Three Nomads set their alarms for an early wake up call to compete at the Beds Road CC 25 TT on the F1/25 course before the remnants of Hurricane Bertha blew in. The team (consisting Ben Wilson, Leanne Cutler and Nick Hickman) convened at the Stuart Memorial Hall in Tempsford to collect their race numbers and compare notes on their targets for the morning. Wilson was looking for a time quick enough to qualify for an event on a fast course in South Wales next month. A “long 56” would probably be enough. Cutler was hoping for a personal best. Perhaps less than 01:10:00 and, most importantly, not being overtaken by a work colleague riding for another club and setting off behind her. Hickman’s aim was to get a sub-hour on F1, which had been eluding him for a couple of seasons on both the regular and “B” course.
The team all set off within 20 minutes of each other, receiving the usual boisterous encouragement at the start from Timekeeper John Pick. Heading south on the A1 the weather was still fair but a block headwind to the turn at Baldock before the start of the motorway made for hard riding. Hopes of some assistance on the return leg were then dashed as the rain started and the turbines at Langford slowed right down while the wind dropped to almost a still calm.
The winner of the event was Simon Norman riding for the host club and completing the course in an impressive 00:53:40. Wilson was fastest Nomad on the day, with a 00:58:22. A new personal best but probably not fast enough to qualify for the Welsh event. Cutler finished on 01:12:24, missing out on her time target but achieving the second Nomads’ personal best for the day, and not getting caught by her work mate. She also took third position on the women’s podium. Hickman’s aim for a sub hour on F1 will have to wait until next season. He finished in 01:02:04.
While taking tea at the hall the heavens really opened and the general consensus was that “the weather wasn’t nearly as bad as it might have been”, and “hope the Nomads’ Club Runners and Ride London 100 competitors don’t get it too bad”.
The event was organised to the usual high standard by our friends at Beds Road CC.
Photographs courtesy Davey Jones.
Report by Nick Hickamn