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.
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
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
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