Briercliffe 10 – 17 April 2018

Principal Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper: Julian Pegg
Event Sec and Prop: Nick Hickman

HNCC Women

Cutler, Leanne 27:50
Matthews, Ingrid 27:51
Ruggles, Ella (Junior) 34:49


Witchell, Ryan 22:07
Hayes, Sam 23:45
McPherson, James 24:12
Diplock, Marc 25:15
Robinson, Steve 25:42
Tooke, Nigel 27:05
Hopper, Christopher 27:15
Wilson, Nigel 27:32
Wright, Paul =28:02
Ruggles, Brian =28:02
Riley, Paul 28:12
Corney, Chris 29:40
Loosely, Mark 29:42
Summerell, David 30:35
Moralee, Mike 32:30
Heath, David 32:49

Private Time Trials

Barral, Lindz (JCA-Equipe Velo) 24:25
Poole, Simon (unattached) 27:28
Laming, Graham (BRCC) 28:32


Muddy monsters is a fun introduction to cycle racing to be held on Butts Close, Hitchin on Saturday 28th April.  The event has been re-scheduled from the 3rd January when it was cancelled owing to snow.

This event is ideal for young people who love riding their bikes and can manage to ride consistently for up to 15 minutes (10 minutes for the younger riders).  Age categories are: Under 6, under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14 and under 16.

MM1Each rider gets the chance to compete in three races: sprint, endurance and handicap.  There will be separate races for older and younger age groups, although some age groups may be combined.

The event is open to all, but parents MUST accompany and register their children to ride. Registration is on the day only and costs £4.00.  Registration will open from 9:15:am

The first race is at 10:00 (practice on the course from 9:30) and we aim to finish the last race at 12:00 for prize giving.

Participants require (and will not be allowed to ride unless they have):

  • MM2A bike that fits them in good mechanical order with two working brakes (BMX, Mountain bikes, Cyclo cross, road or hybrid bikes will all be acceptable – some tread on the tyre to give traction on grass is ideal)
  • A properly fitting crash helmet

Sensible, non-baggy clothing and gloves or mitts are strongly recommended.


The course is short walk or ride from the centre of Hitchin. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO PARKING FOR COMPETITORS ON BUTTS CLOSE FIELD. However there are several car parks within a short distance:

  • Hitchin Swimming Pool (pay and display) off Fishponds Road (overflow car park across the road may be open if this is full)Christchurch Car Park (pay and display) off Bedford Road
  • The Lairage multi-story off the A505 next to Waitrose
  • There is also some on-street parking in the surrounding area for those arriving early.

Briercliffe 10 Cancelled – 10 April 2018

Due to a road closure in Shefford the event is unable to use the 1U/10B “Roadworks 10” course.  Due to temporary traffic lights on the approach to Old Warden the 1U/10 “Classic Briercliffe” course also cannot be used.  The event is therefore cancelled.

Next week’s event uses the Classic course and starts at 19:00.  Maximum 30 riders.

Briercliffe 10 – 3 April 2018

Event Sec. and Sign On: Nick Hickman
Principal Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper: Leanne Cutler
Apprentice Time Keeper: Julian Pegg
Prop: Simon Doyle (Team Sales Engine)

Course: 1U/10B (“Road Works 10”)

Helped by decent conditions and several on their Easter holidays a remarkably good size field of twenty two riders took part.  Even more remarkably (given that there were some making their TT or course debut) no one got lost.  James McPherson took the honours for fastest ride of the evening, eclipsed only by Ella Ruggles who set a new baseline Club record for her age and gender.  It is to be confirmed whether this counts as a “junior”, “juvenile” or “school persons” record when our Records Officer has consulted the archives to determine how these are classified (they haven’t been used for very many years).

Thanks as ever to our Event Crew – especially to Simon Doyle from Team Sales Engine who made the mistake of coming to say hello to the Event Sec. and was immediately drafted in as Prop.  Julian Pegg began his apprenticeship as Time Keeper, being shown by Frank Turner and Leanne Cutler which buttons to click on the watch and how to record the results.


HNCC Women: Ella Ruggles 32:19

HNCC Men: James McPherson 23:26; Ross Thomson 24:48; Tom Weir 25:09; Steve Robinson 25:14; David Rickels 25:33; Christopher Hopper 26:04; Roger Taylor 26:08; Paul Wright 26:24; Paul Greenfield 26:21; Brian Ruggles 26:38; Nigel Tooke 26:55; Nigel Wilson 27:06; Mark Loosely 28:12; Ian Oxton 28:29; Stuart Hutchings 29:01; Chris Corney 29:12; David Summerell 29:16; Stephen Oliver 31:14

Private Time Trials: Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 23:37; Graham Laming (Beds Road CC) 28:27; David Heath (Beds Road CC)31:52

Next week’s event is at the same time on the same course.  A call for riders and crew will be made via the Club Facebook group a few days ahead.


Please call out your number as you approach the finish line.  This makes it much easier for the Time Keepers to record your result.

In the interests of your safety and that of other riders, you MUST NOT make a U-turn within sight of the Time Keepers after crossing the finish line.  Another rider might be right behind you travelling at speed.  The Event Crew reserves the right to disqualify any rider seen making such a manoeuvre.

Medium Gear 25 TT – 24 March 2018

Event Sec and Sign On – Nick Hickman
Principal Time Keeper and Gear Scrutineer – Frank Turner
Prop and Photography – Michael Webb (images to follow)

Medium Gear Event

Women: Meli Fletcher 1:35:39
Men: James Cornell 1:13:42; Nick Hickman 1:14:35; Chris Corney 1:26:04

Private Time Trials (all HNCC)

Women: Catherine Jones 1:19:11
Men: Chris Brabrook 1:11:12; Andrew Hardy 1:11:21; Mark Loosely 1:19:42

For comparison the results from recent editions can be found here:

The next Club event is the “Roadworks 10” on the 1U/10B course at 18:30 on Tuesday 3rd April.  Sign on will be at the Finish Line.  A call for entries will be made nearer the time.

Spring Hilly TT Cancelled – 17 March 2018

Given the forecast for rain and snow overnight, the below freezing temperature during the time of the Event and the Met Office weather warning, the Spring Hilly TT has been cancelled. This is in the interests of rider safety and Crew comfort.

Nick Hickman (TT Secretary)

2-up 25 Miles TTT – 10 March 2018

Event Secretary: Nick Hickman
Sign On: David Rossall
Principal Time Keeper: Leanne Cutler
Assistant Timekeeper: Mark Young
Props: Simon Young, Mike Moralee
Photography: Michael Webb (see folder here)

Conditions similar to the 2017 edition (but with wetter roads) awaited twenty-two 2-up teams and two solo riders for the annual Club event on the 1U/25 course, around Southill, Old Warden and nearby.  Once again a southerly wind gave a good push up to G&M Growers.

A large section of the café at Shuttleworth was commandeered afterwards for the Captain’s awards, with some Aero Bars of the chocolate variety being presented.

Full results below.  For comparison, last year’s report is here.

Irene Bamberough & Catherine Jones  Thelma & Louise 1:17:58
Meliné Fletcher & Lorraine Curtin  Pussy Cat Dolls 1:29:43
Sue Rapley & Helen Riley  Marvellous Minxes 1:38:37
Julian Pegg & John Watson Pegz & Captz 0:59:24
James Bainbridge & James McPherson Pink Fonz Steamtrain 1:02:26
Scott Horwood & Roger Taylor Peter Pan & Tinkerbell 1:06:33
Steven King & Tom Morris Sugar Crash Test Dummies 1:06:49
Andrew Hardy & Martin Scott Cycle Paths 1:08:19
Nick Hickman & Paul Wright Elite Cupcake 1:09:28
Paul Greenfield & Darren Timms Bert & Ernie 1:09:36
Manuel Manrique & John Martin Chuckle Bros. 1:09:50
Paul Riley & Nigel Wilson Big Test Icicles 1:12:14
Roger Bamberough & John Curtin The Wheel Deal 1:14:56
Ian Oxton & Jonathan Sewell Olly & Lolly 1:17:06
Harold Jones & Steven Oliver Rollin’ Thunder 1:26:18
Mark Desborough & Rob Fox [mechanical] Foxy Ladies 1:51:01
Chris Batt & Chris Goldenberg [off course] Battman & Robin DNF
Private Time Trials – Women
Jane Wilson (Histon & Impington BC) & Ingrid Matthews (HNCC) Don’t Get Chicked 1:15:18
Rachel O’Donnell (HNCC) & Michelle Reeves (Stevenage CC) Electric Elegance 1:17:12
Private Time Trials – Men
Mark Diplock (HNCC) & Steve Hughes (iCycle) Smokin’ Trees & Stokin’ Threes 1:05:38
George Olive (Stevenage CC) and Mark Vooght (Stevenage CC) Stevenage Ladies 1:05:52
Paul Chinery (unattached) and Mark Loosely(HNCC) Fast & Loose 1:15:39
Private Time Trials – Solos
Steve Robinson (HNCC) Han Solo 1:06:56
Andrew Herbert (unattached) Chewbacca 1:09:35

Next up is the Spring Hilly Event at 09:00 on the 17th March using two laps of the 6Z10 course from Whitwell.  Your TT Secretary has put a call out for pre-registration on the Club’s Face Book Group.  Riders can also make contact via email to .