In an effort to be open and transparent regarding Committee business, decisions and actions, the minutes of the 15 August Committee Meeting are attached:
Note: The minutes of meeting were ratified by the Committee and then signed as being a true and accurate record, which procedure was enacted at the 19 September Committee meeting
Reporter: Chris ‘Cleggy’ Corney
A beautiful late summer’s morning greeted the 9 riders who had ventured out for the final Briercliffe 10 TT of the summer. Clear, sunny skies bathed the Southill dales, and a mild southwesterly breeze made for a pleasant experience for both riders and officials. Your reporter was unfortunately unable to take part on his bike this week, due to a recent dry-stone walling injury down in t’ lower field.
Whilst there were no old men wearing woolly hats, in tin baths on wheels, there was the usual mix of cutting edge TT machines, and regular road bikes. Mr ‘Compo’ Desborough proved one can go blisteringly fast on a bike laden with such items as retro frame fit pumps and luggage racks.
Nigel ‘Foggy’ Wilson was appearing slightly worse for wear. Apparently last night’s ‘pre-race protein’ drinks may have been spiked with a lethal shandy / babycham cocktail. Nevertheless, he valiantly wobbled his way to the start line to post a very respectable time.
Fastest time of the morning went to Lindz Barral (Equipe Velo). Fastest Nomad of the morning was Mark Desborough with a 25:21. Father and son pair of Nick and Luke Senechal carried on the inter-generational 2-up tradition.
Thanks to Meli ‘Nora’ Fletcher and her assistant Chris Jones for time keeping duties, and Steve Smith for pushing off.
Mark Desborough 25:21; James Cornell 25:39; Nick Hickman 26:00; Nigel Wilson 27: 58; Catherine Jones 30:25; Nick Senechal + Luke Senechal (2-up) 31:18; John King DNF
Private Time Trials
Lindz Barral (Equipe Velo) 24:48
Reporters: Hannah and Nigel Wilson
Timekeeper and cycling history expert: Frank Turner
Assistants: Leanne Cutler, Meli Fletcher, Ben Wilson
It may have been sunny in Hitchin when riders set off to the time trial on Saturday, but it was raining by the time they got up to Bedfordshire.
However by the time numbers had been pinned on riders’ backs, the sun was just about shining again. First off were Father and Daughter 2-up pairing of Nigel and Hannah Wilson followed by six solo riders. They all looked pretty fast when they came past us but fastest of all was Lindz Barral and the quickest Nomad was Mark Desborough.
Nigel was the weakest link in the Wilson 2-up team
Thank you to Leanne for arranging the event and to all the marshalling crew. We ended up at Southill Tea Rooms afterwards where Frank gave us the history of the cycling building in Letchworth.
Hitchin Nomads Event
M Desborough 25:26; S Robinson 25:53; J Bainbridge 26:16; R Chirvasuta 29:04; S Oliver 31:30; N and H Wilson 44:22.
Private Time Trials
Lindz Barral (Equipe Velo) 25:01
[Final event is same time, same course next week. First rider off at 09:01, with sign on from 08:30 – 08:45. Nick Hickman is Event Organiser]
Reporter: Nick Hickman
Photography: Davey Jones
Nomads Nick Hickman, Freddy Bulmer and Nick Senechal rose well ahead of sunrise to ride the Victoria CC 3-up 10.2 miles Team Time Trial near Audley End. Senechal came off the bench as a reserve Nick – replacing Nick Morgan who had an unexpected real life matter to deal with.
The team matched the Club’s previous attempt on this course to the second, with a 23:30 leaving them missing out on 1st place by just three seconds. Three seconds. Could each team member have pushed just a fraction harder each time they took a turn on the front? This question must remain unanswered until the four event series commences again next season. Three seconds …
Bulmer and Hickman enjoyed it so much they rode the solo event afterwards, coming in with 25:15 and 25:35 respectively. Senechal, the far more experienced team time triallist made his excuses and took an early bath (something about a prior commitment to take his boys to watch twenty two grown men kick an inflated bladder around a field for 90 minutes).
The event was organised by Christine Yareham who put on another superb event with her team of marshals and helpers at the HQ, the Victoria CC Club House in Ugley. Large volumes of coffee and bread pudding were consumed in the sunshine at this historic location which has a handful of similar Club Houses (Shaftesbury CC, Eagle RC, etc.) close by. The Nomads team owes Christine a big debt of gratitude for sorting out its last minute reserve and giving us such a warm welcome.
The series has 3-up, 2-up, solo and tandem events and is highly recommended.
In an effort to be open and transparent regarding Committee business, decisions and actions, the minutes of the 18 July Committee Meeting are attached:
HNCC Committee Meeting minutes 18 July 2016
Note: The minutes of meeting were ratified by the Committee and then signed as being a true and accurate record, which procedure was enacted at the 15 August Committee meeting
Reporter, assistant timekeeper and pusher off: Nick Hickman
Timekeeper and equipment scrutiniser: Frank Turner
With the Tuesday evening series now concluded for the season, there are three more opportunities for testers to achieve a season best around the Briercliffe 10 course. With a less than promising weather forecast and the holiday season in full swing just six riders stepped up to the challenge for the first Saturday morning event.
The course had been declared OK to ride after an inspection determined that the chippings on the stretch up to G&M Growers RAB did not constitute a safety risk, having bedded in nicely in recent days since the cancellation of the Tuesday event. The very brisk SW breeze gave riders a good push to the RAB and the course was dry after a sharp shower just before sign on.
Fastest rider of the morning was Lindz Barral of Equipe Velo. Nomad Mark Desborough would have edged him out by one second had he not incurred a late start penalty.
Hitchin Nomads Event
M Desborough 25:42 (inc. 29 secs late start penalty); J Watson 25:42; C Corney 29:56; C Jones 31:22; Mark Loosley 32:17
Private Time Trials
Lindz Barral (Equipe Velo) 25:14
[Second event is same time, same course next week. First rider off at 09:01, with sign on from 08:30 – 08:45. Leanne Cutler is Event Organiser]