Reporter: Nick Hickman
Photography: Davey Jones
10 seconds, … , 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Go!
After a 2 o’clock wake up, at the ungodly hour of 4:51 on Sunday morning Nick Hickman was first of the Nomads team to set off on the ECCA 100 miles Time Trial on the E2 course near Newmarket. Conditions were good, with just a very light breeze giving a bit of a push Northbound to Red Lodge (and some resistance going back to Four Went Ways). After completing the three laps, Nick crossed the finish line just before 9 o’clock, getting a new personal best (04:08:50) for the distance, by nearly 11 minutes. The event was also a successful test of a prototype Camelbak bladder holding-pouch inside his skin suit, that was designed and fitted to his base layer by Jane Hickman.
Next off was Leanne Cutler, who smashed her own Club Women’s Record from the same event last year by more than 15 minutes. Time Keeper Tim Groves and his Assistant (daughter Becki), who both did the honours at our own Club Open 25 in May, recorded 04:24:09 for Leanne. The precise calculations have yet to be done but this is a new Veteran Women Club Record measured against the Veterans Time Trial Association’s Standard as well. That record is assisted by being a year older than last time out of course, but the improvement was so huge that a birthday having happened was largely irrelevant.
Last off was Julian Pegg. Like Leanne he broke his own Club record with a superb 03:45:23, beating his previous personal best by a bit over 9 minutes and achieving a season goal of a sub 03:50:00. Julian had been saying that he felt he had “gone backwards since last season, with results that weren’t encouraging”, but he certainly seems to have found top gear now.
Numbers are being crunched to see if Julian’s time was also a Club Veteran Record. So, at least three and potentially four Club Records in one day. There was superb roadside encouragement and provision of supplies by Denise Pegg. A capable Support Crew is especially important on these longer events. The Event Crew, led by Event Sec. John Golder (who rode as well) and on-the-day organiser David Nock were also excellent. All unpaid volunteers.
A very good day at the office for sure but the “big hitters” were out in force as well. Nearly five minutes was taken off the National Competition Record by Adam Duggleby (Vive Le Velo) with a staggering 03:16:51. That’s 30.48 mph and is faster than any Nomad has ever done a 10. In fact, no less than five riders went below the old record. The National Women’s record was broken by Alice Lethbridge (Drag2Zero) with a 03:42:37. The National Team Record was reset by GS Metro to 10:26:10. A couple of Age Records went as well it is thought, so possibly five National Records as well as four Club Records! It was agreed that if felt like a great privilege to be competing with the country’s very best long distance Testers on a day that must surely go down in legend.
[A note of caution, all times and records are currently provisional until final results are published]