Reporter: Nick Hickman
Eleven riders signed up for another try around the Briercliffe 10 course on Saturday morning, 22nd August. On the CTT results sheet Time Keeper Frank Turner described the conditions for the event as “fabulous”. So it was official. Michael Webb pushed off in his usual fine style, ensuring that anyone in the parish who had not set their alarm clock was reminded it was time to wake up.
Stoker Meliné Fletcher jumped ship to the tandem captained by Chris Corney. This was later described as “disgusting behaviour” by rival Captain Steve Smith, who is now rumoured to have instructed his press gang to look for new crew. Meli expressed some disappointment not to have achieved a “long 27” but two stops for chain-related mechanicals put this out of reach. Tom Clarke made his Briercliffe debut and caused some consternation by not following the unwritten rule that first timers must go off course. Nick Hickman was pleased to have found his legs again after a 12hr induced season worst earlier in the week. Gavin Ashfield was fastest on the day despite presenting a long list of excuses – too early in the morning, after effects of riding 60 miles in the heat the day before with only one bottle, offspring keeping him awake all night, etc.
For those not needing to rush back to other duties, coffee and buns were provided in Stanford by Jane Hickman. Tali the Dog carefully inspected the buns and ensured all helpings were finished.
Hitchin Nomads Event:
Gavin Ashfield 24:16; Nick Hickman 25:18; Tom Clarke 28:44; Chris Corney & Meliné Fletcher (tandem) 28:49; Matt Friday 28:58; David Summerell 28:58; Jon Traynor DNF
Private Time Trials:
Thomas Weir (Swansea Uni) 24:19; Lindz Barral (Equipe Velo) 24:53; Stuart Auger (TMG Horizon) 26:53