At a fraction under 30 miles, last night’s TT was the longest on the club’s Wednesday evening calendar of events. It’s also a tough circular course with a total of 1800 feet climbed and in its slightly revised nature made new records a certainty.
Starting and finishing at Lower Tadmarton, the course goes out to Shipston and then along the A3400 to Chipping Norton, before it’s return along the A361 to Bloxham and then the finish. The reward though is for the prestigious Edmunds Cup, the club’s oldest trophy, first awarded in 1913.
Another ideal dry evening greeted the strong 25 rider field, with some relatively close times over this longer distance. Fastest on the night was visitor Henry Sleight (Team Cherwell), setting a new outright course record of 1.10.52. However, as first club member home, second placed Simon Bull again wins the Edmunds Cup, with a club record time of 1.12.08. Just 45 seconds behind in third was Simon Smart (Drag2Zero) on 1.12.53.
Another strong ride from Simon Bull and another Edmunds Cup win
Yet another women’s course record went to Naomi de Pennington, whose time of 1.16.51 placed her an amazing seventh overall. Second woman home was Denise Shepherd on 1.27.26, who beat fellow Team Cherwell rider Annie Heaney by just 27 seconds.
Top 10 results; 1. Henry Sleight 1.10.52, 2. Simon Bull 1.12.08, 3. Simon Smart 1.12.53, 4. Ben Heaney 1.14.58, 5. Nick Nixon 1.15.54, 6. Darren Alexander 1.16.05, 7. Naomi de Pennington 1.16.51, 8. Steve Goddard 1.18.19, 9. Danny Marron 1.18.58, 10. Josh Lovell 1.19.31