The April weather was once again dry and mild with a gentile Easterly breeze for the final Briercliffe 10 of the month. The good weather once again drew out a bumper crop of riders with 23 taking to the start line.
Making their 2014 Briercliffe débuts were Leanne Cutler and James Spence. The first Nomad home this week was Andy Saunders, who improved on his previous ride to record the fastest time by a Nomad on the Briercliffe course this season. James Gomm and Nick Hickman rounded off the top three for the Nomads. The fastest Nomad on a standard road bike (no aero equipment) was David Rickels who recorded a 27:35.
As well as improving race times, the Nomads have also improved their queuing technique
The fastest ride of the evening went to Virgin Actives Jim Moffatt, but by far the most impressive ride of the night was by Torq Performance’s Jon Pybus who recorded a 26:19……. on his mountain bike, thus proving that the essence of time trialling is not the bike, but the engine.
Thanks goes to Frank Turner and Paul Riley for timekeeping and to Mike Webb for pushing off and stadium announcer volume encouragement.
Andy Saunders – 24:32, James Gomm – 25:01, Nick Hickman – 25:53, James Spence – 26:49, Mark Collins – 26:56, Jon Traynor – 27:15, David Rickels – 27:35, David Summerell – 28:40, Nigel Wilson – 29:00, Simon Young – 29:16, Steve Smith – 32:11, Leanne Cutler – 32:16
Jim Moffatt (Virgin Active) – 23:16, Chris Pearce (Cambridge CC) – 23:29, Jason Stuart (CCA) – 23:43, Thomas Weir (CCA) – 24:29, John McVey (Velo Schils) – 25:00, John Polak (CCA) – 25:02, Lindz Barral (Twenty3c.co.uk) – 25:20, Rob Cunningham (CCA) – 26:16, Jon Pybas (Torq Performance) – 26:19, David Watson (Chapeau) – 26:38, Bob Wright (BRCC) – 27:41
The Nomads TT squad were in action again on Good Friday, competing in the gruelling 31.7 mile Welwyn Hilly TT which has a touch over 2000 ft of climbing. Nick Hickman, John Watson and James Gomm took to the start line in chilly and windy conditions.
James Gomm recorded a time of 1:26:31 despite an early gear malfunction which limited him to an 11-14 cassette, John Watson recorded 1:30:47 which is a great time considering John was on a standard road bike, and Nick recorded 1:40:40 despite having to stop and change a punctured inner tube at the top of Offley Hill. Full results available here
The event was won by an in form Ashley Cox (CC Luton) who finished with 1:10:57 and a cushion of almost 5 minutes to the second place rider.
Nick Hickman on the Codecote Road John Watson on the Codecote Road
James Gomm on the final climb
Images from Keith Perry and Davey Jones
The Club’s AGM was held on 26 March 2014. The minutes are still being ratified and however, as an update to our members the election of officers was as follows.
Note that Simon Young was elected as Club Captain. Please support Simon as he rallies us for the year ahead.
Note also that there is a vacancy for the General Secretary role. Please step forward if you can spare 1-2 hours per month to support the basic administration of the club. As you can see the committee roles are spread across a few people but we really need you all to contribute and share the burden. Please come forward (or expect a tap on the shoulder).
Nick Senechal re-appointed.
No member elected. NS will continue to stand in for this role, with a view to co-opting a secretary over the course of the year. Anyone interested in this vital role, acting as a link between HNCC, our governing body (BC ) and other organisations please discuss with a member of the committee.
Paul Riley re-appointed.
Simon Young appointed.
Time Trial Secretary
James Gomm re-appointed.
Road Race Secretary
No candidate stood for road race secretary. The outgoing RR Sec, (Andrew Stevenson) was not present and will be asked if he is willing to be co-opted to the committee.
Social and Touring secretary
This role was formerly shared between Nick Hickman and Keith Rapley. KR has indicated he wishes to stand down, (although he will continue to help with the organisation of the Sportive). Nick Hickman appointed.
James Spence re-appointed.
Newsletter Editor (Press Secretary)
Nigel Wilson appointed, in absentia. Proposed NS, Seconded JG
Other committee members
Simon Doyle was elected to the committee (reporting as Membership Officer).
We moved onto British Summertime at the weekend, which means only one thing, the start of the Nomads evening Time Trial series. You would be forgiven for thinking that several weeks had passed since the changing of the clocks as the numerous riders were greeted with warm, sunny and still conditions, reminiscent of mid summer rather than the first day of April.
17 riders took to the start line for the first edition of the Briercliffe 10 for 2014, including TT débutantes Oscar Riley and Brendon Reynolds. Both riders did themselves proud by riding under 30 minutes on the challenging 10 mile circuit at the first time of asking.
With Gavin Ashfield puncturing around the 4 mile mark, it was James Gomm who was the first Nomad home, with Nick Hickman and Nick Senechal rounding off the top 3. The fastest rider of the day was CC Ashwell’s Jason Stuart who came in at 24:17, an impressive time for this early in the season. Pictures from Sue Clifford-Smith.
As seems to be the case in the evening TT series, the best battle was in the middle order with 7 riders separated by just 62 seconds. In the absence of Ben Wilson (Uni), the 2014 Father v Son battle will be contested between the Riley’s, with father Paul edging out son Oscar by 54 seconds. Given that this was Oscars first time riding the course, the jury is out on who will be on top come the end of the season…….
Thanks to Frank Turner and Ann Collins for Time Keeping.
Nomads: James Gomm – 25:22, Nick Hickman – 26:00, Nick Senechal – 26:28, Mark Collins – 27:13, Nigel Tooke – 28:03, Paul Riley – 28:25, Jon Traynor – 28:28, Brendon Reynolds – 28:34, Simon Young – 28:58, Dave Rickells – 29:19, Oscar Riley -29:19, Nigel Wilson – 29:27, David Summerell – 30:37, David Rossall – 36:13, Gavin Ashfield – D.N.F (Puncture)
Private Time Trials: Jason Stuart (CC Ashwell) – 24:17, Bob Wright (Beds Road CC) – 27:45
Gavin Ashfield made it two out of two for this season’s opening time trial events. Riding with Simon Doyle, Ashfield proved to be the man to watch as the pair recorded a winning time of 1h 05m 53s for the 25 miles, this was despite suffering mechanical issues within the first few miles. Nick Hickman and James Gomm were thwarted due to a serious front wheel puncture to Hickman’s machine. Gomm continued on to record a respectable 1h 09m 28s having had to abort the qualifying paired ride. Nigel Wilson and Jon Traynor riding standard road bikes qualified in second spot. Conditions were tough as riders fought their way northwards during the three laps around Southill and Old Warden.
Jame Spence was Master of Ceremonies on the watches and Jane Hickman provided post-race sustenance. Riders were cheered on by Steve Smith who took the photographs and is also recuperating from injury.
G Ashfield & S Doyle 1.05.53, J Traynor & N Wilson 1.16.49, J Gomm & N Hickman DNF*.
Private time trials: Geoff Hicks (BRCC) 1:10:12, J Watson 1.11.00
*J Gomm awarded a solo time of 1.09.28
The Nomads’ Time Trial season commenced in earnest today (8th March, 2014) with the traditional curtain raiser around the Whitwell road race circuit. Six Nomads competed around the two lap course, with Gavin Ashfield producing a great early season time to win the event. Riders were assisted by a strong southerly wind as they headed towards Hitchin from Codicote but there was still plenty of work to be done in terms of the climbs towards Whitwell and the sharp inclines near the start/ finish line. Mark Collins produced an impressive performance to take second place. Nick Senechal wrapped up third place.
James Spence was Time Keeper and was assisted by Mike Webb, Simon Doyle and Sue Clifford Smith. Pictures courtesy of Mike Webb.
Gavin Ashfield 23:59/ 48:19, Mark Collins 26:37/ 53:59, Nick Senechal 27:35/ 55:24, Jon Traynor 29:27/ 60:05, Nigel Wilson 30:16/ 61:43, David Summerell 29:31/ 63:00
The first time (mins:secs) is the lap 1 split time. The second is finish time.