On a day when some of the world’s top riders were tackling their 10-mile TT on the Criterium du Dauphine, the Stars of BSCC were also out competing on the Chippy 10 TT and breaking more records. What’s more, at last a club TT took place in reasonably warm summer weather and whilst an overcast sky threatened rain, the still – ideal time trialling – evening remained dry.
Starting and finishing near Swerford, the majority of the K4/10C course is on the A361, out to the Chipping Norton roundabout and back. It’s one of the club courses where the outright course record of 19m.34s., is held by former British U23 Champion Charlie Quarterman. It’s a record that will take some beating, but Luke Norris is getting ever closer, lowering his existing course record by a further 43 seconds, stopping the clocks on 20m.49s. Just one minute behind was the ever-improving Josh Newbould on 21m.48s., followed by Ben Heaney (Team Cherwell) on 22m.03s. in third. There were some close times throughout the field, with three riders tying on 23m.35s. in eighth place.
Further records were also the order of the night in the women’s category, with Naomi de Pennington setting a new women’s course record of 24m.06s., lowering it by 8 seconds. Annie Heaney (Team Cherwell) was second on 24m.28s. – a new non-BSCC record – with Ingrid Salisbury (Merc AMG) third on 24m.52s.
Peggy Simpkins was one of four record breakers on the night – photo Paul Dean
Just to complete the night of records, we shouldn’t forget the ever improving 16-year-old Peggy Simpkins, who reduced her existing women’s U18 record by just over a minute to 28m.08s.
Top 10 results; 1. Luke Norris 20:49, 2. Josh Newbould 21:48, 3. Ben Heaney 22:03, 4. Ben Scaysbrook 22:50, 5. Lee Heron 22:59, 6. Blaine Carpenter 23:21, 7. Richard Baker 23:28, 8. Mark Davis, Matt Norris and Stuart Quick all 23:35
Special thanks this week to Rhys Martin who ran his first “solo” TT.
Remember next week it’s the Manners Cup on the K4/23 course. This is the club’s only handicap event, where everyone should have an equal chance of winning some silverware.