Frank Turner: Time Keeper
Leanne Cutler: Event Organiser, Sign on and Assistant Time Keeper
Michael Webb: Prop
Nigel Tooke: Reporter
Nine Nomads and three guest riders took part in the Nelson Mandela Day Briercliffe 10 event.
Conditions were a warm 22°C with a steady easterly breeze providing a tougher than usual challenge going through Southill but an easier run past Shuttleworth and a steady blast along Growers.
It’s not easy to ascertain if Nelson Mandela was a big cycling fan but the following quotes suggest he may have been, interspersed with what was overheard on the evening (perhaps).
“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” – NM
“I’ve cracked Vinegar Hill – and the Galibier. Vinegar Hill was harder” – Nigel Wilson
“Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in front” – NM
“Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in front” – Steve Smith
“It enables me to go to bed with an enriching feeling in my soul and the belief that I am changing myself” – NM
“I’m knackered” – Michael Webb
Well done to the fastest Nomad Mark Desborough with a short 25 and to Lindz Barral who produced the quickest ride of the evening just nipping under 24 minutes.
Hitchin Nomads Event:
Mark Desborough 25.10; Nigel Tooke 26.33; Nigel Wilson 27.08; John Martin 27.47; Manuel Manrique 27.55; Chris Corney 28.04; Mark Loosley 29.51; Steve Smith 30.43; Stephen Oliver 32.02
Private Time Trials:
Lindz Barral (JEV) 23.58; Mick Case (BRCC) 25.51; Chris Wilson (BRCC) 29.47