Hemel Hempstead Hilly TT – 29/03/2015 Report

1st Sea Lord James Gomm and Rear Admiral Nick Hickman turned out of their hammocks at o-crow-double-o on Sunday 29th March to set sail on the high seas in stormy weather for an Open Hilly event – 7.17 nautical leagues around the Chilterns (or 21.3 miles in old money).

This was the second of the London North Millennium Trophy Series, the first (North Road Hard Riders) having been cancelled due to icebergs on the course.  Both left their Fast Attack Boats at the quay side. Gomm cast off first in his Carbon Fibre Frigate and was safely back in port after 01:05:48 (39th of 55 starters).  Hickman slipped his moorings a little while later, piloting his Steel Tug Boat.  He was back on dry land in 01:08:12 (45thplace).

Hickman on the F11/22  Gomm on the F11/22

Hickman and Gomm on the climb up Ivinghoe Beacon

As well as Bison Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon, the course featured some deep flooding and stretches with a “failed road surface” according to the Highways Agency signage.  The Hemel Hempstead Coast Guard was out in force to marshal the vessels and there was good support from cheering land lubbers on the shore side.

The event was won by Tejvan Pettinger (2013 National Hill Climb Champion) in 00:51:25; edging out last year’s victor Michael Broadwith by just 7 seconds and taking the ‘Sid Latchford Memorial’ silverware home.


Medium Gear 9.7 TT 21/03/2015 – Report

For the first time in 3 years the Medium Gear 25 was able to run on the scheduled date, albeit at a reduced distance of 9.7 miles due to the customary road works at this time of year. Although the weather was kind enough to not produce snow, ice or thick fog (the reasons for the past 3 years cancellations), there was still a kick in the teeth with a brutal 18mph headwind up Growers. To quote one rider, (for the sake of anonymity we shall refer to him simply as Mr Smith), “it was a day for the big man”.

The conditions seemed enough to put many off, with just two riders competing for the Walt Livings memorial trophy. In a straight shoot out between Nick Hickman and Steve Smith, it was Nick who emerged victorious.

Leanne Cutler and James Gomm took the opportunity to get some riding into the wind practice, and rode PTT’s.

Medium Gear Trophy

The Walt Livings Memorial Trophy

Officiating today were Chris Tribe and Nigel Wilson, with Michael Webb pushing off the riders .

The Nomads evening TT series kicks off on Tuesday 7th April.


Medium Gear Competition:
Nick Hickman – 29:57, Steve Smith – 33:36

James Gomm – 27:40, Leanne Cutler – 32:33

2015 2-Up Team Time Trial Result

15 hardy souls took to the lanes of Southill despite the cold weather and moderate (Ed – er, it was more than moderate matey) easterly breeze to stage and take part in the annual Nomads 2 Up 25 mile time trial. The course had to be truncated due to roadworks, which I’m sure left the competitors with the same feeling of relief felt by the author when he found out on Friday?

The route was one complete lap of the Dave Gudgin 25 course, with a small addition at the finish to complete the course back at the start of the Briercliffe 10, to get as close to 10 miles as possible. Start duties were carried out by Steve Smith, Frank Turner and Mike Webb, with photography by the ever present Davey Jones who provided some cracking shots for the record book. An albeit brief appearance from Nomads “Groupie” Jane Hickman, wildly shouting and ringing a cow bell was a welcome sight on the road through Stanford, just as the wind was getting its teeth into the legs.

Gav GommHickman JT LeanneMeli RileyWIlson SDSR

The raft of Nomads kit was also peppered with the appearance of Team Salesengine.co.uk kit, who brought their own version of the Team Sky Death Star along with them. Second-claim Nomads, Simon & Steve also seemed to have their own support rider, who provided welcome encouragement to the whole field and who also proved that it was quicker cycling in the opposite direction (Ed – it was Sam Hayes).

5 pairs and soloist Gavin Ashfield posted the following times, and given the unusual length of the course, the discussion in Southill Tea Rooms after the event was almost entirely focused on what very specific Club Record each of the pairs now held! Fastest Female pair, Fastest Veterans, Fastest Beards Fastest mixed kit and Fastest Knobbly Knees are all now considered viable categories. Poor old Gavin had to be content with fastest time of the day, which as a solo was an impressive performance.


Nick Hickman & James Gomm – 25:42

Julian Pegg & Jon Traynor – 27:31

Paul Riley & Nigel Wilson – 27:57

Leanne Cutler & Meline Fletcher – 30:26


Gavin Ashfield  – 23:35


Simon Doyle & Steve Robinson, Team Salesengine.co.uk – 24:08

Thanks to all for turning out on what was a tough but enjoyable morning – Paul Riley

2015 Spring Hilly Report – 07/03/2015

Six starters braved the windy but dry conditions. Competitors coped with traffic, avoiding road kill and a wealth of recreational cyclists and enjoying what turned out to be the warmest day of 2015 so far.

Rider, Club, (Lap 1)  Finish Time (min sec)
Gavin Ashfield, HNCC (23.54) 48.23, Julian Pegg HNCC (26.38), 54.09, Nigel Wilson HNCC (28.48) 58.25, Leanne Cutler HNCC (29.14) 59.15, David Summerell HNCC (30.49) 1.03.43

Private TT
Jason Stuart, CC Ashwell (23.49) 48.16

Some excellent early season form. Welcome to Julian Pegg who took the start line for the first time as a Nomad and great to see Leanne Cutler back on the road after recent illness.

Officials today were Meli Fletcher (timekeeping) and Steve Smith (pushing off). Thanks to all the supporters at the start/finish offering encouragement to the riders.

Next week it’s the 2-Up around the Southill 25 course, starting at 9:00am on Sat 14th 2015.

Meliné Fletcher