Dave Gudgin 25 – 24 May 2016

Reporter: Michael Webb

A good turn out for tonight’s Dave Gudgin 25m TT with 19 riders on the start line for some fun. The summer temperatures were still hiding behind a brisk NE wind but there were lovely clear skies at least.

Fastest tonight was Will Smith of CC Ashwell with a storming ride of 58.20.  Very impressive especially as he informed us at the start ‘he really needed the toilet’.  Enough said [Too much?  Editor].

Other highlights included Freddy Bulmer having a pretty major mechanical on the first lap just as he came into Shefford.  He was shocked to find both feet pointing down at the same time! His left crank arm had come unscrewed and pulled out from the bottom bracket.  Luckily he had the right size allen key in his multi-tool and was able to fix it back. Despite this he powered out a very respectable time of 1.04.21.


Frank Turner finding the time to do a spot check of each rider’s chosen steed.  Unfortunately he did not spot the loose crank arm on Freddy’s machine (or did he?).

There were more misfortunes tonight with Peter Gell deciding to go through Shefford twice.  He realised his mistake soon after Old Warden, decided he had had enough fun and called it a day. Another mention to Jim Moffatt and Nigel Altham who unfortunately both abandoned due to punctures.  Stephen Oliver was the fourth DNF of the evening.

Fastest Nomads were Nigel Hale with 1.02.39 (which he seemed pretty happy with) and Leanne Cutler with 1.13.06 (a course PB by 50 seconds).

More photos can be found by yours truly on Facebook at MWebbPhotography.

Hitchin Nomads CC Event

N Hale 1.02.39, F Bulmer 1.04.21, J Gomm 1.04.24, J King 1.11.38, C Corney 1.12.01, L Cutler 1.13.06, D Summerell 1.15.52, P Fletcher 1.17.05, C Jones 1.18.14, S Smith 1.20.03, N Altham DNF, S Oliver DNF

Private Time Trials

W Smith (CC Ashwell) 58.20, J Stuart (CC Ashwell) 1.00.34 , S Doyle (Team Sales Engine) 1.01.42 , L Barrall (Equipe Velo) 1.02.52 , D Ledgerton (Team Sales Engine) 1.10.14, P Gell (Beds Road CC) DNF,  J Moffat (CC Luton) DNF