Result : ORRL – Round 1 – Charlbury ITT (H38/18)

A new addition to the Oxfordshire Road Race League this year, on Sunday Oxonians CC hosted the opening round with an individual Time Trial on road bikes on the undulating H36/18 course, up to the north of Blenheim Palace. We entered a team of 6 riders;

  • Paul Elcock
  • Chris Bartley
  • Dan Marett
  • Joe Edwards
  • Harvey Weinberger
  • Pete Ganderton

Conditions on the day were surprisingly good for early April…17-18’C and bright sunshine, with a mild breeze from the East (which picked up as the day went on). The ORRL event was set off after the Open event, with start times from 10am to 11am.

The start to the day was full of drama…Chris had to unfortunately drop out after succumbing to food poisoning, and on the morning Harvey had a mechanical nightmare, with his rear mech cable snapping, and the front refusing to shift on the start line (causing him to miss his start slot while we forced the front mech to work, to at least give him a choice of 2 gears!). Paul meanwhile had to have a late swap to a spare front wheel after a puncture…hardly ideal warm-up conditions (and it also caused me to forget to take any photos!)

…however everyone stepped up to the plate, and put in sterling performances! Paul went from a very nearly DNS to a comprehensive win, by nearly 5 minutes over second place! Dan put in a strong performance in his first ever TT to take 4th place, closely followed by Pete and Joe in 5th and 6th respectively. Special mention should go to Harvey, who completed the course in 1h37 on 2 gears, which would have placed him 8th before a rather harsh time penalty was applied for missing his start time (particularly harsh as he actually set off in Chris’s slot). It’s also worth pointing out that Paul’s winning time would have placed him second in the Open event where everyone was using full TT rigs, it was a genuinely classy ride that he put in.

So, GS Henley picked up the win, and won the team award as well. It certainly felt like victory in the face of adversity after all the drama at the start, and there were a lot of weary bodies sitting around afterwards as we waited for the results. Huge thanks and congratulations to Oxonians CC as well for running the event alongside their Open TT.

Full Results

Position Name Category Club Time
1 Paul Elcock M GS Henley 01:27:38
2 Greg Fitzek M Cowley Road Condors 01:33:25
3 Anthony Turner M Mickey Cranks 01:33:54
4 Dan Marett M GS Henley 01:34:40
5 Pete Ganderton M GS Henley 01:35:21
6 Joe Edwards M GS Henley 01:36:33
7 Adam Whitfield M Outdoor Traders 01:36:53
8 Matt Thomas M Cowley Road Condors 01:37:49
9 Tim Jones M Cowley Road Condors 01:38:28
10 Nick Owen M Outdoor Traders 01:38:34
11 Matt Hermon M Mickey Cranks 01:39:10
12 Martin Stanley M Didcot Phoenix 01:39:16
13 Tom Nightingale M Cowley Road Condors 01:39:36
14 Paul Renshaw M Mickey Cranks 01:39:37
15 Harry James M Didcot Phoenix 01:40:30
16 Katie Greves F Cowley Road Condors 01:41:13
17 David  Beesley M Bicester Millenium 01:41:30
18 Mike Simpkins M Mickey Cranks 01:42:52
19 Nick Sanderson M Cowley Road Condors 01:42:58
20 Harvey Weinberger M GS Henley 01:44:53
21 Andy Pickett M Mickey Cranks 01:45:02
22 Mark Harvey M Outdoor Traders 01:45:34
23 Dominic Spalding M Mickey Cranks 01:47:24
24 Deb Davidson F Mickey Cranks 01:47:49
25 Leigh Blackford M Oxonian 01:47:53
26 Toby Franks M Outdoor Traders 01:48:20
27 Sabrina Harris F Outdoor Traders 01:50:27
28 Steph Foster F Mickey Cranks 01:52:10
29 Helen Keay F Cowley Road Condors 01:52:48
30 Mike Mallalue M Bicester Millenium 01:53:16
31 Aimee Jones F Cowley Road Condors 01:54:07
32 Charlotte Donohue M Mickey Cranks 01:54:23
33 Helena Coker F Cowley Road Condors 01:54:55
34 Becky Puddle F Outdoor Traders 01:55:42
35 Jules Birch F Mickey Cranks 01:56:32
36 Kate Bradley F Mickey Cranks 01:56:38
37 Jo Edwards F Mickey Cranks 01:59:03
38 Elenanor Law F Cowley Road Condors 02:00:46
39 Chris Lowe M Swindon RC 02:00:51
40 Tim Smith M Outdoor Traders 02:02:54
41 Elinor Spencer F Outdoor Traders 02:05:25
42 Anna Key F Oxonian CC 02:10:16
Martin Prior M Oxonian CC DNF
Tom Bolton M Cowley Road Condors DNF
Cyndi Goh F Cowley Road Condors DNS
Daisy Brown F Outdoor Traders DNS
Pete Medhurst M Team Jewson – MI Racing DNS
James Pither M Mickey Cranks DNS
Edmund Dixon M Bicester Millenium DNS
Tom Bolton M Cowley Road Condors DNF
Chris Bartley M GS Henley DNS
Stewart House M Arctic Tacx DNS
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