Awards Gallery 1932 – 2016


A gallery of Club awards going back to the year after the Nomads was first formed has been compiled by Nick Hickman.  This contains details of all winners with photographs of the forty four trophies currently in the collection and some images of those whose names are engraved.  The 2017 winners will be added to a new edition in due course.

Awards Gallery 



Membership landmark achieved as Nomads hit the century mark

Hitchin Nomads Cycling Club has achieved the landmark of 100 members thanks to the support of  British Cycling (BC). The Hertfordshire based club which was founded in 1931 has worked closely with Josie Heffernan (regional lead for BC) to reinvigorate its membership base following the rise in interest in cycling in the UK from 2012 onwards. The cornerstone of the club’s growth has been the use of the British Cycling Club Manager tool and also a really active use of social and digital media.
Amongst other statistics, the club has 230 Facebook followers in its open group and also has an online library of hundreds of GPS friendly routes, club runs and training circuits. Nomads’ Chairman, Nick Senechal, commented:
“The club, like many others in the late 1990s and early 2000s found itself struggling for members and new blood and it fell on to a core group of us to look at new ways of promoting the discipline of cycling in the area and of embracing some of the tools and support that was being developed by British Cycling. We now have one of the most professionally presented and lively online cycling communities in the Region. Importantly, we have used tools which are free at the point of use to our members and our online budget is probably less than the price of a new tyre. It goes to show what can be done with the right group of volunteers.”
Membership Officer and BC Licensed Coach, Simon Doyle, added:
“The communication channels we have created has made our membership really coherent and a sense of identity has been generated through some simple, yet novel ideas. We offer a free club jersey for first time members and we also encourage all ages and genders to get involved. Although there is a serious element to racing in disciplines, spanning Cyclo-Cross, Time Trialling and Road Racing, there is a strong social element too which brings newcomers in to the sport and club.”
Over 20% of the Nomads’ membership is female and 50% of our membership are also British Cycling Members.

Briercliffe 10 Report – 29/04/2014

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.

Nomads Line

 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

Private TT’s:

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 ( – 25:20, Rob Cunningham (CCA) – 26:16, Jon Pybas (Torq Performance) – 26:19, David Watson (Chapeau) – 26:38, Bob Wright (BRCC) – 27:41

Welwyn Hilly 31.7 Mile TT Report

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.

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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

Annual General Meeting 2014 – Update

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.


Simon Young

Simon Young

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.

General Secretary
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.

Club Captain
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.

Welfare Officer
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).

Briercliffe 10 Report – 01/04/2014

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

2Up Team Time Trial Results

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