Mileage Competition – March to October 2017

The Hitchin Nomads’ Mileage Competition (also known as the “8 months Time Trial”) saw more than 130,000 miles being ridden by this year’s entrants between the months of March and October inclusive.

The Club Member completing the most miles was Nick Hickman, who deservedly becomes our 4th different winner of the trophy in 4 years.  This became the highest annual mileage trophy from 2014, currently based on March – October miles (not on a static bike).  The trophy was originally the Alan Thompson Memorial Cup, awarded from 1956 – 1995.  The competition, organised by Walt Livings, consisted of a series of questions where the answers would be found on a course set by Walt.  Also, it is thought that points were awarded for a free-wheeling competition with the most points awarded for the rider to go the furthest from a downhill standing start; and a speed judging competition where riders had to maintain a set pace over one mile, without the benefit of a GPS device or other speedometer of course!

Trophy #27 - Highest Annual Mileage

Nick Hickman – winner 2017

A late surge from John Curtin gave him 2nd place, and previous winner Nigel Hale once again covered a lot of miles to take 3rd.   14 people each rode over 4,000 miles to achieve the bronze or higher standard.  “Chapeau!” to junior entrants Ella Ruggles and Flo Cornell who completed the Event with nearly 1,000 miles between them.  Well done to all:

Miles 2017

Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Juniors

A special mention goes to Andrew Hardy and Mark Collins who may well have joined this group if it hadn’t been for injury and, based on her mileage in the rest of the year, Catherine Jones who would have been challenging John and Nigel for a place on the podium if injury hadn’t also truncated her season. There’s always 2018 and there are just 118 days to go until we start all over again on 1st March …

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Charlton Hill Climb – 15 October 2017

Event Crew: Nigel Wilson, Frank Turner, Julian Pegg, Mark Young, Denise Pegg

The 24 entrants in this year’s Charlton hill climb were greeted by perfect conditions for the final event of this year’s time trial season. And the morning held one further pleasant surprise – the unexpected arrival of veteran Nomad Tony Furby. Tony however, declined the offer of pinning a number on his back.

The entrants made the most of the conditions with 9 riders going under 1:30 for the course (only 3 people managed this last year). Biggest cheer of the day was for Ella Ruggles who set off at a cracking pace on the climb. However, the fastest lady of the day was Chloe Scott who managed to complete the ride in an impressive 1:57. The top 5 in the gents competition were separated by less than 5 seconds with Nick Morgan just pipping Andy Saunders on the line. James Bainbridge completed the podium.

The Event Crew did an excellent job with Frank Turner on the finish line, Julian Pegg and Mark Young on the start line, and Denise Pegg provided mid-climb support with her cowbell. Thanks go to Nick and Ashleigh Morgan for providing post-ride hospitality.

Nomads Competition

Women: Chloe Scott 1:57.5; Rachel O’Donnell; 2:34.8; Ella Ruggles (Junior) 2:37.9

8W. Hill Climb Women

Chloe Scott 2017

Men: Nick Morgan 1:19.5; Andy Saunders 1:19.9; James Bainbridge 1:21.9; Patrick Maher 1:23.3; Tom Morris 1:23.8; Mark Desborough 1:26.3; Rob Lampard 1:26.6; Radu Chirvasuta 1:29.9; Scott Horwood 1:30.7; David Rickels 1:35.9; Brian Ruggles 1:38.1; Nick Senechal 1:38.9; Paul Greenfield 1:40.6; Steve King 1:40.9; Andrew Hardy 1:52.0; Steve Stanbury 1:52.9; Nigel Tooke 1:56.8;  Jamie Tomlin 2:01.4; Stephen Oliver 2:17.4; Mike Allen 2:21.5

8. Hill Climb Champion

Nick Morgan 2017

Private Time Trial

Pat Allen 1:38.2

NEXT EVENT: Boxing Day 10

Autumn Hilly TT – 7 October 2017

Promoted for and on behalf of Cycling Time Trials – Under its rules and regulations

Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper and Prop: Chris Jones
Event Organiser, Sign On and Course Signage: Nick Hickman

Course: 6Z/10 x 2 (“Whitwell Circuit”) 18.4 miles

Fastest Nomads

Men: James Bainbridge 0:46:10
Women: Ingrid Matthews 0:55:27

Full Results

Rider 1st Lap Time Bicycle
James Bainbridge 0:22:43 0:46:10 TT Machine
Jason Stuart (CC Ashwell) 0:23:00 0:46:12 TT Machine
Keith Barton (St Neots CC) 0:23:51 0:47:24 TT Machine
James McPherson 0:24:09 0:48:33 TT Machine
Mark Desborough 0:24:38 0:49:25 TT Machine
Julian Pegg 0:24:28 0:49:38 Road Bike
Nick Senechal 0:25:21 0:51:02 TT Machine
Ross Thompson 0:25:13 0:51:21 Road Bike with Aero Bars
Paul Greenfield 0:26:26 0:52:57 Road Bike
Radu Chirvasuta 0:26:20 0:54:03 Road Bike
Ingrid Matthews ( W ) 0:27:10 0:55:27 Road Bike
Andrew Hardy 0:27:59 0:56:48 Road Bike
Nick Hickman 0:29:02 0:58:15 Medium Gear 72″ Fixed
Darren Timms 0:28:56 0:58:36 Road Bike
Steve Smith 0:29:27 0:59:17 Road Bike
David Summerell 0:28:55 0:59:50 TT Machine
Mark Loosely 0:29:50 1:00:27 Road Bike
Catherine Jones ( W ) 0:30:32 1:01:39 Road Bike
Scott Horwood (0:12:26 late start penalty) 0:26:01 1:04:04 Road Bike with Aero Bars

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