Reporter: Nick Hickman
Timekeepers: Frank Turner, James Spence
Pushers Off: Paul Riley, Steve Smith
Marshal: Simon Doyle
Photo: Paul Riley
Another excellent turn out with twenty two riders, one up on last time out. It was the first go this season around the classic and somewhat more challenging Briercliffe 10 course. There was bright sunshine, although it was a bit chilly and the North Easterly breeze gave no favours up to the G&M RAB. The stretch to Shuttleworth was a blast, although it was agreed that the climb from there was as gruesome as ever.
Fastest ride of the evening was by Sam Hayes of Team Sales Engine, with Steve Robinson (first claim TSE) going close and being fastest Nomad. Steve had asked to be Sam’s minute man to “give him the challenge to catch me”, which Sam achieved with 3 miles left to go.
There was plenty of mid-table competition around the 26 and 27 minute mark. Most riders were around 30-90 secs slower than last week on the Roadworks 10 course. Those who were only 30 secs slower obviously hadn’t tried hard enough before, or else put in a superb performance today – you decide!
Private Time Trialist Liz Dunn had an impressive course debut – her first ever TT in fact. She is in training for a sponsored ride from London to Paris and said she “loved it” this evening. She did not follow the long held tradition of going off course first time round and must now be targeting “evens” (<30 minutes) in future weeks.
Hitchin Nomads Competition
S Robinson 24:32; F Bulmer 25:01; J Cornell 25:33; N Hickman 26: 19; J Gomm 26:26; J McPherson 26:37; J Bainbridge 26:40; N Wilson 27:07; T Davies 27:10; C Corney 27:31; J Traynor 27:33; R Cook 27:36; D Summerell 28:50; R Bamberough 31:13; N Altham 31:22
Private Time Trials
S Hayes (Team Sales Engine) 23:14; W Smith (CC Ashwell) 23:29; L Barrel (Equipe Velo) 24:58; P Gell (Beds Road CC) 25:17; P French (Beds Road Racing Team) 25:38; S Horwood (unattached) 27:51; L Dunn (unattached) 33:30
Thank you to all those who got things organised, without whom these events would not take place.
Same time, same course next week …