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.
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