Open 10 mile time trial preview

When we resumed club time trials back in July we had little idea of just how popular our events would become over the following weeks. Since resuming, each race has surpassed all of our expectations with many more entrants than in previous years.

This interest in our races has extended to this weekend’s final event of the year: our Open 10 time trial which is held on the K4/10W course from Warmington to Gaydon and back. We usually attract between 50-60 riders as it’s not a flat course which is the usual preference for the more serious racers however in 2020 we have 117 starters including an incredible 33 from Banbury Star.

Luke Norris descending Warmington Hill during last weekend’s Leiden Plaque TT

The first rider is off just after 10am with club member Simon Furneaux having the honour of being first away and then the following riders depart separated by one minute time gaps. The speed quickly builds as the course starts at the top of Warmington Hill and 50mph+ isn’t uncommon on the descent. A second. less-steep hill once again provides a speed boost past the army base at Kineton and then there’s a gentle gradient up to the turning roundabout at Gaydon after which competitors retrace their steps. That hill at the army base that seemed so much fun to descend then on the outbound leg provides a real test of endurance as it has to be climbed on the route back to the finish. Once over the top it’s downhill all the way to the chequered flag at Warmington Garage at the bottom of the hill.

The full list of riders can be seen on CTT’s website.