Time Trials under Covid-19
Until further notice we have had to introduce many changes to the way we conduct our time trials, the new procedures can be read here.
It is essential all competitors familiarise themselves with the way they’re now run.
2022 Club Time Trials
For the 2022 club time trial season commencing in March, all of our Wednesday evening races will be conducted under the umbrella of The League International (TLI) who are strong proponents of grass roots racing. This will bring about one or two very minor changes which competitors will need to be aware of, details below.
Open Time Trials
The racing season opens with our Hardriders “Open” time trial in early March on a challenging 23 mile course, which includes the 17% Sunrising hill. It’s a great test of winter fitness training and attracts national champions.
To bookend the season, we complete our racing year with an Open 10 mile event on the K4/10W course which features a descent of Warmington Hill right at the start.
Wednesday evening club time trials
From late March 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 dash up to a 30 mile endurance event on 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. In addition to these events, our local hills feature in the club’s uphill and downhill challenges.
Representatives from other clubs including Team Cherwell, Mercedes-AMG Petronas and A5 Rangers compete in inter-club races.
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. For 2021 it will be necessary for all riders to join TLI in advance of the Wednesday race as payment and entry on the line is not permitted. Membership then gives you third party liability insurance.
What do I need?
You can ride any bike that must be fitted with a working rear light 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. Banbury Star CC also recommend riders fit a front light to their bikes. For 2021 we will be encouraging road bikes to be used in time trials by the introduction of road bike league tables with riders competing for points based on their finishing positions.
Having joined TLI, the price to race will be free for club members who’ve paid the time trial supplement as part of the membership package, £1 for other club members and £2 for non-members. Payment is taken via a contactless card reader at race number collection.
What else do I need to know that’s new for 2022?
The roadworks at the Kineton army barracks are now well behind us which means the return of the much-missed K4/25W course. After a reassessment of all the courses used for the 2021 season we have decided to no longer use the K4/10C Chippy Ten route as it’s just too dangerous even with a 7pm start. We will be introducing a new 10 mile course to compensate though. Everything else will remain the same.