Tuesday TT Series – 14/04/2015 Report

On a pleasantly warm evening, with a wind that aided riders from Shefford all the way to the G&M Growers RAB, twenty five riders from Hitchin Nomads CC and seven other clubs from the local area took to the start line.

Notable Nomads entrants after their exploits on the Flanders and Paris Roubaix cobbles were Nick Hickman and Freddy Bulmer. Bulmer was light heartedly sporting the road rash scars from an oily encounter last week and rode a romantic two-up with HNCC TT debutante Dulcie Buckingham.  Hickman enjoyed the smoother road surface and took 45 secs off from last time out.  Also in attendance were the beetroot juice pair, Leanne Cutler and Nigel Wilson, who were well recovered from achieving personal bests at the 25 distance on the weekend.

All Nomads who had ridden last week improved their times, with Gavin Ashfield being fasted Nomad of the evening.  Quickest overall was Private Time Triallist Tom Trimble of CC Ashwell.

Hitchin Nomads CC Event
G Ashfield 22.36
N Hickman 24.45
J Gomm 25.38
J Spence 25.39
N Tooke 26.32
N Wilson 26.39
J King 26.42
C Corney 27.13
L Cutler 27.31
D Summerell 28.50
S Smith 30.13
Private Time Trials
T Trimble (CC Ashwell) 22.00
W Smith (CC AShwell) 22.19
J Stuart (CC Ashwell) 22.36
T Weir (CC Ashwell) 23.30
S Robinson (Team Sales Engine) 23.53
P Gell (Beds Road CC) 24.07
L Barral (Equipe Velo) 24.12
C Luggeri (CC Ashwell) 24.18
J McVey (CC Luton) 24.35
N Fraser (Full Gas RT) 25.30
M Russell (Team Trisports) 27.27
R Robinson (Team Sales Engine) 29.10
D Buckingham (unaffiliated) & F Bulmer (HNCC) 34.11

Post-event, a number of riders commented on how much they enjoyed the 1U/10B course again.  Since the completion date for the roadworks at Southill Station are in doubt, it has been decided to use the same next week, with the sign on by the finish once more.  Start time will be 1900 from now on.

Thanks to Mr Turner & Mr Webb for timekeeping, and to Mr Riley as pusher offer and rear light turner offer.  Also in support were Ann Collins with her young son Mark, and Jason Dynes with his young son Ethan.

BRCC F1B/25 TT 12/04/2015 – Review

Five Nomads took to the start line for the Beds Road CC 25 mile TT on the F1B/25 course. Riding were Leanne Cutler, James Spence, Nigel Wilson, James Gomm and second claim member Simon Doyle (representing Team Salesengine).

On the start line, the barometer was reading a finger numbing 4degC, and the strong southerly wind meant that the first 13 miles were a hard slog, meaning that it was not the quickest of days on the course.

The real winners of the day were Leanne and Nigel who both rode PB’s at 25 miles, with Leanne taking 4 minutes off her previous PB done on the same course last year. Leanne narrowly missed out on setting a new Nomads Vets Ladies record by 29 seconds, a record which she will surely break later in the season.

James Gomm at the turn

James Gomm at the turn

James Spence at the half way mark

James Spence at the half way mark

Leanne Cutler on her way to a new PB

Leanne Cutler on her way to a new PB

Nigel Wilson at the halfway point to a new PB

Nigel Wilson at the halfway point to a new PB

Thanks to our friends at Beds Road CC for putting on the event, which was very well marshalled.

The provisional quickest time (results pending) was by David McGaw of Cambridge CC who went round in an impressive 53:18.

Photo’s from Davey Jones

Nomads Results:

S. Doyle – 1:03:33, J Gomm – 1:04:05, J Spence – 1:08:18, N Wilson – 1:08:21 (pb), L Cutler – 1:08:58 (pb)

Tuesday TT Series – 07/04/2015 Report

Tuesday 7th April 2015 saw the first “Club 10″ of the season take place on the revamped “Gudgecliffe” 1U/10B course, created due to the road closure at the bridge by Southill Station. Talk of it being 60-90 seconds faster had riders anticipating what lay ahead.

22 hardy souls took to the start line on what was a remarkably fine spring evening.  There was a good mix of Nomads and guests from a range of local clubs.

The general consensus at the finish line was that it was quicker but difficult to say by how much.  Nick Hickman reported 30 seconds faster for him than the first Tuesday event of the season last year, with very similar conditions.

Justin Lane (CC Ashwell) set a good benchmark for others to aim for on the debut of the new course. Gavin Ashfield was fastest Nomad.  Freddy Bulmer came in second place with an impressive time on his road bike and must be the man to watch for the “non aero” event scheduled for June.  All finishers broke “evens” (20 mph).

Hitchin Nomads CC Event: 

G. Ashfield: 22:49, F. Bulmer: 24:04 (Road Bike), N. Hickman: 25:30, J. Gomm: 26:02, J. Spence: 26:30, D. Rickels: 26:51, N. Wilson: 27:08, N. Tooke: 27:29, C. Corney: 27:50, P. Hanlon: 29:10, D. Summerell: 29:15, J. McPherson: DNF

Personal Time Trials:

J. Layne 21.18, R Wytchell 22.19, J Stuart 23.19, C Luggeri 24.29, L Barral 24.47, J McKenzie 24.53, P. Gell 24.57, S Auger 26.17, D Ledgerton 28.38, T Weir DNF

Thanks as always to our Timekeepers and pusher offs, Leanne Cutler, Frank Turner and Steve Smith. General support and encouragement provided by Simon Doyle.

Please note that sign on next week will be by the finish line, where there is more space.   Registration will close at 18:15 sharp.  First come, first served if there are more testers than the 30 maximum permitted for this event, with priority given to Club members ahead of guests.

Team Salesengine.co.uk Open 10 Mile Time Trial Results – 04 April 2015

An impressive squad of 6 Nomads were on the start line for the Team SalesEngine.co.uk 10 mile time trial this afternoon. With the race taking place on fairly flat roads just to the west of Cambridge they were hoping to post some good early season times.

The Nomads TT squad had clearly been busy over the winter looking to buy all things Aero… new Aero bikes, Aero helmets, Aero water bottles and even Aero gloves had been purchased in order to assist in the quest for PBs. An Aero chocolate bar was even consumed as recovery food. A chilly breeze blew across the course but the conditions were pretty good for early April, and all the riders enjoyed the smooth road surface.

Jon Traynor and Nigel Wilson were the first Nomads to ride and both of them went close to PBs. Gavin Ashfield was next up and posted the fastest Nomads time of the day – 22:15. Considering Nick Hickman and James Gomm had ridden the 31 mile Welwyn Hilly yesterday they came in with particularly impressive times. However, the ride of the day belonged to Leanne Cutler who came home in 26:05 – which appears to be the fastest time by a Nomad lady for over 20 years.

Fastest time by a Nomad lady at 10 miles for over 20 years.

Fastest time by a Nomad lady at 10 miles for over 20 years (picture courtesy Davey Jones)

The Nomads Veterans 10 competition looks like being particularly hard fought this year, Nick Hickman taking the early lead having posted a time 3:17 faster than his Veterans standard.
Fastest ride of the day came from Jason Bouttell who went under 20 minutes by a whisker.
Thanks go to our friends from Team Sales Engine who put on a friendly and superbly organised event, and to Steve Smith who was out on the course cheering on the Nomads.
The Nomads ‘Briercliffe 10′ time trial series starts at 6:30pm this Tuesday near Southill.
Provisional times: Gavin Ashfield 22:15; Nick Hickman 23:19; James Gomm 24:03; Nigel Wilson 25:15; Jon Traynor 25:22; Leanne Cutler 26:05.
Hickman wearing "Veterans' Gauntlets" before throwing them down.

Hickman wearing “Veterans’ 10 Gauntlets” (picture courtesy Davey Jones)

James Gomm at the turn (picture courtesy Davey Jones)

Gomm at the turn (picture courtesy Davey Jones)

Wilson getting close  to a new personal best (picture courtesy Davey Jones)

Wilson getting close to a new personal best (picture courtesy Davey Jones)


James Gomm and Nick Hickman have been out riding again, competing in a special Good Friday “spot the Nomad” event.

Both riders laid claim to a rare sighting of Simon Doyle, who had risen from his sick bed to cheer them on at the Five Ways roundabout at the top of Hitchin Hill. Hickman sighted James Spence in Codicote on his way down to a weekend jaunt in London. Gomm’s assertion that he spotted Webby in the badlands south of Hitchin has yet to be confirmed. There was however general agreement that Mr Riley had been spotted cruising along Lilley Bottom muttering something about cobbles, Belgian beer, frites and Paris-Roubaix. Hickman claimed to have edged overall victory having been tagged by Cat 3 Road Racer Freddy Bulmer (who it was felt really needs to stay in more to give everyone else a chance). The fact that Hickman didn’t actually spot Bulmer himself being a trifling technicality.

Welwyn Wheelers Hilly 2015 - NickHickman admires the daffodils (courtesy Keith Perry)Welwyn Wheelers Hilly 2015 - James Gomm Gomm enjoys the last hill (courtesy Davey Jones)

In other news, Gomm and Hickman also took part in the classic Welwyn Wheelers 50km Hilly Time Trial at the same time. Gomm came in at 01:34:54 on his regular road bike with tri-bars, and Hickman 01:33:06 on his TT bike. This event being won by Andy Hastings (Richardson Trek) in 01:14:08 . Both Nomads reported planning to spend the afternoon cleaning machines and getting their foam rollers out for some IT band torture in preparation for the Team Sales Engine 10 miles event near Cambridge the next day. A team of six Nomads is on the start sheet. Watch this space …

Hemel Hempstead Hilly TT – 29/03/2015 Report

1st Sea Lord James Gomm and Rear Admiral Nick Hickman turned out of their hammocks at o-crow-double-o on Sunday 29th March to set sail on the high seas in stormy weather for an Open Hilly event – 7.17 nautical leagues around the Chilterns (or 21.3 miles in old money).

This was the second of the London North Millennium Trophy Series, the first (North Road Hard Riders) having been cancelled due to icebergs on the course.  Both left their Fast Attack Boats at the quay side. Gomm cast off first in his Carbon Fibre Frigate and was safely back in port after 01:05:48 (39th of 55 starters).  Hickman slipped his moorings a little while later, piloting his Steel Tug Boat.  He was back on dry land in 01:08:12 (45thplace).

Hickman on the F11/22  Gomm on the F11/22

Hickman and Gomm on the climb up Ivinghoe Beacon

As well as Bison Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon, the course featured some deep flooding and stretches with a “failed road surface” according to the Highways Agency signage.  The Hemel Hempstead Coast Guard was out in force to marshal the vessels and there was good support from cheering land lubbers on the shore side.

The event was won by Tejvan Pettinger (2013 National Hill Climb Champion) in 00:51:25; edging out last year’s victor Michael Broadwith by just 7 seconds and taking the ‘Sid Latchford Memorial’ silverware home.

Medium Gear 9.7 TT 21/03/2015 – Report

For the first time in 3 years the Medium Gear 25 was able to run on the scheduled date, albeit at a reduced distance of 9.7 miles due to the customary road works at this time of year. Although the weather was kind enough to not produce snow, ice or thick fog (the reasons for the past 3 years cancellations), there was still a kick in the teeth with a brutal 18mph headwind up Growers. To quote one rider, (for the sake of anonymity we shall refer to him simply as Mr Smith), “it was a day for the big man”.

The conditions seemed enough to put many off, with just two riders competing for the Walt Livings memorial trophy. In a straight shoot out between Nick Hickman and Steve Smith, it was Nick who emerged victorious.

Leanne Cutler and James Gomm took the opportunity to get some riding into the wind practice, and rode PTT’s.

Medium Gear Trophy

The Walt Livings Memorial Trophy

Officiating today were Chris Tribe and Nigel Wilson, with Michael Webb pushing off the riders .

The Nomads evening TT series kicks off on Tuesday 7th April.


Medium Gear Competition:
Nick Hickman – 29:57, Steve Smith – 33:36

James Gomm – 27:40, Leanne Cutler – 32:33