Reporter: Nick Hickman
Fourteen riders took to wet roads and attempted to race the sharp showers this evening in the annual non-aero show down. Conditions were otherwise calm and mild. Mild enough to sit outside for the post-event debrief at the White Horse in Southill at least.
All machines and kit passing the scrutiniser’s test as being non-aero, although some concerns were expressed afterwards about whether wheel spokes without a circular section might have given an advantage. The event organiser decided this really wasn’t on and is now rumoured to be rebuilding his wheels in case of a post-event, equipment audit.
Our regular timekeeper Frank Turner took the evening off from his usual duties and rode his once a year time trial as #1. He took an impressive 20 seconds off his time from last season. Fastest ride of the evening was from 2nd claim Nomad Nigel Hale with a result that many can only dream of with a full aero set up. Ric Palmer representing Team Sales Engine recorded an excellent time in his come-back event, this being his first TT in two years.
Special thanks to Leanne Cutler for stepping up to be Time Keeper, to Steve Smith for working as her glamorous Assistant, to James Cornell for giving a super strong push off to all, and to Simon Doyle for words of encouragement on the course.
Hitchin Nomads non-aero event:
Nigel Hale 25:45; Mark Desborough 26:53; Chris Brabrook 26:48; Jason Dynes 28:19; Nick Hickman 28:21; Nigel Wilson 29:20; Chris Corney 29:44; Paul Riley 30:23; Catherine Jones 30:51; Stephen Oliver 35:43; Frank Turner 36:18
Radu Chirvasuta off-course 29:53
Personal Time Trials (also non-aero):
Lindz Barrel (Equipe Velo) 25:57; Ric Palmer (Team Sales Engine) 28:12
Same time next week for the last Dave Gudgin 25 of the season. There is talk of reinstating the “swift half” option at the Hare & Hounds on the 2nd lap. Your reporter will be in training for that of course …