Reporter: Steve Smith

The field shrunk by 10 riders from last week with some possibly put off by the blustery conditions.  However it was plenty warm and what the Timekeeper described as a “Force 6 West South Westerly wind” certainly allowed some competitive times to be set.

10 Nomads and 3 guests took the start with Mark Desborough the fastest Nomad with a 24:59 – an improvement of 27 seconds on last week.  CC Ashwell’s Thomas Weir was fastest overall with a 23:48 (32 seconds improvement from last week). Jon Traynor improved on last week’s course best by 4 seconds and needs 2 more to get into the 25s.  Chris Corney made a 12 second improvement to sneak into the 26s with a new course best of 26:57.  Leanne Cutler also achieved a new course best by 11 seconds.

In a battle of the Wilsons, Ben started to get some form back and edged out Nigel by just 6 seconds.  Dad had already submitted a poorly knee excuse before the start and was in any event pleased to be fastest Nigel on the night for a change.  Get well soon.

The reporter took a first TT outing on a Road Bike for the season and made a 27 second improvement on his course season’s best despite getting off to put the chain back on at the bridge before Shuttleworth – head scratching required before next week!

Timekeeping was taken care of by Frank Turner and Ann Collins while David Summerell pushed off.

Hitchin Nomads Briercliffe 10 Mark Desborough 24:59; James Spence 25:56; Jon Traynor 26:01 CB; Chris Corney 26:57 CB; Paul Riley 27:09; Ben Wilson 27:41; Nigel Wilson 27:47; Leanne Cutler 28:34 CB; Steve Smith 31:04; Stephen Oliver 31:49

Private Time Trials Thomas Weir (CC Ashwell) 23:48; Lindz Barral (Equipe Velo) 24:32; David Doyle (Unattached) 30:15