IT WAS a double celebration for Pierre Guern after he took first place in two local events as the cycling season gets well underway.
The new roads around the Gaydon area have necessitated a radical replanning of several courses and the first event affected was the 5ive-mile course between Gaydon and Kineton.
Fourteen solo riders and one tandem lined up for the timekeepers on what was cool evening and Guern finished as the fastest rider in a time of 12 minutes and one second.
Athlete-turned-cyclist, Mark Wise was second in a time of 12.31, just ahead of Freddie Loveday (12.34) and Tom Lachlan (12.41) who all finished inside 13 minutes. Anouk Molliex was fastest woman in 14.17, beating newcomer Lucy Lacey, riding her first TT.
The following day the weather for the traditional hilly circuit around Harbury and Ufton was bright and sunny with a slight headwind along the finish straight.
Jason Haynes was the only rider to finish inside an hour in 59.54 while John Herring (1:02.53) finished second and Phil Burridge 1:04.22 was third.
The weather gods smiled on the riders again last Wednesday evening for the first ten mile TT of the season.
Guern proved again to be the man to beat, flying round in 22.36, while the ever improving Freddie Loveday finished as runner-up in 23.39.
Anouk Molliex was again the fastest woman after beating Lucy Lacey, but Lucy had the satisfaction of beating the 20mph target for the first time.
Leamington 5 mile TT, 06/04/16, Gaydon:
Pierre Guern 12:01; Mark Wise 12:31; Freddie Loveday 12:34; Tom Lachlan 12:41; Phil Pavey 14:10; Toby Loveday 14:12; Paul Harper 14:15; Anouk Molliex 14:17; Tony Foster 14:44; Tim Cadd 15:16; Dan Gulliver 15:24; Lucy Lacey 15:54. Tandem – Tanis Hand & Roger Gardner 15:14.
Leamington Hilly 22 mile TT, 10/04/16, Harbury:
Jason Haynes 59:54; Jouhn Herring 1:02:53; Phil Burrindge 1:04:22; Paul Harper 1:08:43; Dan Gulliver 1:12:17; Mark Taylor 1:13:59; Adrie Breugelmans 1:26:51. Tandem – Tanis Hand & Roger Gardner 1:14:55.
Leamington 10 mile TT Offchurch, 13/04/16:
Pierre Guern 22:36; Freddie Loveday 23:39; John Herring 23:52; Gavin Fowler 24:44; Tony Foster 25:53; Toby Loveday 26:24; Paul Harper 26:38; Anouk Molliex 26:40; Mark Taylor 26:43; Tim Cadd 26:58; Dan Gulliver 27:26; Dave Bethell 27:49; Lucy Lacey 29:21; Bob Lane 34:14. Tandem – Tanis Hand & Roger Gardner 26:24; Chris & Steve Walker 28:44.