Briercliffe 10 – 17 May 2016

Reporter: Paul Riley

The healthy turn outs for the Tuesday evening TT series continued with 24 riders tackling the Briercliffe 10 course. This season’s trend of different weather conditions for each event continued with a surprisingly stiff south westerly wind taking the edge off of an otherwise pleasant evening.

Fastest time of the evening went to Sam Hayes (TSE) with fastest Nomad being 2nd claimer Steve Robinson with a 24.11. Yet again the mid-field battles proved interesting with Chris Corney, Jon Traynor, Nigel Tooke, Nigel Wilson and Tom Low all posting times in the long 26 or short 27 sector.  In fact competition has become so fierce in this area that former 2 Up team mate Nigel Wilson was heard to accuse Paul Riley of not being able to beat him anymore and lending some superfast wheels to enable Chris Corney to beat Wilson on Riley’s behalf!

Nigel Wilson was clearly taking no prisoners this evening, being heard to comment to the returning Michael Webb, “you look like somebody who used to be a cyclist”. [Your reporter for one thought it was good to see you again Webby].  Nobody left disappointed when that famous booming voice also returned with a shout of “hand your numbers back”

Time keeping duties were handled by Frank Turner & Steve Smith.  Simon Young pushed off while offering useful advice on bike cleanliness for anybody who would listen.

Hitchin Nomads CC Event

S Robinson 24.11, N Hale 24.43, A Saunders 24.58, J Gomm 25.07, J McPherson 25.41, N Hickman 25.43, C Corney 26.44, J Traynor 26.54, N Tooke 27.12, N Wilson 27.20, T Low 27.30, M Webb 28.20, P Riley 28.23, R Fox 28.54, L Cutler 29.27 (off course), M Loosely 31.45, S Oliver 33.08.

Private Time Trials

S Hayes (TSE) 23.22, J Stuart (CCA) 23.49, S Doyle (TSE) 24.03, L Barral (EV) 24.51, K Barton (SNCC) 25.23, R Pratt (IRC) 26.15, D Ledgerton (TSE) 27.16