Briercliffe 10 – 25 July 2017

Leanne Cutler: Event Organiser, Sign On, Time Keeper
Simon Doyle (TSE): Assistant Time Keeper
Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo): Prop
Ross Thomson: Reporter

With a film crew circling their wagons in the field next to the start, a brief sighting of Nick Hickman walking like John Wayne, and a bowl of spaghetti awaiting me at home for my tea the cowboy theme was too much to ignore …

The evening was tense with the hot sun low in the sky and the wind dropping to a barely discernible waft over the plains of Southill.

A mixture of fresh-faced young guns, gnarled old-timers and the good, the bad and Paul Riley had lined up for the showdown.  Some respectable times were posted and there was only one casualty, in the bad lands way out west of the range.

Of the HNCC riders, Chris “Lawman” Brabrook receives a special tip of the 10 gallon hat for nipping under 26 mins on a road bike.  Tom “Billy the Kid” Weir was the evening’s sharp shooter, with Andy “Seldom Seen Man” Saunders hot on his heels.  Pete “the Sharmanator” on his new steed also put in a noteworthy time. 

A mysterious stranger, Paul “The Man With No Club” Bullen rode into town to demonstrate that he can ride a bike as well as sell them.  Ryan Witchell galloped round as fastest PTT and then re-mounted to lead the round up to gather in John Martin who had been bucked.  Great work. 

Big love to Deputy Cutler and her posse from over the county line (Clocks Doyle and Prop Barral) for enforcing the law.

Hitchin Cowboys
Tom Weir 24:26; Andy Saunders 24:37; Chris Brabrook 25:54; Ross Thomson 26:09; Peter Sharman 28:41; Derek Thom 28:50; Mark Loosely 29:35; Steve Smith 30:00; Paul Riley 30:30; John Martin DNF

Outlaws and Desperadoes
Ryan Witchell (TSE) 23:25; Sam Hayes (TSE) 23:33; Paul Bullen (unattached) 28:12; David Wentworth (TSE) 28:10; David Ledgerton (TSE) 29:21




Briercliffe 10 – 18 July 2017

Frank Turner: Time Keeper
Leanne Cutler: Event Organiser, Sign on and Assistant Time Keeper
Michael Webb: Prop
Nigel Tooke: Reporter

Nine Nomads and three guest riders took part in the Nelson Mandela Day Briercliffe 10 event.

Conditions were a warm 22°C with a steady easterly breeze providing a tougher than usual challenge going through Southill but an easier run past Shuttleworth and a steady blast along Growers.

It’s not easy to ascertain if Nelson Mandela was a big cycling fan but the following quotes suggest he may have been, interspersed with what was overheard on the evening (perhaps).

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” – NM

“I’ve cracked Vinegar Hill – and the Galibier.  Vinegar Hill was harder” – Nigel Wilson

“Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in front” – NM

“Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in front” – Steve Smith

“It enables me to go to bed with an enriching feeling in my soul and the belief that I am changing myself” – NM

“I’m knackered” – Michael Webb

Well done to the fastest Nomad Mark Desborough with a short 25 and to Lindz Barral who produced the quickest ride of the evening just nipping under 24 minutes.

Hitchin Nomads Event:

Mark Desborough 25.10; Nigel Tooke 26.33; Nigel Wilson 27.08; John Martin 27.47; Manuel Manrique 27.55; Chris Corney 28.04; Mark Loosley 29.51; Steve Smith 30.43; Stephen Oliver 32.02

Private Time Trials:

Lindz Barral (JEV) 23.58; Mick Case (BRCC) 25.51; Chris Wilson (BRCC)  29.47


Committee Meeting Minutes 26 June 2017

In an effort to be open and transparent regarding Committee business, decisions and actions, the draft minutes of the 26 June 2017 Committee Meeting are attached:

Committee Meeting Minutes 26 June 2017

Note: The minutes of Committee meetings must be ratified by the Committee and then signed as being a true and accurate record, which procedure is enacted at the next Committee meeting, on 24 July. The minutes of the most recent meeting therefore are provided here for general information only, may be subject to amendment, and should not be read as being a final document.

Briercliffe 10 mile time trial – 4 July 2017

This week’s must see review.

A rather muggy evening greeted a dozen riders in this week’s episode of the “Briercliffe 10”.  The set was dressed beautifully with the addition of a great big Airlander Airship, which Michael Webb had designs on “taking out” in some form of “Independence Day” (spot the link folks – what date is it – come on, keep up….) special effect spectacular.

He was discouraged, on the basis that although “it was big” it was also “far away”.

Conditions were a bit “sticky” on the Growers but relatively quick in the approach to Southill and through the village.  It could have been a very rapid night, but it was not quite to be.

First on stage was Roy Robinson (1st claim TSE), clocking his quickest Briercliffe time for 3 years.  The ensemble cast then performed with vim and vigour, sticking to their lines beautifully daaaaarling.  Chris Brabrook put in a tour de force performance to crack the 26 minute barrier with Tom Weir (1st claim University of Swansea) claiming the curtain call for the HNCC riders.  Of the troubadours, who brought such panache to proceedings, Lindz Barral edged out Mssrs Doyle and Weir for increasingly favourable reviews in The Stage followed by Shampoo at the Garrick.  (Paul Riley did mention something along the lines of going for a bimble to the White Horse).

To cap things off, Michael Webb almost “did a Cutler” to a couple of bikes at the finish line.  Note to riders, do not lie expensive bikes sunny-side down in the long grass. The props department will have a hissy-fit.  Simon Doyle was then “informed” that he had volunteered to write up this nonsense.  So, in essence, if you want a sensible write up don’t leave it to me or Simon Young to do.

HNCC Luvvies
Thomas Weir 24.43
Julian Pegg 25.38
Chris Brabrook 25.45
Nigel Tooke 26.42
Chris Corney, 27.55
Manuel Manrique, 28.49
Paul Riley, 29.03
Derek Thom, 29.18
Roy Robinson 29.45

Private Auditions
Lindz Barral JEV 24.16
Simon Doyle, TSE 24.41
Mick Case, BRCC 26.21

Credits (cue music to Crossroads)

Executive Producer/Miss Dianne, Leanne Cutler
Equity generation, Ethan Dynes
Dolly Grip/Stunt Monkey/Benny Michael Webb
Script Editor/Brad Pitt body-double Simon Doyle
Frank, Himself.
Guest Star, Nick Hickman (still not managed to find his house and has been riding his bike for 327 hours now).

JEV = JCA Equipe Velo
TSE = Team Sales Engine
BRCC = Beds Road CC
USw = University of Swansea