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.

 

Results

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

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Muddy Monsters CANCELLED – 3 March 2018

Given the current weather conditions, the forecast and in view of the risks associated with travel to the event, the condition of the course and the effect of cold and possibly wet weather on young people participating, a decision has been made to cancel the Muddy Monsters Event on Butts Close in Hitchin on Saturday 3rd March.

Nick Senechal, Hitchin Nomads Cycling Club

Muddy Monsters in Hitchin – 3 March 2018

Muddy monsters is a fun introduction to cycle racing to be held on Butts Close, Hitchin on Saturday 3rd March. This 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.

Each 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):

  • A 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

ACCESS TO THE COURSE AND PARKING

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.

Inter Club 30 TT – Start Sheet

The start sheet for the Inter Club 30 event hosted by Hitchin Nomads CC on Sunday 26th June is attached:

IC30 HNCC 2016 Start Sheet

(last amendment 17:21 24 June 2016)

Time Trials Calendar 2016

Reporter: Nick Hickman

A provisional calendar is now available showing Club, Interclub and Open events: HNCC TTs 2016 Calendar .  All are subject to approvals by the local CTT district and notifications to relevant police authorities.

Date for the BRCC Interclub 15 event will be added when it has been provided.

Nomads Line

The schedule is much the same as in recent years with a few minor modifications:

  • The first two and last two Tuesday evening 10s will use the popular 1U/10B “Roadworks” course that was introduced last season.  This will also be an option for any other events should circumstances require.
  • A Club 100 championship is reintroduced, with the ECCA Open event on E2/100 being nominated.
  • The late summer Saturday series has been truncated to three events on the Briercliffe 10 course.

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Hitchin Nomads Cyclo-Cross Race, 1st November 2015 – Important Information

When is it?

Hitchin Nomads CC will be hosting the sixth round of the 2015-16 Central Cyclo-Cross League fixtures on Sunday November 1st 2015 at Standalone Farm, Letchworth.

What is it?

Cyclo-Cross is an off-road bike race around a marked out course, generally on grass which can get very muddy! Adult laps last approximately 7-10 mins and there are normally at least two points in a lap when riders need to dismount and run over low barriers. Children’s laps are approximately 3-5 mins on shorter courses with no hurdles or barriers.

A number of races take place throughout the day from 10am until 3pm. Males and females are split into various age categories but often race on the course at the same time.   Ages range from Under 10s (racing for 10 minutes in total), to over 50s (racing for 40 minutes in total) to senior men (racing for 1 hour in total).

Racers are allocated individual race numbers and laps are timed. The winner is the first rider to complete the most laps within the time allowed and there is prize money for the lead riders in each category.

Where is it?

The racing will take place at Standalone Farm in Letchworth. Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation owns the venue and they will manage parking and run the Greenway Café.

How do I join in?

Children’s races are a mixture of boys and girls using both Cyclo-Cross bikes and Mountain bikes. Adults tend to use mainly Cyclo-Cross bikes but Mountain Bikes are allowed.

There is a Novice race category for adults.   This allows anyone to try ‘Cross out for the first time in a friendly, less pressured race format.

Race entry and other details can be found at the links below.

Entry is available on the day but it is cheaper and easier of you register online. Online entry closes at 11.55pm on the Tuesday before the race. Holders of British Cycling membership will need to take their licence along on the day. Non-membership holders will need to buy a £3 day licence on the day.

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/?series_id=142

http://centralcxl.org.uk/calendar-201516/

If you have any queries please contact event organiser:
Simon Young (nomadscx@gmail.com) Tel: 07584 674009

Start sheet for Interclub 30 on 21 June 2015

IC30 HNCC 2015 Start Sheet (final)

N.B. start sheet is amended to remove some mistakes, incorporate some further early / late starts, and avoid having slower riders right at the end (timekeepers will want their coffee and cake).  Some extra riders added since it was being amended anyway and some early DNS Apols removed while I was there.  Please check your start times.  Most have moved by just a minute or two.