Banbury Star Cyclists' Club

September 2018 newsletter

This month's newsletter is hot off the keyboard, with a report, results and photos of the club's first Open 10 mile TT. There's also news about the forthcoming Tour of Britain, cycling on stage, our second retro-ride, Leyden Plaque report, details of another velodrome visit, EGM comments, plus all the other regular features.

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Presidential ponderings

Anyone who has been a Banbury Star member for more than a couple of years will know the family name of Pagington has been associated with the club for a very long time. A glance through our archive material shows the almost-constant presence of Roy Pagington over many decades of social rides and on the local race circuit too (competing in a 100 mile time trial at the age of 57 with a time of 5h17m) and as a mark of respect for his service to the club he was awarded an Honorary Life Membership. Sadly, Roy passed away at the end of July and condolences from the club have been passed on to the Pagington family. The name still lives on in our membership with nephew Carlos who is another long-term member although he's got a few years to go to beat Roy's record.

Club rides have really benefitted from our incredible summer and those memories of last winter's snow and rain are well and truly banished. Autumnal cycling can be just as enjoyable as summer with the Cotswolds' forests and hedgerows changing colour as the season draws to a close. A great way to see this is to come on our October Reliability Ride with a great route that shows the best of our region. More details of this will be available next month.

Our racing season is also close to conclusion, with just one event left. My thanks go out to everyone who has competed, pushed off or volunteered to help. Special mention goes to Keri Williams, Roger Gollicker and Mike Hicks for the hours they put in behind the scenes to organise and run the time trials and road race. Without those three we simply wouldn't be able to put on the great races we have done and for which we are highly regarded.

See you on a ride soon!


2018 Time Trial season

Temporary traffic lights and road closures played havoc with last month's evening weekly time trials, with the Tysoe 10 mile course having to be used on two additional occasions. On the plus side, this technical course is now well known and the wrong turns many have taken are hopefully a thing of the past.

The success of our weekly TTs now attracts a growing number of visitors from neighbouring clubs and this has included some topline riders. Dan Bigham broke our 20k record in May and last month George Pym broke the Tysoe 10m record. We also had double Olympic gold medallist Hamish Bond from New Zealand turn up to a cancelled 20k night to record an unofficial 23m57s.

Unfortunately however our evening season comes to an end on Wednesday 5th September. Starting at 6pm in Gaydon, this is our biannual 5 mile "Come and Try" event which bookends the races. The relatively flat route enjoys a good road surface as it runs out to the new roundabout at Kineton and then retraces itself back again into Gaydon. It's a great and friendly way to get into time trialling. As is now traditional we will retire to the Indian Queen restaurant after the race. Please see the Facebook group for more details, Rich Collier is organising the dinner.

Reports of all the TTs are on the news pages of the website.

Time Trial calendar and marshal roster
Time Trial results

10 mile Open time trial report and results

What a great inaugural Open 10m TT the club have just laid on, with positive feedback already following in. The course was fast on the way out with descents and tailwinds, but the return after Gaydon roundabout into a fresh headwind has been described as brutal.

The final entry for the event was 61, with 25 Star riders, which included 7 women, who put in a great effort to win the team prize. That's an encouraging start for our new and second Open TT, due mainly to the efforts of race secretary Mike Hicks.

Full results will shortly be posted on both the club website and on our Facebook page, but the main results are as follows:

Overall: 1. James Chapman (Team PB Performance) 21.04, 2. Craig McKee (Team Jewson) 21.20, 3. Jon Simpkins (Drag2Zero) 21.21

First Woman: Suzy Patience (Banbury Star CC) 24.53

Men's team: Team Jewson  Women's team: Banbury Star CC

Top 3 Banbury Star riders: 1. Simon Bull 23.35, 2. Lee Heron 24.03, 3. Jonathan Ward 24.15



Banbury Star welcomed more new members into the club during August:

Kasim Dovey, Steve Snow, Jay Curtis and Feisal O'Neill

Renewing is now done via the website at the following link:

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2018 Retro-Ride Sunday 16th September

Starting at Broadribb Cycles at 10am, our second Retro Ride will again gently ride together for 5 miles before splitting into a faster and a slower group to the coffee stop, where both groups will meet. The two rides will be roughly 24 and 35 miles respectively.  We hope members and friends will enter into the spirit of the event with a bike from the 1980's or earlier. Helmets are required and we won't turn away any newer bikes. Golden Age Cycles are again awarding a trophy for 'The Best Presented Bike and rider'. You can also hire a classic bike at £25 for the day, (with profits going to 'Bikes for Africa).  For more information, contact Brian Reid at

24 mile Route
35 mile Route

OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2-9 September

With both Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome taking part, the interest in this year's event is surely going to generate some massive spectator interest. As we all probably know by now Stage 4 on Wednesday 5th September is when the Tour visits our patch. The climbs of Edgehill and Burton Dassett will obviously be popular places to watch, but with a bit of planning it's possible to see the riders two or three times on this stage.

Both Eurosport and ITV4 will be showing full live coverage, including evening highlights programmes.

Further details of Stage 4 can be found via the link below, with further links to a timetable and maps etc.

Stage 4 details

Leyden Plaque Interclub results

The Leyden Plaque was introduced into the local race scene to encourage inter-club competition over a 25 mile handicap course with the aggregate time of the fastest four riders determining who returns home with the spoils.

Banbury Star competed with Oxford City Road Club and Oxonian CC for the first time in 1952 with BSCC emerging victorious, since then we've gone on to record a further 25 wins with 19 each for the Oxford clubs.

Over the years more clubs have been formed and now take part and last weekend riders from Banbury, Bicester Millennium, Cowley Road Condors, Didcot Phoenix, Mickey Cranks and Oxonian CC race for the 2018 prize.

This year's event was hosted by BMCC with a tough 25 mile course held on the A420 near Oxford. Whilst Banbury Star are the current holders on this occasion the host club just pipped us. However, Star rider Simon Bull did win the "closest to the hour" prize, stopping the clock in an impressive and well-judged 1h00m00s,

Top 3 Results: 1. Bicester Millennium CC 2.37.48, 2. Banbury Star CC 2.50.11, 3. Oxonian CC 2.56.30

Downhill and Uphill competition results

Last month saw the club hold its two shortest events, the downhill race for the Trinders Trophy and the hill climb for the Durran Cup. Both attracted an increased number of enthusiastic competitors with close finishes in both.

Ian Maconnachie just managed to retain his downhill title by less than a metre from Simon Kisley with Darrel Foulk in third place.

Luke Sherlock put in an impressive performance to win the Burton Dassett hill climb with a time just 2 seconds short of the club record. Harry Kirby was 3 seconds behind, with Adam Thorpe in third.

The Extraordinary General Meeting

Attendance at the July quarterly meeting was disappointinly poor with insufficient members turning up to be able to vote for amendments to the constitution:

- move the AGM from January to October

- move the club's financial year to end in October

Because of the need to incorporate this change that was proposed to help with the smooth running and administration of the club an EGM was held during August prior to a club ride taking place. This time we had sufficient numbers for a successful vote to be taken. Thank you to those who turned up on the day.

Club meetings do need more members to attend and take an active part, it's a club for all of us and an opportunity to help shape our future direction.

Derby Velodrome visit 19th October

Following the club's well attended and enthusiastic trip to Derby Arena Velodrome back in March, another visit has now been booked for Friday 19th October with a 2 hour session starting at 11am.

Details for this can be found on the club's Facebook group in the Events section.

Cafe of the month

      The Stables Tearoom,Canons Ashby       

As the photo shows there's plenty of outside seating as well as a large interior area at this popular venue. A good range of teas and coffees is available, plus a delicious selection of locally made cakes. The tearoom is part of the adjoining National Trust Canons Ashby house and gardens and is open between 10am and 5pm daily.

Tearoom website

Race Squad news

The race squad is one of the club's success stories this year, with a continuing growth in members regularly taking part in Open TTs and road races. The Monday night chain gangs continue from 6.15pm, with a plan to introduce a Wednesday session as well, when our evening TT season ends. Turbo sessions will begin again sometime in November, so keep a lookout on Facebook for all these details.

Meanwhile, there are still Open TTs throughout September and October to compete in and it is hoped we can arrange to take a large BSCC contingent to the Thruxton closed circuit championship in mid-October. Plus, the Abingdon Winter Crit series will be starting soon. So again, keep a lookout on Facebook for further news. 

Road Race results archive

Rising Stars - youth section news

With August being holiday time we held only one session last month on 11th August. Again this was well attended, by what is now a regular group of enthusiastic youngsters.

As reported last month Lee Heron is now a British Cycling Level 1 Coach, which will allow us to gain full Go-Ride accreditation. Katherine Daniels is also in the throes of gaining her qualification which will then enable us to promote the scheme to a wider audience. However, we could really do with a couple more Level 1 coaches if we are to make this scheme a success. If you're interested then please contact Lee via the link below.

Our next session will be on Saturday 15th September, starting as usual at 9.30am at Banbury Rugby Club. We can also now announce two further dates in October the 13th and 27th.

Don't forget, if your child joins the club as a junior member, which costs just £5, then they get a free Rising Stars T-shirt.

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Next club kit order - Important update

Following the announcement in last month's newsletter, not enough orders were received by Dave Speck to warrant a new order being placed. Dave advises that the order is still open and will be placed as soon as the minimum quantity is reached.  

If anyone is not sure of the procedure for ordering new kit, then please contact Dave Speck via the link below.

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

The Cycle Show NEC 28-30 September

The annual Cycle Show returns to Birmingham NEC for 3 days at the end of the month. British Cycling members should have already been notified that they can obtain a discount by pre-booking and the link for that is given below.

Cycle Show booking

Cycling on stage

Coming to The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury on Thursday 4th October is a stage show called simply Ventoux which members might be interested in. Below is The Mill's brief summary of what it's all about.

Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France. 
It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions. 
Join 2Magpies as they restage the race using breathtaking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question – how far will we go to succeed?

Further information and booking details can be found via the link below and at the time of writing tickets were still available.

Further details and book tickets

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 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

September's social night takes place on Thursday 6th from 7.30pm, at our usual friendly venue the White Horse. We had a good turn out at the club BBQ which was held there last month, so let's keep the momentum going for our social night's as autumn draws near.

All members and friends are welcome.

Upcoming events

Chain Gang - 6.15pm, every Monday, Ludlow Drive

Last Wednesday night TT of the season, the "Come and Try" 5 mile event, starting at 6pm on 5th September 

Post final TT curry night - Indian Queen 5th September

Social night - White Horse 7.30pm Thursday 6th September

Rising Stars next session - 9.30am Saturday 15th September at Banbury Rugby Club

Vuelta a Espana  continues until 16th September (Eurosport/ITV4)

Retro - Ride  Sunday 16th September

The Cycle Show - NEC 28-30 September

Derby Arena Velodrome visit - Friday 19th October

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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