Event Organiser: Debbie Newall (Icknield Road Club)
Reporter: Nigel Wilson
Images: Chris Jones
Nomads’ team manager Chris Jones stood nervously on the touchline, or to be more accurate the pot-hole ridden roundabout, which his elite athletes would have to negotiate twice during the Inter Club 10 Event hosted by IRC. The build-up had been stressful with Jones losing his Northern speed machines Thomson and Cutler, and finally the big man Cornell, from his planned starting line-up ahead of the big day.
The weather matched his mood with dark clouds swirling round the Bedfordshire course. Surely things couldn’t get any worse. But they did. First Mark Desborough took a wrong turn (to Brogborough) which delayed his start, and then the manager saw Nigel Tooke removed before half-time (by a shard of glass) which punctured his ambitions of a good performance.
However, the team turned it round magnificently for their manager. New signing Sam Hayes displayed blistering pace with Chris Brabrook not far behind. James McPherson, Steve Robinson, Nick Hickman and Mark Desborough also showed that Jones has built a team full of pace as they completed the course in under 25 minutes – even if Hickman was heard grumbling that he would have liked to have stayed on for the full 24 hours, rather than just 24 minutes.
However, the Inter Club 10 is a team event, and the performances of Roy Robinson, Stephen Oliver, Steve Smith and Nigel Wilson who all gave 100%, producing some of their quickest times of the year, have ensured that the manager can look forward optimistically to the final match of the season against Sharpenhoe Clappers.
Sam Hayes 22:32; Chris Brabrook 23:28; James McPherson 24:05; Steve Robinson 24:20; Nick Hickman 24:44; Nigel Wilson 26:31; Roy Robinson 28:44; Steve Smith 29:41; Stephen Oliver 30:43; Mark Desborough 32:33 (includes 8 minute late start).
Full results for the entire field of riders, with points scores and an update on the league standings to follow.