Banbury Star Cyclists' Club

May 2018 newsletter

Lots to read about in this month's newsletter, with plenty of information to digest. The main item is of course our most important event of the year, the men's and women's road race on Sunday 27th. We've news on the launch of Go Ride, record TT entries, a women's section, a new club kit order, the Tour Series visits Redditch and much more.

Please send any comments, ideas or proposals regarding the contents of the newsletter to the Press Officer.

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Presidential musings

The month of May promises to be a busy one as we hold our annual road race for men and women over three laps of a 15 mile circuit that will be familiar to many of us. We have another sponsor on board, The Castle at Edge Hill have kindly put their name to the women's QOM which will be awarded to the highest ranked woman over the three climbs of the Knowle. 

Seeing Go Ride finally launched is a proud achievement for us and demonstrates our drive to become a progressive, modern club that is open to more members of the community. I'm confident it will go from strength to strength and one day will hopefully produce a truly home-grown star of our own.

Our race squad goes from strength to strength with some great results being achieved both in road race and time trial disciplines. We will be taking 18 members to the Coventry Open 10 mile time trial have entered three teams into the Silverstone 9-up time trial event, including our very first all-women team which shows how far we've come in such a short space of time!

Some will be aware of an incident on one of our recent rides requiring a visit to hospital where a dislocated shoulder, fractured collarbone and concussion were diagnosed. It brings home the need to always remain vigilant when riding, either alone or in a group, as our road surfaces are frankly a disgrace and also the need to point out hazards to the riders behind you.

Finally, your email inbox may be bursting at the seams with updates from companies who hold your personal data, asking you to accept new terms and conditions. This is a legal requirement ahead of the EU General Data Protection Rule implementation later this month and BSCC is no exception which is why you will have received an email from the club last month asking you to accept or decline further newsletters. Thank you to the many who have wished to continue, those who haven't yet replied will be given a final chance in the next week as this will be the last newsletter unless you choose otherwise.

Stay safe!


2018 Time Trial season

Our Wednesday night time trial season is now well underway, with the sixth event taking place tomorrow (2nd May), this time on the K4/10C course. In spite of the poor April weather we've had good turn outs and when the mini-heatwave arrived two weeks ago we had a record entry of 50 riders.

Simon Kisley has made a good start to the season, winning the 2Up TT with Mark Boyles (above) and then winning two solo TTs on the K4/20 course. Jonathan Ward (above) has also been putting in some good rides with three sub 30 minute times.

What is good to see is the increasing number of women giving time trialling a go with Suzy Patience, Denise Shepherd and Naomi de Pennington putting in some impressive times.

Remember our TT's couldn't go ahead without the marshals that are required out on the course and it's a condition of club membership that we all play our part. If you are unable to do your allocated evening it's your responsibility to swap with someone who can and the best way to do this is on the club's Facebook group in the preceding days. Already this year we've had occassions when marshals have not turned up.

Time Trial calendar and marshal roster
Time Trial results

Promoting the club

Over 30 new members have joined the club already this year but we've never actively promoted membership. We believe most have joined having seen our revamped website, by word of mouth, or possibly seen the club out on our weekend rides.

The above A5 size leaflet is an attempt to promote the benefits of club membership to a wider audience. These leaflets are already on display in Halfords, Broadribbs and Golden Age Cycles. The reverse side of the leaflet promotes our Rising Stars/Go Ride scheme and John Tustian will be using his magic to hopefully get them into schools, clubs etc.

Another opportunity to promote the club came our way early last month, when Puritans Radio broadcast an hour long live interview with press officer, Roger Gollicker. All the benefits outlined in the leaflet were discussed, with particular mention of our club rides, Go Ride and our forthcoming road race.


Banbury Star welcomed a record 15 new members into the club during April:

Thomas Hall, Katie Pamphlett, Paul Davies, Jane Ablett, Isabella Boyles, Sara Long, Jane Holton, Emma Young, William Daniels, Elizabeth Daniels, Will Brown, James Rutledge, Kesten Kukran, Evie Fletcher and Harry Hunt

Joining and renewing is now done via the website at the following link:

Join the club

Club Quarterly Meeting

The Spring Quarterly Meeting for all members was held on Tuesday 3rd April at Wroxton Sports Club.

The highlights were:

  • We will be leaving Yorkshire Bank soon as they are closing their Banbury branch
  • A new women's trophy, sponsored by Broadribbs for the fastest first claim member on the hill climb event.
  • A new women's trophy, sponsored by Golden Age Cycles, for the fastest first claim member over 5 of the solo K4/20 time trials
  • Should the AGM be moved to October to allow any membership price adjustments to be in place for January 1st renewals?
  • The annual awards dinner moving to a new location

The next meeting is on Tuesday 17th July.

2018 Tour Series - Redditch 10th May

For the second year running, the opening round of the OVO Energy Tour Series will take place in nearby Redditch. This 7 round series visits towns and cities throughout the country with races for both women and men.The central Redditch course is just 1.4km in length, with a lap time of around 1m.52s. The women start at 17.30 and the men at 19.30 and all the top domestic UK teams take part. ITV4 will again being showing edited highlights. Click on the link below for further details

Tour Series

Ovo Energy Women's Tour 13-17 June

As mentioned last month the above tour has a stage on Friday 15th June from Atherstone to Leamington Spa which comprises a circular route around a lot of our patch. More details and the route can be found by clicking on the link below.

Stage 3 Women's Tour

Banbury Star Road Race Sunday 27th May

Our big event of the year is just four weeks away and with the largest number of Star riders entered for many years, it will further help to promote the club to the cycling community.

The men's race starts at 9am and the women's at 1.30pm

However, as has been said before it is essential for this event, that we have the help of members for marshalling and other on the day duties. Even if you are only able to help morning or afternoon for a few hours, then please let us know. 

John Tustian will again be recruiting and coordinating the marshals and volunteers, so please show support for your club by contacting him via the link below.

email John

First Aid Training

On 7th April, 9 members of the club attended a course in "Essential and Basic First Aid" run by St John Ambulance. Primarily this was required as part of our compliance with British Cycling's Go Ride scheme. However, it was also attended by ride leaders, as we believe it is essential that with the increasing number and size of our rides, we are better prepared in the case of accidents. Further courses will be held in the future, so if you're interested then please contact either Lee Heron (Go Ride) or John Tustian (Ride Leader). 

Cafe of the month

     QOM sponsor of our Road Race Edgehill climb

Not only is this a great friendly venue with fantastic views, but the landlord Mark has agreed to become a sponsor of our forthcoming road race. As you probably know our two races will pass the Castle six times on Sunday 27th and they've kindly agreed to put up a cash prize for the best woman climber of Edgehill in the afternoon race.

What better way to say thank you than to give them a visit. It will certainly become a regular coffee stop on our weekend rides. The link below takes you to their excellent website.

Castle at Edgehill

Race Squad news

With the race/TT season well underway, an important part of the race squad training is now the Monday Evening Chain Gang. The BSCC Chain Gang meets at Ludlow Drive at 6:15 every Monday for a brisk group ride of an hour or so. The aim is to run two or three groups at different speeds so there's something for everyone. Racers can test their legs, and anyone can sharpen their pace-line skills. Not sure it’s for you? Come along anyway and give it a go. 

As you will have seen, both via the Facebook posts and the news items on the website the race squad is going from strength to strength. We've already had a record 50 entry at our weekly TT, a record 18 riders are entered for this weekend's Coventry 10 mile TT and we have 3 teams confirmed for the Silverstone 9Up TT in June.

Added to all this, thanks to Moria Goodway's initiative, we now have a section to encourage more women to compete. Twelve women recently met up at the White Horse with both Moria and Mark Boyles offering help and advice. A Banbury Star CC Women's Group page has now been set up on Facebook.

Road Race results archive

Rising Stars - youth section news

The Banbury Guardian on 19th April gave us some prominent coverage for the launch of our Rising Stars youth section of the club, which will in turn be part of British Cycling's Go Ride scheme.

Launched at Banbury Rugby Club on Saturday 21st April, fourteen children turned up to enjoy a series of tasks, which included basic training, cycling skills and some timed competition. Clearly everyone had a good time, with the club gaining seven new junior members on the day.

We now believe with further promotion and word of mouth the junior section will quickly grow. However, this can only be achieved if we can enlist more volunteers, so if you’d like to be part of Go Ride by helping out as a volunteer, even on an occasional basis, please get in touch with Lee Heron at

It's good fun and very rewarding as Lee, Katherine, Brian, Mark, Roger and Paul will tell you.

email Lee

Next club kit order. Important information

On 17th April, after receiving requests from several people, Dave Speck posted on Facebook that a new order would be placed ahead of the one scheduled and a 30th April deadline for orders was set. However, Dave now reports that he's received no orders. If we extend the deadline until midnight on Monday 7th, the items should arrive around the end of June.

If anyone is not sure of the procedure for ordering new kit, then please contact Dave Speck as soon as possible to ensure you don't miss out.

Dave still holds a small stock of the short sleeved Classic jersey, priced at £54.18.  

The available sizes are Small, Medium, Large and XLarge.

New members qualify for a £20 refund from the club when you make your first purchase of kit.

Contact Dave Speck
How to order club kit

Silverstone - for the quick and leisurely

Mark Boyles efforts have again born fruit with, for the first time, 3 teams entered for the annual Silverstone 9up TT on Friday 15th June. One will be an all women's team, which is particularly encouraging.

Do keep an eye on Facebook for any updates from Mark regarding teams and any other information.

If you still like the idea of cycling around Silverstone's F1 course, but at a slightly more leisurely pace, there is an alternative.

The track will be open to cyclists on some summer evenings with unlimited laps for a mere £5. The dates are:

Tuesday 12th June

Monday 23rd July

Wednesday 29th August

Booking is done directly with Silverstone and the link for more information is below..

Silverstone cycling

The 5 Weekend Club Rides

Five weekend club rides are now available, please make sure you pick the one to suit your ability and speed.

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 17-18mph

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

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

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

Club rides calendar

Beware - Potholes

"Holes" - that's now by far the most used word and warning on our club rides. As cyclists we all know, more than any other road user, of the dangers that potholes now pose.

Our club president recently wrote to Oxfordshire CC on our behalf to highlight the dangers that cyclists now face. This was all covered in the article above, which appeared in the 12th April edition of the Banbury Guardian.

Be careful out there.

Banbury Star CC social evenings

Please note - May's social night is this time on the second Thursday of the month which is the 10th.

Like last year this has been moved to coincide with the Banbury Beer Festival which takes place at the TA Centre on the Oxford Road and all members are invited.


Upcoming events

Chain Gang 6.15pm, every Monday, Ludlow Drive

Wednesday night TTs, all start times 7pm, 

Social night Banbury Beer Festival 7.30pm Thursday 10th May

Tour Series, Redditch Town Centre Thursday 10th May

BSCC Road Race, Men 9am - Women 1pm Sunday 27th May

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

Club rides calendar
Racing calendar

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