Dave Gudgin 25 Time Trial (2/4) – 29 May 2018

Reporter: Scott Horwood
Event Sec. & Time Keeper: Leanne Cutler
Prop: Steve Smith
Handicapping: Nigel Wilson

Back to the usual 1U/25 Dave Gudgin 25 miles course we all know, and love to hate.  The weather was nice and sunny and extremely hot for British weather …. oh, wait that was the day before.  Back to normal torrential rain all day, making yourself come up with the best excuse to stay at home next to a radiator to keep warm. Unfortunately for the tough ones the rain stopped in time to dry out slightly which meant we had to give it a go.

Special mention – Nigel Wilson was rather upset Paul Riley didn’t turn up, something about losing the Giro I believe. I didn’t know he was racing in it.

A depleted field of only seven riders took to the course hoping for PB’s or just to get around and get home sharpish.

A very strong northery wind helped push each rider back as soon as we got onto the long drag to the G&M Growers.  This easily zapped energy and will-power out of the riders when looking down at their computers and realising how slow a pace they were going at.  Also, on the same road was some unfortunate road kill to help distract us from our own predicament (poor Badger)

The rest of the route felt fast due to the strong tailwind.  All in all it was great fun!  Special thank you to all organisers and helpers as ever.  Thank you for doing a brilliant and flawless job.

Some great times tonight by all on a tough day out:

Nomads (Men) 

Marc Diplock 1:05:57; Scott Horwood 1:06:19; Nigel Tooke 1:10:26; Nigel Wilson 1:12:05; Paul Wright 1:14:36; Mark Loosely 1:21:34

Private Time Trials

Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) – 1:04:49

Handicap Competition

The standings after two events in the four-event handicap competition are as follows.  These are the average times.  Members must complete three rides to qualify and the average of their three best results is used.  As indicated, some have ridden twice and others once so far.

Catherine Jones (1) 39:17; Marc Diplock (2) 42:59; Chris Corney (1) 43:05; Sam Hayes (1) 43:17; Steve Robinson (1) 43:28; Scott Horwood (2) 43:48; Simon Doyle (1) 44:11; Paul Riley (1) 44:38; Nigel Tooke (2) 44:56; Paul Wright (2) 48:30; Stephen Oliver (1) 48:51; Mark Loosley (2) 49:30; David Summerell (1) 49:41; Nigel Wilson (1) 50:38; Simon Young (1) 55:06; Helen Riley (1) 61:10 

Upcoming Club Events:

Sun 3rd Jun 08:00 Inter Club 15 1Z11.3 (Beds Road CC) [entry closes Friday]
Tue 5th Jun 19:00 Clive Five 1U/5 (new course)
Tue 12th Jun 19:00 Dave Gudgin 25 1U/25 (3 of 4)
Tue 19th Jun 19:00 Briercliffe 10 1U/10 (Non Aero)


‘Clive Collins 5 mile time trial result’ – 22 May 2018

This was the launch of the new 5 mile course, named in memory of Clive Collins. Clive was a top Nomad tester, hugely supportive of others, especially the novices, and an inspiration to many.

A sunny yet gusty evening greeted 19 riders with a temperature of 17 degrees C wind 14 mph from the north 18 riders secured the guaranteed PB’s promised with one rider unable to decline the lure of the fastest route to the Blackhorse pub thus off course and not in contention (penalised by having to write the report).

In addition to the 18 PB’s there was talk of a veteran ladies record (Meline Fletcher), fixed gear record (Meline Fletcher) and fastest folding bike (Nick Senechal) over the new course.


Nomads – Women

Name Time
Ella Ruggles 15:44
Meline Fletcher 17:23


Nomads – Men

Ryan Witchell 10:51
Sam Hayes 12:04
Steve Robinson 12:26
Simon Doyle 12:34
Brian Ruggles 13:07
Nigel Tooke 13:08
Scott Horwood 13:11
Paul Wright 13:40
Nigel Wilson 13:46
Chris Corney 13:52
Matt Lippard 13:54
Nick Senechal 14:10
Roger Bamberough 14:57
David Summerell 15:33
Mark Loosley Off Course

Private Time Trials

Lindz Barral JEV 12:13
Ric Palmer TSE 14:06

Fastest Nomad of the evening was Ryan Witchell with a blistering 10:51 and fastest private time trial was from Lindz Barral with a 12:13.

Many thanks from all of the riders to the officials and helpers.

Course: Clive Five 1U5

Timekeeper: Leanne Cutler

Assistant Timekeeper: Frank Turner

Event Secretary: Leanne Cutler

Prop: James Cornell

Marshall and general assistant: Michael Webb.

Reporter: Mark Loosley.


Dave Gudgin “22” Evening Time Trial Results (1/4) –  15 May 2018

Fifteen Nomads and three guest riders took part in Round One of the Dave Gudgin 25 series on a revised course of 22 miles (abridged due to roadworks in Shefford).

Signing on incorporated a novel and compulsory questionnaire about zoos as part of young Ethan’s homework, somewhat spoilt by Simon Doyle’s apparent penchant for euthanasia as set out on the work sheet.

Continuing with the animal theme and on a par with the old school boy favourite “the dog ate my homework” the best excuse of the evening came from Paul Riley “a dog on the course held me up”.  No, not an unkind and totally unwarranted reference to prop Steve Smith and neither was it a little Shih Tzu.  But it was a bloody nuisance.


Paul Riley’s nemesis.

(Ed. references to euthanasing animals  are not so silly now are they….  ….other prophesies relating to Shih Tsus and the like will be generated on demand on a pay as you pray basis n.b. prophets are never recognised in their own lands).

Conditions were a warm 19°C with a steady northerly breeze providing a faster run through Southill and past the airfield without too much of a headwind along Growers.

It was a particular pleasure to see Sue Clifford-Smith-Collins and Mark Collins offering support and encouragement on their trip back to the UK.

Well done to Sam Hayes for the fastest ride of the evening (and now course record holder) and to Katie Harbon (unattached) as the fastest woman rider.

Simon Young deserves a special mention for grinding his way around the course on a mountain bike (Ed. with a bad finger, didn’t you know).

A full gallery of images from the evening is available from Michael Webb’s excellent photography site.



Nomads – Women

Catherine Jones 1:06:50
Helen Riley 1:24:52

Nomads – Men

Sam Hayes 0:55:18
Marc Diplock 0:57:02
Steve Robinson 0:57:39
Simon Doyle 0:58:02
Scott Horwood 0:58:17
Nigel Tooke 0:59:43
Paul Wright 1:02:59
Paul Riley 1:04:24
Chris Corney 1:05:27
Mark Loosley 1:08:03
David Summerell 1:12:32
Simon Young 1:13:42
Steven Oliver 1:17:34

Dave Gudgin Handicap Competition

Club Members qualify for the handicap competition if they ride at least three of the four Event series.  Nigel Wilson set the handicaps based on prior performances in the Competion or rider age and gender for those making their debut.  If anyone wants any more detail on how their handicap was calculated then please contact Nigel.  The winner will be the person with the lowest average handicap time based on their fastest three rides.  Handicaps for this first event were adjusted to take into account the 22.2 miles course.  The Competition is usually run over a 25 miles course.

Catherine Jones 00:39:17
Marc Diplock 00:39:38
Nigel Tooke 00:40:46
Scott Horwood 00:40:53
Mark Loosley 00:42:21
Chris Corney 00:43:05
Sam Hayes 00:43:17
Steve Robinson 00:43:28
Paul Wright 00:43:53
Simon Doyle 00:44:11
Paul Riley 00:44:28
Stephen Oliver 00:48:51
David Summerell 00:49:41
Simon Young 00:55:06
Helen Riley 01:01:10

Guest riders (Private Time Trials)

Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 0:56:48
Katie Harbon (Woman) (no Club / Team) 1:05:02
Alex Lubbock (API Metrow) 1:09:48

Thanks as ever to the support crew without whom this event would not have taken place, namely Frank Turner (timekeeper), Leanne Cutler (event secretary and assistant timekeeper), Steve Smith (prop) and Mike Webb (shouty man and photographer).

Reporter – Nigel Tooke

50 Mile Events – 12-13 May 2018

Last weekend saw the Time Trial Squad in action on two 50 miles Events.

Saturday afternoon James McPherson made his debut for the distance at the ECCA event, using the E2 course on the A11 / A14 near Newmarket.  James achieved a 1:54:11.  35th of 52 riders and a tremendous time for his first go.  Paul Hart of Southend Wheelers scored a new Competition Record with 1:34:37, which is a 31.7 mph average speed!  Nick Morgan was fulfilling a Nomads marshaling duty in the rain at the Four Went Ways roundabout and managed to get a shot of James in action:


Sunday morning and it was time for the Nomads’ Club 50 Championship using the Norlond TT Combine event on F1B, going south from Tempsford on the A1.  The forecast for poor weather proved wrong with damp roads but otherwise fine conditions and very calm air.  There was great relief that it was not a repeat of last year’s windy and wet affair.  The new road surface around the “lumpy bit” near Langford Water Tower was much appreciated as this had been very poor in recent editions of the Event.

With a 1:57:15 Julian Pegg successfully defended his title from last season and retains the Stanbridge Cup.  Likewise, Leanne Cutler keeps hold of the Women’s Trophy.  Her 2:10:34 was a course best for her and more than 9 minutes less than for this Event last season.  James McPherson decided one 50 in a weekend was enough and passed on his apologies.  Marc Diplock started the Event with a head cold and retired at 25 miles so was a “DNF”.  Nick Hickman made up the numbers with a 2:05:30, being a minute or so slower than his course best.  Steve Smith was in attendance at the Tempsford turn to offer support and take some photos:

Friend of the Club Davey Jones was also out with his camera at the Baldock turn:

The Club 100 Championship will be held at the ECCA event using the E2 course on 10 June.  Entries close on 22 May.  The Club’s long distance specialists Julian Pegg and Leanne Cutler currently hold the trophies for this one too.

Briercliffe 10 – 8 May 2018

The task of writing up the Nomads’ Briercliffe time trial series events is one to be approached with gusto and verve.  The chance to embellish the parchment with the mighty quill to create a historical record to rival Magna Carta and Domesday, is often so much of a treat that literally nobody volunteers to act as herald.

This week was no exception.

Having been ‘volunteered’ (on the basis of some minor misdemeanour that was wholly unsubstantiated – Fake News indeed), this week’s scribe was given the task of having  to ‘be funnier than Paul Riley’, but also actually relay what happened. Being funnier than Paul is akin to being less silly than drinking bleach, but without the fuss of trying to get the lid off.

Editorial ‘steer’ from the event organiser (see credits below) comprised of ‘you must write the following’: Ruggles junior was not caught by Ruggles senior; Robinson was not caught by Hayes; Cutler was not caught by Robinson.  In effect, according to the organiser, nothing happened. Doubtless a career in the security guard/night watch industry or professional football referee in any European game that features the mighty Liverpool beckons.

In reality, all riders were faced by quite a buffeting (though not a buffet – although debris from several Scotch eggs were left in Webby’s car. Webby complained bitterly, as he’d not been offered one).

A westerly 11mph wind ‘provoketh’ as riders traversed Southill, however the same wind did indeed ‘taketh away’ nearly everywhere else. The cultured amongst the readership (I can but hope) will reflect on the reference to the ‘Scottish play’ in reverence to the eggs of the same  cultural origin. The rest of you can ‘Google’ Macbeth. (I didn’t ask for this job so don’t blame me, it’s challenging enough to make a list of names and numbers interesting as it is). I have no quotes that feature Irn-Bru.

‘So what did happen?!’ I hear you bellow!

Well, Cutler and Ruggles jnr created new course PBs and Catherine Jones went nicely under evens, thereby setting a target for the gentlemen who are yet to dip under 30 minutes. Chapeau ladies.

In the ‘Gentlemen’s and Ryan Witchell’s race for people called Ryan Witchell to win event’, Ryan Witchell continued  to demonstrate that youth is wasted on the young, with a simply superb sub-22 minute ride. If he got himself organised he could actually go quick. Well done Ryan. That nicely backs up the 19 from the weekend. Top riding indeed.

For the rest of the field (i.e. those who can actually remember what a Betamax video was and when bleach didn’t have a safety cap), Sam Hayes was second with another strong ride in the series.

Only the width of a carefully placed fiver in the timekeeper’s pocket separated Doyle, Robinson and Hickman. Doyle was in no way pleased that he beat his long-term sparring partner (and fellow former club captain), Robinson by a mere second. Mick Case of BRRT also recorded a time in the same bracket.

Nigel Tooke recorded a notable 27 on the nose with Chris Batt recording a slightly slower time than last week but in the 27 minute bracket nonetheless. 


Leanne Cutler 27.36

Catherine Jones 29.42

Ella Ruggles 32.35



Ryan Witchell 21.51

Sam Hayes 24.21

Simon Doyle 26.07

Steve Robinson 26.08

Nick Hickman 26.09

Nigel Tooke 27.00

Chris Batt 27.38

Manuel Manrique 28.01

Nigel Wilson 28.30

Brian Ruggles 29.38

Chris Corney 30.15

Steve Smith 30.41

Stephen Oliver 31.29

Mike Moralee 32.41



Mick Case BRRT 26.07

Bob Wright CCA 27.54

Graham Laming BRCC 28.27

Christopher Wilson BRCC 32.33


Thanks go to all those who contributed to making the event happen, during the preceding few days and on the night.

Timekeeper– Frank Turner

Genuflectiondemonstratorand propperupper– Paul Riley

Foghornandgeneral start-line larrikin– Michael Webb

ChiefPontiff– Julian Pegg

Organiser-she-who-must-be-obeyed– Leanne Cutler

Reporter – Some bloke acting as the Bard of Hitchin (Ed – surely is that barred from Hitchin?)

Next week sees the commencement of the Dave Gudgin series. Details of the course to follow.

Briercliffe 10 – 1 May 2018

Principal Timekeeper: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper: Nigel Wilson
Prop: Michael Webb
Sign On: Julian Pegg

On this May Day, when some had to scrape ice from their car at 06:00, the sun shone on twenty five riders who turned out to test their power against a southerly wind (and a free ride along “Growers”) at 19:01.

A minute silence was observed for #1 as a mark of respect for former Nomad and occasional tester at this Event, Terry Davies, who recently passed away doing what he loved – riding his bike.

For the third week in a row we had three women riders lining up at the start.  Debutantes Rachel O’Donnell (HNCC) and Triathelite Katie Harbon (unaffiliated) both navigated the course without getting lost.  Rising Junior HNCC star Ella Ruggles knocked an impressive 2 minutes off her previous best time to record a 32:49. The Muddy Monsters and Icknield Sportive at the weekend clearly didn’t weigh on her legs.  Mr Dad Ruggles took more than eight miles to catch his daughter.  Ella’s target by end of season is surely not to be caught?

Paul Wright spent a second event in a row chasing (and catching with a 27:35) the women.  Is this going to be a 2018 habit and does Mrs Wright know?  Paul Riley (28:33) must be wishing he hadn’t sold his TT wheels to the other Paul as next week they could be biting him on the way past (pending rider availability and field layout of course).

Team Sales Engine were out in force claiming the top five results in the Nomads Competition.  All are second claim Nomads so it is looking good for the Inter Club competition there guys!  Bragging rights belonged to Ryan Witchell who, despite having major mechanical issues minutes before the start, managed to grind around stuck in a huge 106″ gear with a 22:06 (quickest time of the evening).  Steve Robinson was able to hold off team mate Sam Hayes by exactly 1 minute … just as well they were separated on start line by 2 minutes this week!  It was a welcome back for Gavin Ashfield (some people will do anything to save £2 on entry fee) and the Nomads’ Lost Prophet, Simon Doyle (whom no doubt will be scanning this article fore apostrophe’s, bad spelling and incorrect grammar).

Nick Hickman riding a 72″ fixed gear was able to hold off ‘Ryan The Flying Sales Engine’ by an additional 0.27 miles compared to last week.  Could this be Hickerz’ secret goal for the 2018 season?  The Chuckle Brothers (Mani and John) were separated by 18 seconds with the latter having the biggest chuckle.  Battle of those named Chris was won by Chris Batt with a 27:03.

Best Private Time Trial of the evening was Lindz Barral with 24:54 followed by Adam Gross with a 25:04 and then Simon ‘on the naughty step for running off with number AND forgetting fees’ Poole with a 26:54.

Many thanks to event crew without whom the event would not have taken place.


HNCC Women

Rachel O’Donnell 32:40
Ella Ruggles (Junior) 32:49


Ryan Witchell 22:06
Sam Hayes 24:16
Gavin Ashfield 24:38
Steve Robinson 25:16
Simon Doyle 26:01
John Martin 26:59
Chris Batt 27:03
Paul Greenfield 27:07
Manuel Manrique 27:17
Nigel Tooke 27:20
Paul Wright 27:35
Nick Hickman 28:15
Paul Riley 28:33
Brian Ruggles 28:52
Chris Brabrook 29:20
Mark Loosely 29:45
Chris Corney 30:03
David Heath 31:31
Terry Davies (RIP) DNF

Private Time Trials 

Katie Harbon (unattached) 28:04
Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 24:54
Adam Gross (700cc – unaffiliated Club) 25:04
Simon Poole (unattached) 26:54
Graham Laming (BRCC) 28:22