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