Briercliffe 10 – 25 April 2017

Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Reporter: Paul Riley
All the other stuff: Nick Hickman

Seven riders turned out for a return to the old friend that is the Briercliffe 10 “Sporting Course”.

Given the conditions, two minutes in all riders were realising just why they hadn’t phoned that old friend in a while! With ambient temperatures around 7 deg C and the promise of strong winds, the riders took to the course on a mix of road bikes and TT machines [editor – Mr Wilson reported 2 deg C]

Fortunately the afternoon’s sleet storm had passed through, the rain held off and the forecast gusts of 27mph failed to materialise, right up until the point that Riley surged past Wilson for a minute, although it was reported at the finish that the gust had in fact been a load of old hot air emanating from Riley’s mouth in some form of “2 Up Bromance” encouragement.

Looking at the respective times it seems that a TT bike gave an advantage on the evening of about 90 seconds based on last year’s typical performances.

Fastest ride of the evening went to Lindz Barral (Equipe Velo) with a time of 25.17, which interestingly (in a Steve Davis interesting kind of way), was exactly the same time as the last occasion I wrote a race report.  Fastest Nomad was James Bainbridge with an impressive 26.30 on an “Old School” Claud Butler road bike.  The rest of the field seemed to be taking part in their own private battles if the stories being exchanged at the finish can be believed.

Mark Looseley continues his personal challenge to get under 30 minutes, and based on tonight’s time in tough conditions, it won’t be long Mark before you’ll be needing to buy the beers in the White Horse.

Time keeping duties were handled by Frank Turner; with Nick Hickman signing on, pushing off and acting as assistant Time Keeper. Thanks to both for turning out on such a grim night.

Hitchin Nomads CC Event

James Bainbridge 26.30; Leanne Cutler 28.39; Paul Riley 28.57; Nigel Wilson 30.33; Chris Corney 30.46; Mark Loosely 30.58

Private Time Trials

Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 25.17


Briercliffe 10 – 18 April 2017

Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper: Meliné Fletcher
Sign On and Organiser: Nick Hickman
Prop: Nick Morgan
Reporter: Catherine Jones

Ten Nomads and four guest riders turned out for the first time trial of the season on the traditional Briercliffe 10 mile circuit (1U/10). It should have been renamed the Brrr…cliffe as it was cold.  A few hardy souls stripped off to their skin suits;  others retained legwarmers, arm warmers and long fingered gloves.  It was noted that although two caravans were on the circuit and available for hiding in to get warm, on this occasion no Nomads availed themselves of the facility.

Rides started well, then hopes for a ‘push down Growers’ were dashed when riders turned left in the north wind at the Broom Cross Roads and realised the ‘push’ was going to be all in the legs.

The Nomads’ Leanne Cutler was the leading woman with 28:27. James McPherson was the first male Nomad with a time of 25:07. Fastest ride of the evening was Jim Moffat of CC Luton with 23:43.

There are a gaggle of five Nomads who are poised to break the magic 30 minute barrier should conditions down Growers prove favourable. Why not come on down another week and see if you can break 30 minutes too?

Thank you’s are a must to Nick Morgan (pusher off), and timekeepers Frank Turner and Meli Fletcher who withstood the cold. As ever thanks to Nick Hickman for doing sign on and everything else!

HNCC Competition

James McPherson 25:07; James Bainbridge 25:37; Nick Hickman 26:57; Nigel Wilson 28:18; Leanne Cutler 28:27; Catherine Jones 30:12; Roger Bamberough 30:21; Mark Loosely 30:37; Chris Corney 31:05; Steve Stanbury 31:22

Private Time Trials

Jim Moffat (CC Luton) 23:43; Sam Hayes (TSE) 24:16; Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 25:10; Ric Palmer (TSE) 26:39

Note from TT Sec:

Following feed back received after the event, riders are reminded of CTT regulations that they “shall not act or behave in a manner such as to give offence to the public interest or such as to bring the sport into disrepute”.  Competitors must observe the law and:

  1. not ride in a manner that is unsafe either to themselves or to other road users;
  2. ride on the left-hand side of the road except for safe overtaking and when making right hand turns;
  3. conform to all traffic signs, signals and direction indicators;
  4. in making any turn before, during or after the event, ensure that it is safe to do so.

Welwyn Wheelers Hilly 50k – 14 April 2017

Reporter: Nick Senechal
Photographs: Courtesy Davey Jones

Every year on Good Friday, Nomads have the opportunity to show what they are made of briefly on passing through the Club’s home town.  You always look pretty good zipping into Hitchin on the fast Codicote Road and then swooping down the Priory Bypass road before existing the town via Willow Lane.  This is a blessing because a lot of the course before and after its brief dalliance with Hitchin does not lend itself to a calm unruffled demeanour.  This year, as last, we had six Nomads entered, but owing to unforeseen circumstances only four were to make it to the start.  Bright yet cool weather reflected conditions very similar to 2016: a steady wind from the west at about 20kmh did little to trouble riders except on the A505 drag out of Hitchin, extracting the punch from legs before the challenging climb to Great Offley. A set of temporary traffic lights on the approach to Hitchin had threatened to interfere with the test but they magically disappeared the day before the event.

Looking back over time Nomads have been consistently improving in this race.  With last year’s winning time (01:11:16 by Joe Fry) and this year’s (01:11:17 by Ashley Cox) being practically the same and the similar weather conditions we have a good basis for comparing times.   They show some strong improvements.  Leading the team home, Julian Pegg (on a road bike) improved his time by one second shy of 5 minutes; Nick Senechal managed to shave 7 minutes 22 from his time, but maximum credit to Catherine Jones who took a cool 8 minutes 56 from her 2016 time to finish in 1:39:23.  Nick Hickman was about a minute off last year’s time at 1:32:01,  but this is perhaps explained by high mileage training for the National 24hr TT later this year.

Part of the improvement in form must be due to the fantastic support from Nomads, Junior Nomads, and Cow Bells around the course.  I sense we are getting close to a real breakthrough in this event, perhaps in the team competition.  We’ve already won the “best club spirit” award in my estimation!


Briercliffe 10 – 11 April 2017

Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper: Meliné Fletcher
Sign On: Leanne Cutler
Roger Bamberough
Organiser: Nick Hickman
Reporter: Freddy Bulmer

With a stiff westerly wind, fifteen brave souls plus myself (more stupid than brave) took to the start line for the second go on the season opening “Roadworks 10” course.  Despite the breeze, the evening was bright enough and there was a good push along the bottom of the course, with most riders doing well until hitting the left turn at the roundabout at the top of Growers’ road, turning into a headwind and losing speed until again turning left up towards the finish.

Nick Morgan, who was doubtless donning more fake tan than all the others put together, was the fastest on the night, showing his blistering form at the moment.  Upon his stealthy black TT machine, Morgan set an impressive time of 23:17, proving that not only is he quick to make a fashion faux pas but quick round a 10 course too. Comments were made about his [content redacted – editor] adding an unfair power advantage, but that’s for after the UCI to look into further and certainly after the watershed.

So, the top three of the night were Nick Morgan with 23:17, Gavin Ashfield with an impressive 24:02 (especially considering he’s been at work all night beforehand) and Tom Weir with a strong early-season time of 24:04.  A Nomads 1, 2, 3!

Full times as follows:

Hitchin Nomads CC Competition:

Nick Morgan 23:17; Gavin Ashfield 24:02; Tom Weir 24:04; Nick Senechal 24:21; Freddy Bulmer 25:15; Chris Brabrook 25:42; Scott Horwood 26:15; Jason Dynes 26:33; Radu Chirvasuta 27:50; Chris Corney 28:38; David Summerell 29:08; Mark Loosely 29:30; Derek Thom 30:18

Private Time Trials:

Lindz Barral 24:17; Peter Gell 24:30; Carmelo Luggeri 25:21

The prize for “Best Hitchin Nomads TT Prop/Pusher-Offer Of The Week” goes to *drumroll*… Roger Bamberough!  Congrats Roger on an excellent debut and thanks for doing your bit.  Big thanks to Frank, Meliné, Leanne and Nick for keeping time, managing sign on, and organising the event.

Briercliffe 10 – 4 April 2017

Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper: Meliné Fletcher
Prop: Chris Jones
Event Organiser, Sign On and Reporter: Nick Hickman

The first of the Tuesday evening series started on the popular (i.e. bit less hilly) “Roadworks 10” course, which was first introduced a few years back to avoid some temporary traffic lights on the regular Briercliffe course.  Nineteen riders signed on and eighteen made it to the start line.  Team Sales Engine’s Ric Palmer suffered a chain break on his warm up due to the huge power he was putting in and so was a “DNS”.  After fixing it up he rode a very unofficial and self-timed 26:20.

Conditions were mild with a light breeze to slow things down just a little on the main drag up the B658 to G&M Growers, and some April showers to keep the riders nice and fresh.

It was good to see Richard Serradhino back after a couple of years out.  Newcomer Paul Wright rode his second ever TT, following his debut at a Boxing Day 10 a few years back.  Once he gets used to being held up and pushed off at the start he’ll take a few seconds off his new Life Time PB with ease.  The rest of the field comprised a selection of the “regulars” from the Nomads and other local Clubs / Teams who were able to make the necessary early start time so we could be sure to have the event completed before sunset.  James Bainbridge gets a special Event Organiser’s “Most Stylish Arrival” Award for riding up from Hitchin with his race wheels attached to his machine’s handlebars for deployment just before the off.

Nick Morgan posted the best time in the Nomads competition, with Justin Layne fastest rider on the night, despite complaining of having put on 5kg since last season.

Hitchin Nomads CC Competition

Nick Morgan 24:11; Ross Thomson 25:27; Tom Weir 25:38; Nick Hickman 26:11; James Bainbridge 27:29; Nigel Wilson 27:30; Leanne Cutler 28:30; Chris Corney 29:48; Mark Loosely 30:00; Peter Sharman 30:00; David Summerell 30:24

Private Time Trials

Justin Layne (CC Ashwell) 22:02; Jim Moffat (CC Luton) 22:58; Jason Stuart (CC Ashwell) 24:16; Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 24:57; Richard Serradhino (unattached) 30:36; Paul Wright (unattached) 31:22; David Ledgerton (Team Sales Engine) 32:04; Ric Palmer (Team Sales Engine) DNS – mechanical

Next week’s event is at the same time on the same course, with a 40-rider limit.  Please let HNCC’s TT Secretary Nick Hickman know if you would like to ride, by responding to the poll on the Club’s Facebook Group (preferred) or emailing