Redbridge road race review 28/02/2015

Some of the Nomads race team ventured to Redbridge today for the spring warm up series. David Rickels (chief logistics) cranked up the love bus and took Adam White (chief no assigned role) and Freddy Bulmer (chief powerhouse) down to Essex for the first race of the season.

It’s a great track and fielded around 35 cat 4 riders. Unfortunately mud and debris on the surface (thanks to ongoing building work) ensured a healthy dose of punctures. Luckily the rain held off, but a wet surface left a few of us feeling trepidation on each tight turn. A crash at lap 3 broke the field up where Adam’s position towards the back hindered him. Freddy took off towards the front and held fast in the top ten for most of the race. David let the main group slip away just after Adam had done the same.

After a puncture Adam managed to slip back in but catching David proved too much of a challenge. After being lapped, both David and Adam were politely requested to leave the track and joined the ever-growing group of deflated hopefuls.
Freddy gave it beans and held with the pack, unleashing pain on the group on the last lap…almost. Then the final lap horn blasted and Freddy realised he’d just emptied the tank and had nothing to give. Adam and David watched the broken man get done towards the line by a small group, but a great effort wasn’t wasted finishing around 14th, and he still came out smiling!
Great day had by all!!

Adam White

HNCC – Time Trial Events 2015

Club time trial events are listed below. Courses are described here. If in doubt just ask a club member for additional information and guidance. £2.00 Members per ride. £4.00 Non-members per ride.

March
Sat 07th Mar 09:00 Spring Hilly 2x 6Z/10
Sat 14 th Mar 09:00 Two Up Team TT 1U/25
Sat 21st Mar 09:00 Medium Gear 72″ 1U/25

April
Tue 07th Apr 18:30 Briercliffe 10 1U/10
Tue 14th Apr 18:30 Briercliffe 10 1U/10
Sat 18th Apr 14:00 Interclub 10 (Icknield RC)
Tue 21st Apr 19:00 Briercliffe 10 1U/10
Tue 28th Apr 19:00 Briercliffe 10 1U/10

May
Tue 05th May 19:00 Briercliffe 10 1U/10
Sun 10th May 06:00 F1/50 Norlond Combine TT (Open 50) *this is an open event which you must enter via CTT
Tue 12th May 19:00 Dave Gudgin 25 1U/25
Tue 19th May 19:00 Briercliffe 10 1U/10
Tue 26th May 19:00 Dave Gudgin 25 1U/25
Sat 30th May 14:00 HNCC Open 25 F14/12 *open event which you must enter via CTT

June
Tue 02nd Jun 19:00 Briercliffe 10 1U/10
Sun 7th June (tbc) 08:00 Interclub 15 (BRCC)
Tue 9th Jun 19:00 Dave Gudgin 25 1U/25
Tue 16th Jun 19:00 Briercliffe 10 1U/10 (Non Aero & Post ride Social)
Sun 21st Jun 08:00 Interclub 30 (HNCC) 1U/30
Tue 23rd Jun 19:00 Dave Gudgin 25 1U/25
Tue 30th Jun 19:00 Briercliffe 10 1U/10

July
Tue 07th Jul 19:00 Briercliffe 10 1U/10
Tue 14th Jul 19:00 Briercliffe 10 1U/10
Sun 19th Jul 08:00 Interclub 25 (CCA)
Tue 21st Jul 19:00 Briercliffe 10 1U/10
Tue 28th Jul 19:00 Briercliffe 10 1U/10

August
Tue 04th Aug 19:00 Briercliffe 10 1U/10
Tue 11th Aug 18:30 Briercliffe 10 1U/10
Sat 15th Aug 09:00 6Z/10 (Autumn series 1 of 4)
Tue 18th Aug 18:30 Briercliffe 10 1U/10
Sat 22nd Aug 09:00 1U/10 (Autumn series 2 of 4)
Sat 29th Aug 09:00 6Z/10 (Autumn series 3 of 4)

September
Sat 5th Sept 09:00 1U/10 (Autumn series 4 of 4)

October
Sun 4th Oct (tbc) 10:30 Interclub HC (Host TBC)
Sat 10 th Oct 09:00 Autumn Hilly 2x 6Z/10
Sun 18th Oct 11:30 Charlton HC 6Y/H

December
Sat 26th Dec 11:00 Boxing Day 10 1U/10

Nomad features in British Best All Rounder 2014 results

Congratulations to Nick Hickman for joining the ranks of the British Best All Rounders, 2014. An impressive average speed garnered over qualifying 50 mile, 100 mile and 12 hour time trials sees Nick (and the Nomads) feature in the blue riband of UK long distance racing. Chapeau!

Nick’s times for the record 1h 59m 42s (50 miles), 4h 23m 57s (100 miles) and 223.25 miles in 12 hours.

BBAR Certification

BBAR Certification

Nick Hickman

Nick Hickman

Time Trial Report – Ely HR – Sunday 8th February 2015

Two members of the Nomads’ Time Trial Squad, Nick Hickman and Nigel Wilson, ventured out in the Fens for some early season action at the Ely & District CC “Hard Riders 25” event. The course was changed for this year. A-roads replaced a route on unclassified roads which, according to legend, had been more suited to a cyclo-cross bike. Both testers arrived early to carry out a drive-by inspection of the course, which had a traffic hold up on it due to a badger ambling across the road.

This hazard, not mentioned in the course risk assessment, was safely in its sett by the time the Nomads sped through, so there was no road kill collection and fine-dining opportunity for Hickman this time.

Dr Hutch says…

The weather was very fair for the time of year. 4DegC with a light northerly breeze and some winter sunshine. Although the roads were wet there was no precipitation, and thankfully no ice. The sage advice from Cycling Weekly correspondent and regular tester Dr Hutch to “wear a vest for God’s sake” had been properly followed so cold was not a problem.

Hickman started first and was riding without instrumentation, having forgotten to refit a Garmin mount after his machine had been serviced. His planned user acceptance test on new brake sets, front and rear, was not needed – he had good fortune at the several roundabouts on the course. Wilson set off some 30 minutes later, after spending much time faffing with his (properly mounted) Garmin because it was displaying a negative altitude. Finally, after realising that the start line was indeed below sea level and the timekeeper’s count down had begun, he set off. The only way from here was up and he found the Fens to be not as flat as he had imagined. This was his first ride on a pre-owned machine from the Webb stable, more recently held by Jason Dynes. His brakes worked well – rather frustratingly they had to be used in a tractor related traffic standstill (or Rush Hour as it is called).

Although the course was extremely well marshalled, the time keepers had still not put up results an hour or so after the last tester was back at HQ, by which time it was scarper-time for some lunch. Wilson expects to post a time in the region of 01:15:00 and Hickman 01:06:30. Both were pleased with their times, setting useful benchmarks for the season ahead. At the post event coffee and de-brief session Wilson enthused, “I really enjoyed it today! The suffering, riding near to my limit for 75 minutes. I assume the North Road will be very different with the proper hills but hopefully I’ll get a place on the start line”. Hickman’s view was that, “it was an excellent course and I felt good pinning a number on my skin suit again”.

Both are looking forward to the next Hard Riders event, the classic North Road CC 25 on 22 February for which registration closes very soon, with several Nomads signed up already.

HNCC All Age Cyclo Cross Race – Sunday 18th January

ALL-AGE CYCLO CROSS RACES TO STANDALONE

Hitchin Nomads Cycling Club are organising an all-day bike event for children and adults at Standalone Farm next Sunday 18th January.

Over 200 competitors are expected for the Cyclo-Cross event which pitches cyclists against each other over a testing off-road course expected to be fast and muddy with twisty turns and small obstacles. Races cover all ages from under 10s to over 50s.

Anybody interested in having a go can find more details online at: www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/121414/Central-Cyclo-Cross-League-(Hitchin-Nomads).  A ‘novice’ category is open to all and Mountain Bikes are welcome.  Entry is also available on the day.  Spectators are also welcome!

Organiser Simon Young, of Hitchin Nomads said: “Cyclo-Cross is a fun type of bike racing.  Hitchin Nomads are delighted to be working with The Heritage Foundation to promote this event which fits the club’s ethos of ‘all types of cycling for all types of people’.

Standalone Farm hosts a range of races and Andrew Milich, Standalone Farm Manager said: “I’m looking forward to this event which should be great to watch. We are always open to approaches to hold events for the community.”

The farm re-opens as a family attraction on 1 March with a packed programme of special events being finalised for the Easter school holidays.

Notes

Standalone Farm is a charitable service of the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, a self-funding charitable organisation which invests profits from its property portfolio to maintain and enhance the world’s first Garden City for the long-term benefit of local communities.

More information about Hitchin Nomads Cycling Club can be found at: http://hitchinnomads.cc/

More information on the Central Cyclo-Cross League can be found at: http://centralcxl.org.uk/

Media inquiries: please contact Sara Gaines, PR and Communications Manager for Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation by email sara.gaines@letchworth.com or phone 01462 476071

2014 Awards and Winners

The Nomads celebrated another year with the annual awards ceremony, which was held at The Windmill in Charlton on Sunday, 14 December 2014.

Nick Hickman took the lion’s share of the silverware, reflecting a superb’s season of time trialling across a range of distances. Leanne Cutler was the inaugural winner of the Clive Collins’ Trophy. Congratulations to all recipients.

Name Competition Award Name Pos Time / Dist / Points /Speed
Andy Saunders Trophy No. 8 Charlton Hill Climb 1 01:13.6
No Trophy Hall Trophy 25 – Scratch 1 01:01:46
Trophy No. 20 Briercliffe 10 Series 2 24:20
Tourist Trophy Most miles 3 4,246 miles
Ben Wilson Trophy No. 20 Briercliffe 10 Series 1 23:29
No Trophy Allan Porter 30 – Scratch 2 01:17:56
No Trophy Hall Trophy 25 – Scratch 2 01:02:36
Trophy No. 18 Sporting All Rounder 3 29
Catriona Buchanan No Trophy Autumn Hilly 3 55:43
David Rickels Trophy No. 13 Dave Gudgin 25 Series – Handicap 1 00:45:14
Trophy No. 10 Hall Trophy 25 – Handicap 3 00:44:14
Frank Turner Geoff Denny Memorial Trophy – Trophy No. 32 Geoff Denny Memorial Trophy 1
Gavin Ashfield No Trophy InterClub Hill Climb 1 02:27.4
No Trophy Spring Hilly 1 00:48:19
Trophy No. 18 Sporting All Rounder 3 29
Gavin Ashfield & Simon Doyle No Trophy 25 Mile Team Time Trial 1 01:05:53
James Gomm Southill Cup – Trophy No. 4 Dave Gudgin 25 Series – Scratch 1 01:04:54
Walt Livings Trophy – Trophy No. 19 25 Mile Medium Gear 1 01:09:58
Albert Dawson Trophy Best performance in InterClub 1 23.5 mph
Trophy No. 8 Charlton Hill Climb 2 01:21.8
Trophy No. 18 Sporting All Rounder 2 30
Trophy No. 20 Briercliffe 10 Series 3 25:11
Tourist Trophy Most miles 2 4,696 miles
James Spence Albert Dawson Trophy Best performance in InterClub 2 22.9 mph
Trophy No. 11 Allan Porter 30 – Handicap 3 00:55:56
John Watson No Trophy Autumn Hilly 1 50:44
Jon Traynor Trophy No. 11 Allan Porter 30 – Handicap 1 00:49:37
Southill Cup – Trophy No. 4 Dave Gudgin 25 Series – Scratch 2 01:08:20
Trophy No. 13 Dave Gudgin 25 Series – Handicap 2 00:45:16
Walt Livings Trophy – Trophy No. 19 25 Mile Medium Gear 3 01:20:12
Jon Traynor & Nigel Wilson No Trophy 25 Mile Team Time Trial 2 01:16:49
Leanne Cutler Clive Collins  Trophy Most meritorious ride at “Old School ” 10 1
Mark Collins Trophy No. 10 Hall Trophy 25 – Handicap 1 00:43:41
Trophy No. 11 Allan Porter 30 – Handicap 2 00:53:59
No Trophy Spring Hilly 2 00:53:59
Meline Fletcher Tourist Trophy Most miles 1 6,124 miles
Nick Hickman Trophy No. 1 12 Hour Trophy 1 223.25 miles
Richard Bland Cup – Trophy No. 22 Novice 12 Hour Trophy 1 223.25 miles
Pete Menzies Cup – Trophy No. 3 Fastest 100 1 04:23:57
No Trophy Club 50 Championship – Scratch 1 02:15:02
Trophy No. 7 Short BAR – 25 x 4 – 50 x 2 1 24.59mph
Ken Underwood Trophy – Trophy No. 12 Vets BAR 50-100-12Hr 1 22.13mph
Shield Senior Bar 50-100-12Hr 1 22.13mph
Sudbury Cup – Trophy No. 9 Fastest 25 1 00:56:42
C J Frost Tray – Trophy No. 17 Fastest On Standard – 10 Miles 1 00:04:05
Gilt Medal Any member who beats 25mph for the first time whilst competing in any time trial of 25 miles or more.
Walt Livings Trophy – Trophy No. 19 25 Mile Medium Gear 2 01:17:27
Southill Cup – Trophy No. 4 Dave Gudgin 25 Series – Scratch 3 01:09:00
Trophy No. 13 Dave Gudgin 25 Series – Handicap 3 00:45:20
Nick Senechal Trophy No. 18 Sporting All Rounder 1 36
No Trophy Autumn Hilly 2 52:39
No Trophy InterClub Hill Climb 2 02:49.7
Trophy No. 8 Charlton Hill Climb 3 01:29.4
No Trophy Allan Porter 30 – Scratch 3 01:19:03
No Trophy Hall Trophy 25 – Scratch 3 01:03:55
No Trophy Spring Hilly 3 00:55:24
Nigel Wilson Trophy No. 5 Clubman Trophy (appearing in most club events) 1 6 events
Jon Traynor & Nigel Wilson No Trophy 25 Mile Team Time Trial 2 01:16:49
Simon Costin No Trophy InterClub Hill Climb 3 02:49.9
Simon Doyle No Trophy Allan Porter 30 – Scratch 1 01:13:34
Gavin Ashfield & Simon Doyle No Trophy 25 Mile Team Time Trial 1 01:05:53
Simon Young Trophy No. 26 Off-Road Champion
Steve Smith Trophy No. 10 Hall Trophy 25 – Handicap 2 00:44:08
Albert Dawson Trophy Best performance in InterClub 3 19.1 mph

Hitchin Nomads CC – Cyclo-Cross Race & Event – Sunday 18 Jan 2015

When is it?

Nomads will be hosting the final round of the 2014-15 Central Cyclo-Cross League fixtures on Sunday January 18th 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 courses are approximately 3km long and there are normally at least two points in a lap when riders need to dismount and run over low barriers or up short slopes with bikes.  Children race on shorter courses with less dismounting.

A number of races take place throughout the day from 10.15am 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), to over 50s (racing for 40 minutes) to senior men racing for 1 hour.

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 has kindly offered the venue for free, there will be plenty of parking and the café will be open!

How do I join in?

Nomads are encouraged to join in the racing!  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 link below.  Online entry is available on the day but is cheaper online.  Online entry closes at 11.55pm on the Monday before the race.  Holders of British Cycling racing licences will need to take their licence along on the day.  Non-licence holders will need to buy a £3 day licence on the day.

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/121414/Central-Cyclo-Cross-League-(Hitchin-Nomads)#entry

There will also be a need for helpers as follows:

  • On the Saturday before the race to help mark the course out; and
  • On the race day to assist with rider registration, race timing and marshalling.

Please come and join in, help out or just come and spectate to make the event a great success.

If you have any queries or would like to help out on the day please contact event organiser:

Simon Young (hitchinnomadscaptain@gmail.com) Tel: 07584 674009