Wednesday TT news – Peggy Simpkins wins the Edmunds Cup

We’ve just been graced with some perfect warm and still weather for our last two Wednesday night TTs. Last week saw a good field of 25 riders turn out on our regular K4/20 course, at last not compromised by road works.

Fast times were the order of the night, with the first eleven riders, including 14-year-old Sam Martin, all getting under the 30-minute mark. Local Drag2Zero riders were the fastest in both the men’s and women’s categories, with Josh Newbould setting a personal best time of 25.56 and Naomi de Pennington a time of 29.31.

Henry Sleight (Team Cherwell) was second fastest on 28.07, while the first club rider was third placed Ed Anderson on 28.40. Full results are on the “Time Trials” section of the website

This Wednesday the action moved to our annual visit to the 30-mile K4/30P course. Starting near Tadmarton this long circular course skirts the towns of Shipston and Chipping Norton, with a total ascent of around 1,800 feet. Unfortunately, yet again, temporary traffic lights on course added to the challenge and thanks must go to Anthony Acker for timing all those affected. So, not everyone’s cup of tea, as the somewhat reduced entry of thirteen riders testified, However, as this is another handicap event, for the club’s oldest trophy, the 1913 Edmunds Cup, the reward is surely worth the effort.

Peggy Simpkins on her way to winning the Edmunds Cup  (photo Paul Dean)

Fastest time of the night was set by Simon Smith (Zero BB RT) on 1.12.52, who was also had the fastest time on our other handicap event earlier in the month. Second claim member Ryan Allen (Verulam Really Moving) was second on 1.14.34, with club member Peter Drnovsek third on 1.15.01. Naomi de Pennington (Drag2Zero) was the first women home on 1.16.17, a time fast enough to place her fifth overall.

When the all-important handicaps were applied, 18-year-old Peggy Simpkins claimed the Edmunds Cup, with a corrected time of 1.08.28. This was a great reward for the hard work Peggy puts in, who also knocked 5 minutes off her personal best for the course. Ryan Allen and Peter Drnosvek were placed second and third on corrected time, mirroring their overall time placings.