Reporter: Nigel Wilson
There were a few grumbles from riders at the finish line from that a “northerly breeze made the long section to GM Growers tough”, or “the wind was so light I didn’t get any help on the course”. But with every Nomad having posted a season’s best, and seven riders improving on their PB around the course, perhaps the conditions were not so bad after all! Or maybe it was the vociferous and welcome support from fellow Nomads enjoying a pint at the Hare & Hounds in Old Warden that enabled the riders to overcome the challenging conditions that they encountered.
Fastest Nomad on a lovely summer’s evening was Nigel Hale who became the 4th fastest Nomad ever round the course with a time of 58:45. Other notable performances came from Jon Traynor who took over 2 minutes off his PB, and Leanne Cutler who took nearly 3 minutes from hers. It is however debateable as to whether Leanne’s ride should be classed as “notable” since she has broken her PB on all 4 occasions that she has ridden the course! Meanwhile Nigel Tooke rolled back the years as he took more than a minute off a PB that he set 12 years ago.
Well done to Julian Pegg and Mark Loosley who good debuts on the course and commiserations go to the fast-improving Chris Corney who picked up an injury which prevented him from completing his ride.
Nomads: Nigel Hale 00:58:45; Mark Desborough 01:04:24; Julian Pegg 01:04:30; Nick Hickman 01:04:58; Jon Traynor 01:05:01; James Spence 01:06:59; Nigel Tooke 01:07:51; Nigel Wilson 01:07:58; Paul Riley 01:09:03; John King 01:09:52; Leanne Cutler 01:10:57; David Summerell 01:13:02; Mark Loosley 01:17:54; Steve Smith 01:18:57; Stephen Oliver 01:19:38; Chris Corney DNF.
Private Time Trials: Joe Gorman (Full Gas RT) 00:57:37; Will Smith (CC Ashwell) 00:58:07; Jason Stuart (CC Ashwell) 00:59:35; Neil Fraser 01:03:20; David Ledgerton (Team Sales Engine) 01:09:30.
Last night concluded the Dave Gudgin 25 series for another year, and thus it also concluded the Dave Gudgin handicap event. Riders needed to complete two of the series of three and their fastest two rides counted towards the competition. Twelve riders qualified for the competition but after two cracking rides, the winner was Nigel Hale followed at some distance by Paul Riley and Nigel Wilson. Your reporter hopes that Nigel (Hale) has plenty of space on the mantlepiece for the impressive trophy that goes with the competition. Handicaps will be reset for next season based on a rider’s best performance over the past two years.
Nigel Hale 39:36; Paul Riley 43:59; Nigel Wilson 44:40; Mark Desborough 44:47; Leanne Cutler 44:52; Nigel Tooke 45:58; Jon Traynor 46:09; Nick Hickman 47:51; Steve Smith 49:46; David Summerell 50:31; John King 50:56; Chris Corney 55:23.
Finally, thanks go to Timekeeper Frank Turner, his assistants Ben Wilson and Simon Doyle, and to all who supported us around the course.