Late Season Series – 3 September 2017

Course: F1B/10 (using A1, Tempsford – Sandy – Biggleswade North – Sandy – Tempsford)
HQ: Stuart Memorial Hall, Tempsford

Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper: Steve Smith
Prop and Kitchen: Paul Riley
Course Marshal: John Martin
Event Secretary and Course Signage: Nick Hickman
Baking: Ann Collins, Flo & Mabel Cornell, Jane Hickman, John Martin’s Mum
Photography: Davey Jones, Nick Hickman, Simon Doyle, James Cornell

Some excellent times on a fast, local course that is sadly very underused – most likely because local regulations only allow events early on a Sunday morning due to traffic volumes and there is little tradition of 10s at that time.  There were a host of course bests (most everyone probably since the course has not been used in six or seven years), season bests and a few lifetime personal bests.

Nomads’ combined times for this two-event series has Mark Desborough in 1st place with 47:09, Nick Hickman in 2nd with 48:04 and Nigel Tooke taking the 3rd step on the podium with 49:57.

HNCC Results

Rider Time
Morgan, Nick 21:05
Bainbridge, James 21:43
Ashfield, Gavin 22:31
Desborough, Mark 22:46
Nick Hickman 22:47
Senechal, Nick 23:17
Tooke, Nigel 23:53
Wilson, Nigel 24:01
O’Sullivan, Paul 24:29
Brabrook, Chris 24:53
Cutler, Leanne 25:02
Manuel Manrique DNS (apols)

Private Time Trials

Rider Club / Team Time
Stuart, Jason CC Ashwell 21:29
Barral, Lindz JCA-Equipe Velo 21:50
Barton, Keith St Neots CC 22:00
Diplock, Marc Doncaster Wheelers CC 22:19
Doyle, Simon Team Sales Engine 22:33
Green, Chris St Neots CC 22:36
Nelson, Cody BRRT 23:04
Stokes, Ian 45 RC 23:41
Case, Mick BRRT 23:50
Hughes, Steve iCycle 23:51

Late Season Series – 20 August 2017

Time Keeper: Leanne Cutler
Assistant Time Keeper: Nick Senechal
Prop: Michael Webb
Course Check, Signage and Sign On: Nick Hickman

Hitchin Nomads Event:

Steve Robinson & Sam Hayes (tandem) 21:56; Mark Desborough 24:23; John Watson 24:26; Nick Hickman 25:17; Nigel Tooke 26:04; Chris Corney 27:30; Paul Riley 28:26; David Summerell 29:03

Private Time Trials:

Jason Stuart (CC Ashwell) 23:11; Keith Barton (St Neots CC) 23:13; Marc Diplock (Doncaster Wheelers CC) 24:53; Chris Green (St Neots CC) 25:08; Steve Hughes (iCycle) 25:15; Ian Stokes (45 RC) 26:26

Next event: F1B/10 Sunday 3 September 2017 08:00. Entry closes Tuesday 29 August. Open to Club Members and Private Time Trialists from CTT Affiliated Clubs / Teams who have ridden a HNCC Club Event (Type B, and not Inter Club 30) this season. Entries to Nick Hickman via Face Book poll response or email to TimeTrials@HitchinNomads.CC . There will be NO ENTRY ON THE DAY.

Briercliffe 10 – 15 August 2017

Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper: Steve Smith
Prop: Michael Webb
Sign On: Nick Hickman
Reporter: James Bainbridge

Tuesday evening saw the final edition of the 2017 evening 10 series, held on the popular (i.e. ‘less hilly’) 1U/10B ‘Roadworks 10’ course.  Turnout was good; likewise conditions – some of the best of the season so far, and consequently some superb times were posted by competitors, including a number of new PBs; your author pleased to include himself amongst those. HNCC’s Nick Morgan put in a storming ride on his road bike to record 23:49, which is believed to be the fastest ‘non-aero’ ride around the course, and Ryan Witchell of Team Sales Engine posted a superb 21:34. The fastest Nomad was Tom Weir.

Competition was followed by several rounds of high quality recovery drinks at the White Horse.

Hitchin Nomads Event:

Tom Weir 23:23; James Bainbridge 23:27; Andy Saunders 23:48; Nick Morgan 23:49; Steve Robinson 24:16; Nick Hickman 25:12; Chris Brabrook 25:19; Nigel Tooke 25:41; Nigel Hale 25:55; Nigel Wilson 26:06; Martin Scott 26:35; Leanne Cutler 26:37; Chris Corney 26:42; Paul Greenfield 26:49; Paul Riley 27:15; Peter Sharman 27:22; Mark Loosely 28:47; Stephen Oliver 30:06; Mark Desborough 33:50 (Including 9:30 late start)

Private Time Trials:

Ryan Witchell (Team Sales Engine) 21:34; Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 23:26; Peter Gell (Beds Road RT) 24:27

Briercliffe 10 Time Trial – 8 August 2017

Frank Turner: Time keeper
Paul Riley: Sign On, Prop, Assistant Time Keeper

Course: 1U/10B “Roadworks 10”

Hitchin Nomads

T Weir 24:39; A Saunders 24:50; J Bainbridge 25:43; N Tooke 26:42; L Cutler 27:04; N Wilson 27:12; N Hickman 28:45; C Brabrook 39:22

Private Time Trials

R Withchell (Team Sales Engine) 22:32; L Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) 24:05


Inter Club 10 Time Trial – 5 August 2017

Event Organiser: Debbie Newall (Icknield Road Club)
Reporter: Nigel Wilson
Images: Chris Jones

Nomads’ team manager Chris Jones stood nervously on the touchline, or to be more accurate the pot-hole ridden roundabout, which his elite athletes would have to negotiate twice during the Inter Club 10 Event hosted by IRC.  The build-up had been stressful with Jones losing his Northern speed machines  Thomson and Cutler, and finally the big man Cornell, from his planned starting line-up ahead of the big day.

The weather matched his mood with dark clouds swirling round the Bedfordshire course.  Surely things couldn’t get any worse.  But they did.  First Mark Desborough took a wrong turn (to Brogborough) which delayed his start, and then the manager saw Nigel Tooke removed before half-time (by a shard of glass) which punctured his ambitions of a good performance.

However, the team turned it round magnificently for their manager.  New signing Sam Hayes displayed blistering pace with Chris Brabrook not far behind.  James McPherson, Steve Robinson, Nick Hickman and Mark Desborough also showed that Jones has built a team full of pace as they completed the course in under 25 minutes – even if Hickman was heard grumbling that he would have liked to have stayed on for the full 24 hours, rather than just 24 minutes.

However, the Inter Club 10 is a team event, and the performances of Roy Robinson, Stephen Oliver, Steve Smith and Nigel Wilson who all gave 100%, producing some of their quickest times of the year, have ensured that the manager can look forward optimistically to the final match of the season against Sharpenhoe Clappers.

Nomads’ Times

Sam Hayes 22:32; Chris Brabrook 23:28; James McPherson 24:05; Steve Robinson 24:20; Nick Hickman 24:44; Nigel Wilson 26:31; Roy Robinson 28:44; Steve Smith 29:41; Stephen Oliver 30:43; Mark Desborough 32:33 (includes 8 minute late start).

Full results for the entire field of riders, with points scores and an update on the league standings to follow.

Briercliffe 10 – 1 August 2017

Frank Turner: Time Keeper
Nick Hickman: Event Organiser, Sign On, Assistant Timekeeper
Paul Riley: Prop
Ross Thompson: Numbers
Mark Loosley: Reporter

On the last 19:00 start of the season on a near perfect evening, with 19 degrees C and a gentle 9 mph south westerly wind, 19 testers set out on the Briercliffe 1U/10 Course to beat the summer clocks.

Some great performances were given, with Tom Weir winning the Nomads event and CC Ashwell’s Justin Layne setting the fastest time of the evening.  Leanne Cutler achieved a new Personal Best for the Course (and Women’s Course Record?).  David Summerell went well on his return from injury.  St Neots CC’s Keith Barton put in an impressive time despite adding 0.8 of a mile to the course and passing his minute man twice!

Hitchin Nomads Event

Tom Weir 24:14; Andy Saunders 24:33; Mark Desborough 25:30; Ross Thomson 26:17; Nigel Tooke 27:00; Nigel Wilson 27:44; Chris Corney 27:57; Leanne Cutler 28:03; Paul Riley 28:33; Mark Loosley 29:54; David Summerell 30:20; Steve Smith 30:49

Private Time Trials

Justine Layne (CC Ashwell) 22.18; Ryan Witchell (Team Sales Engine) 22:36; Jason Stuart (CC Ashwell) 23:21; Simon Doyle (Team Sales Engine) 24:23; Peter Gell (Beds Road Race Team) 25:19; Keith Barton (St Neots CC) 26:04; Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo) DNF

Post-race chat at the pub turned to quality of skin suits and with only 147 sleeps till Christmas, the letters with requests to Santa are being drafted as the nights draw in.   However, as talk progressed on to the forthcoming Club Event on the F1B/10 course (3 September) and potential visits to the former Anchor at Tempsford, there may be some questions asked as to who has been naughty or nice!

Congratulations to all riders and thank you to the Event Crew.  Next week sees an earlier start time of 18:30 for a return to the 1U/10B “Roadworks 10” course, with sign on at the Finish Line.

Briercliffe 10 – 25 July 2017

Leanne Cutler: Event Organiser, Sign On, Time Keeper
Simon Doyle (TSE): Assistant Time Keeper
Lindz Barral (JCA-Equipe Velo): Prop
Ross Thomson: Reporter

With a film crew circling their wagons in the field next to the start, a brief sighting of Nick Hickman walking like John Wayne, and a bowl of spaghetti awaiting me at home for my tea the cowboy theme was too much to ignore …

The evening was tense with the hot sun low in the sky and the wind dropping to a barely discernible waft over the plains of Southill.

A mixture of fresh-faced young guns, gnarled old-timers and the good, the bad and Paul Riley had lined up for the showdown.  Some respectable times were posted and there was only one casualty, in the bad lands way out west of the range.

Of the HNCC riders, Chris “Lawman” Brabrook receives a special tip of the 10 gallon hat for nipping under 26 mins on a road bike.  Tom “Billy the Kid” Weir was the evening’s sharp shooter, with Andy “Seldom Seen Man” Saunders hot on his heels.  Pete “the Sharmanator” on his new steed also put in a noteworthy time. 

A mysterious stranger, Paul “The Man With No Club” Bullen rode into town to demonstrate that he can ride a bike as well as sell them.  Ryan Witchell galloped round as fastest PTT and then re-mounted to lead the round up to gather in John Martin who had been bucked.  Great work. 

Big love to Deputy Cutler and her posse from over the county line (Clocks Doyle and Prop Barral) for enforcing the law.

Hitchin Cowboys
Tom Weir 24:26; Andy Saunders 24:37; Chris Brabrook 25:54; Ross Thomson 26:09; Peter Sharman 28:41; Derek Thom 28:50; Mark Loosely 29:35; Steve Smith 30:00; Paul Riley 30:30; John Martin DNF

Outlaws and Desperadoes
Ryan Witchell (TSE) 23:25; Sam Hayes (TSE) 23:33; Paul Bullen (unattached) 28:12; David Wentworth (TSE) 28:10; David Ledgerton (TSE) 29:21