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