The penultimate event of Banbury Star’s 2016 Wednesday programme was the annual hill climb based at Burton Dassett.
It is the shortest but most painful event of the whole season and not for the faint-hearted. There was a good turnout this year with a wide age range of riders.
Top spot went to Peter Dumbrek, whose one minute and four seconds broke the long standing club record. Second place went to visiting rider Sam Harding with Luke Souter taking third just fractions of a second ahead of Jered Allcock.
The fastest junior was Reuben Trotter in 1.27 who rolled back down to the bottom of the hill and then ran up it after all the riders had finished. His running time of 1.50 was quicker than some of the two wheeled competitors.
Rather than endure the agony of a hill climb three club members, Mark Boyles, Simon Kisley and Simon Kinser, chose to race the Daventry 10.
Kinser took forth place in a personal best time of 21.55, just one second ahead of Kisley. Boyles was in action again at the weekend when he and Paul Demicoli rode the ‘Fairly United’ race near Witney.
This is a fairly quick course but it needs the wind to be in the east to produce the best times as the longer leg travels west. On Sunday the westerly wind pegged back their times and neither rider could quite match their season’s best.