan is recovering nicely from his fall a week or so ago, but still a few more weeks until he can get back on the bike. Get well soon Dunko!
Finally tomorrow a few of us are racing at Weston on the Green in a circuit race held around the airfield. It’s the first time the circuit has been used for a British Cycling Cat4 race, so good luck to all riders and keep an eye on the website for results in the coming days.
Dates for your diary:
BMCC Circuit Race – Tues 6th August
DPCC Club TT – CC241 “Fairmile” -Thus 8th August
DPCC Club Run to Court Hill – Sun Aug 11th
DPCC Club TT – CC241 “Fairmile” -Thus 15th August and End of TT Supper
Once again we are approaching the date for our Club 25 mile TT Championship and this year we are making use of the Oxonian Open 25 mile TT course again. Given that this event is an “Open” one, it means you need to submit an official CTT form in order to race.
If you have not entered an “Open event” before you will need to download the form linked here and fill in the appropriate details.
Essentially you need to provide your name, club, etc, but also provide your quickest 25 miles TT result in the past few years. If you haven’t completed a 25 mile TT, enter one of our club 10 mile times.
If you need advise or assistance in completing this form and registering for the event, feel free to contact club chairman Nick Druce, or TT secretary Steve Rowe for assistance.
Tonight is the Didcot Phoenix CC 10 mile TT cup which starts at 19:31 on H10/17R, the fast A420 course. Open to first claim club members only, this event traditionally sees some exceptional times with many riders hitting their season PB for the race.
If you are not riding, please come along and support the club as there are good viewing spots along the course, particularly with the bridge over the dual carriageway.
Good luck to all riders and fingers crossed that the rain holds off 🙂
I’m writing this email from the comfort of my sofa and with a slight drizzle coming down outside, its satisfying to know that the Sunday club runs clocked up over 100 miles in fantastic sunshine this morning! Two rides left the Broadway, with the men’s ride (approx 60 miles) heading over to Brill Hill and back and the ladies ride (approx 40 miles) cycling out to Lambourne (via Blowingstone Hill) and back. Over 30 cyclists out enjoying plenty of miles and warm weather across Oxfordshire. Cake were well earned today 🙂
Some comments from Laura who led the ladies ride:
“Fantastic Ladies Club Ride today. Route planned yesterday with a little help (!?!) from Mike. 8 of us out, doing a 40 mile loop. 30 miles to the cafe at Letcombe Regis (wow) and an easy 10 back with the wind behind us”.
“The 30 heading out was into wind and a wee bit hilly…..But we all made it to the top of Blowingstone Hill “
Next Ladies Ride will be Sunday 9th June
Some comments from Ron, who led the mens ride:
“Complementing the large ladies’ turnout, 22 of us left Broadway. Also doing a ~30 mile outward route, our destination was Waterperry Gardens. And also tackling a significant climb – ours being Brill Hill from Oakley – as well as a few minor ones, namely heading out of Chiselhampton and up to Cuddesdon. But we had the wind on our backs for most of the way there, and by the time we reached the cafe the sun had come out, meaning we could sit outside in the warmth while “refuelling” for the homeward journey”.“Heading back to Didcot we first took in Wheatley, Great Milton, the Haseleys, and Stadhampton. Then, to avoid retracing our outward route, we turned off through Newington, Warborough and Shellingford – where there was a brief break in the group as half of us got caught by the traffic lights. Regrouping a few minutes later, we took the back roads route for the final 10 miles or so – heading straight through Wallingford town centre and out to the Hithercroft roundabout to pick up the road to South Moreton”.
“Stats: just over 56 miles in 3 hours 22 minutes, meaning an average of a shade under 17mph”.
The past few weeks have also seen some great conditions for racing and time trials with a number of club members making PBs on the Tring TT course. In addition, club members have been out road racing, Audaxing and generally enjoying the warm weather and Bank Holiday weekend.
Some dates for your diary: 10 Mile Cup – Thursday 30th May
Come and race on the fast H10/17R TT course to see if you are the quickest DPCC club rider
Barbury Bash – Sunday – 30th June
A little further off, but one of the clubs premier events throughout the cycling season. The “Barbury Bash” is an Audax that Didcot Phoenix run annually and this year we are planning 3 routes with distances of 110 km, 160 km and 210 km.
As ever, to ensure the Audax is a success we are looking for volunteers to help run the event. The starting point is the Methodist Church in Milton, but we need staff to look after each of the checkpoints on route. This is very undemanding work that will hopefully be no more than sitting out in the sun watching the riders go past. You will not have to give up a whole day and timings can be arranged to suit the needs of individuals.
If people are able to help please could they let Ian Middleton know.
Here are the provisional results from last night, the CC241 10mile TT at Fairmile.
Conditions were excellent with light winds and warm temperatures, so it was great to see some fantastic times being recorded.
The TT season is well underway and Mick is logging the times for Didcot Phoenix club members on his two trophy tables; the Castle Points series which awards points for the best improver on the night and the Scratch Points series, which gives points for the top 5 DPCC riders. Links to the points tables are below.
Before I leave you with the results, please remember that each TT requires voluteers to ensure the event runs and next week were are short of a Finish Time keeper. You can volunteer via the website, so please sign up ASAP to ensure the event can run!