Simon Smart wins first solo K4/20 TT of the year

Another cold, but this time sunny evening, greeted the large 42 rider entry for the first solo event of the year on Banbury Star CC’s regular 20km TT course. As usual a number of riders from neighbouring clubs entered the event, which continues to raise the standard and competitiveness of these mid-week summer time trials.

New Star member Simon Smart, a local aerodynamicist and founder of Drag2Zero, a cycle clothing and aero consultancy, triumphed on the night with a time of 28.59. This put him a clear 35 seconds ahead of second placed Darren Alexander with fellow Team Cherwell rider Ben Heaney just 14 seconds behind – the only riders on the night to break the 30 minute barrier.

The next Star member home was Lee Heron in 5th place, whilst Roger Foster, who races in the Vet 60+ category, finished an excellent 8th overall. Eight women took part, with Suzy Patience enjoying a strong win from Naomi de Pennington and Heidi Yates who were split by just 4 seconds in 2nd and 3rd.

Top 10 Results;  1.Simon Smart 28.59,  2. Darren Alexander 29.34,  3. Ben Heaney 29.48,  4. Henry Sleight 30.10,  5. Lee Heron 30.21,  6. Luke Sherlock 30.25,  7. Simon Kisley 30.32,  8. Roger Foster 31.32,  9. Matt Sleath 32.07,  10. Suzy Patience 32.41