What a great way to end the club’s 2022 Wednesday evening TT series. A warm dry September evening, course records broken, a very competitive entry, which comprised six fathers with their sons or daughters and the debut of a promising 12-year-old.
As is now tradition, the club’s season begins and ends with the Gaydon-Kineton-Gaydon 5-mile TT, a fast and fairly flat course, with only a niggling outward headwind to contend with. Fast times were expected and the riders didn’t disappoint.
As usual, to illustrate their continued progress and development, the club’s juniors again broke records by big margins. Thirteen-year-old Sam Martin broke the boy’s U16 record by 1m 05s, setting a time of 12m.15s., just 1 second ahead of another junior Alex Putt the previous record holder. The girls were in on the act as well, with Peggy Simpkins lowering her existing U18 record by nearly a minute to 12m.32s. Poppy Kisley also broke the old record on 13m.07s. Having just turned twelve, Freya Quick, chaperoned by father Stuart, completed her first road TT with a time of 17m.39s.
Sam Martin – another record breaking Star
The women’s outright course record, set last year by club member Naomi de Pennington, was another record broken, this time by 29 seconds. Former member Sian Marsh, now part of Team Boompods, put in a very strong ride, to stop the clock at 11m.27s.
Completing the evening of records, Josh Newbould’s efforts to get under the 10-minute mark just failed, but an excellent time of 10m.09s. still earned him a new club course record.
Top 10 results: 1. Josh Newbould 10.09, 2. Jon Simpkins 10.51, 3. Richard Santhouse 10.59, 4. Josh Lovell 11.01, 5. Ed Anderson 11.10, 6. Sian Marsh 11.27, 7. Mark Davis 11.34, 8. Mark Boyles 12.09, 9. Sam Martin 12.15, 10. Alex Putt 12.16.
Full results are up on the “Time Trials” page.