At last – the season starts on Wednesday

With a further easing of lockdown restrictions, the club now has the all clear to start both its 2021 sporting and club ride season.  Our popular weekly Wednesday evening time trials start on Wednesday (31) and the series again runs until the second week of September with 25 events on 9 local courses of varying lengths. The traditional opening event is the club’s shortest, the 5-mile course at Gaydon, with the first rider starting at 6pm.

Daylight time for this first event restricts the club to a 45 rider entry, which is already full. As now well documented, this season the club will be running our weekly club TTs under the umbrella of The League International (TLI), requiring all competitors to become TLI members prior to entering. Already around 70 club members have joined TLI, which includes an encouraging number of women and junior riders. Members from neighbouring clubs, who must also be TLI members, are again welcome to take part, ensuring this popular series remains one of the most successful in the Midlands region.

The club’s first Open event, the legendary 23-mile Hardriders TT, which had to be postponed, is now scheduled for Sunday 27th June, while the Open 10-mile TT takes place on Sunday 5th September.

The club has been anxiously awaiting approval from British Cycling to run its main event of the year, the May annual Road Race. Thankfully this has now been granted, although the field for both the men’s and women’s races has been reduced to 60 rides. The men’s entry is already full and the races again take place on the club’s 45 mile, 3 lap course, which takes in three climbs of Edge Hill, on Sunday 23rd May.

Founded in 1891, Banbury Star is one of the oldest cycling clubs in the UK, and this year celebrates its 130th anniversary and our big celebratory ride takes place on Saturday 17th July. As a nice coincidence, probably for the first time ever, Banbury is to be the finishing town for a major UK cycle race. The opening stage of the Women’s Tour 4th – 9th October, which starts at Bicester, takes in a lap of Banbury town, before a central sprint finish.

Our weekend club rides restart on Saturday 3rd April and again pre-registration is required.