Spring Hilly TT Cancelled – 17 March 2018

Given the forecast for rain and snow overnight, the below freezing temperature during the time of the Event and the Met Office weather warning, the Spring Hilly TT has been cancelled. This is in the interests of rider safety and Crew comfort.

Nick Hickman (TT Secretary)


2-up 25 Miles TTT – 10 March 2018

Event Secretary: Nick Hickman
Sign On: David Rossall
Principal Time Keeper: Leanne Cutler
Assistant Timekeeper: Mark Young
Props: Simon Young, Mike Moralee
Photography: Michael Webb (see folder here)

Conditions similar to the 2017 edition (but with wetter roads) awaited twenty-two 2-up teams and two solo riders for the annual Club event on the 1U/25 course, around Southill, Old Warden and nearby.  Once again a southerly wind gave a good push up to G&M Growers.

A large section of the café at Shuttleworth was commandeered afterwards for the Captain’s awards, with some Aero Bars of the chocolate variety being presented.

Full results below.  For comparison, last year’s report is here.

Irene Bamberough & Catherine Jones  Thelma & Louise 1:17:58
Meliné Fletcher & Lorraine Curtin  Pussy Cat Dolls 1:29:43
Sue Rapley & Helen Riley  Marvellous Minxes 1:38:37
Julian Pegg & John Watson Pegz & Captz 0:59:24
James Bainbridge & James McPherson Pink Fonz Steamtrain 1:02:26
Scott Horwood & Roger Taylor Peter Pan & Tinkerbell 1:06:33
Steven King & Tom Morris Sugar Crash Test Dummies 1:06:49
Andrew Hardy & Martin Scott Cycle Paths 1:08:19
Nick Hickman & Paul Wright Elite Cupcake 1:09:28
Paul Greenfield & Darren Timms Bert & Ernie 1:09:36
Manuel Manrique & John Martin Chuckle Bros. 1:09:50
Paul Riley & Nigel Wilson Big Test Icicles 1:12:14
Roger Bamberough & John Curtin The Wheel Deal 1:14:56
Ian Oxton & Jonathan Sewell Olly & Lolly 1:17:06
Harold Jones & Steven Oliver Rollin’ Thunder 1:26:18
Mark Desborough & Rob Fox [mechanical] Foxy Ladies 1:51:01
Chris Batt & Chris Goldenberg [off course] Battman & Robin DNF
Private Time Trials – Women
Jane Wilson (Histon & Impington BC) & Ingrid Matthews (HNCC) Don’t Get Chicked 1:15:18
Rachel O’Donnell (HNCC) & Michelle Reeves (Stevenage CC) Electric Elegance 1:17:12
Private Time Trials – Men
Mark Diplock (HNCC) & Steve Hughes (iCycle) Smokin’ Trees & Stokin’ Threes 1:05:38
George Olive (Stevenage CC) and Mark Vooght (Stevenage CC) Stevenage Ladies 1:05:52
Paul Chinery (unattached) and Mark Loosely(HNCC) Fast & Loose 1:15:39
Private Time Trials – Solos
Steve Robinson (HNCC) Han Solo 1:06:56
Andrew Herbert (unattached) Chewbacca 1:09:35

Next up is the Spring Hilly Event at 09:00 on the 17th March using two laps of the 6Z10 course from Whitwell.  Your TT Secretary has put a call out for pre-registration on the Club’s Face Book Group.  Riders can also make contact via email to timetrials@hitchinnomads.cc .

Muddy Monsters CANCELLED – 3 March 2018

Given the current weather conditions, the forecast and in view of the risks associated with travel to the event, the condition of the course and the effect of cold and possibly wet weather on young people participating, a decision has been made to cancel the Muddy Monsters Event on Butts Close in Hitchin on Saturday 3rd March.

Nick Senechal, Hitchin Nomads Cycling Club

Muddy Monsters in Hitchin – 3 March 2018

Muddy monsters is a fun introduction to cycle racing to be held on Butts Close, Hitchin on Saturday 3rd March. This is ideal for young people who love riding their bikes and can manage to ride consistently for up to 15 minutes (10 minutes for the younger riders). Age categories are: Under 6, under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14 and under 16.

Each rider gets the chance to compete in three races: sprint, endurance and handicap. There will be separate races for older and younger age groups, although some age groups may be combined.

The event is open to all, but parents MUST accompany and register their children to ride. Registration is on the day only and costs £4.00. Registration will open from 9:15:am

The first race is at 10:00 (practice on the course from 9:30) and we aim to finish the last race at 12:00 for prize giving.

Participants require (and will not be allowed to ride unless they have):

  • A bike that fits them in good mechanical order with two working brakes (BMX, Mountain bikes, Cyclo cross, road or hybrid bikes will all be acceptable – some tread on the tyre to give traction on grass is ideal)
  • A properly fitting crash helmet

Sensible, non-baggy clothing and gloves or mitts are strongly recommended


The course is short walk or ride from the centre of Hitchin. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO PARKING FOR COMPETITORS ON BUTTS CLOSE FIELD. However there are several car parks within a short distance:

  • Hitchin Swimming Pool (pay and display) off Fishponds Road (overflow car park across the road may be open if this is full)
  • Christchurch Car Park (pay and display) off Bedford Road
  • The Lairage multi-story off the A505 next to Waitrose

There is also some on-street parking in the surrounding area for those arriving early.

Committee Meeting Minutes – 18 December 2017

HNCC Committee Meeting draft minutes 18122017

In an effort to be open and transparent regarding Committee business, decisions and actions, the draft minutes of the 18 December 2017 Committee Meeting are attached.

Note: The minutes of Committee meetings must be ratified by the Committee and then signed as being a true and accurate record, which procedure is enacted at the next Committee meeting, on 22 January 2018. The minutes of the most recent meeting therefore are provided here for general information only, may be subject to amendment, and should not be read as being a final document.

Club Awards for 2017

The Club Awards (trophies, medals and certificates) were made at the Annual Prize Lunch on Sunday 14th January 2018.  Madam Chairman Meliné Fletcher acted as Mistress of Ceremonies. Longstanding Club member Richard Bland made an opening address, sharing some of his experiences with the Club over many years and his thoughts on its recent development. Captain John Watson and TT Sec Nick Hickman handed out the Awards, with Chris Batt on photographic duties. The allocation of Awards was prepared by Nigel Wilson and the Committee. Roger Bamberough arranged the engraving and purchase of new trophies and medals. The complete list of winners is attached:

HNCC Awards 2017