Reporter: Nick Hickman
Photographs: Davey Jones
The Nomads’ Time Trial Squad showed great strength in depth on another record breaking weekend for the Club’s Testers in glorious late Spring sunshine.
On Saturday afternoon Nick Hickman and James Cornell took to the start of the Lea Valley CC 10 miles event on the E2 course from Six Mile Bottom near Newmarket. Cornell suffered a tyre blow-out on the line as the clock was counting down so was a “Did Not Finish”. Hickman recorded a 22:33, missing out on a personal best “scratch” time by six seconds but improving on his time against the age-related “veteran standard” by two seconds. The event winner was Rhys Howells of Richardsons-Trek RT, with 18:52.
Nick Hickman, courtesy Davey Jones
On Sunday morning Hickman and Cornell were out again for the Norlond TT Combine 50 miles event. The course went from Tempsford, down the A1 to the Baldock Service roundabout and Stotfold, back to Tempsford, and then the same again. Joining this pair were club mates Terry Davies, Julian Pegg, Leanne Cutler and Nick Morgan (riding his first ever 50 miles event).
Leanne Cutler, courtesy Davey Jones
The in-form Cutler smashed her own Women’s Club Record by 59 secs and also improved on the Women’s Veteran Standard Club Record for the distance.
The trio of Pegg, Morgan and Cornell recorded an aggregate time of 06:01:30 taking a huge 4 mins and 23 secs off the Club Team Record that has stood since 1998. Should Cornell have suffered a second tyre failure of the weekend than either of Hickman’s or Davies’ individual times were also sufficiently good to have had them in the record breaking team (fastest three Club riders in an event). “Strength in depth” indeed! This event was also the Club’s 50 competition with Pegg earning the silverware for that. Fastest rider of the day was Andy Jackson of SSLL Racing Team with 01:41:05.
Julian Pegg, courtesy Davey Jones
Nomads: Pegg 01:55:12, Morgan 02:02:12, Cornell 02:04:06, Hickman 02:04:09, Davies 02:07:42, Cutler 02:14:37.
Other notable points on the Sunday event were Pegg riding out to the start from home; one of Cornell’s brakes rubbing slightly for the full 50 miles; Morgan stopping three times to deal with a mechanical issue with his gearing; Hickman “flying blind” having left his GPS device at home; and Paul Riley and Nigel Wilson cheering the squad on at various points on the course.