Hitchin Nomads in European action – 19 March 2017

Reporter: Nigel Wilson

The Hitchin Nomads were represented by 3 riders in the San Remo Gran Fondo in Italy on Sunday 19 March. The 62 mile Gran Fondo covered much of the route that the professionals had covered the previous day when racing from Milan to San Remo.

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A field of more than 250 riders took to the start line in beautiful weather, and the event headed east along the Ligurian coast with a loop into the hills before returning to the coast road to tackle the climb of the Cipressa and a summit finish on the Poggio. James Gomm was in fine form, staying in the leading group for the first 20 miles. Eventually, James finished the event in an impressive 3 hours 33 minutes which placed him 167th in a high class field. He was also the first of 14 British riders over the finish line. Nigel Wilson (4:09) and Mark Young (4:16) were also satisfied with their performances. The winner, local rider Marco Tempo, was first to cross the line in 2:44 – an average speed of over 23mph.

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