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