From April until September, the club organises a series of hotly-contested time trials, taking place every Wednesday evening over a range of courses from a 5 mile “come and try” dash up to a 30 mile endurance event over local routes with several trophies awarded to the season’s winners. Some time trials are “two-up” races where you race with a partner, in theory sharing the burden of being on the front.
Members also compete in various team time trials organised by other cycling clubs, e.g. the Bicester Millenium Cycling Club nine-up team time trial held on the Formula One course at Silverstone.
So what is a time trial?
A time trial is the purest and simplest form of cycle racing, it’s you, your bike and a clock against which you are competing. You start at one minute intervals with seeding carefully computed using a top-secret algorithm known only to our official timekeeper. Club members take it in turns during the season with marshal duties, helping at road junctions and as the start line pusher.
Who can time trial?
Our time trials are open to all club members and guests alike. A small fee is payable to cover affiliation subscriptions which is £3 for guests and £2 for club members who didn’t chose the TT upgrade option when joining Banbury Star
What do I need?
A bike and a helmet is all you need! Some riders use their standard road bikes, often fitting clip-on aerobars for improved aerodynamics, and others will turn up on high-end time trial bikes, complete with skin suits, shoe covers and aero helmets in their quest to shave seconds off their times.
2016 result archive