Event Cancellation – 2 September 2018

The 10 miles Time Trial on Sunday 2nd September using the F1B/10 course is cancelled.  At the time of writing, the Event using this course on 9th September is expected to go ahead, subject to the potential major roadworks not having started and there being sufficient Event Crew available.  The full schedule of Time Trial Events can be found here.


‘Clive Collins 5 mile time trial result’ – 22 May 2018

This was the launch of the new 5 mile course, named in memory of Clive Collins. Clive was a top Nomad tester, hugely supportive of others, especially the novices, and an inspiration to many.

A sunny yet gusty evening greeted 19 riders with a temperature of 17 degrees C wind 14 mph from the north 18 riders secured the guaranteed PB’s promised with one rider unable to decline the lure of the fastest route to the Blackhorse pub thus off course and not in contention (penalised by having to write the report).

In addition to the 18 PB’s there was talk of a veteran ladies record (Meline Fletcher), fixed gear record (Meline Fletcher) and fastest folding bike (Nick Senechal) over the new course.


Nomads – Women

Name Time
Ella Ruggles 15:44
Meline Fletcher 17:23


Nomads – Men

Ryan Witchell 10:51
Sam Hayes 12:04
Steve Robinson 12:26
Simon Doyle 12:34
Brian Ruggles 13:07
Nigel Tooke 13:08
Scott Horwood 13:11
Paul Wright 13:40
Nigel Wilson 13:46
Chris Corney 13:52
Matt Lippard 13:54
Nick Senechal 14:10
Roger Bamberough 14:57
David Summerell 15:33
Mark Loosley Off Course

Private Time Trials

Lindz Barral JEV 12:13
Ric Palmer TSE 14:06

Fastest Nomad of the evening was Ryan Witchell with a blistering 10:51 and fastest private time trial was from Lindz Barral with a 12:13.

Many thanks from all of the riders to the officials and helpers.

Course: Clive Five 1U5

Timekeeper: Leanne Cutler

Assistant Timekeeper: Frank Turner

Event Secretary: Leanne Cutler

Prop: James Cornell

Marshall and general assistant: Michael Webb.

Reporter: Mark Loosley.


Briercliffe 10 – 8 May 2018

The task of writing up the Nomads’ Briercliffe time trial series events is one to be approached with gusto and verve.  The chance to embellish the parchment with the mighty quill to create a historical record to rival Magna Carta and Domesday, is often so much of a treat that literally nobody volunteers to act as herald.

This week was no exception.

Having been ‘volunteered’ (on the basis of some minor misdemeanour that was wholly unsubstantiated – Fake News indeed), this week’s scribe was given the task of having  to ‘be funnier than Paul Riley’, but also actually relay what happened. Being funnier than Paul is akin to being less silly than drinking bleach, but without the fuss of trying to get the lid off.

Editorial ‘steer’ from the event organiser (see credits below) comprised of ‘you must write the following’: Ruggles junior was not caught by Ruggles senior; Robinson was not caught by Hayes; Cutler was not caught by Robinson.  In effect, according to the organiser, nothing happened. Doubtless a career in the security guard/night watch industry or professional football referee in any European game that features the mighty Liverpool beckons.

In reality, all riders were faced by quite a buffeting (though not a buffet – although debris from several Scotch eggs were left in Webby’s car. Webby complained bitterly, as he’d not been offered one).

A westerly 11mph wind ‘provoketh’ as riders traversed Southill, however the same wind did indeed ‘taketh away’ nearly everywhere else. The cultured amongst the readership (I can but hope) will reflect on the reference to the ‘Scottish play’ in reverence to the eggs of the same  cultural origin. The rest of you can ‘Google’ Macbeth. (I didn’t ask for this job so don’t blame me, it’s challenging enough to make a list of names and numbers interesting as it is). I have no quotes that feature Irn-Bru.

‘So what did happen?!’ I hear you bellow!

Well, Cutler and Ruggles jnr created new course PBs and Catherine Jones went nicely under evens, thereby setting a target for the gentlemen who are yet to dip under 30 minutes. Chapeau ladies.

In the ‘Gentlemen’s and Ryan Witchell’s race for people called Ryan Witchell to win event’, Ryan Witchell continued  to demonstrate that youth is wasted on the young, with a simply superb sub-22 minute ride. If he got himself organised he could actually go quick. Well done Ryan. That nicely backs up the 19 from the weekend. Top riding indeed.

For the rest of the field (i.e. those who can actually remember what a Betamax video was and when bleach didn’t have a safety cap), Sam Hayes was second with another strong ride in the series.

Only the width of a carefully placed fiver in the timekeeper’s pocket separated Doyle, Robinson and Hickman. Doyle was in no way pleased that he beat his long-term sparring partner (and fellow former club captain), Robinson by a mere second. Mick Case of BRRT also recorded a time in the same bracket.

Nigel Tooke recorded a notable 27 on the nose with Chris Batt recording a slightly slower time than last week but in the 27 minute bracket nonetheless. 


Leanne Cutler 27.36

Catherine Jones 29.42

Ella Ruggles 32.35



Ryan Witchell 21.51

Sam Hayes 24.21

Simon Doyle 26.07

Steve Robinson 26.08

Nick Hickman 26.09

Nigel Tooke 27.00

Chris Batt 27.38

Manuel Manrique 28.01

Nigel Wilson 28.30

Brian Ruggles 29.38

Chris Corney 30.15

Steve Smith 30.41

Stephen Oliver 31.29

Mike Moralee 32.41



Mick Case BRRT 26.07

Bob Wright CCA 27.54

Graham Laming BRCC 28.27

Christopher Wilson BRCC 32.33


Thanks go to all those who contributed to making the event happen, during the preceding few days and on the night.

Timekeeper– Frank Turner

Genuflectiondemonstratorand propperupper– Paul Riley

Foghornandgeneral start-line larrikin– Michael Webb

ChiefPontiff– Julian Pegg

Organiser-she-who-must-be-obeyed– Leanne Cutler

Reporter – Some bloke acting as the Bard of Hitchin (Ed – surely is that barred from Hitchin?)

Next week sees the commencement of the Dave Gudgin series. Details of the course to follow.

2-up 25 Miles TTT – 10 March 2018

Event Secretary: Nick Hickman
Sign On: David Rossall
Principal Time Keeper: Leanne Cutler
Assistant Timekeeper: Mark Young
Props: Simon Young, Mike Moralee
Photography: Michael Webb (see folder here)

Conditions similar to the 2017 edition (but with wetter roads) awaited twenty-two 2-up teams and two solo riders for the annual Club event on the 1U/25 course, around Southill, Old Warden and nearby.  Once again a southerly wind gave a good push up to G&M Growers.

A large section of the café at Shuttleworth was commandeered afterwards for the Captain’s awards, with some Aero Bars of the chocolate variety being presented.

Full results below.  For comparison, last year’s report is here.

Irene Bamberough & Catherine Jones  Thelma & Louise 1:17:58
Meliné Fletcher & Lorraine Curtin  Pussy Cat Dolls 1:29:43
Sue Rapley & Helen Riley  Marvellous Minxes 1:38:37
Julian Pegg & John Watson Pegz & Captz 0:59:24
James Bainbridge & James McPherson Pink Fonz Steamtrain 1:02:26
Scott Horwood & Roger Taylor Peter Pan & Tinkerbell 1:06:33
Steven King & Tom Morris Sugar Crash Test Dummies 1:06:49
Andrew Hardy & Martin Scott Cycle Paths 1:08:19
Nick Hickman & Paul Wright Elite Cupcake 1:09:28
Paul Greenfield & Darren Timms Bert & Ernie 1:09:36
Manuel Manrique & John Martin Chuckle Bros. 1:09:50
Paul Riley & Nigel Wilson Big Test Icicles 1:12:14
Roger Bamberough & John Curtin The Wheel Deal 1:14:56
Ian Oxton & Jonathan Sewell Olly & Lolly 1:17:06
Harold Jones & Steven Oliver Rollin’ Thunder 1:26:18
Mark Desborough & Rob Fox [mechanical] Foxy Ladies 1:51:01
Chris Batt & Chris Goldenberg [off course] Battman & Robin DNF
Private Time Trials – Women
Jane Wilson (Histon & Impington BC) & Ingrid Matthews (HNCC) Don’t Get Chicked 1:15:18
Rachel O’Donnell (HNCC) & Michelle Reeves (Stevenage CC) Electric Elegance 1:17:12
Private Time Trials – Men
Mark Diplock (HNCC) & Steve Hughes (iCycle) Smokin’ Trees & Stokin’ Threes 1:05:38
George Olive (Stevenage CC) and Mark Vooght (Stevenage CC) Stevenage Ladies 1:05:52
Paul Chinery (unattached) and Mark Loosely(HNCC) Fast & Loose 1:15:39
Private Time Trials – Solos
Steve Robinson (HNCC) Han Solo 1:06:56
Andrew Herbert (unattached) Chewbacca 1:09:35

Next up is the Spring Hilly Event at 09:00 on the 17th March using two laps of the 6Z10 course from Whitwell.  Your TT Secretary has put a call out for pre-registration on the Club’s Face Book Group.  Riders can also make contact via email to timetrials@hitchinnomads.cc .

Briercliffe 10 mile time trial – 4 July 2017

This week’s must see review.

A rather muggy evening greeted a dozen riders in this week’s episode of the “Briercliffe 10”.  The set was dressed beautifully with the addition of a great big Airlander Airship, which Michael Webb had designs on “taking out” in some form of “Independence Day” (spot the link folks – what date is it – come on, keep up….) special effect spectacular.

He was discouraged, on the basis that although “it was big” it was also “far away”.

Conditions were a bit “sticky” on the Growers but relatively quick in the approach to Southill and through the village.  It could have been a very rapid night, but it was not quite to be.

First on stage was Roy Robinson (1st claim TSE), clocking his quickest Briercliffe time for 3 years.  The ensemble cast then performed with vim and vigour, sticking to their lines beautifully daaaaarling.  Chris Brabrook put in a tour de force performance to crack the 26 minute barrier with Tom Weir (1st claim University of Swansea) claiming the curtain call for the HNCC riders.  Of the troubadours, who brought such panache to proceedings, Lindz Barral edged out Mssrs Doyle and Weir for increasingly favourable reviews in The Stage followed by Shampoo at the Garrick.  (Paul Riley did mention something along the lines of going for a bimble to the White Horse).

To cap things off, Michael Webb almost “did a Cutler” to a couple of bikes at the finish line.  Note to riders, do not lie expensive bikes sunny-side down in the long grass. The props department will have a hissy-fit.  Simon Doyle was then “informed” that he had volunteered to write up this nonsense.  So, in essence, if you want a sensible write up don’t leave it to me or Simon Young to do.

HNCC Luvvies
Thomas Weir 24.43
Julian Pegg 25.38
Chris Brabrook 25.45
Nigel Tooke 26.42
Chris Corney, 27.55
Manuel Manrique, 28.49
Paul Riley, 29.03
Derek Thom, 29.18
Roy Robinson 29.45

Private Auditions
Lindz Barral JEV 24.16
Simon Doyle, TSE 24.41
Mick Case, BRCC 26.21

Credits (cue music to Crossroads)

Executive Producer/Miss Dianne, Leanne Cutler
Equity generation, Ethan Dynes
Dolly Grip/Stunt Monkey/Benny Michael Webb
Script Editor/Brad Pitt body-double Simon Doyle
Frank, Himself.
Guest Star, Nick Hickman (still not managed to find his house and has been riding his bike for 327 hours now).

JEV = JCA Equipe Velo
TSE = Team Sales Engine
BRCC = Beds Road CC
USw = University of Swansea

Spring Hilly – 4 March 2017

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

Event Organiser, Signage and Reporter: Nick Hickman
Time Keeper: Frank Turner
Assistant Time Keeper and Prop: Nigel Wilson
Number Spotter: Mark Desborough
Photographer: David Rossall

In a radical break from the tradition of recent years, the conditions for the 2017 Spring Hilly were actually spring-like.  A good size field of 17 riders took to the 6Z10 course from near Codicote, completing two laps.  An event de-brief was held in Vanstone Park Garden Centre Café afterwards.  The Club Captain will be pleased to hear that no cake at all was consumed.


Top Nomads were Ingrid Matthews and Steve Robinson, with Team Sales Engine’s Sam Hayes fastest on the day.

Women: Ingrid Matthews 56:08 (27:46 1st lap); Leanne Cutler 57:40 (28:29) ; Catherine Jones 58:58 (29:18)


Ingrid Matthews

Men: Steve Robinson 48:41 (24:35); James McPherson 50:51 (25:13); James Bainbridge 51:18 (25:20); Ross Thomson 51:49 (25:43); Scott Horwood 54:00 (27:12); David Rickels 55:09 (27:27); Nick Hickman 55:20 (26:54); Martin Scott 57:26 (28:22); Roger Taylor 58:15 (28:25); Darren Timms 59:28 (29:54); David Summerell 1:00:43 (29:48); Roger Bamberough 1:03:50 (31:22); Nick Senechal DNF (25:30)


Steve Robinson

Private Time Trial: Sam Hayes (TSE) 48:01 (23:52)

The next Club Event is the 2-up Team Time Trial at 09:00 on Saturday 11 March using the 1U/25 “Dave Gudgin” course from Southill.

Committee Meeting Minutes 9 January 2017

In an effort to be open and transparent regarding Committee business, decisions and actions, the minutes of the 9 January 2017 Committee Meeting are attached:


Note: The minutes of meeting were ratified by the Committee and then signed as being a true and accurate record, which procedure was enacted at the 20 February 2017 Committee meeting