Reporter: Steve Smith
A new Club record may have been set tonight for the number of helpers and supporters at a midweek evening TT. So let’s start with a big THANK YOU to the following crew members:
Timekeeping – Ann Collins and Frank Turner, Pusher off – Julian Pegg, Photos – Sue Clifford-Smith and Michael Webb, Broom Wagon – Jon Traynor, Cow Bells – Denise Pegg, Encouragement/Banter – James Gomm, Roving Observer (in quarantine) – Nigel Wilson
Despite at least 3 regular riders taking a well earned rest the blue sky and sunshine drew a healthy 17 competitors while the forecast North Westerly wind seemed to have died down in time for the event.
Nigel Hale said he had “heavy legs” but still managed to win the event with a 23:36. That was just over 25mph and just over 300 watts average for those interested in that kind of thing. PTTs Simon Doyle and Tom Weir took 2nd and 3rd with “24s”, Simon edging it by just 7 seconds.
Other notable rides were Ben Robinson stoking the tandem captained by his Dad to a fast 27:12, and Mark Collins who got inside 27 minutes on his first time trial of the season. I heard it was a birthday present for Ann Collins. Happy Birthday Ann! The bad luck for this week went to Nick Hickman whose rear tyre blew out in a big way just after he’d passed his minute man (your reporter) in between the railway bridges.
Hitchin Nomads CC Event
N Hale 23:26, M Desborough 25:23, M Collins 26:51, S & B Robinson (Tandem) 27:12, C Corney 27:40, D Summerell 29:05, P Fletcher 29:08, S Smith 30:31, M Loosely (31:05), N Hickman DNF
Private Time Trials
S Doyle (Team Sales Engine) 24:07, T Weir (Univ. of Swansea) 24:14, L Barral (Equipe Velo) 26:00, R Palmer (TSE) 27:34, D Ledgerton (TSE) 27:36, K Gray (Beds Road CC) 29:06, N Lovesey (Unattached) 38:24 (off course)