Freewheeling Contest – Sun 15th Jan

It’s the trophy anyone can win – mince pie consumption is a positive advantage! Usual clubrun start, with a gentle ride to the top of the course (which is a carefully-kept secret). Once the descending is done, a short ride to the cafe (probably Benson) will follow – the new champion can be lauded and doubtless accused of brick-based cheating.

Annual Awards Dinner – With Flavio Zappi as guest speaker!

Title: Annual Awards Dinner
Location: The Bear at Home, North Moreton
Description: It’s the clubs Annual Awards Dinner, with Flavio Zappi as guest speaker!
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-01-28

Once again it is time to take bookings for the club’s Annual Awards Evening, which is scheduled at the Bear in North Moreton on the 28th January 2012.  This year we have Flavio Zappi as our guest speaker and for those who don’t know him, Flavio is an Italian ex-pro cyclist who currently runs Zappi’s Cycling club in Oxford and continues to participate in road races throughout the UK.

Please can all trophy holders please return their cups and shields to Alan Allcock as soon as possible, ready for the engraving and presentation of this years honours.

Venue: The Bear at Home, North Moreton

Time: 19:00 (to eat at 19:30)

Cost: £23 (3 cources including service charge)

Menu and payment details

See you there!


[Additionally, if you wish to make an award claim, please email the following people by Friday 23rd December:


CC:, CC:]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all .

Prior to the annual club dinner there is a committee meeting on 9th Jan to finalise the engravings etc. on this season’s awards. If you think you have won a trophy or want to claim an award please get the details of your ride (date/course/time) and where we can view any supporting evidence to a committee member by midday on Monday 9th of January 2012 so the committee can consider your claims.

As we have a very special guest to hand out the silverware this year it would be nice to celebrate your improvements and exceptional rides of the 2011 season with an award if you are entitled to one. The website has details of club competitions, standards and records (note-standards are only awarded if they are an improvement on previous standard. Therefore if, for example, you have received a bronze for ten miles in the past you will need a silver or better time to be considered for a standard award). Feel free to P.M. Mike Cooper or me via the forum with your claims if you don’t see a committee member on a regular basis.

A note for your diaries-the awards night is on 28th January. It would be great to see as many of you as possible there to enjoy good food and catch up with each other before the new season begins.

Regards-Nick Druce.
Club Chairman

2012 Membership – Apply now!

Hi All,

It’s that time of year when the club membership is due, ready for the 2012 season.  This year the club has re-affiliated with the CTC, as well as British Cycling, making it easier for club members to join the various schemes.  CTC and BC provide third party liability insurance and also offer assistance in the event of a cycling accident.

It is mandatory for members to have such insurance when taking part in Club Runs or cycling at Dalton Barracks.  Please ensure you have proof of membership, or apply via the club membership form:

You can download the form using the link below and return to Dave Rodger, our membership secretary!

DPCC Membership Form 2012

We’re looking forward to meeting all new members in the New Year!

Boxing Day 10 mile TT

Start TK : Marion Fountain
Pusher: Steve Luck
Finish TK: Brian Charleston
No. Taker: Steve Luck

No. Rider Club Time Handicap
07 Stan Maciak DPCC 24:33 3:09 1st Handicap Trophy
15 John Paul Jnr Private 25:26 5:49
10 Simon Mcgowan DPCC 25:37 6:05
05 Phill Stacey DPCC 25:42 7:15
09 Neil Morris DPCC 26:11 6:53
13 James Leach PM 26:17 7:50
17 Duncan Oreilly DPCC 26:26 7:59
08 Adam Gardner DPCC 27:10 7:52
06 Dave Roger DPCC 27:18 7:30
11 Simon Hudson DPCC 27:31 9:04
02 Patrick Swain DPCC 28:09 8:51
04 Pete Tantrum DPCC 28:29 8:57
01 Mick Fountain DPCC 29:39 6:49
03 Mat Chambers DPCC 31:24 12:06 (Vintage velo)
12 Alan Shuttleworth Altrincham 32:05 10:41
16 Nick Druce DPCC 35:37 14:10 (Trike with basket)

Final 2011 Club-Run – Joint Ride with Abingdon

Sun 18th will be the last Sunday ride of 2011, and will be another joint ride with Abingdon Freewheelers. On past experience we should get a good turnout and split into ‘Pootle’ and ‘Fast Pootle’ groups.
So if you’re feeling a bit rusty, or are worried about the pace of Sunday rides, this might be a good week to give it a go!
n.b. I have no control over the weather – at this time of year anything can happen … Blazicek jindrich

DPCC Cyclocross – Chiltern Edge School – Help required 26th and 27th November!

Hi All,

DPCC are hosting the annual Cyclocross event on Sunday the 27th November and we urgently need volunteers to help run the event and ensure it is a success.  This event is a huge showcase for Didcot Phoenix, so if you haven’t helped out at one of our events this year, please volunteer for this one!

Location:  Chiltern Edge School, Reades Lane, Sonning Common (near Reading) RG4 9LN

Contact:  Duncan O’Reilly – or 07595454298

Details: Setup will be on Saturday 26th November from 10am and racing starting on Sunday 27th from 11am.  The main race will start at 1pm and the current feeling is that numbers will be so large on the day (Wessex will be using our event as a point scoring round for their league), that seniors and veterans should be divided to make scoring less stressful.

Jobs required:  Marshals, scorers, sign-on team, course layout help.  Full details to be posted shortly.

Didcot Phoenix AGM – Minutes from Oct 17th (draft)

Meeting started 8.06pm

Present: Ian Middleton, Phil Brown, Duncan O’Reilly, Mark Scanlan, Adam G, Mike Cooper, Laura Cooper, Phil Robbins, Trevor Patey, Dave Rodger, Nick Druce, Richard Abbot, Stan Micak, Matt Chambers, Robert Briggs, Tom Gray, Phil Stacey, Simon Mc Gowan, Pete Annells.

Apologies: Steve Luck, John Moody, Mick Fountain

Last year’s AGM Minutes were discussed and passed.

Presidents Report- Ian passed congratulations to Stan as National Champion, Matt on his organisation of the Audax and his London to Paris adventure (second time round), Phil Brown who broke club records this year including the 100 mile record in under 4 hours and Max Brown (no relation to Phil) on his racing in Belgium. Ian was pleased that Dalton Barracks got moving this year as a closed circuit venue. Membership numbers have hovered to about 76 this year which should be a focus to improve on. He also hoped that general committee/non committee member communications could be improved in the coming year.

Membership Secretary report (John absent)- membership of 76 ‘vibrant and buoyant’ according to John.

Treasurers report (Mick absent) – balance at £6755.91, with CX being a good source of income yet again (with thanks to outgoing CX secretary Phil Robbins), and brief discussions of comparing quotes for trophy engraving and suppliers.

Time Trial Secretary report – 22 events, with 10-20 numbers most evenings. A big thank you to Pete Annells for his consistent and welcome help throughout the year. Possibility of extending the season discussed and will be discussed during next committee meeting.

Possibility that the gravel pit/ housing estate traffic may affect some TT courses, but time schedules (post 6.30 starts), possibly avoiding any congestion.

British Cycling secretary report – an overall decrease in BC membership this year, possibly due to the decrease in organised road racing. The central region has proposed that the national TT champs be held midweek prior to the national Road Race championships weekend and within a 50 mile radius.

Touring/club run secretary- club run numbers static this year. Shame no increase in regular member numbers, but an improvement in the sociability aspect of the club runs contrasting with a disappointing lack of improvement of riding etiquette (riding 3 abreast etc), with ideally the more experienced riders contributing ideas and becoming active policers. Club run insurance discussed- see item 11 of AOB.

Social secretary report – Spinning going well (Thursday evenings at Pavilion). Awards evening a success. End of TT season dinner enjoyable.

Events sectary- Cyclocross ‘who does what’ list circulated and some members added names to help out. Please contact Duncan ( or 07595454298), if you can help out over the weekend of the 26/27th of November.

Ben Owen will be scheduled for the nearest Thursday to midsummer this year.

Club Open 10 25th of August

Club 25 Sunday the 9th of September

It was requested that the club make these dates public as soon as possible.

Election of Committee for 2012

The following members were elected to serve on the Club Committee until the 2012 AGM…

Ian stepped down as Chairman. Nick Druce was nominated by PB as president with Ian seconding this. Nick was elected unopposed.

Club Chairman- Nick Druce

Club Secretary- Robert Briggs volunteered and was seconded by Dave Rodger

Treasurer– Mick Fountain

Club Run secretary- Matt Chambers

Club Clothing secretary- Dave Rodger

Social Secretary- Mike Cooper

CTT Delegates- Mark Scanlan and Mick Fountain

BC Secretary- Trevor Patey

Website secretary- Mike Cooper

Trophy Officer- Alan Alcock

Membership Secretary – Dave

Press Secretary- Duncan O’Reilly

New Committee members- Tom Gray, Simon McGowan and Phil Stacey join Mick Fountain, Ian Middleton, Phil Brown, Pete Tantrum, Trevor Patey, Laura and Mike Cooper, Stan Micak, Pete Annels, Nick Druce, Dave Rodger,  Duncan O’Reilly,  John, Pete Annells, Pete Tantrum and Alan Alcock.




  1. Club Insurance- CTC vs BC

The committee propose to increase the club membership to £25 to include affiliate membership with the CTC. The price will remain the same for juniors and students. If proof of independent membership of CTC or BC is provided the cost will be £13.


  1. A proposal was tabled to pay club members £5 an hour when helping at club events. Various suggestions were tabled- club kit subsidies, a ‘wall of shame’ for those club members guilty of not offering to help, subsidised meals at club presentation evening. Committee to discuss and streamline this issue in an attempt to increase member participation in helping at club events.


  1. A proposal was tabled about the possibility of changing the club kit design in the future. The possibility was discussed for this to coincide with the club anniversary (in 3 years time). Tom offered to assist in the design process at the appropriate time.


The upcoming CX event at Chiltern Edge School, Reades Lane, Sonning Common (near Reading) RG4 9LN was discussed. Duncan stated that the venue was secured earlier in the summer and setup would be on Saturday the 26th November from 10am with Raceday on Sunday the 27th with races starting at 11am. The main race will start at 1pm and the current feeling is that numbers will be so large on the day (Wessex will be using our event as a point scoring round for their league), that seniors and veterans should be divided to make scoring less stressful. The ‘who does what’ list and other relevant race details will be posted on the website asap.  Please contact Duncan O’Reilly (contact via the forum or 07595454298), if you can help out over the weekend of the 26/27th of November.

Meeting closed at 9.56 PM

Next meeting December 5? As suggested by Nick….

DPCC AGM this Thursday, 20th October

Dear all,

Please remember this Thursday is the PDCC Annual AGM, to be held at 20:00 at the Millennium Pavilion Brightwell-cum-Sotwell.

A provisional agenda can be found below:

Any members wishing to add to the agenda are welcome to do so, via the forum or comments on this page. Alternatively you can email the club chairman –

1. Welcome and Apologies
2. Chairman’s Report
3. Membership Secretary’s Report
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. TT Secretary’s Report
6. BCF Secretary’s Report
7. Touring/Club Run Report
8. Social Secretary’s Report
9. Events in 2012
10.Election of Committee
11.Proposal to Meeting by Committee for Adoption by Club:

“The committee propose to raise the club membership fee to £25 to
include affiliate membership of the CTC. The price will remain the same
for Juniors and students. If proof of independent membership of CTC or
BC is provided the cost will be £13.”

12.Proposals From the Floor
13.Any Other Business

Additional Notices

Remember club runs start from 09:30 from October until the end of March

Following this Thursday AGM, we will continue with our Winter turbo training programme – Brightwell Pavilion, from 7PM

Club Clothing update – the latest batch of orders has arrived and will be available for collection at the AGM