Reporter: Chris Jones
Last Sunday saw the first race of the Inter-Club Time Trial series, hosted by our neighbours, Beds Road CC, using the 1Y/15 course. This runs on the A600 between Shortstown and Shefford. The Nomads were out in force and, in total, 10 riders took to the field on a truly sweltering day. Sadly, due to our 11th rider (Catherine Jones) untimely breaking of her elbow, there was no female presence for this one. Wishing you all the best, and hope you get well soon Catherine!
Conditions for riders were generally good on the day, albeit a little bit too warm for most, including myself. There was a slight breeze, but barely noticeable. Nevertheless, all Nomads gave it their all against local rivals and at a first glance have made a positive impact in bringing back some Competition Series points back to Nomads HQ. Three Nomads finished in the top 20.
James I (Bainbridge) was fastest Nomad of the day, posting a phenomenal time of 35:42. Shortly behind James I was James II (Cornell) with a 35:53 and then James III (McPherson) with a 36:45. My reliable sources inform me that the James’ Team, with a combined time of 1:48:20, are now the new holders of the Club Team 15 mile record, slicing 39 seconds off the previous time [Editor: our Records Keeper has confirmed this]. Impressive performances were also had by Steve Robinson 37:06 and Scott Edwards 40:40; closely followed by Nigel Wilson 40:58. Paul Riley 42:37; Chris Corney 44:04 and Steve Smith 45:40 all brought back some points for the Club too. Chapeau gents!
Sadly, your newly designated Inter-Club TT Captain did not fare so well. After what was a pretty good start, and having covered nearly 2.5 miles at the 5 minute mark, I heard that sound that we all fear, psssssss! Yes, I had p*nctured the front wheel after carelessly hitting a small pothole. So it was a long and very slow trundle back to HQ for me, with many inflammatory utterances expressed on the way back. Three p*ncture-free years isn’t such a bad run though. Oh well, there’s always next time.
With only days to the next event (our own Inter Club 30), we already have another strong Nomad presence forecast to be out in force. Here’s hoping for another successful, record breaking day.
Thanks to Jon Carver of BRCC and his Event Crew for putting on the Event. Much appreciated. Full results can be found at the Beds Road Book-to-Ride System. Competition points for each Club after 1 of 5 events are yet to be determined.
Our Photographer in Chief, Michael Webb, has posted a super gallery of event pictures.