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