Dave Gudgin 25m TT – 30 May 2017

The 2017 Dave Gudgin 25 mile time trial series sprang in to life tonight (30 May 2017). The annual 4 race series sees riders compete in a scratch (actual time) competition and also a handicap contest. Nigel Wilson is the resident handicapper, I am not sure there is still time to bribe him though for this season, but it’s always worth a shout.

Following a false start due to roadworks a fortnight ago, 10 Hitchin Nomads opened their accounts at the blue riband distance.

With one event cancelled this season the quickest aggregate times over riders’ best 2 races out of 3  (in both the handicap and scratch contests) sees the winner(s) take home the colossus of silverware that brings looks of dread to many a racing spouse. “It’s not going in the front room” and “Well I am not polishing it” are the perennial/Pavlovian reactions. To the victor the spoils and all that.  Currently Mrs Robinson is likely to be the subject of delicate negotiations as Mr Robinson took a series lead amongst the competing Nomads.

13. Dave Gudgin Memorial Trophy

The humungous Dave Gudgin Samovar (aka “the tea urn”)


Handicap results to follow. The beauty of the handicapping contest is that anyone is in with a shout of taking home a medal or trophy as ultimately you ride against yourself. The Zen of the Time Trial is there to behold.

Pushing off and signing on were Stephen Oliver and Steve Smith respectively. Snapping on the course, in a photograph sense, rather than Jack Russell sense, was Michael Webb (check out the Facebook page for images at some point soon). Time keeping were Frank Turner and Leanne Cutler. Cheering on riders were a retinue of Peggs. Thank you very much.

Regional fast man Justin Layne (CC Ashwell) was quickest on the night, with a sublime 55.36. Also ducking under the magic 60 minute mark were Jason Stuart (CC Ashwell) and Sam Hayes (Team Salesengine).  Well done guys, anything under the hour on that course is a storming ride.

Pictures – credit Michael Webb

James Cornell and Julian Pegg (on his road bike, chapeau!) took the 2nd and 3rd spots behind Steve Robinson. Julian did well to keep his legs turning following a great ride at the ECCA 25 on Sunday.

The next round is 13th June, 2017.

It is great to see representation from many local clubs. The Nomads Tuesday night TTs are open to all club members, whether they are experienced “testers” or newbies. Come and have a go. Next week it’s back to the shorter distance, 10 miler.


Nomad Rider Team Time (Scratch)
Justin Layne CCA 00:55:36
Jason Stuart CCA 00:58:54 @ 00:03:18
Sam Hayes TSE 00:59:30 @ 00:00:36
Simon Doyle TSE 01:01:44 @ 00:02:14
1 Steve Robinson HNCC 01:02:11 @ 00:00:27
Lindz Barral JCA EV 01:02:49 @ 00:00:38
2 James Cornell HNCC 01:03:18 @ 00:00:29
3 Julian Pegg HNCC 01:04:33 @ 00:01:15
4 Nick Hickman HNCC 01:05:04 @ 00:00:31
Mick Case BRRT 01:06:02 @ 00:00:58
5 Mark Desborough HNCC 01:06:27 @ 00:00:25
Jason Lee TMK 01:06:37 @ 00:00:10
6 Nigel Tooke HNCC 01:08:53 @ 00:02:16
7 Nigel Wilson HNCC 01:08:57 @ 00:00:04
Simon Young Unatt 01:11:42 @ 00:02:45
8 Paul Riley HNCC 01:12:32 @ 00:00:50
9 Chris Corney HNCC 01:12:44 @ 00:00:12
10 Mark Loosely HNCC 01:16:00 @ 00:03:16

Reporter – Simon Doyle

n.b. TMK – Team Milton Keynes, HNCC – Hitchin Nomads, TSE – Team Salesengine, CCA – CC Ashwell, JCA EV – JCA Equipe Velo.


Briercliffe 10 and 4-up TTT – 23 May 2017

Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper: Meli Fletcher
Event Organiser, Sign On and Prop: Nick Hickman
Props: James Spence, Nigel Hale, Michael Webb
Event Reporters: too many to mention

In a change to the regular Briercliffe 10, in addition to the usual solo rides there were four 4-up teams having a try out ahead of the Tour of Cambridge Team Time Trial in early June.  So, in the spirit of Team Time Trial this report is not a solo effort but a collage of observations from many who rode.  Results follow.

  • A PB for me, finally breaking the 30 minute mark thanks to some top tips​ from Nigel Wilson. Sales of beetroot juice could be on the up.
  • TTT is a savage combo of TT, chain gang and a road race.
  • Chapeau Mark Loosley!
  • The chance to practice for the ToC 4-Up was really appreciated and big thanks for facilitating this.
  • Maybe something we could repeat in future if the interest.
  • My team were very happy to not be caught by Messrs Riley, Wilson, Corney & Ms Cutler in all their aero paraphernalia.
  • Jules and I spent as much time behind lumps Morgan and Thomson as possible.
  • A fine evening with the usual great camaraderie.
  • Good to see Mark going under 30 – well done pal.
  • Before the start Ethan, on seeing the Hale motorbike, asked, “Is he going to ride”? Leanne, “No, he’s got an engine”. Ethan, “So have you”.
  • Ric Palmer’s time was his fastest for 4 years.
  • Think those who did the 4-Up really enjoyed it – something different, and great spirit within all the teams.
  • Simon Doyle beat team mate Steve Robinson. Ha Ha.
  • Quite muggy but conditions were fair IMO, the Growers road ran quickly. I was tapping 27/28 up there.
  • Change at the front, change, change, turn left, clear, change, hole left, change – and so it continues for the next 23 minutes.
  • Our first TTT felt very smooth. I think we split once or twice but took good care of each other.
  • Big smiles for me up the final hill sprint as you get to be a participant and a spectator watching the solos whizz down.
  • A perfect evening bombing smoothly around the Shire lanes with mates.
  • Thanks to all the crew for hosting a fabulous evening, and thanks to Chris Corney, Leanne Cutler and Paul Riley – never has it been so enjoyable going so quickly round the Briercliffe.
  • Most fun on a bike this year for me.
  • Good to see that our team stayed in formation all the way to the White Horse.
  • … our team achieved likewise all the way to the Bird in Hand in Gosmore.
  • TTT is a completely different kettle of fish from a solo TT. And nothing – not even training rides with the hammer down – simulates the conditions and the pitfalls better than a real event.
  • Only a TTT like tonight, with all the nerves and thrills that come along with it, tests and boosts the cohesion of a team.
  • Big kudos to everyone involved for giving us this big chance, it was a glorious day.
  • Learnt how not to do it. Better now than at the main event though and still a brilliant evening on the bike.
  • Great to have so many riding to and from the event – use of road bikes and team formats encourages this. Thanks as always to those who made the event possible.
  • The only event where your team mates are not only those helping you, but simultaneously the ones hurting you – perversely brilliant fun.
  • I had a lump in my throat all the way round … due to the effort required to keep up with my team mates Nigel, Chris and Paul. A rose amongst the thorns. First place had to be ours for the beautiful formation as we crossed the line.
  • My three invisible teammates refused to take their turns at the front, the lazy sods.
  • If you get dropped don’t bother chasing. It’s a lot less frustrating.

Briercliffe 10 Club Competition (solos)

J Bainbridge 24:41; S Robinson 24:45; M Sayers 26:25; T Weir 25:19; N Tooke 27:06; Manuel Manrique 28:57; D Summerell 29:04; M Loosley 29:37; A Saunders DNF

4-up Team Time Trials

N Morgan, J Pegg, R Thompson, J Watson 23:54
J Cornell, I Matthews, N Senechal, D Rickels 25:27
R Chirvasuta, P Greenfield, S King, B Ruggles 25:36
C Corney, L Cutler, P Riley, N Wilson 27:24


Private Time Trials

S Doyle (TSE) 24:08; Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 24:19; R Palmer (TSE) 25:57; D Ledgerton (TSE) 29:35; R Serradinho 29:53

‘Roadworks’ 10 – 16th May 2017

Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper: Leanne Cutler
Sign On and Organiser: Leanne Cutler
Prop: Julian Pegg
Cowbell: Denise Pegg
Reporter: Chris Corney

14 riders turned out to compete in the first of four ‘Gudgin 25’ time trials this evening, only to discover there were temporary traffic lights (3-way no less!) in Southill village. It took your reporter a fair few minutes to get through said traffic lights in his car, so it was no surprise to find out that we would be competing instead, on the brisk ‘roadworks’ 10 course. I’m sure I caught a look of relief on some testers faces as the black clouds and squally Summer drizzle set in! It was a warm evening though, and strangely pleasant while out on the course. A brisk South Westerly wind ensured a good push from Shefford all the way up to the growers roundabout.

Fastest rider of the night was Sam Hayes (TSE), fastest Nomad was Nick Morgan.

A big thanks to the people who donate their time each week to make these events happen, this week including, timekeepers Frank Turner and Leanne Cutler (who also organised sign on), prop Julian Pegg and some sterling cowbell support from Denise Pegg.

HNCC Competition
Nick Morgan (23.32); James McPherson (23.36); James Cornell (24.15); Tom Weir (25.12); Chris Brabrook (25.30); Mark Desborough (26.13); Nigel Tooke (26.25); Chris Corney (27.03); Catherine Jones (27.55)

Private Time Trials
Sam Hayes (TSE) (22:46); Jason Stuart (CCA) (23.13); Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) (23:42); Simon Doyle (TSE) (23:48); Matt Cook (BRRT) (25.19)

Briercliffe 10 – 9 May 2017

Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper: Leanne Cutler
Sign On, Reporter: James McPherson
Prop: Steve Smith
Event Organiser, Course Check, Prop and Roving Marshal: Nick Hickman
Start Line Queue Manager: Ethan Dynes
Number Collection: Catherine Jones
Photographer: Michael Webb (report contains a very small selection, a full gallery is available)

A good size field of twenty one testers met up for the regular Briercliffe 10, with some having their debut at the “best way to spend a Tuesday evening for literally miles around”.  It was bright and calm, albeit that tricky temperature of 10 degrees invoking the debate of, “is it cold or not”?

Nick Hickman turned up on his Brompton to marshal, claiming he could not race as he “had been on his bike four times that day already”.   He explained to us there was no wind to make any difference as we gazed over the fields at the fast spinning windmills.  He was as usual correct, it was possibly the best conditions since the 2-up.

006 Ethan Dynes and 008 Leanne Cutler also came to help, ensuring that 007 Jason Dynes was set off correctly on his top secret power-testing mission.  Leanne was under strict orders from her Coach not to race but to taper for a double header 2 x 50 miles TT weekend.

David Summerell  provided retail opportunities with the very modern idea of a pop up bike shop at the start – see picture and if any item takes your fancy please contact him.

Pop-up Shop

James Bainbridge turned up on his “fast bike” but was seen frantically pumping up tyres as the last tester was sent on their way and so was unfortunately unable to compete.

Simon Doyle was the fastest private tester. Catherine Jones was the fastest female Nomad,  and rightly gained a loud cheer as her result below the 30 minutes mark (“evens” as it is called for reasons that no-one seems to know) was read out.  Roger Bamberough also went sub-30 for the first time, and Paul Greenfield posted a “long 27” on his TT debut.  James McPherson was the fastest male Nomad.

Simon Doyle (TSE)

Catherine Jones

James McPherson

Thank you to Michael Webb for the fabulous and comprehensive photos.  Also many thanks to Frank Turner and Leanne Cutler for time keeping; to Steve Smith and Nick Hickman for sharing Prop Duties; to Catherine Jones for ensuring we got all the race numbers back; and to Ethan Dynes for organising the queue at the Start Line.

Event Crew

Full results below (all HNCC unless otherwise stated):

Simon Doyle (TSE) 00:24:48
James McPherson 00:25:01
Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 00:25:51
Peter Gell (BRCC) 00:26:20
Scott Horwood 00:26:49
Jason Dynes 00:27:18
Paul Greenfield 00:27:53
Nigel Tooke 00:27:53
Chris Corney 00:28:12
John Martin 00:28:12
Matthew Sayers 00:28:17
Nigel Wilson 00:28:29
Manuel Manrique 00:28:57
David Summerell 00:29:16
Catherine Jones 00:29:31
David Ledgerton 00:29:37
Roger Bamberough 00:29:55
Richard Serradhino (unattached) 00:30:09
Mark Loosely 00:30:32
Steve Stanbury 00:31:17
Stephen Oliver 00:34:26

Briercliffe 10 – 2 May 2017

Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper: Leanne Cutler
Prop: Julian Pegg
Event Organiser & Sign On: Nick Hickman
Cowbells: Denise Pegg
Kit Caretaker: Scott Horwood
Coaching Tips: Simon Doyle
Tifosi: Paul Riley
Reporter: Nigel Wilson

A positively tropical evening (compared to last week!) greeted the 14 riders who turned up for this week’s Briercliffe 10 mile TT.  Alas, there was still a keen wind that made everyone work hard on the long stretch from Southill up to G&M Growers.

A number of Nomads recorded PBs for the course this season.  Nick Hickman posted a 26:39, your reporter posted a 27:58 following an intensive weekend at a “training camp” in Prague, Mark Loosley managed to shave off another second on his mission to get a sub-30 time, and Chris Corney PB’d for a second consecutive week.  However, the fastest Nomads on the night were Tom Weir and James Bainbridge.

The evening was managed with customary aplomb by Frank Turner, ably assisted by Leanne Cutler and Julian Pegg. Our sincere thanks go out to them for giving up their evening to enable us to compete. And our thanks also go out to Denise Pegg (and her cowbell), to Simon Doyle (for his comprehensive guide on how to ride the course), to Scott Horwood (for looking after riders’ kit while they rode), and to Paul Riley (who rode round the course on his Tuesday bike, encouraging the riders as they passed).

Hitchin Nomads Event:

T Weir 25:51; J Bainbridge 26:28; N Hickman 26:39; J Dynes 27:47; N Wilson 27:58; C Corney 28:59; D Summerell 29:41;  C Jones [editor: Chris not Catherine] 29:42; M Loosley 30:36.

Private Time Trials:

S Hayes (TSE) 23:37; L Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 24:40; P Gell (Beds Road CC) 25:51; R Palmer (TSE) 26:12; R Serradinho (unattached) 32:12