Important Reminder to Club Time Triallists

From Time Trial Secretary, Nick Hickman

With the Nomads’ TT events in now full swing, I would like to remind members of specific regulations set by CTT (the governing body in the UK for time trialling) concerning event safety.  Mostly it is all common sense, and if we keep in mind that “safety – not your performance – is the first priority”, then we are unlikely to go wrong.

Please be aware that concerns about the behaviour of cyclists have been raised from within one of the communities that our regular Tuesday evening events pass through.  In particular immediately after the “Dave Gudgin 25” on 26 May I was approached by one of the Old Warden Parish Councillors who reported that he had seen some potentially ill-judged overtaking manoeuvres around the traction engines that were steaming through the village at the same time as our event.  The Councillor is himself a keen cyclist who has stated that he “would like residents to support cycling and embrace it as part of the spectacle of life in our village”.   The feedback I have received from many of the riders indicates that they overtook safely with no fuss and indeed some felt that there had been some poor behaviour from one motorist.  However, the fact that the Councillor took the time and trouble to report this to me makes me anxious that we are careful to stay safe and not alienate the community towards our Club and to cycling in general.

The Club’s position is that it wishes for all road users (whether on a bicycle, on foot or using another mode of transport) to go about their business safely, legally and with due courtesy and respect to other users.  There has been no strong evidence of any misbehaviour by event officials, club riders or guests.  We have every right to compete, are regulated by CTT and have specific police permissions.

Below is a summary from the CTT regulations regarding conduct which must be adhered to by those competing (full set of rules and regulations available on the CTT website at http://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/Regulations ):

  1. Observance of Regulations & Behaviour

(a)           Competitors, officials, helpers or members of affiliated clubs shall not act or behave in a manner such as to give offence to the public interest or such as to bring the sport into disrepute.
(b)           The onus of ensuring the observance of Regulations governing the promotion and conduct of events shall be upon the promoting body. Any member of an affiliated club procuring or assisting in procuring a breach of the Company’s Rules and Regulations shall be deemed to have committed a breach of such Rules and Regulations, and shall be liable to disciplinary action.
(c)            When a rider is suspended from competition he may not compete in any event held under the jurisdiction of the Company during the period of suspension.

  1. Observance of the Law

All competitors in, or in the vicinity of the event, must observe the law of the land relating to road use. In particular, but without prejudice to the general principles of this Regulation, competitors must:

(a)           not ride in a manner that is unsafe either to themselves or to other road users
(b)           ride on the left-hand side of the road except for safe overtaking and when making right hand turns
(c)           conform to all traffic signs, signals and direction indicators
(d)           in making any turn before, during or after the event, ensure that it is safe to do so.

Event officials must not seek to regulate or interfere with other traffic.

Note: Where there has been an accident as a result of a competitor’s contravention of (a) above the competitor shall normally be subjected to a minimum effective period of suspension of six competitive months for a first offence and twelve months for a second offence.

  1. Reporting Accidents

If a competitor or an event official is involved in an accident in or in the vicinity of an event which either/or:

(a)           results in personal injury
(b)           involves a third party
(c)            is reported to the police

he must report the circumstances to the Event Secretary as soon as possible. The Event Secretary shall ensure that a full report is submitted to the National Secretary and the appropriate District Secretary within fourteen days of the accident. The District Secretary shall notify the National Secretary of the District Committee’s findings when its investigations into the accident have been concluded.

When a competitor is involved in an accident with a stationary vehicle, the appropriate District Committee MUST hold an investigation in accordance with Cycling Time Trials Rule 2(a) as a matter of urgency.

All accidents involving serious injury or death MUST be reported to the National Secretary immediately it is practical to do so.

I would like to be clear to all competitors that if anyone is found to not be conducting themselves in a suitable manner, especially through the villages and towards the local residents, then I will have no hesitation in disqualifying that competitor and refusing their future entry to Club events. Please also bear in mind that although in the heat of the moment it may seem tempting to overtake that slow moving car going through a village, or take a risk at a junction, anyone who is involved in an accident (which does not necessarily have to involve a third party) and found to be liable will automatically receive a 6 month suspension by the CTT from all competition.  This includes Club events, Interclub events and Open events. We have been in the fortunate position as to not have anyone suspended for many years, and personally I would like to keep it that way, so that we can all continue to participate in the sport that we love.

I look forward to a continued well attended and successful season with lots of personal bests achieved and perhaps some course records broken. The emphasis of the Club events is to push ourselves hard and form friendly rivalries with those at a similar ability, but most importantly to stay safe and have fun.

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HNCC Open 25 30/05/2015 – Results

The Nomads held their annual Open TT today (30 May 2015) around the F14/25 circuit, which takes in the country lanes around Guilden Morden. The day was warm and sunny, however a stiff Westerly wind ensured that it was hard work for the riders from after the roundabout turn for the 6 mile stretch to Wrestlingworth. It was a pity that the local council decided to resurface a small section of the course (c. 100m) prior to the event but no real time penalty ensued for the field.

The event was won the Luke Clarke of TMG Horizon, who held off brother Ross for the win. Jeremy Hargrave of Fenland RC came in 3rd. The Nomads’ own Leanne Cutler was the first Lady home to claim the Ladies’ competition. It was also a successful day for the male Nomad riders, with Gavin Ashfield placing 5th, and Nigel Hale also making the top 10. Both of whom put in sub-hour times. Chapeau.

For those who like statistics, the winning time was 47 seconds quicker than 2014’s, and the winning team of 3 were 6 minutes 55 seconds quicker than last year’s winning team.

Thanks go to all those who gave their time to ensure that the event could go ahead:

  • Tim Groves, his daughter Becki, and Frank Turner for timekeeping and to Simon Young for pushing off and relaying the results to HQ.
  • The Marshals – John Watson, Paul Riley, Simon Costin, Chris Tribe, Ingrid Matthews, Roger Taylor & Michael Webb
  • HQ Crew – Meliné Fletcher, Wendy Tribe, Anne Collins & Hannah Wilson.

Many thanks to all those who took part and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Prizes

1st – #30 Luke Clarke – TMG Horizon Cycling Team – 0:54:39 – £30

2nd – #50 Ross Clarke – TMG Horizon Cycling Team – 0:55:46 – £20

3rd – #10 Jeremy Hargrave – Fenland Road Club – 0:57:22 – £10

1st Lady – #44 Leanne Cutler – Hitchin Nomads – 1:12:08 – £20

2nd Lady – #7 Joanna Spragg – Bossard Wheelers – 1:13:25 – £10

Fastest Team of 3 – TMG Horizon Cycling Team – 2:50:17 – £10 Each Rider

#30 Luke Clarke

#50 Ross Clarke

#45 Tony May

Congratulations to all the winners. Prize money will be sent in the post in due course.

Results

Position # Name Club Time
1 30 Luke Clarke TMG Horizon Cycling Team 0:54:39
2 50 Ross Clarke TMG Horizon Cycling Team 0:55:46
3 10 Jeremy Hargrave Fenland Road Club 0:57:22
4 39 Joshua Lawless Elite Cycling 0:58:48
5 17 Gavin Ashfield Hitchin Nomads CC 0:58:57
6 55 Ian Pike Fenland Road Club 0:59:05
7 59 Leigh smith Equipe Velo 0:59:15
8 52 Antony Birt Ipswich BC 0:59:38
9 46 Jason Stuart CC Ashwell 0:59:50
10 51 Nigel Hale Hitchin Nomads CC 0:59:51
11 45 Tony May TMG Horizon Cycling Team 0:59:52
12 29 Kevin Haynes Finsbury Park CC 1:00:11
13 35 Allan Simmonds VC 10 1:00:22
14 15 Michael Martin CC Ashwell 1:00:30
15 31 Julian Pegg Hitchin Nomads CC 1:01:31
16 25 Steve Clarke TMG Horizon Cycling Team 1:01:48
17 40 John Dowling Hemel Hempstead CC 1:02:26
18 16 Alan Lang Hartlepool CC 1:02:41
19 22 Roberto Luff Bossard Whs 1:02:47
20 11 Richard Moule Bossard Whs 1:03:29
21 32 Graham Pepperdine Verulam CC 1:04:43
22 6 Ian Fensom Fenland Road Club 1:04:51
23 26 Nick Hickman Hitchin Nomads CC 1:05:00
24 47 Jonathan Scott Verulam CC 1:06:13
25 48 Jon Traynor Hitchin Nomads CC 1:06:53
26 13 Steve Rust Team Trisports 1:06:56
27 38 Daniel Homer Southgate CC 1:07:31
28 14 Toby Maloy Team Milton Keynes 1:07:39
29 34 Nigel Tooke Hitchin Nomads CC 1:07:47
30 8 Nigel Wilson Hitchin Nomads CC 1:09:13
31 18 Graham Ricketts Verulam CC 1:09:22
32 54 Tony Shortland Team Trisports 1:10:51
33 53 Paul Thomson Hemel Hempstead CC 1:10:58
34 43 Andrew Porter Welwyn Wheelers 1:11:08
35 33 Michael Russell Team Trisports 1:11:36
36 44 (L) Leanne Cutler Hitchin Nomads CC 1:12:08
37 7 (L) Joanna Spragg Bossard Whs 1:13:25
38 49 (L) Anna Holden Team Trisports 1:13:50
39 19 (L) Felicity Hey Cambridge University CC 1:19:17
40 28 (L) Carol Macdonald Hemel Hempstead CC 1:20:00
41 5 Steve Smith Hitchin Nomads CC 1:20:29
42 23 Leslie Morris VTTA (L&HC) 1:21:25
43 9 David Sullivan Cardif Ajax CC 1:33:32
37 Bryan Holland North Road CC DNF
56 (L) Emily Robertson CC Luton DNF

 

Number Name Club Time
36 (L) Lucy Gossage Cambridge CC DNSA
21 Carmelo Luggeri CC Ashwell DNSA
27 Andrew Bright Chronos RT DNSA
20 Tim Davies Icknield RC DNSA
41 Ian Turner North Road CC DNSA
57 Neill Coventry Rugby RCC DNSA
24 Martin Magnago St Ives CC DNSA
60 Brett Harwood Terry Wright Cycles RC DNS
12 Richard Burton Westerley CC DNSA
42 Paul King Verulam CC DNS
58 Glenn Dossett Welwyn Whs DNS
12 Richard Burton Westerley CC DNSA

Tuesday TT Series 26/5/2015 Report

Reporter: Nick Hickman

HNCC Dave Gudgin 25 Event
G Ashfield 00:59:15
N Hale 01:00:52
N Hickman 01:05:03
M Desborough 01:07:07
J Gomm 01:07:10
J Traynor 01:08:48
N Tooke 01:09:10
N Wilson 01:09:19
P Riley 01:10:29
M Collins 01:12:46
A White 01:14:01
C Corney 01:16:55
D Summerell 01:18:00
S Smith 01:19:55
D Rickels 01:20:31
Private Time Trials
J Gorman (Full Gas RT) 00:57:56
W Smith (CC Ashwell) 00:58:30
J Stuart (CC Ashwell) 00:59:25
L Barral (Equipe Velo) 01:02:02
J McKenzie (CC Ashwell) 01:03:06
D Ledgerton (Team Sales Engine) 01:12:40
D Wetherill (Team Trisports) DNF

Tuesday TT Series 19/5/2015 Report

Reporter: Paul Riley

After a wild day of hail and thunder, on what turned out to be a dry, clear but cold evening, nearly as many spectators as riders gathered to run a traffic-calming free Briercliffe 10.  In the absence of our resident “Statto” from last week, here is a summary of this week’s TT in simple words with only limited reference to past performances!

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Nick Hickman chose to ride slightly less than medium-gear fixed.  Andy Saunders rode a standard road bike complete with commuter inspired top tube mounted pump.  Mark Collins chose to ride on a different side of the road to what he has been used to recently.  Everyone else rode relatively standard TT machines with assorted extra layers of clothing to cope with the cold.  Lindz Barral set the fastest time of the night at 25.19, nearly 2 minutes slower than last week’s effort on the faster “Roadworks 10”, which gives you a good idea of the tough conditions for the evening.

Time keeping duties were handled by Paul Riley. Michael Webb did a sterling job of pushing off.  Ann Collins number spotted.  Sue Clifford–Smith was on photography duties.  Frank Turner provided much needed support to the Timekeeper.

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Hitchin Nomads CC Event

Jon Traynor 27.07, Andy Saunders 27.45, Nigel Tooke 28.30, Mark Collins 29.00, Nick Hickman 29.17, Steve Smith 31.31

1 2 3 4 5 6

Private Time Trial

Lindz Barral (Equipe Velo) 25.19

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Next week’s event is the Dave Gudgin 25 as it looks likely that there will be no road works present on the course.  TT Secretary Nick Hickman is arranging for the “Roadworks 10” course to be available as a back up for the rest of the season in case our regular courses can’t be used for whatever reason.

Nomads vs. Wiggins – 16/05/2015 Report

Reporter: Leanne Cutler

On a warmish (16°C) Saturday morning Nomads Jon Traynor, Nigel Wilson and Leanne Cutler set off up the A1(M) to South Cave near Hull, to join 147 other riders (including some bloke called Sir Bradley Wiggins) on the A63 (more commonly known as the V718) for a 10 miles bicycle promenade.

The day didn’t start well for Jon Traynor, or his bike, resulting in an emergency trip to Trisports before leaving Hertfordshire.  After a lunch stop at Scunthorpe services (and Nigel Wilson being locked in the car with the alarm blaring out) the three Nomads arrived at event HQ in Newport .  A quick change into the blue and yellow skin suits and the first Nomad, Leanne Cutler, made the 4 miles journey to the start line only to discover that the start had been delayed by 15 min, then 30 min, then 45 mins due to emergency removal of a ‘dangerous lamp post’ following a fight with a car the previous evening.  Rumour on amongst the sixteen ladies lining up was it was a rouse in the bid for the strong westerly 18 mph winds (and 33 mph gusts) to have died down prior to Wiggo taking on Alex Dowsett’s 10 miles TT record (17:20 on E2/10 at Six Mile Bottom near Newmarket last season).  The BBC camera man clearly hadn’t read the script and started filming number 12 (rather than 120) and 13 before realising his error.  This left the nation’s TV licence payers missing Nomad Leanne’s moment off the start line being cheered on by Jon and Nigel who, like the rest of the crowds, had been unaware of the late start.  It looked like the entire local cycling community had turned out in force with pockets of crowds in the laybys and bridges on A63.  Jon and Nigel chatted to some of the natives at the start and Jon was heard to say ”I like to give something back to the fans” when a young boy was chuffed that he had been talking to somebody in the race.

The wind helped on the outward leg, resulting in Jon achieving top speed of 32 mph, Nigel averaging 28 mph and Leanne reaching the 4.6 mile turn point in 9 min 11 sec.  The return 5.4 miles was a very different story.  Strong headwinds and gusts, especially in the final mile, resulted in the pace dropping to as low as 16 mph.

Following their gruelling effort, the Nomads returned to the start to see Sir Bradley being pushed off.  You had to feel sorry for number 116 who, after 50yds, broke his chain.  Perhaps he should have gone to Trisports before the race like Jon?  The second loudest cheer of the day was for Wiggins minute man, A Birdsall, who achieved a PB of 24:52.  Wonder how long he held Wiggo off for?  The traffic stopped (much to some motorists’ annoyance) and one elderly gentleman was heard to say ”I will never see anything like this in my lifetime again” until Nigel pointed out that Wiggins was doing it all again a week on Wednesday!  5:15pm and he was off, with his gold lid and rainbow striped World TT Champion disc wheel – subtle.  After watching his return both Jon and Nigel agreed that, from their view on the bridge, Leanne had looked far more comfortable than Wiggins at this point.  The Nomads rushed back to the HQ for coffee and cake, and to check on their times against the best of the rest.  All three had secured PB’s.  Fastest was Jon Traynor 24:13, followed by Nigel Wilson 24:35 then Leanne Cutler 24:48.

Talk around HQ from those in the know was that the conditions made the course at least 1 min slower than usual, a theory confirmed when Wiggins time was posted: 17:58. So that was Nomads 3 Wiggins 0 on the PB front.  Jon and Nigel chatted to the Cycling Weekly press guy (both pre and post race) whilst Leanne was totally unaware of who he was (honest).  Look out for next week’s magazine as surely Nomads will be heavily featured.  As time progressed the crowds dispersed when it became apparent that Sir Brad was forgoing the post ride coffee and cake.  Hopes were momentarily raised when a bearded guy wandered in, only for us to realise it was a ‘Fat Gomm’.

Before heading home Jon and Nigel decided to partake in the local fish and chips from ‘Johnny’s Haddock’ whilst the more health conscious Leanne settled for a diet coke and a banana.  Three and a half hours later at Newark and Wiggins finally caught and overtook the Nomads … in his team car.  It was agreed that it had been ‘a grand day out’ and 23’s were definitely on the cards next time.

Tuesday TT Series – 12/05/2015 Report

Reporter: Nigel Wilson

Following last week’s cancellation due to gale force winds, this evening’s planned Dave Gudgin 25 event also didn’t go ahead quite as planned.  It had to be modified at the last minute due to yet more road works on the road from Old Warden towards Ireland.  Our TT Secretary Nick Hickman arranged for a Briercliffe event to be held on the popular 1U/10B course, now officially named the “Roadworks 10”. 17 Nomads turned up and encountered a strong westerly. Whilst the wind didn’t appear to be favourable, results might suggest otherwise. Here is a summary of tonight’s TT in numbers:

• Gavin Ashfield became the 2nd fastest Nomad in a Briercliffe.
• 13 riders recorded “Briercliffe bests”
• Steve Smith rode his 2nd fastest Briercliffe ever
• James Cornell rode his fastest Briercliffe for 7 years
• David Summerell rode his 213th fastest Briercliffe ever (but he has ridden many slower as well !)
• 19 riders went under 28 minutes.
• The average time on the Briercliffe so far this year is 26:48. The previous record average for a year was 26:58 (back in 1988).
• This was the second fastest night in Briercliffe history with the average time at 25:53. The record stands at 25:51 (9 August 1988).
• Freddy Bulmer set the fastest ever time on the Briercliffe for a “Bulmer Legal” bike. Please contact Freddy if you want any clarification on the rules for this competition.

Many thanks to Frank Turner and his apprentices James Gomm, Simon Young, Nigel Wilson and Webby for helping out.

Hitchin Nomads CC Event:

Gavin Ashfield 22:27; Nigel Hale 23:18; Freddy Bulmer 24:03; Nick Hickman 24:27; John Watson 24:50; James Spence 24:55; James Cornell 25:22; Julian Pegg 25:23; Jon Traynor 25:27; Nigel Tooke 26:04; David Rickels 26:05; Leanne Cutler 26:40; Paul Riley 26:40; Adam White 27:20; Edward Lee-Jones 27:27; Steve Smith 29:35; David Summerell 29:54

Private Time Trials:

Lindz Barral (Equipe Velo) 23:25; John Gorman (Full Gas RT) 24:02; Neil JJ Fraser (Full Gas RT) 24:05; David Ledgerton (Team Sales Engine) 27:34

Note: Next week’s event will most likely be on the “Roadworks 10” course again.  Look out for confirmation on Facebook or email Nick Hickman at timetrials@hitchinnomads.cc

Club Championship (Norlond) 50 mile Time Trial 10/05/15 – Review

7 Nomads lined up on the F1B/50 course to compete in the club 50 mile TT championship, including the defending Champion Nick Hickman, and 3 débutantes at the distance in Leanne Cutleer, James Spence and Nigel Wilson. The course was a variant on previous F1/50 courses due to the roadworks further north, and took in 2 laps between Tempsford and Baldock on the A1.

Conditions were blustery with a strong South Easterly wind, which meant that the riders faced a tough head/cross wind for the first and third quarters of the TT, but never quite got a tail wind on the return legs (in what’s known as a typical cyclists wind, i.e. taking with one hand, but not quite giving with the other, instead dangling agonisingly just out of reach).

The fastest Nomad of the day was John Watson who did enough to hold off Julian Pegg by 2 min 31 to take the 2015 Nomads club 50 championship, in what has been an impressive return season to time trialling for John.

Of the débutantes, all three put in impressive times to beat their respective VTTA Standard times (and in the process set a new PB by default), but the most notable ride came from Leanne Cutler who roared home in 2:16:16 seconds to set a new Nomads Ladies 50 mile TT scratch record, improving on the previous record by 4 mins 39 seconds (previously held by C Farquharson), and in the process set a new club VTTA standard record of + 11:07 (no previous record).

John Watson F1B50 Leanne Cutler F1B50

John and Leanne on course. Photos from John Pick

There was also great support with several Nomads lining various parts of the course to shout encouragement, including one who was armed with a cowbell (it is unclear if any cows were harmed in the acquisition of said cowbell).

Back in the HQ, there were murmers from certain Nomads of “Never again”, but time does funny things to the memory……

The event was provisionally won (pending result conformation) by Matthew Smith of Team Velovelocity in 1:43:48.

Nomads Results:

John Waston – 2:03:24, Julian Pegg – 2:05:58, James Gomm 2:12:48, James Spence 2:13:24, Nick Hickman 2:14:17, Leanne Cutler – 2:16:16 (CR), Nigel Wilson 2:18:10