Hitchin Nomads in European action – 19 March 2017

Reporter: Nigel Wilson

The Hitchin Nomads were represented by 3 riders in the San Remo Gran Fondo in Italy on Sunday 19 March. The 62 mile Gran Fondo covered much of the route that the professionals had covered the previous day when racing from Milan to San Remo.


A field of more than 250 riders took to the start line in beautiful weather, and the event headed east along the Ligurian coast with a loop into the hills before returning to the coast road to tackle the climb of the Cipressa and a summit finish on the Poggio. James Gomm was in fine form, staying in the leading group for the first 20 miles. Eventually, James finished the event in an impressive 3 hours 33 minutes which placed him 167th in a high class field. He was also the first of 14 British riders over the finish line. Nigel Wilson (4:09) and Mark Young (4:16) were also satisfied with their performances. The winner, local rider Marco Tempo, was first to cross the line in 2:44 – an average speed of over 23mph.




Watt Bike “No Excuses” Sportive – 26 February 2017

Reporter: Catherine Jones

Twenty eight, yes twenty eight, Nomads braved the aftermath of Storm Doris and rode the Wattbike No Excuses sportive on 26 February. Members took on both the Epic 82 miles and the not-to-be-sniffed-at Standard 54 miles.


However, windy conditions, punctures and several feed stops resulted in a number of excuses being volunteered. Amongst these were:

“I had to hold the Captain’s bike up while he fixed a puncture”

“Multiple punctures and cramps”

“Too many cake stops”

“I filled my pockets at each feed stop”

“Too long at the feed stations”

“I added about 2 miles by missing that sharp turn…”

“A catastrophic old school bonk”

We came away with a clutch of fantastic performances (see table). A special mention to John Curtin and Steve Stanbury who were back out on their bikes after nasty falls. Chapeau!

The results will go towards the HNCC Sportive Trophy 2017.

Surname First name Distance Standard
Bamberough Irene Epic Silver
Bamberough Roger Epic Silver
Batt Chris Epic Silver
Berwick Rob Epic Silver
Brabrook Chris Epic Gold
Cornell James Epic Gold
Curtin John Epic Silver
Edwards Scott Epic Gold
Fox Rob Epic Gold
Goldenberg Chris Epic Silver
Greenfield Paul Epic Silver
Hardy Andrew Epic Silver
Hollowell David Standard Gold
Horwood Scott Epic Gold
Jones Catherine Epic Gold
King Steve Epic Gold
Manning Calvin Epic Silver
Matthews Ingrid Epic Gold
Morgan Nick Epic Gold
Pegg Julian Epic Gold
Rickles Dave Epic Gold
Ruggles Brian Epic Silver
Scott Martin Epic Silver
Stanbury Steve Standard Bronze
Stevenson Andy Epic Silver
Tilley Jon Epic Gold
Timms Darren Epic Silver
Watson John Epic Gold

2014 Going BEYOND Nomads Sportive

The Nomads host an annual sportive ride which offers great routes, signposted, well stocked aid stations, timing, gold, silver and bronze standards plus commemorative gear for all riders. This is the fourth running of the event and as ever entry fees are used to raise funds to support African children to receive the important gift – education.

Support this Nomads event by entering online. There are two splendid routes to choose from.

For 128km(80 miles) follow this link:


For 80km (50 miles) follow this link:



Where: Hitchin Rugby Club, Old Hale Way, Hitchin SG5 1XL, for information on getting to the start venue and travel options click here.

When: 25th May 2014. Registration from 07.30; Starts from 09.00 to 09.30.

Entry Fees: £25.00

Parking: There is plenty of free parking at the HQ.

What to wear: Bike helmets are mandatory.

Course: For the course map click here.

Drinks & Refreshments: There are 2 Gu aid stations on the 80 mile course. Well stocked with water, Gu energy gels, Jelly Babies and the famous Go Beyond Cake there is also free tea, coffee and snacks at the finish.

Don’t forget: Bike, bike helmet, bike shoes, drinks bottles and it is your responsibility to ensure that your bike is mechanically sound and event ready.

Teach Africa Fundraising: To secure your free Race Entry all you need to do is commit to raising £200, which includes gift aid.