Reporter: Ross Thomson
On a standard blustery Tuesday evening, in the unique weather vortex that is the North Herts / Central Beds borders, twenty riders gathered for the Briercliffe 10. These included the Robinson father-and-son combo on the Team Sales Engine tandem and two debutants at this discipline, Matt Friday and Ross Thomson.
The wind seemed to have dropped by the time everyone had slogged round, to be greeted by news that Justin Layne had smashed his own course record set just last week, with a blistering 21:12. Despite being warned, the debutants meanwhile decided to do the longer, more scenic 10.3 mile route by missing the turn into Southill. They have promised to return and do it properly next time.
Local wildlife featured this week. Nick Hickman was grateful to narrowly avoid a suicidal pheasant on the run past Southill Station and so didn’t need to explain to Leanne Cutler the mess he would have otherwise made of the spare front wheel she had lent him just before the start (after he had punctured while riding out to the sign on). Ross Thomson had to take similar evasive action to miss a muntjac deer on the finishing straight.
Thanks as always to Frank for timekeeping duties and to a very smartly turned out James Spence for pushing off.
Hitchin Nomads Briercliffe 10 Event
G Ashfield 23:19; A Saunders 24:13; M Desborough 24:49; N Morgan 25:00; J Pegg 25:20; N Hickman 25:33; C Corney 27:01; P Riley 27:47; L Cutler 28:58; D Sumerell 29:21;
Hitchin Nomads Debutants 10.3 Scenic Course
R Thomson 28:34; M Friday 31:45
Private Time Trials
J Lane (CC Ashwell) 21:12; R Witchell (University of Bristol) 22:45; S Hayes (Team Sales Engine) 22:59; L Barral (Equipe Velo) 24:22; S & B Robinson 26:28 (Team Sales Engine – tandem); C Brabrook (CC Ashwell) 26:46; D Ledgerton (Team Sales Engine) 27:06