Briercliffe 10 – 17 July 2018

Event Secretary, Sign On and Assistant Timekeeper – Leanne Cutler
Principal Timekeeper – Frank Turner
Props – Julian Pegg and Radu Chirvasuta
General Assistant, Entertainer – Ethan Dynes
Reporter – Brian Ruggles

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This evening was the eighth running of the Briercliffe 10 on the classic 1U/10 course in 2018.  There was a field of 19 riders and 18 bicycles.  Yes, there was a tandem entry from Messrs.  Robinson and Hayes, and yet again this didn’t lead to foul weather as was the case all last season.  There were no women or juniors looking to beat the clock this time.  They are all tapering for the Inter Club 25 on Sunday it is hoped.

It was another warm evening with temperatures of 22°C and a south-westerly breeze of around 8 miles an hour, although some riders said that it was in their face the whole ride and they did not receive any benefit from it.  However other riders had other problems – ranging from learner drivers getting in the way, saddles which were incorrectly angled or even an ant taking a free ride within a TT helmet.

Special mention of one rider who did not provide any excuses and even undertook propping duties for riders prior to his being called up to the start line.  Radu Chirvasuta has only been with Hitchin Nomads for a few years, but in that time he has mucked in, rode hard and been a real asset to the club.  However his profession is taking him up to Yorkshire, so our loss is their gain.  But before he departed to pastures new, he only went and beat his personal best on this course.

This evening’s result sheet indicates that all of the riders, apart from one, Mr Riley, made it around the course in under 30 minutes.  Mr Riley must have been suffering from what initially looked like gravel rash, but turned out to have come about after an altercation with a door.  This must have been the reason why it had added 3 seconds to his time to take him just above the magical evens.  Fastest ride of the evening went to Ryan Witchell as usual, stopping the clock at 21:56.  Seeing as I am the reporter on this evening’s event, I feel that I can indulge myself by basking in the glory of having pipped Manuel Manrique across the finish line again.  By 1 second this time.  Ahh, the taste of small victories is so good …


Hitchin Nomads Men

Ryan Witchell 21:56, Sam Hayes & Steve Robinson (tandem) 24:03; Andy Saunders 24:22, Nick Hickman 25:24, Nicholas Senechal 25:52, Chris Batt  26:07, Nigel Tooke 26:15, Brian Ruggles 26:32, Manuel Manrique 26:33, Matt Lippard 27:17, Paul Cooper 27:23, Paul Wright 28.20, Radu Chirvasuta 28:24, Paul Fletcher 28:28, Steve Smith 29:31, Olly Oxton 29:47, Paul Riley 30:03

Private Time Trials

Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 24:05; Mick Case (BRRT) 26:08

Next Event

Briercliffe 10 on the same course (1U/10).  Tuesday 24 July 19:00.   A call for entries via a poll on the Club’s Facebook Group will  be made on Thursday 19 July.




Briercliffe 10 TT – 10 July 2018

Frank Turner: Principal Time Keeper
Paul Riley: Assistant Time Keeper
Nick Hickman: Event Sec, Prop and Deputy Assistant Time Keeper
Reporter: Matt Lippard

So you’ve woken up this Wednesday 11 July, probably a little nervous, a bit anxious, palms sweaty.  You sit in anticipation, yearning to get the news of a top level event involving our sporting heroes.  Well the wait is over, relax and sit back.  It’s here; the write up of the Briercliffe 10 TT, 10 July 2018.

It was another fine evening in the rolling Bedfordshire countryside.  The rubber hit the tarmac for eighteen eager athletes taking on the sporting course.  Weather was a milder 20 degrees, and though there were a few gusts and 70% humidity, a 6mph south westerly wind was not too unkind to riders looking to post a fast time.

To the race then.  With only one rider going off course on their debut this week, the stats in that respect have also gone in the right direction.  First away was the beautiful sight of the Robinson / Hayes tandem, posting another top time of 25:07.  With five riders going under 25, the ride of the day probably found a home elsewhere though, with a really competitive field in the race behind Witchell, only 30 seconds separating 4 riders who went under 25 minutes.

Behind that the midfield was equally as competitive, and the whole field managed times under 31 minutes, with a real prospect of an entire Briercliffe 10 TT squad going better than “evens” a possible future achievement.

Once again Witchell was the fastest on show, with a time of 21.45 that was 11 seconds off his course best, the course record being 21:12 by Justin Layne of CC Ashwell.  Its almost become de rigeur to see the man at the head of the results, but it should by no means underplay his achievement. Ryan puts in times week in week out that require a huge amount of effort.  Is it only a matter of time before that record falls?

Few opportunities remain for those to don pointy hats and climb into ridiculous contortionist positions to beat an arbitrary number in time over the next couple of months on this course.

A last thing to remember for those that intend to ride, apparently you don’t need to shout “one hundred and seventeen” as you sweep past the finish, when everyone has numbers over one hundred on their backs. Just “seventeen” is fine.  Though I’m sure no one would be stupid enough to make that mistake.  On an unrelated note, the author rode at number seventeen.

The hands of time were again wielded by the gentleman that is Frank Turner, with special thanks to Nick Hickman who wore many caps assisting and propping with help from Paul Riley.


Hitchin Nomads Women

Catherine Jones 29:53

Hitchin Nomads Men

Ryan Witchell 21:45, Tom Weir 24:26, Andy Saunders 24:40, Mark Desborough 24:49, Steve Robinson / Sam Hayes (tandem) 25:07, Nigel Tooke 26:35, Matt Lippard 26:48, Paul Wright 28:19, Paul Fletcher 28:24, Chris Corney 29:13, Mark Loosely 29:48, David Summerell 29:52, Stephen Oliver 29:52, Steve Smith 30:48, David Heath 30:51

Private Time Trials

Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 24:18, Andy Wickham (BRCC) DNF (off course)


Briercliffe 10 TT – 3 July 2018

Event Sec, Sign On and Assistant Time Keeper: Leanne Cutler
Principal Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Prop: Julian Pegg
Reporter: Tom Weir

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Seeing as I have now (finally) finished my degree and am not starting work until September, I found myself being handed the results sheet with the comment, “you have nothing to do at the moment!”.  Other that ride my bike, this isn’t too far from the truth.  So here it is, my first ever evening 10 report.

Twelve riders decided (correctly) that they would prefer to endure unnecessary levels of self-inflicted pain instead of watching the first half of 22 men having a wrestling match on a football pitch.  Some good times were posted on the hot but gusty evening.  I can’t tell you what direction the wind was going in, as in my opinion it was a head wind the whole way around… maybe the editor can add that bit in [Editor: It was a North Easterly.  Your degree wasn’t in geography then?].  The average time of the night was a respectful 26 minutes and 52 seconds.  I don’t think anyone has ever used that to describe an evening 10, but maybe it will catch on!?

Fastest rider of the evening was Ryan Witchell who managed a time of 21:34, achieving a Course Best and getting ever closer to Justin Layne’s Course Record. He does have me to thank however as I volunteered to act as a carrot, knowing that my final exam season and subsequent partying would not have helped my form and that being caught was a real possibility (getting my excuses out there).

Stephen Hague completed his first ever Briercliffe 10 with a time of 28:43 (PB! 😉), meaning he didn’t follow the long standing tradition of getting lost on the first time round the sporting course.

There are six more evening 10’s this year, with four being on the regular Briercliffe course and the final two on the Roadworks 10. Hopefully the nice weather will continue and there will be flurries of PB’s.  Still chance to make a bid for the Briercliffe Shields (average of fastest three times, Club Shield and Women’s Shield).


Thanks to the organisers for putting on the event (Frank, Leanne and Julian).

Hitchin Nomads

Ryan Witchell 21:34: Nick Morgan 23.06; Thomas Weir 24:27; Nick Hickman 25:58; Nigel Tooke 26:43; Brian Ruggles 27:08; Paul Wright 28:47; Chris Corney 29:14; David Summerell 30:50; David Heath 31:36

Private Time Trials

Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 24:19; Stephen Hague (unattached) 28:43