After a day of sunshine and heavy showers, together with some thunder and swirling winds, it all thankfully calmed down around 7pm last night for a dry TT. Conditions always play a big part in the times set and whilst records were not in danger, the quality of the 55-rider field, ensured that again the top twelve riders all got under 30 minutes for the 20km course.
Regular visitor and front runner Will Davey (Tri Training) at last made the top spot with a fine ride, stopping the clocks at 27m.25s. Pushing him hard and only 22 seconds further back was club member Mark Ellis on 27m.47s. Ben Heaney (Team Cherwell) is probably the most regular attendee of the club’s weekly TTs, so it was great to see him finish third on 28m.24s.
In the women’s category, Naomi de Pennington again put in another strong ride with a time of 30m.59s., getting very close to her club course record. Just 18 seconds separated the next three riders; Lydia Watts (Liv Awol) 32m.12s., Ingrid Salisbury (Merc AMG) 32m.27s. and Annie Heaney (Team Cherwell) 32m.30s.
The progress of our three junior riders continues to impress with Isabella Boyles, Poppy Kisley and Peggy Simpkins setting times which are gradually moving them further up the field every week.
Top 12 results; 1. Will Davey 27.25, 2. Mark Ellis 27.47, 3. Ben Heaney 28.24, 4. Graham Martin 28.41, 5. Jon Simpkins 28.43, 6. Simon Bull and Simon Smith 28.56, 8. Ant Harriss 29.06, 9. Tony Bell 29.29, 10. Cameron Foster 29.30, 11. Grant Marshall 29.34, 12. Jamie Chatfield 29.46
Next week’s TT is for the Friswell Cup and for the first time this will be run on the K4/23 Hardriders course. Great practice for the Hardriders TT on 27th June – entries to which close on 15th June.