Banbury Star Cyclists' Club

March 2020 newsletter

In this month's newsletter:

Presidential ponderings

Hardriders TT results/photos

Important 2020 membership renewal details

TT rule changes - red lights compulsory

The London Bike Show

Cycling's big 2020 events

Ten Pin Bowling night results/photos

Start of the 2020 TT season - marshals assigned this week

BSCC Zwift update

Race Squad news

Rising Stars update

Club kit

Main club 2020 events for your new diaries

Don't forget, copies of all previous newsletters can be found on the club website - About BSCC

Presidential ponderings

Clara, Dennis and Ellen (Jorge) certainly made February a month to forget when it came to club rides, with all three storm systems passing through on consecutive weekends resulting in rides having to be cancelled. As I’m writing this (Saturday) the wind is picking up nicely for yet another day without a ride so fingers crossed March offers us some respite and winter passes us by.

The month of March also sees the resumption of time trials, an activity for which Banbury Star has a long and well-deserved reputation that’s highly regarded within the sport. The club’s membership took up the challenge of the Hardriders TT in unprecedented numbers looking at the start sheet and I hope this enthusiasm continues for our Wednesday club TTs, particularly with the new road bike section for those who don't want to invest in a TT bike and aero kit.

See you on a club ride or TT soon.


Hardriders TT 2020 results

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Our annual Hardriders TT certainly lives up to its name, as again a bitterly cold morning with a fresh breeze greeted a strong entry of 70 riders. During this long period of wet weather, riders were at least able to compete in some welcome sunshine with the 23 mile course remaining largely dry. The wind made for a very tough outward leg and even during the return, gusting cross winds provided challenging conditions.

However, the conditions clearly suited winner David Fellows (Solihull CC) whose time of 52 minutes dead, won him the Broughton Cup. He was only 22 seconds outside the course record and nearly a minute clear of second placed David Mead (Race Rapid) on 52m 58s. Just 12 seconds further back in third was two time winner Jack O’Neill (Team Jewson) on 53.10. In fourth place was the first Star rider home, Tobias Wiesand, on 54.09, beating the 2012 club record for the course by over 3 minutes.

Lydia Watts (Liv AWOL) won the women’s category on 1.01.52, from Star riders Naomi de Pennington and Denise Shepherd.

Young Harry Kirby put in a great ride to win the junior category with a time of 56.14, which put him 12th overall.

The JRC Shutt Ridley Race Team of Blaine Carpenter, Simon Smith and James Lloyd won the team prize, with Banbury Star second.

Full results will be posted soon on the club’s website as well as the CTT events page.

Thank you again to all the volunteers and kitchen helpers who turned out to give their support and make this another successful event. Also of course, special thanks to our event sponsors Hook Norton Brewery and to our TT secretary Oli Wright for organising the whole thing.

Hardriders 2020 Photos

2020 Membership renewal details

Rich Collier, our Membership Secretary, has been busy sending out the 2020 membership cards. Please remember to complete your emergency contact details and any medical issues on the back of the card and also bring it along on club rides.

Subscriptions and any other payments to the club should now be paid direct to our Nat West account.

Sort code = 53-61-33

Account = 65953886

Having now moved entirely to online banking no more cheques or cash will be accepted for membership or payment for club events. 

Please note: The online Membership Form must be completed for all existing members when renewing membership. The joys of GDPR compliance!

Renew Membership

TT rule changes - Rear lights compulsory

As a club we've strongly advised for some time now that red rear lights should be displayed on competing TT bikes. Now, following a successful proposal from the South East DC at the CTT AGM in December, this is now compulsory for future TTs. The appropriate new regulation is as follows:-

CTT Regulation 14 (i) – Compulsory Use of Rear Red Light

14 (i) No competitor shall be permitted to start either a Type A or Type B event unless such competitor has affixed to the rear of their machine a working rear red light, either flashing or constant, that is illuminated and in a position that is clearly visible to other road users.

So, the rules are now clear for both Open and club events: 

no rear light - no start

The London Bike Show 27-29 March

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year's event at London's ExCel, incorporates the Triathlon Show and tickets can be booked in advance via the link below

Book ExCel tickets

Cycling's Big 2020 events

For those of who like watching or following cycle racing during the summer, here is a list of some of this year's main events. It is of course an Olympic year, so there's going to be a lot of action and hopefully more success coming from Tokyo during July and August.

Paris – Roubaix 12 April

Giro D’Italia 9 – 31 May

Women’s Tour of Britain   8 -13 June

Tour de France  27 June -19 July

Tokyo Olympic Cycling events  25 July - 9 August

La Vuelta Espana 14 August – 6 September

Men’s Tour of Britain  6 - 13 September

UCI World Championships Switzerland  20 -27 September

Ten Pin Bowling results

Thursday's social night last month took place at the recently reopened and refurbished Banbury Bowl in the town centre. An enthusiastic group of members, of mixed bowling talent, enjoyed  two playing sessions and a pizza for £14, thanks to the organising efforts of John Tustian. John has clearly been there before, as he came out the clear winner on the night with a total of 250 points, with Mery Wolke second on 229, Simon Bull third on 219 and Andy Perry fourth on 212.

By popular demand, further visits are planned during the year.

2020 TT season starts this month

This month sees our annual Wednesday night TT season get underway, with our first event on Wednesday 25th March at 6pm. As is now customary, this is the relatively flat 5 mile "Come & Try" event based at Gaydon. The following week, on 1st April, we return to our popular K4/20 course, starting with the 2 Up TT.

A link to the full calendar is below. Please be aware of the early season changes in start times and more importantly, check your marshalling obligations on the roster which will be published in the next week.

TT secretary Oli Wright has now confirmed the details of the new TT league system. Open to first claim club members, this will be a fairly informal league of four divisions. Based broadly on average speeds, taken from our record breaking event last May when Charlie Quarterman and Dan Bigham jointly set the new course record on the K4/20.  That night was a memorable one where everyone tried their best to set a time against the pros and it is therefore a good marker to take average speeds from.

Division A will be 24mph+. (80 points down to 61)

Division B will be 22mph+. (60 points down to 41)

Division C will be 20mph+. (40 points down to 21)

Division D will be up to 20mph. (20 points down to 1)

Riders who only ride on road bikes (rather than TT bikes) will not be separately scored, but will be marked in the relevant division with an R next to their name so that bragging rights can be claimed against those who possess an ‘unfair’ advantage. Oli will also use his discretion to move riders up if they outperform their rivals too much and scores achievable in each division will increase so that points earned lower down don’t adversely affect the overall in a higher division.  He’ll update the league scores on a weekly basis once the results are out.

2020 Club TT Calendar

BSCC Zwift update

Particularly during this period of awful weather, Zwift has become an incredibly popular home training tool. The club's group training rides are open to all members, not just those who race.

The rides, which will continue until the end of March, are held each Monday evening at 7pm and are organised by Mark Boyles who will post the joining details on the club's Facebook group during the day.

Race Squad news

Race Secretary Mark Boyle reports:-

Club Zwift sessions will continue until the start of the TT season, so that's until the end of this month.

Chain-gangs will start again in April. More details next month, but in the meantime keep an eye on Facebook.

Spring Crit races are starting soon at Milton Keynes Bowl, which includes junior crit racing. Check out the calendar link below.

Also, there are a couple or early season Open TTs in March.

Malvern 10 mile TT - 28th March

Westerly 10 mile TT - 29th March

The link to the whole 2020 racing calendar is below.

2020 Racing Calendar

Rising Stars update

As you will have surely noticed, over the last few months we have been asking for members to consider becoming Level 1 coaches, so we can continue with Rising Stars.

The good news is two members have expressed a willingness to help, with one hopefully starting their training this month. As explained, ideally we need three new coaches to help Lee Heron, if we are to make Rising Stars work. We know we have keen and enthusiastic juniors in the area, but we can't re-launch Rising Stars this summer without  more help.

So again we ask, please contact Lee Heron if you have any questions or would like to get involved via the link below

email Lee

Club riding kit

Full details of club kit are on the club website, but remember if at any time we get 5 orders for any one garment, regardless of size, or men's or women's fit, an order can be opened placed with Endura.

In the meantime, below is a list of club jerseys which Dave Speck currently holds in stock:

Ladies Short sleeve jersey - Small
Men’s Short sleeve jersey - Large
Men’s short Sleeve jerseys - Medium

Contact Dave Speck
How to order club kit

Mudguards and ride etiquette

We've had some very wet and muddy rides recently, really backing up our decision for the compulsory fitting of mudguards on winter club rides. Thank you all for complying.

For new members in particular, don't forget to read the club's own riding etiquette booklet via the link below.

Following regular appeals, we really do still need more volunteers for ride leaders, so please contact John Tustian for further details.

Etiquette booklet
email John

The 5 Weekend Club Rides

Five weekend club rides are now held, please make sure you pick the one to suit your ability and speed and don't forget the winter mudguard rule is now in force.

Have a look at the club's website and Facebook group for details of the rides, all of which have downloadable Garmin maps:

10am Saturday: easy café ride: 25 miles, 12-14mph

10am Saturday: intermediate café ride 35 miles, 15-16mph

9am Sunday: fast non-café ride 50 miles 18mph*

9am Sunday: intermediate non-café ride 50 miles 16-17mph*

10am Sunday: intermediate café ride 35 miles 15-16mph

All rides will start at Broadribb Cycles, meeting 15 minutes before the departure time.

* may be quicker depending on who is riding

Club rides calendar

Banbury Star CC monthly social evenings

The March social night returns to the White Horse on Thursday 5th March. A chance to review and chat about Hardriders and the TT and race season ahead.

All members, friends and family are welcome from 7.30pm onwards.

Main 2020 club events for your diaries

Social night at the White Horse - Thursday 5th March

First club TT - Come & Try 5 mile - Wednesday 25th March 6pm.

2 Up TT - Wednesday 1st April - K4/20 at 6.30pm.

BSCC Road Races - Sunday 31st May

Leiden Plaque interclub TT - Monday 31st  August

10 mile Open TT - Saturday 6th September

For more details and other events please look at the calendars on the club’s website or Facebook group.

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