Time trials in 2024 will see many course changes as councils across the country increase the introduction of 20mph speed restrictions. Banbury Star’s own time trial courses haven’t escaped which has resulted in a few tweaks and our 2024 Hardriders Open TT is no exception. The good thing is we can still hold a race, it’s still just as hard (only 1 mile shorter) as riders once again take on Sunrising Hill and the bonus is everyone will set a personal best!
Over the last four editions, one name has stood out as being a true Hardrider and that’s Solihull CC’s David Fellows. He will undoubtedly face some stiff competition as he bids to make it five wins in a row and retain the Broughton Cup on the proverbial mantlepiece for another year.
As with all Open events, entry can only be made in advance via CTT’s website – no on the day entries are possible. Entries will close on the 12th March. We’ve kept the entry fee to the absolute minimum by eliminating cash prizes so you’re racing for nothing more than personal satisfaction plus a cuppa and slice of delicious cake.
Once again we will use Wroxton Sports Club as the race HQ. Sign-on and race number collection starts from 7am with the first rider off at 8.01am.
Wroxton Sports Club, Horley Path Road, Wroxton, Banbury OX15 6QB
If the car park becomes full and you park in Wroxton village please do so responsibly and with respect for the residents. DO NOT park on the roadside verge outside the club.
Timekeepers: Oli Wright and Rhys Martin
It will take about five minutes to reach the start line from the race HQ.
After a standing start, the course follows the Stratford Road on a gentle uphill section that can be a delight or a curse depending on the wind direction. Once nicely warmed up, the first test is soon in front of the riders: the technical descent of the 17% Sunrising Hill where some serious speed is built up and which very quickly needs to be scrubbed off before the hairpin bend halfway down. Once negotiated (without crossing the double white lines, instant disqualification) it’s full on the gas all the way down the rest of the hill to maintain a high average speed.
The course then undulates it’s way out to Ettington where a u-turn is performed at the roundabout for riders to then retrace their route, knowing what’s ahead of them before that final three mile blast down the Stratford Road and the finish line: climbing up Sunrising Hill. You can walk up, you can wheelie up, you can do it on the big ring, the small ring, you can stay on the aerobars – all have been done before. Just remember to smile for the camera! The finish line is at the entrance to Wroxton village. Congratulations, you’re now a Hardrider!
As this is the first time we’ve run the event on the reduced-distanced course everyone is guaranteed a personal best!
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