Charlton Hill Climb – 16 October 2016


Course: 6Y/H
Event Organiser: Nick Hickman
Time keeper: Frank Turner
Assistant time keeper: James Spence
Holding up: Ross Thompson, James McPherson

Placing Rider (all HNCC members) # Result
1 Saunders, Andy 37 01:19.5
2 Bainbridge, James 19 01:24.2
3 Watson, John 30 01:29.3
4 McPherson, James 9 01:30.7
5 Morgan, Nick 24 01:31.0
6 Bulmer, Freddy 12 01:31.3
7 Thomson, Ross 39 01:34.6
8 Clarke, Thomas 14 01:35.6
9 Timms, Darren 36 01:36.3
10 Senechal, Nick 31 01:40.0
11 Maher, Patrick 23 01:42.5
12 Chirvasuta, Radu 10 01:43.3
13 Rickels, David 27 01:43.4
14 Horwood, Scott 20 01:43.7
15 Corney, Chris 16 01:48.0
16 Cornell, James 8 01:51.4
17 Jones, Catherine 21 01:52.4
18 Ruggles, Brian 28 01:55.1
19 Greenfield, Paul 18 01:58.3
20 Cleary, Thom 15 02:10.1
21 Stokes, Aaron 34 02:10.5
22 Bamberough, Roger 11 02:12.0
23 Stanbury, Steve 32 02:13.0
24 Plunckett, Russell 26 02:15.3
25 Tomlin, Jamie 35 02:20.9
26 Oliver, Stephen 25 02:27.4
27 George, Phil 17 02:28.0
28 Allen, Mike 22 02:33.5
29 Hickman, Nick 40 02:50.7
30 Young, Mark 13 03:15.7


British Best All Rounder (BBAR) – 2016

With all the relevant events now completed, the provisional * results for the BBAR competition are in.  For the men’s BBAR the speed is the average of the speeds for the 50 miles, 100 miles and 12 hr events.  For the women’s BBAR  the 25 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles events are used.

2016 was the strongest showing from the Nomads for many years and most probably for ever.

In the men’s competition Julian Pegg smashed the Club 50 miles and 100 miles records on the way to the Club BBAR record. John Watson set a tremendous new Club 12 hr record, putting it “out of reach” according to some commentators.  Nick Morgan put in a huge performance in his competition debut, finishing just inside the top half of the field of 134 competitors.


In the women’s competition with no previous Club record in the archive, Leanne Cutler established a new benchmark.  She did it in great style – breaking the 25 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles records in the process.


The team competition uses the average of the individuals’ BBAR speeds. The men improved on last season’s 4th place, getting  on the podium for 2016 and setting yet another Club record.  That last place on the podium was closely fought with Hounslow & District Wheelers just 0.05mph short.


* results are consolidated from tables posted on the CTT web site and, for the team competition, some calculations posted to the Time Trialling Forum.  These are not likely to change but are provisional until such time as CTT has formally declared the results.

Autumn Hilly TT – 8 October 2016

Reporter: James McPherson

On a cold and drizzly October morning 10 riders turned up for the Nigel Wilson challenge.  A murmur of excitement went round during sign-on, when it was realised Nigel had sacrificed the opportunity to defend his title and would instead help out marshalling and timekeeping.   This was an event that could now be won.

The sense that anything was possible was dampened somewhat when Mark Desborough turned up without his luggage rack, and Nick Morgan rolled into view with talk of this being a warm up for an open even later today and a 2-up with James Cornell tomorrow.

Chris Corney and Chris Brabrook arrived shaken but uninjured having met an out of control MX5 sliding on their side of the road, whilst riding down to the start.  Luckily no-one was hurt, but a mental note was made by all to take it easy on the greasy roads.

Despite this, very respectful times were achieved on this hilly course, with Nick Morgan posting an excellent sub-50 mins time.  Mark Desborough came second, missing a 49 by just 5 secs.   James McPherson was not far behind with a long 50.

Afterwards a warming coffee was had at Vanstone Park garden Centre, where as usual a number of claims were made.   To attempt to preserve the truth, these have subsequently been fully investigated by the authorities.

 1. Ross Thompson claim

“I won the non aero bike race”

Results of Investigation

BMC responded to the claim regarding the bike Thompson had chosen to ride that day: “Our ‘state-of-the-art, aero bike’ with deep section rim wheels, combines maximal aerodynamics, integration and stiffness – we didn’t just enter the aero category, we re-created it”.

However a number of riders did confirm that Thompson did ride his bike whilst in a near vertical position for most of the race “like a policeman”, providing drag advantage for anyone within half a mile of him, despite his aero Nomads top and “maximal” aero bike.

In the final judgement, the claim was rejected as James Bainbridge was riding a single speed and beat Thompson by nearly 2 minutes.

2. Nick Senechal claim

“I was only 3 seconds behind James McPherson and would have probably beaten him if I had not decided to turn my light on when I saw Nick Hickman’s light on ahead”.

Results of Investigation

Senechal was only behind Hickman on the first lap, and the splits show that Senechal went faster on his first lap, hence the claim was swiftly rejected (by James McPherson).

 3. David Summerell claim

“I have only just returned from Cyprus and was freezing!”

 It was confirmed that Summerell was wearing 4 tops and was still shivering, compared to a full aero onesie for Nick Morgan and James McPherson.  Claim accepted.

A huge thanks from all the riders to Chris Tribe, Nigel Wilson and Hannah Wilson for time-keeping, marshalling and providing excellent encouragement.

1st Lap 2nd lap Total
Nick Morgan 00:24:24 00:24:33 0:48:57
Mark Desborough 00:25:00 00:25:04 0:50:04
James McPherson 00:25:21 00:25:22 0:50:43
Nick Senechal 00:25:08 00:25:38 0:50:46
James Bainbridge 00:25:27 00:25:55 0:51:22
Nick Hickman 00:26:08 00:26:17 0:52:25
Chris Brabook 00:25:23 00:27:06 0:52:29
Ross Thompson 00:26:23 00:26:51 0:53:14
David Summerell 00:29:22 00:31:10 1:00:32
Chris Corney 00:31:21  DNF

Committee Meeting Minutes 15 August 2016

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

Late Summer TT Series (3 of 3) – 3 September 2016

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.

TT start 6

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.

TT start 7

Thanks to Meli ‘Nora’ Fletcher and her assistant Chris Jones for time keeping duties, and Steve Smith for pushing off.

HNCC Competition

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

Late Summer TT Series (2 of 3) – 27 August 2016

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.

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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]


Victoria CC 3-up TTT – 27 August 2016

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.