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.