Late Summer TT Series (2 of 3) – 27 August 2016

Reporters: Hannah and Nigel Wilson
Timekeeper and cycling history expert: Frank Turner
Assistants: Leanne Cutler, Meli Fletcher, Ben Wilson

It may have been sunny in Hitchin when riders set off to the time trial on Saturday, but it was raining by the time they got up to Bedfordshire.

However by the time numbers had been pinned on riders’ backs, the sun was just about shining again. First  off were Father and Daughter 2-up pairing of Nigel and Hannah Wilson followed by six solo riders. They all looked pretty fast when they came past us but fastest of all was Lindz Barral and the quickest Nomad was Mark Desborough.

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Nigel was the weakest link in the Wilson 2-up team


Thank you to Leanne for arranging the event and to all the marshalling crew. We ended up at Southill Tea Rooms afterwards where Frank gave us the history of the cycling building in Letchworth.

Hitchin Nomads Event

M Desborough 25:26;  S Robinson 25:53; J Bainbridge 26:16; R Chirvasuta 29:04; S Oliver 31:30;  N and H Wilson 44:22.

Private Time Trials

Lindz Barral (Equipe Velo) 25:01

[Final event is same time, same course next week.  First rider off at 09:01, with sign on from 08:30 – 08:45.  Nick Hickman is Event Organiser]



Victoria CC 3-up TTT – 27 August 2016

Reporter: Nick Hickman
Photography: Davey Jones

Nomads Nick Hickman, Freddy Bulmer and Nick Senechal rose well ahead of sunrise to ride the Victoria CC 3-up 10.2 miles Team Time Trial near Audley End.  Senechal came off the bench as a reserve Nick – replacing Nick Morgan who had an unexpected real life matter to deal with.

The team matched the Club’s previous attempt on this course to the second, with a 23:30 leaving them missing out on 1st place by just three seconds.  Three seconds.  Could each team member have pushed just a fraction harder each time they took a turn on the front?  This question must remain unanswered until the four event series commences again next season. Three seconds …


Bulmer and Hickman enjoyed it so much they rode the solo event afterwards, coming in with 25:15 and 25:35 respectively.  Senechal, the far more experienced team time triallist  made his excuses and took an early bath (something about a prior commitment to take his boys to watch twenty two grown men kick an inflated bladder around a field for 90 minutes).

The event was organised by Christine Yareham who put on another superb event with her team of marshals and helpers at the HQ, the Victoria CC Club House in Ugley.  Large volumes of coffee and bread pudding were consumed in the sunshine at this historic location which has a handful of similar Club Houses (Shaftesbury CC, Eagle RC, etc.) close by.  The Nomads team owes Christine a big debt of gratitude for sorting out its last minute reserve and giving us such a warm welcome.

The series has 3-up, 2-up, solo and tandem events and is highly recommended.

Committee Meeting Minutes 18 July 2016

In an effort to be open and transparent regarding Committee business, decisions and actions, the minutes of the 18 July Committee Meeting are attached:

HNCC Committee Meeting minutes 18 July 2016

Note: The minutes of meeting were ratified by the Committee and then signed as being a true and accurate record, which procedure was enacted at the 15 August Committee meeting

Late Summer TT Series (1 of 3) – 20 August 2016

Reporter, assistant timekeeper and pusher off: Nick Hickman
Timekeeper and equipment scrutiniser: Frank Turner

With the Tuesday evening series now concluded for the season, there are three more opportunities for testers to achieve a season best around the Briercliffe 10 course.  With a less than promising weather forecast and the holiday season in full swing just six riders stepped up to the challenge for the first Saturday morning event.

The course had been declared OK to ride after an inspection determined that the chippings on the stretch up to G&M Growers RAB did not constitute a safety risk, having bedded in nicely in recent days since the cancellation of the Tuesday event.  The very brisk SW breeze gave riders a good push to the RAB and the course was dry after a sharp shower just before sign on.

Fastest rider of the morning was Lindz Barral of Equipe Velo.  Nomad Mark Desborough would have edged him out by one second had he not incurred a late start penalty.

Hitchin Nomads Event

M Desborough 25:42 (inc. 29 secs late start penalty); J Watson 25:42; C Corney 29:56; C Jones 31:22; Mark Loosley 32:17

Private Time Trials

Lindz Barral (Equipe Velo) 25:14

[Second event is same time, same course next week.  First rider off at 09:01, with sign on from 08:30 – 08:45.  Leanne Cutler is Event Organiser]


ECCA E2/12hr – 16 August 2016

A gallery of images from the ECCA E2/12hr event (courtesy Club members and Davey Jones).  More to be added …





Briercliffe 10 – 9 August 2016

Reporter: Freddy Bulmer
Timekeepers: Frank Turner and Leanne Cutler
Pushers Off: David Summerell and (to a much lesser extent) Nick Morgan

The evening before the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Time Trial, 17 riders took to the start-line of the world famous “Rio-dworks 10” course, to show those “lanky streaks of something-or-other on the telly” how a proper time trial is done.

The group of brave and gallant aero-lunatics included two 2-up teams; Simon Doyle (TSE) and Nigel Hale (TSE/HNCC) in one, and mother-daughter duo, Meline Fletcher (HNCC) and Dawn Laird (NZ National Squad?) in the other. Going up against the Simon/Nigel (AKA Sigel) pair in a 2-up showdown is stupid brave as it is but when it’s your first time at the Nomads evening 10, as it was for Dawn (who rumour has, it flew in from New Zealand just to show “Sigel” how it’s done) you really have to be fearless!

Well done also to Thom Cleary on his TT debut, with a very respectable time indeed. Unfortunately, he broke the tradition of getting lost on his first try out, so I’ve decided he’s disqualified for cheating.

Big thank you this week to Leanne for giving our own Legend Of The Time Trial (that’s a real thing, look it up ) Mr Hickman a night off from organising duties. Leanne took it all in her stride and even turned out to be a rather firm headmistress when she punished Radu Chirvasuta with a one minute “turning up late” penalty. This show of authority from Ms Cutler had many of the gentlemen of the club immediately diving into the nearest pub in order to cool off and gather their thoughts before returning home to significant others…

Hitchin Nomads Competition

F Bulmer 24:22; N Hickman 25:19; N Wilson 26:18; C Corney 27:18; T Cleary 28:31; R Robinson 28:34; D Thom 29:35; R Chirvasuta (30:19 inc. 01:30 late start)

2-Up Team Time Trials

Team Sigel – S Doyle (Team Sales Engine) & N Hale (Team Sales Engine / HNCC) 22:50; Kiwi Pain Train – M Fletcher (HNCC) & D Laird (unaffiliated) 32:22

Private Time Trials

S Hayes (Team Sales Engine) 22:35; L Barral (Equipe Velo) 24:07; P Gell (Beds Road CC) 24:20; S Horwood (unaffiliated) 26:06; R Palmer (Team Sales Engine) 26:30

Big thanks to David Summerell for pushing off and to Nick Morgan for turning up late, pushing a couple of people off, slapping my backside as I set off and for trying to drop me on the way home.

Thanks as always to Frank Turner too, whose dedication and weekly assistance is hugely appreciated.

Same time, same place next week for our last Tuesday 10 of the season. Let’s hope that those Olympians have learnt a thing or two from us lot.


Briercliffe 10 – 2 August 2016

Reporter: Nick Morgan

On the last evening event of 2016 around the regular 10 course, conditions were not what you would call perfect, but given the drizzly view from my London office earlier in the afternoon, it’s probably fair to say it could have been a lot worse. In fact, a nice south westerly push up Growers was just what we all needed on a night of mixed fortunes across the field.

A total of eighteen riders took to the start line; including the Freddy Bulmer and Nick Morgan 2-up team; Steve and Ben Robinson on the tandem; Nick Senechal on his Brompton and thirteen other more conventional solo testers.

Bulmer and Morgan were the fastest / only 2-up team on the night (thanks to Bulmer furiously dragging an off-form Morgan round kicking and screaming after a last minute rear wheel replacement courtesy of Simon “Mavic neutral service” Doyle), recording a respectable time of 24:12 on their Road Bikes. The Robinsons rode strongly getting around the course in a time of 26:58.   Fastest solo ride on the night came from the ever impressive Justin Layne who posted a blistering 21:19.  It was, however, reassuring to see sweat pouring from him at the finish; suggesting he may at least be part human? Quickest solo Nomad was our very own Membership Secretary, Ross Thomson, who recorded a PB, negotiating the course in an impressive 26:22. Unfortunately for our TT Secretary, Nick Hickman, some slow moving traffic from Old Warden to Ireland prevented him from making any early headway, so he retired his number part way through – I suspect he secretly just missed his two 3-up team mates, Bulmer and Morgan!   The in-form Tom Weir was also a DNF due to his rear wheel popping out.  As far as ‘tester excuses’ go, I actually think this one was pretty strong, so we’ll give him that this time.

This was Jon Traynor’s last HNCC evening 10. Jon has been a familiar face on the HNCC TT scene for some time and will be missed by all those who ride with him.  However, we all wish him and Tanya well in their next chapter in Devon and hope to see them, playing home or away, before too long.

The final two 2 evening 10s will take place on the ‘Roadworks’ course, starting from next week. Please remember that the first rider will be off at 18:31 for both of these events.  Sign on is at the finish line.

Thanks to Steve Smith, Andy Herbert, Ann  Collins, Meli Fletcher, Simon Doyle, Roy Robinson and Nick Hickman for organisation and marshalling duties this evening.

HNCC Event:

F Bulmer and N Morgan (2-up) 24:12; R Thomson 26:22; M Desborough 26:54; S Robinson and B Robinson (Tandem) 26:58; J Traynor 27:04; C Brabrook 27:05; C Corney 27:36; D Summerell  28:36; L Cutler 29:05; D Thom 30:37; N Senechal (Brompton) 30:45; N Hickman DNF; T Weir DNF

Private Time Trials:

J Layne (CC Ashwell) 21:19; C Pugh (University of Essex) 26:38; A Macdonald 33:01