Nomads Nick Hickman, John Watson and Leanne Cutler were out today warming up for the main event of the weekend, tomorrow’s Club 50 competition on F1/50B (that’s down and up the A1 from Tempsford to Baldock Services a couple of times, with a little detour to Stotfold suburbs).
The ride of the day was without doubt Cutler’s. Sporting a new skin suit and saddle she rode the Bossard Wheelers CC 10 miles event on the F15/10 “Brogborough Course”. A front wheel on loan from Jason Dynes was more suited to the windy conditions and ski jump start than her regular deep section Zipp 808. Her provisional time was 25:37. Confirmation from CTT will result in a personal best and a claim to the Club’s Records Officer for a new women’s club veteran record (+2:36 against the VTTA standard). As well as the new kit, there were whispers of her having been powered by a beetroot based diet. Dedicated training in recent months probably had something to do with this great performance too.
Watson also rode this event and posted a 22:56. Fantastic form for a man who was hobbling about with a fractured pelvis not so long ago!
Further afield Hickman was riding on the fastest 10 miles course of all time (Alex Dowsett 17:20). This was the Lea Valley CC event on E2/10 at Six Mile Bottom near Newmarket. The record is being targeted by Sir Bradley Wiggins on V718/10 near Hull next weekend and some Nomads will be having a go too. Hickman wasn’t troubling any record books today though, averaging just 22 mph into a 20 mph block head wind to the turn. Pushing hard on the return, at speeds in excess of 32 mph for long stretches, he managed to raise his average for the 10 miles to just over 25 mph. His time at the chequered flag was 23:46. Highlight of his day was the bread & butter & Guinness pudding back at race HQ. Not as effective a nutritional aid as beetroot juice but rather more delicious.
Thoughts now turn to the 50 tomorrow …