First appearances of the season and two new winners at the 10 mile TT
Richard Jennings and Suzy Patience both made their first appearance of the season at the club’s weekly time trial last night and came away winning the men’s and women’s competition by comfortable margins. They also both came close to the course record, Richard just 3secs shy of the men’s best time, whilst Suzy was only 19secs off her own record set last year and finished 7th overall.
The 10 mile course start is on the B4031 opposite Hill Farm near Swerford. From there riders join the A361 and ride all the way to the roundabout outside Chipping Norton and then back again to a finish point near Swerford. Given the bitterly cold conditions and a strong headwind on the return leg, an excellent entry of 28 riders turned up to tackle this fast course.
Special mention must go to Fay Barrington who made the top 10, only 29secs behind Suzy and Lee Heron who finished 5th overall on basically a standard road bike.
Top 10 Results: 1.Richard Jennings 21.00, 2. Nick Gardener 22.52, 3. Darren Alexander 23.10, 4. Simon Kisley 23.11, 5. Lee Heron 23.35, 6. Ben Heaney 24.12, 7. Suzy Patience 24.33, 8. Mark Boyles 24.34, 9. Harry Kirby 25.31, 10. Fay Barrington 25.02
Wintery conditions, but still a hot time for Leason
In spite a threatening sky and bitter cold, another excellent field of 38 riders braved the conditions for last night’s weekly time trial. Whilst the conditions added around a minute or more to most competitors normal times, Billy Leason still led the field with a time of 27m 24s, some 54 seconds clear of his nearest regular challenger Cameron Foster. However, the next five riders were covered by a mere 23 seconds, with two of the riders trying the course for the first time.
The field again comprised a number of new members trying time trialling for the first time, plus riders from other clubs, keen to get in some early season training. This included a new fastest women rider, Jessica Rhodes- Jones, who posted an excellent 33m 40s, beating regular front runner Lydia Watts, by just 11 seconds.