Watts and Simpkins win the Tysoe Ten

The challenge of the “Tysoe Ten” 10m time trial, held on a technical looping course at the foot of Sunrising Hill, attracted a large field of over fifty riders representing some thirteen local clubs on Wednesday evening. Dry roads, overcast skies and and a reducing westerly breeze helped this record field around the route with the last few miles of tailwind providing further assistance to the competitors.

In the women’s competition thirteen women took part, with a great tussle taking place between the top contenders. Lydia Watts (AWOL) eventually came out on top, stopping the clock in 25m18s and beating her own previous course record for a non-club member which she set in 2018. Behind Watts, the top five order was Suzy Patience (BSCC), Maxine Filby (Datalynx Parenesis), Annie Heaney (Team Cherwell) and Jill McKinnon (Kenilworth Wheelers) all of whom were separated by just 18 seconds demonstating just how close they are.

As expected, the men’s race was another close-run affair and the late withdrawal of favourite and winner the previous week Ross Holland (St Piran) opened up the competition between course record holder Jon Simpkins (D2Z) Luke Norris (BSCC) and Ben Stockdale (Cotswold Cycles Trek). Simpkins proved this course suits him well as he pipped Norris at the post with a winning margin of only 4 seconds but who did set a new club record in the process. Stockdale finished just one second behind in third place.

Top Five Women:

Lydia Watts (AWOL): 25m18s
Suzy Patience (BSCC): 25m46s
Maxine Filby (Datalynx Parenesis): 25m49s
Annie Heaney (TC): 25m54s
Jill McKinnon (Kenilworth Wheelers): 26m04s

Top Five Men:

Jon Simpkins (D2Z): 21m55s
Luke Norris (BSCC): 21m59s
Ben Stockdale (Cotswold Cycles Trek): 22m00s
Simon Bull (BSCC): 22m25s
Blaine Carpenter (Guest): 23m10s

The full results can be viewed here and an album of photos which is here.