Muddy Monsters CANCELLED – 3 March 2018

Given the current weather conditions, the forecast and in view of the risks associated with travel to the event, the condition of the course and the effect of cold and possibly wet weather on young people participating, a decision has been made to cancel the Muddy Monsters Event on Butts Close in Hitchin on Saturday 3rd March.

Nick Senechal, Hitchin Nomads Cycling Club


Muddy Monsters in Hitchin – 3 March 2018

Muddy monsters is a fun introduction to cycle racing to be held on Butts Close, Hitchin on Saturday 3rd March. This is ideal for young people who love riding their bikes and can manage to ride consistently for up to 15 minutes (10 minutes for the younger riders). Age categories are: Under 6, under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14 and under 16.

Each rider gets the chance to compete in three races: sprint, endurance and handicap. There will be separate races for older and younger age groups, although some age groups may be combined.

The event is open to all, but parents MUST accompany and register their children to ride. Registration is on the day only and costs £4.00. Registration will open from 9:15:am

The first race is at 10:00 (practice on the course from 9:30) and we aim to finish the last race at 12:00 for prize giving.

Participants require (and will not be allowed to ride unless they have):

  • A bike that fits them in good mechanical order with two working brakes (BMX, Mountain bikes, Cyclo cross, road or hybrid bikes will all be acceptable – some tread on the tyre to give traction on grass is ideal)
  • A properly fitting crash helmet

Sensible, non-baggy clothing and gloves or mitts are strongly recommended


The course is short walk or ride from the centre of Hitchin. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO PARKING FOR COMPETITORS ON BUTTS CLOSE FIELD. However there are several car parks within a short distance:

  • Hitchin Swimming Pool (pay and display) off Fishponds Road (overflow car park across the road may be open if this is full)
  • Christchurch Car Park (pay and display) off Bedford Road
  • The Lairage multi-story off the A505 next to Waitrose

There is also some on-street parking in the surrounding area for those arriving early.

HNCC All Age Cyclo Cross Race – Sunday 18th January


Hitchin Nomads Cycling Club are organising an all-day bike event for children and adults at Standalone Farm next Sunday 18th January.

Over 200 competitors are expected for the Cyclo-Cross event which pitches cyclists against each other over a testing off-road course expected to be fast and muddy with twisty turns and small obstacles. Races cover all ages from under 10s to over 50s.

Anybody interested in having a go can find more details online at:  A ‘novice’ category is open to all and Mountain Bikes are welcome.  Entry is also available on the day.  Spectators are also welcome!

Organiser Simon Young, of Hitchin Nomads said: “Cyclo-Cross is a fun type of bike racing.  Hitchin Nomads are delighted to be working with The Heritage Foundation to promote this event which fits the club’s ethos of ‘all types of cycling for all types of people’.

Standalone Farm hosts a range of races and Andrew Milich, Standalone Farm Manager said: “I’m looking forward to this event which should be great to watch. We are always open to approaches to hold events for the community.”

The farm re-opens as a family attraction on 1 March with a packed programme of special events being finalised for the Easter school holidays.


Standalone Farm is a charitable service of the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, a self-funding charitable organisation which invests profits from its property portfolio to maintain and enhance the world’s first Garden City for the long-term benefit of local communities.

More information about Hitchin Nomads Cycling Club can be found at:

More information on the Central Cyclo-Cross League can be found at:

Media inquiries: please contact Sara Gaines, PR and Communications Manager for Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation by email or phone 01462 476071