Hitchin Nomads Cyclo-Cross Race, 1st November 2015 – Important Information

When is it?

Hitchin Nomads CC will be hosting the sixth round of the 2015-16 Central Cyclo-Cross League fixtures on Sunday November 1st 2015 at Standalone Farm, Letchworth.

What is it?

Cyclo-Cross is an off-road bike race around a marked out course, generally on grass which can get very muddy! Adult laps last approximately 7-10 mins and there are normally at least two points in a lap when riders need to dismount and run over low barriers. Children’s laps are approximately 3-5 mins on shorter courses with no hurdles or barriers.

A number of races take place throughout the day from 10am until 3pm. Males and females are split into various age categories but often race on the course at the same time.   Ages range from Under 10s (racing for 10 minutes in total), to over 50s (racing for 40 minutes in total) to senior men (racing for 1 hour in total).

Racers are allocated individual race numbers and laps are timed. The winner is the first rider to complete the most laps within the time allowed and there is prize money for the lead riders in each category.

Where is it?

The racing will take place at Standalone Farm in Letchworth. Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation owns the venue and they will manage parking and run the Greenway Café.

How do I join in?

Children’s races are a mixture of boys and girls using both Cyclo-Cross bikes and Mountain bikes. Adults tend to use mainly Cyclo-Cross bikes but Mountain Bikes are allowed.

There is a Novice race category for adults.   This allows anyone to try ‘Cross out for the first time in a friendly, less pressured race format.

Race entry and other details can be found at the links below.

Entry is available on the day but it is cheaper and easier of you register online. Online entry closes at 11.55pm on the Tuesday before the race. Holders of British Cycling membership will need to take their licence along on the day. Non-membership holders will need to buy a £3 day licence on the day.



If you have any queries please contact event organiser:
Simon Young (nomadscx@gmail.com) Tel: 07584 674009

Nomads place 3rd in 2015 British Best All Rounder time trial competition

Hitchin Nomads have more cause for celebration with the triumvirate of John Watson, Nick Hickman and Julian Pegg stepping on the podium of the 2015 Cycling Time Trials, British Best All Rounder team competition.

The BBAR competition is the ‘Blue Riband’ of long distance time trialling with riders looking to place the fastest average speed from rides at 50 miles, 100 miles and over 12 hours. With Hickman setting the bar high in 2014, Club Captain Watson and new recruit Julian Pegg have formed a highly consistent team.

Watson, Hickman, Pegg post ECCA 12 hour TT and still standing.

John Watson’s times saw him record 1h 57m 52s for 50 miles, 4h 02m 36s for 100 miles and a staggering 260 miles for the 12 hour.

John Watson

Club Captain 2015, John Watson

Julian Pegg is one place behind John in the national rankings by virtue of 1h 54m 17s for the 50, 4h 05m 07s for 100 miles and 245 miles for the 12 hour.

Julian Pegg riding the 12 hour time trial

Julian Pegg riding the 12 hour time trial

Nick Hickman’s fine 12 hour TT performance of 243 miles helped to cement his and the team’s efforts, therefore adding to his 2h 01m 15s 50 mile time and 4h 19m 36s 100.

Nick Hickman

Nick Hickman

The team have a cumulative average speed for 1,098 miles of 23.46 mph. Super impressive.


Pictures courtesy Davey Jones.


Reporter: Steve Smith

For the 3rd week running the Autumn series has been graced with excellent weather – that’s next week doomed then! Gavin Ashfield described the conditions as “favourable” except the bit going uphill to St Paul’s Warden. They were certainly good enough for Gavin to set the fastest time of this season’s two Hilly one-lappers with a 22:16. John Watson rode a new steed and recorded a time of 24:24 to edge Stuart Auger (PTT 24:43) and take 2nd place.

David Summerell has now ridden all 3 Autumn events but was half a minute or so off of his ride from 2 weeks prior.

Timekeeping and pushing off duties were by Steve Smith.

Next week sees the final event of the Autumn Series back on the Briercliffe 10 course. Sign-on by 08:45 for first man off at 09:01.

Hitchin Nomads event:

Gavin Ashfield 22:16; John Watson 24:24; David Summerell 28:39

Private Time Trials:

Stuart Auger (TMG) 24:43

Nomads’ Records tumble – Time Trialling 2015

As Roy Castle may have said, “It’s a Record Breaker”. We cannot quite rival the former jazzman’s trumpeting fanfare but a daaa-da-da-da-da-daaaaah down a rolled up newspaper shall suffice for a bumper harvest of club records being surpassed.

John Watson and Leanne Cutler have troubled the engravers and note takers with respective record-beating in the mens’ 50,100, 12 hour, Best All Rounder and the ladies’ 25, 50 (scratch and VTTA standard).

Watson figures with Nick Hickman and Julian Pegg in setting the team 12hr record (which also claimed 1st place on the day in the ECCA 12hr). The distance of 748 miles will be very hard to beat.

Records can be viewed on the records page.

Chapeau to all….too many to keep up with!

Nigel Wilson (Records Officer), Simon Doyle (Membership Sec).

Time Trial Report – Autumn Series (2 of 4) on Briercliffe 10

Reporter: Nick Hickman

Eleven riders signed up for another try around the Briercliffe 10 course on Saturday morning, 22nd August.  On the CTT results sheet Time Keeper Frank Turner described the conditions for the event as “fabulous”.  So it was official.  Michael Webb pushed off in his usual fine style, ensuring that anyone in the parish who had not set their alarm clock was reminded it was time to wake up.

Stoker Meliné Fletcher jumped ship to the tandem captained by Chris Corney.  This was later described as “disgusting behaviour” by rival Captain Steve Smith, who is now rumoured to have instructed his press gang to look for new crew.  Meli expressed some disappointment not to have achieved a “long 27” but two stops for chain-related mechanicals put this out of reach.  Tom Clarke made his Briercliffe debut and caused some consternation by not following the unwritten rule that first timers must go off course.  Nick Hickman was pleased to have found his legs again after a 12hr induced season worst earlier in the week.  Gavin Ashfield was fastest on the day despite presenting a long list of excuses – too early in the morning, after effects of riding 60 miles in the heat the day before with only one bottle, offspring keeping him awake all night, etc.

For those not needing to rush back to other duties, coffee and buns were provided in Stanford by Jane Hickman.  Tali the Dog carefully inspected the buns and ensured all helpings were finished.

Hitchin Nomads Event:

Gavin Ashfield 24:16; Nick Hickman 25:18; Tom Clarke 28:44; Chris Corney & Meliné Fletcher (tandem) 28:49; Matt Friday 28:58; David Summerell 28:58; Jon Traynor DNF

Private Time Trials:

Thomas Weir (Swansea Uni) 24:19; Lindz Barral (Equipe Velo) 24:53; Stuart Auger (TMG Horizon) 26:53

Time Trial Report – Briercliffe 10 – 18 August 2015

Reporter: Nigel Wilson

It was the last day of the summer term at St. Briercliffe’s today, and the prize giving was presided over by headmaster Mr. Frank Turner.  The end of term party took place after at the White Horse in Southill.

The fastest Nomad was Gavin Ashfield who, along with Freddy Bulmer, Chris Corney, Mark Desborough and Nigel Wilson, received commendation for achieving their best times around the course. The tandem race was won by Steve Smith and birthday girl Meline Fletcher, despite rumours that their bike had been ‘sabotaged’ prior to the event.

Sam Hayes recorded the fastest time of the night with an impressive 22:59.

Thanks go to Mr Turner and deputy head Mrs Ann Collins for timekeeping, and to school caretaker Mr Geoff Perry for pushing off.  

Spring term commences on the first Tuesday in April 2016.  The “Autumn” series continues on the Southill course on Saturday at 9am.

Hitchin Nomads event:

Gavin Ashfield 23:06; Freddy Bulmer 24:02; Mark Desborough 24:37; Chris Corney 26:38; Nigel Wilson 26:45; Nick Hickman 27:14; Matt Friday 28:40; David Summerell 28:54; Meline Fletcher / Steve Smith (tandem) 30:58; Stephen Oliver 31:52.

Personal Time Trials:

Sam Hayes (Team Sales Engine) 22:59; Thomas Weir (Swansea Uni) 23:15; Neil Fraser (Stevenage CC) 24:16; Lindz Barral (Equipe Velo) 24:34; Paul French (Beds Road CC) 25:37.



Time Trial Report – Autumn Series (1 of 4) on 6Z/10

Reporter: Chris Corney

On a beautiful Saturday morning, a field of just 8 riders took to the 6Z/10 course as used in our Spring and Autumn Hilly events.

Frank ‘McCaskill’ Turner described conditions as “Windy F6 North, Bright 4/8 Cirrus”. I’m not too sure what any of this means, but it was a nice morning nonetheless.

Fastest time went to man-on-form Mark Desborough, with an impressive 23.32. This could be due to his new ‘aero’ mountain bike helmet (with the peak removed). A good time, also, by Tom Clarke on his TT debut with a 27.16.

Steve Smith was heard questioning why he’d just paid £2 to inflict so much pain on himself.  Possibly he was still suffering from some Greek holiday ouzo-related injuries. A fine effort by all 8 riders though. Thanks to Frank for time keeping duties and Mike Kitchen of Welwyn Wheelers for pushing off.

The next event in the series will be on the 1U/10 Briercliffe Course at Southill on Saturday 22nd August at 09:00.


M Desborough 23.32, T Durkin 24.56, C Corney 26.47, T Clarke 27.16, L Cutler 28.10, D Summerell 28.12, S Smith 31.04, S Oliver 31.5