Chapman writes his name in the book

James Chapman on his way to winning the open ten mile time trial
James Chapman on his way to winning the open ten mile time trial

James Chapman won Banbury Star CC’s newest time trial on Saturday.

A total of 61 riders, 25 from Star, competed in the club’s inaugural Open ten mile time trial on the new course, held solely on the B4100. A fresh breeze along the course produced some interesting split times.

With a tailwind and two descents on the outward leg, the fastest riders were reaching the Gaydon roundabout, past the halfway mark, in around eight minutes. The return into the headwind however was described as brutal as the fastest overall time of 21.04 illustrates.

That was achieved by Team PB Performance rider Chapman who finished 16 seconds ahead of Craig McKee (Team Jewson) who was just one second ahead of Jon Simpkins (Drag2Zero) in third.

Banbury Star women featured well with Suzy Patience setting the fastest time of 24.53, a clear two minutes ahead of her nearest rival.

Together with Ila Pearson and Marie Mcloughlin, Patience also helped the club to win the women’s team prize. Team Jewson won the men’s team prize. Highest placed Star riders were Simon Bull in 13th with 23.25, Lee Heron in fifth with 24.04 and Jonathan Ward in 16th with 24.15.