CYCLING: THE first event on the revised Offchurch-based 15 mile course produced a win for Pierre Guern.
Guern’s time of 38mins 26secs was just over a minute too quick for Paul Harper (39.27) with veteran racer Phil Burridge making a welcome return to TT riding by finishing third.
Ralph Anstis came fourth, he was followed by Jade Boggia in her first ride of the season against the clock.
The course – which runs from Offchurch to Lighthorne and back – was constructed following road alterations around Gaydon.
Elsewhere an initial 25 mile race at Princethorpe was reduced to a ten mile contest due to weather and light conditions.
Lee Jackson made the most of the shorter distance by finishing in a time of 22mins 42secs.
Paul Harper was again in second position, heading the veterans with his time of 25:43, ahead of recent recruit Darren Webb and Steve Walker.
Unfortunately the event was marred after two riders were involved in a minor collision with a motor vehicle – thankfully no serious injuries occurred.
In Harbury a glorious day greeted riders for the first club championship of the year.
Two riders were making their first appearance of the season.
Former club secretary John Pitman and seasoned veteran John Herring – who started riding TTs back in his Junior days in the late 1960s – lined up.
Mr Pitman picked the perfect moment for his first ride, winning the event for the second successive year.
Only 15 seconds separated him from Gavin Fowler, one of two Harbury locals in the event.
John Herring finished in third place, with Tony Foster and Paul Harper in fourth and fifth.