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 membership@didcotphoenix.co.uk 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 clubruns@didcotphoenix.co.uk 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 ladies@didcotphoenix.co.uk 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 clubruns@didcotphoenix.co.uk

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 etdavies03@yahoo.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.

Best Wishes

Iain Kent
DPCC Membership Secretary

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