HNCC Autumn Series Round 4 Report – 07/09/2014

Whitwell Hilly Circuit. Overcast, still and cool conditions greeted the 9 riders that gathered on the Whitwell/Codicote road for the final round of the Autumn TT series. The timekeeper was nowhere to be found but guessed the right direction to take in Codicote in the end to be there on time! Three Nomads clocked times in the 24s for the 9.2 mile circuit with Mark Desborough the fastest by 12 seconds while Nick Senechal pipped Nick Hickman into 2nd place by just 17 seconds. Lone PTT Tom Bishop set the fastest time of the morning with an excellent 23:02. Startline comedy was supplied by James Cornell who after not being able to engage his small chainring throughout the warmup managed to engage it with 4 secounds until his push off – cue frenzied spinning away from the line. Pictured is David Summerell approaching the finish to squeak inside 30 minutes, wondering if Saturday night had been such a good idea!



Timekeeping, pushing off and journalism was from Steve Smith.

Nomads Mark Desborough – 24:28, Nick Senechal – 24:40, Nick Hickman – 24:47, James Cornell – 25:34, Michael Webb – 26:15, Nigel Tooke – 26:32, Leanne Cutler – 28:56, David Summerell – 29:49 Guests Tom Bishop – 23:02 If you are available next Sunday morning to help at the Road Race in Great Barford please let Andrew Stevenson know if you haven’t already.


Hitchin Nomads Road Race – Information

Pre-race information for the Hitchin Nomads CC 2014 Road Race can be found via the following link: Hitchin Nomads Road Race Guide (PDF)

Enquiries should be directed to Andrew Stevenson (Organiser). Thanks to all riders who have signed up to ride and thanks to our sponsors for supporting the event.



Membership landmark achieved as Nomads hit the century mark

Hitchin Nomads Cycling Club has achieved the landmark of 100 members thanks to the support of  British Cycling (BC). The Hertfordshire based club which was founded in 1931 has worked closely with Josie Heffernan (regional lead for BC) to reinvigorate its membership base following the rise in interest in cycling in the UK from 2012 onwards. The cornerstone of the club’s growth has been the use of the British Cycling Club Manager tool and also a really active use of social and digital media.
Amongst other statistics, the club has 230 Facebook followers in its open group and also has an online library of hundreds of GPS friendly routes, club runs and training circuits. Nomads’ Chairman, Nick Senechal, commented:
“The club, like many others in the late 1990s and early 2000s found itself struggling for members and new blood and it fell on to a core group of us to look at new ways of promoting the discipline of cycling in the area and of embracing some of the tools and support that was being developed by British Cycling. We now have one of the most professionally presented and lively online cycling communities in the Region. Importantly, we have used tools which are free at the point of use to our members and our online budget is probably less than the price of a new tyre. It goes to show what can be done with the right group of volunteers.”
Membership Officer and BC Licensed Coach, Simon Doyle, added:
“The communication channels we have created has made our membership really coherent and a sense of identity has been generated through some simple, yet novel ideas. We offer a free club jersey for first time members and we also encourage all ages and genders to get involved. Although there is a serious element to racing in disciplines, spanning Cyclo-Cross, Time Trialling and Road Racing, there is a strong social element too which brings newcomers in to the sport and club.”
Over 20% of the Nomads’ membership is female and 50% of our membership are also British Cycling Members.