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.


Inter Club 30 – 25 June 2017

Report and times for the Inter Club 30, hosted by Hitchin Nomads CC can be found in the attached document:

HNCC IC30 Published Result Sheet 2017


Nick Senechal, fastest Nomad at the IC30.

Inter Club 15 TT – 18 June 2017

Reporter: Chris Jones

Last Sunday saw the first race of the Inter-Club Time Trial series, hosted by our neighbours, Beds Road CC, using the 1Y/15 course.  This runs on the A600 between Shortstown and Shefford.  The Nomads were out in force and, in total, 10 riders took to the field on a truly sweltering day.  Sadly, due to our 11th rider (Catherine Jones) untimely breaking of her elbow, there was no female presence for this one.  Wishing you all the best, and hope you get well soon Catherine!

Conditions for riders were generally good on the day, albeit a little bit too warm for most, including myself.  There was a slight breeze, but barely noticeable.  Nevertheless, all Nomads gave it their all against local rivals and at a first glance have made a positive impact in bringing back some Competition Series points back to Nomads HQ.  Three Nomads finished in the top 20.

James I (Bainbridge) was fastest Nomad of the day, posting a phenomenal time of 35:42. Shortly behind James I was James II (Cornell) with a 35:53 and then James III (McPherson) with a 36:45.  My reliable sources inform me that the James’ Team, with a combined time of 1:48:20, are now the new holders of the Club Team 15 mile record, slicing 39 seconds off the previous time [Editor: our Records Keeper has confirmed this]. Impressive performances were also had by Steve Robinson 37:06 and Scott Edwards 40:40; closely followed by Nigel Wilson 40:58.  Paul Riley 42:37; Chris Corney 44:04 and Steve Smith 45:40 all brought back some points for the Club too.  Chapeau gents!

Sadly, your newly designated Inter-Club TT Captain did not fare so well.  After what was a pretty good start, and having covered nearly 2.5 miles at the 5 minute mark, I heard that sound that we all fear, psssssss!  Yes, I had p*nctured the front wheel after carelessly hitting a small pothole.  So it was a long and very slow trundle back to HQ for me, with many inflammatory utterances expressed on the way back.  Three p*ncture-free years isn’t such a bad run though.  Oh well, there’s always next time.

With only days to the next event (our own Inter Club 30), we already have another strong Nomad presence forecast to be out in force.  Here’s hoping for another successful, record breaking day.

Thanks to Jon Carver of BRCC and his Event Crew for putting on the Event.  Much appreciated.  Full results can be found at the Beds Road Book-to-Ride System. Competition points for each Club after 1 of 5 events are yet to be determined.

Our Photographer in Chief, Michael Webb, has posted a super gallery of event pictures.

Interclub 30 TT – 26 June 2016

Full results and completion series standings after three events:

HNCC IC30 Result sheet 2016

[corrected 29 June – to take into account riders tying in 16th places and 45th places, with same times]

Inter Club 30 TT – Start Sheet

The start sheet for the Inter Club 30 event hosted by Hitchin Nomads CC on Sunday 26th June is attached:

IC30 HNCC 2016 Start Sheet

(last amendment 17:21 24 June 2016)

InterClub 10 – 24 April 2016

Reporter: Jon Traynor

Sixteen Hitchin Nomads lined up for the first of the 2016 Interclub Time Trial series, hosted by Icknield Road Club.  This was a  magnificent turnout for the boys and girl in yellow and blue. The season long Interclub competition is with four other local clubs – Icknield RC, Beds Road CC, CC Ashwell and St Neots CC.

A chilly start greeted the early riders on an otherwise bright spring morning, with some dampness persisting from overnight rain and sleet. The 6U/10 course is deceptively tricky due to its pan-flat nature with a slight incline towards the Maulden roundabout. A sharp cross-wind at this point gave rise to several Nomads commenting on this draggy section of the circuit, although once the turn was traversed there were some speed benefits found. Two laps from roughly the A6/A507 roundabout to Maulden is what was required to post a time which all but one Nomad on the start sheet duly performed. Webby had withdrawn from the event several weeks previous due to illness but did make an appearance to grab some excellent shots of the day.  He was last reported to have enlisted Austin Powers’ assistance to help to find his cycling Mojo.

Quote of the day goes to Steve Smith who’s tactics were to take it easy for the first couple of miles, then turn the tap on. However, he reported that, “when the tap was turned on, only a dribble came out”. A fact that a lot of other Nomads could readily identify with.

Excuse of the day was a close run thing.  James McPherson reeled off an impressive list of reasons why he could have done better before revealing that he did actually put in a good time.  Stephen Oliver was held up by a turning motor home.  The honour has to go to Paul Riley though who revealed in the post-event chat that he needed to research some more aerodynamic brake blocks to gain the advantage needed.

In the mid-section, one second separated Nigel Tooke and Chris Brabrook, whilst the same margin also separated Nigel Wilson and Jon Traynor.  Mr Wilson reasoned that the consumption of beer and pizza the previous evening was the secret to his success.

Right, your reporter is now off down Dominos then the pub!

Next event in the series will be the Interclub 15 hosted by BRCC on the morning of Sunday 12 June.   Lets have another good showing from the Nomads!

Official Nomads times:

Nigel Hale 23.17; James Cornell 23.51; Steve Robinson 24.10; Nick Senechal 24.33; James Gomm 25.29; James McPherson 26.08; Terry Davies 26.26; Nigel Wilson 26.41; Jon Traynor 26.42; Nigel Tooke 27.06; Chris Brabrook 27.07; Chris Corney 27.24; Leanne Cutler 27.38; Paul Riley 28.12; Steve Smith 30.41; Stephen Oliver 32.47

Simon Norman, representing BRCC, was fastest on the day with a 21:10.

Competition Points Standings After One Event:

BRCC 761; CCA 573; HNCC 502; SNCC 473; IRC 414