Here’s a brief round-up of our last three Wednesday night TTs – April 26th, May 3rd and May 10th – all held on our regular K4/20 course. That wasn’t supposed to be the case, as the May 3rd event should have been on our new K4/10K 10-mile course. However, once again last-minute road works and traffic lights put paid to that.
The April 26th event saw our largest field so far this season of 27 entries, which included a new visitor, Silas Vanden Branden (University of Birmingham CC), a friend of new member Max Belcher. He’s clearly no stranger to TTs, as he was fastest on the night with an excellent time of 26.52, beating Max into second by 29 seconds. Third was Jon Simpkins (Drag2Zero) on 28.29.
Fastest lady on the night was again Naomi de Pennington (Drag2Zero), who managed to break her own record set the previous week with a time of 29.09. Fastest junior was Poppy Kisley 35.52.
The only downside to the evening was a hard brush with the tarmac from our super-fast record-breaking junior, Sam Martin. Thanks must go to Craig Tibbets for assisting Sam, who hopes to be back in competition soon.
The following week, May 3rd, should have been the new course, but Plan B saw the K4/20 back in use again. Trouble is, that wasn’t straightforward either, with last minute traffic lights appearing in Wroxton. So, a shortened course, finishing at the entrance to Wroxton, was put in place by TT secretary Rhys Martin.
A chilly evening saw a reduced field of 17 riders, with visiting Silas Vanden Branden (UoBCC) again taking a clear victory on 21.57 – which must rank as a “a record” for this reduced course. Simon Smart (Drag2Zero) was second on 23.32 and Simon Smith (Zero BC RT) third on 24.01. First club member home was Mark Davis on 25.48.
With Naomi now a second claim member, Heidi seems to have taken the mantle of fastest club lady
Fourth overall and fastest lady was again Naomi de Pennington (Drag2Zero) on 25.42. Heidi Yates was fastest club lady on 27.58 and Alex Putt first junior on 28.09.
Finally, this week May 10th, it was the annual Athletes TT – the rules being no TT bikes, tri-bars or disc wheels and no pointy helmets or skin suits. This event always showcases a couple of standout bikes and Feisal O’Neill and Mark Boyles didn’t disappoint. Both rode well turned-out Bianchi bikes, Feisal on a very smart blue traditional style electric model, with battery removed, while Mark rode a classic looking chrome single speed model. We also had a couple of firsts on the night – a first TT for Daniel Burton, a first solo TT for young Will Morris and a first TT back from injury for Bella Boyles.
Dapper Feisal on his Bianchi with battery removed, he finished with the same smile
Congratulations to men’s and overall winner Richard Santhouse, who managed to get under 30 minutes on 29.56. Heidi Yates was the fastest lady on 35.03, with Peggy Simpkins fastest junior on 32.15.
We return once again next week to the K4/20 course, but the week after, 24th May, we have our first club trophy event for the Friswell Cup. This is over a longer 23 mile distance held on the Hardriders course.