Saturday, 30 June 2012

July events

Sunday Club Runs (all start at 9am from Hitchin Market Square)
1 July: Wimpole Hall

8 July : The Hub, Redbourn

15 July: Danish Camp

22 July: Toddington Garden Centre

29 July: Grafham Water

Please check Facebook for details of any ad hoc Saturday runs taking place in July.

Club Time Trials
First rider off 1900h near Southill except for the Interclub 25 which is on a Sunday morning (first rider 0800h).

03 July: David Gudgin 25 1U/25 (4of4)
10 July: Briercliffe 10 1U/10
15 July: Interclub 25 (CCA) F14/25 Contact Neil JJ Fraser to enter.
17 July: Briercliffe 10 1U/10
24 July: Briercliffe 10 1U/10
31 July: Briercliffe 10 1U/10

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

26/06/2012 - Briercliffe 10 Results

The race report isn't meant to start with a weather update, but its been so variable this year that it makes a big difference to the times. Tonight had looked promising with warm sunny weather at 6:00pm, then out of nowhere it rained. Thankfully it was only a passing shower, but it was enough to make the course slippery on the corners.

Without wanting to be as predictable as an episode of Scooby-Doo (other crime based cartoons are available), tonight's fastest man was once again Andrew Herbet with an impressive, but not his fastest on the course, 23:36.

Congratulations go to Kieran Todd who not only rode his first Time Trial ever, but also went sub 28 minutes, to Nick Hickman who improved on his 10 mile PB and to Nigel Wilson who set his fastest time on this course.

Thanks to Frank Turner for Timekeeping and to Richard Bland and Geoff Perry for carrying out Pushing Off duties and assisting Frank.

Andrew Herbert
Ben Wilson (J)
Graham Laming
24:30  BRCC
Steve Cotton
25:42  CCC
James Gomm
Michael Webb
Jaouade Izzo
27:02  BRCC
Nick Hickman
David Ledgerton
27:52  TSE
Kieran Todd
Nigel Wilson
Jon Traynor

BRCC = Beds Road Cycle Club
TSE = Team Salesengine
CCC = Cambridge Cycle Club

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

19/06/2012 David Gudgin 25 Results

It was warm, sunny, the wind was but a gentile breeze.......and England were playing a crucial game in Euro 2012, which probably explains why the field for the third David Gudgin 25 was once again reduced to five riders. It was to be a night of good performances though.

Andrew Herbert was once again the man to beat with an impressive 1:00:52.

James Gomm improved on his 25 mile PB by over a minute.

Nick Hickman not only went under the 1:15:00 mark for the first time, but smashed his PB by over five minutes!

Clive Collins managed to get under the 1:15:00 mark despite riding 50 miles earlier in the day.

David Summerell put in a solid performance for his first 25 of the season.

They say statistics never lie, so it turns out if you ride the Hitchin Nomads 80 mile Sportive, then you are guaranteed to ride a PB the following Tuesday (feel free to use that quote for the 2013 Sportive poster)

A big thanks to Graham Lamming for working the stopwatches and to Richard Bland for Pushing Off duties and to Geoff Perry for support.

Andrew Herbert
James Gomm
Nick Hickman
Clive Collins
David Summerell

Monday, 18 June 2012

Nomads Going Beyond Cyclo-Sportive, 17th June, 2012

Sunday 17th June 2012 saw the return of the "Hitchin Nomads Going Beyond Sportive". 

In celebration of our club's 80th Anniversary, the sportive, was designed in 2011 as an 80Km circuit taking in pretty villages and rolling countryside. Due to popular demand an 80 mile loop was added for the 2012 event. Based on some of the club's favourite training rides, the two courses had a real mix of pleasant leafy lanes, through to demanding out of the saddle climbs. For the budding Cavendish types there was also ample chance to sprint for the village "30" signs too.

Hitchin Nomads CC riders take a breather after ascending the hills near Hexton.

HNCC riders beginning to get organised on the roads near Potton.

The routes diverged after  a mile or so from the HQ (Hitchin Rugby Club) with the short course (50 mile) riders heading west through Pirton and the 80 mile course heading north through Letchworth and Steeple Morden and off on a loop that took in the club's time trial course near Old Warden. The routes eventually merged in the pretty village of Apsley End before bringing riders back on common ground to Hitchin. Both routes took in quiet stretches of winding country roads with some glorious landscapes thrown in, a few gentle undulations and plenty of relaxed riding. Plus the monster hill at Hexton (evil grin).

By the time the riders arrived at the scheduled feed station at Emily’s teashop in Whitwell, many were pleased to take advantage of the surroundings and the chance for a brew.

Newcomers to Go Beyond events were generous in their praise for the signature fruit cake. Some riders were seen to spend a considerable time shooting the breeze with their riding colleagues before continuing their tour of Hertfordshire. Pedants will have noticed that neighbouring Cambs and Beds were also covered.

With over 100 riders completing the two courses and universal praise being offered for both routes, the Sportive is set to become a popular local event in future years, i.e. offering excellent value for money and an all round great day's riding in good company for a great cause.

Teach Africa

With all proceeds from the event going to UK charity Teach Africa, thereby providing an opportunity for schooling to some of the brightest children from the Nairobi slums, there are many reasons to celebrate this bright new fixture to the sportive calendar.

Not quite the Chippendales, but what did you expect after 80 miles....

Our thanks are extended to all riders for making this such an enjoyable day, to Corby Photography who covered many miles capturing the ride, Emily’s teashop for a restful break from riding, and all supporters for making the event so memorable for all the right reasons.  

Thanks to our many sponsors, including local staple and eponymous all round wannabe comedian Paul's Bikes of Hitchin. All riders were eligible for a rather tidy commemorative cycle jersey and certificate. Significant thanks are due to Nick Senechal, Keith Rapley, Frank Turner and Andrew Stevenson and the HNCC Committee for getting this thing off the ground. Well done to all - apologies to any one else whose name may have been omitted from this initial roll of honour.
Some impressive rides and a lot of happy smiling faces at the end which makes it all worthwhile. 

The finishing times are available at :

Photographs will be available on within the next few days.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

12/06/2012 - Briercliffe 10 Results

Tonight's conditions were overcast with a somewhat indeterminable breeze which appeared to make for slow conditions with many riders falling short their season's best for the course.

Leading the way once again was Andrew Herbert who just crept under the 24 minute mark. Still, it is these harder TT's which will pay dividends if we get a summer when summer eventually arrives, so well done to all those who turned up and rode.

Thanks to Frank Turner for Timekeeping and to Graham Laming (BRCC) for showing great inter-club spirit and carrying out Pushing Off duties.

Andrew Herbert
Ben Wilson (J)
Simon Doyle
Richard Law
26:42 CCA
James Gomm
James Spence
Jaouade Izzo
27:47 BRCC
Michael Webb
David Ledgerton
28:39 TSE
Clive Collins
Nick Hickman
Nigel Wilson

BRCC = Beds Road Cycle Club
TSE = Team Salesengine
CCA = Cycle Club Ashwell

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Race Report

Beds Roads CC Open 10 09/06/12

Hitchin Nomads were out in force once again this year on the F15/10 10 mile time trial course near Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire. The event being promoted by our friends in the Bedfordshire Road CC.

Comprising of a 5.5 mile outbound leg and and a 4.5 mile return, the course is proving to be a popular testing ground for the region. James Gomm and Clive Collins were first off for the Nomads and both recorded improvements for the distance during the earlier stages of the day. Gomm went under the 25 minute mark by one second (PB) and Collins sliced time from his previous course time with a strong 26.52.
James Gomm heading towards a personal best.
Riders reported that the headwind on the return leg was brutal, and this was confirmed by all Nomads as their quick outbound averages of circa 30mph were reduced on the way home.

James Spence, Andrew Herbert and finally Simon Doyle all set off during the last half hour of the day's racing. Spence recorded a season and course best 25.09 in his return to open riding. Doyle completed the course in 24.16 in his first week back on the bike since fracturing a collar bone in April.

Andrew Herbert on the way to a 21.51.
The performance of the day was recorded by Andrew Herbert with a 21.51 which was good enough for eighth place in a field of one hundred and three starters.

Clive Collins at the turn at 5.5 miles.

The Nomads' cumulative (best three) time was 1.11.06. Top seed (rider 120) Gavin Atkins of Hemel Hempstead CC took the victory with a time of 20.33.

Andy Herbert 21.51
Simon Doyle 24.16
James Gomm 24.59
James Spence 25.09
Clive Collins 26.52
Links to BRCC Forum about the event: here. Images courtesy of Paul Holmes, BRCC.

Finsbury Park Open 50 10/06/12

John Harrison took part in the Finsbury Park CC Open 50 on 10th June and posted a 2.25.53 for the distance. The F1/50 course is a taxing route but Steve Berry of Team Swift prevailed with a very impressive 1.42.59.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

05/06/2012 David Gudgin 25 Results

In what was a typically dull, wet and windy February June evening, the field for the second David Gudgin 25 was once again reduced to just five riders. Just as the first 25, Graham Lamming rode the quickest time of the evening with an impressive 1:02:48.

Well done to Simon Doyle who continued his recovery by posting 1:06:12, in what was not only his second TT since his long weekend away at Lister Hospital, but his first solo 25 TT since 2004! Nick Hickman improved on his 25 mile PB and Jaoude Izzo took 5 minutes off his time posted a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks to Frank Turner for Timekeeping and Clive Collins for Pushing Off duties.

Graham Laming
1:02:48   BRCC
Simon Doyle
James Gomm
Jaouade Izzo
1:13:08   BRCC
Nick Hickman

BRCC = Beds Road Cycle Club

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Hitchin Nomads 25 Mile TT - F14/12 Report - 2012

Congratulations to all riders who took part in our event and who recorded strong times or improvements for the course or distance on the day. 

Michael Hutchinson (In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT) rode to an impressive victory in the Hitchin Nomads CC promoted Millennium Series event on Saturday 2nd June 2012.  Averaging just on 30 mph, Hutchinson's time of 50.16 was five minutes faster than his nearest rivals. Ross Clarke (Team Milton Keynes) posted 55.25 for the distance with Trevor Burke of Finchley RT coming in third with a 55.58. 

Ben Wilson, James Gomm, James Spence, Mark Young, Nick Senechal, Nigel Wilson, Keith Rapley
Nine riders including Andy Herbert (HNCC) posted sub-hour times on what was a less than ideal day. Leading lady was Helen Boatman (Team Milton Keynes), who with Steve Clarke and previously mentioned Ross Clarke took the team prize with a cumulative time of 2.58.54. Junior rider Ben Wilson (Welwyn Wheelers) posted 1.03.36.

Andy Herbert prior to a storming sub-hour ride.

Open 25 Preview - 02 June 2012

Today (Saturday 2nd June) sees multiple national champion Michael Hutchinson (In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT) take on a select field of fifty riders on a sporting 25 mile circuit course based around Guilden Morden, Cambridgshire. Seeded riders include Ross and Luke Clarke (both Team Milton Keynes), Ian Cammish ( Citec/ Tufo) and Russell Hampton (Club Raleigh GAC).

Local rivalries between Hitchiin Nomads CC, Icknield RC, Beds Roads CC, CC Ashwell and Welwyn Wheelers will be renewed,with Andrew Herbert, Ben Wilson, Tim Davies and Jason Stuart reportedly being the in form men to watch. Several families will either be united or divided in their loyalties for an hour or so today, with the Clarkes and Wilsons no doubt contending for bragging rights in the HQ over cakes and tea. It could be a long drive home for some.

The ladies competition sees Joanna Spragg (Aylesbury CC) be the first on course with Helen Boatman (Team Milton Keynes) and Shusanah Pillinger (Verulam CC) taking to the start some thirty minutes later. Team Milton Keynes will be early favourites for the team prize although seven teams in total will be in the mix.

Weather in the area is currently drizzly which will mean that any winning ride will need to be measured to the conditions.

Race report to follow.

The event details (course, HQ and start sheet) are available here.

Friday, 1 June 2012

29/05/2012 - Briercliffe 10 Results

Another warm and sunny evening saw some fast times being ridden and Andrew Herbert ride yet another course PB and edging ever closer to the course record. Well done to Simon Doyle who rode his first TT (and only second time back on a bike) since shattering his collar bone in four places just six weeks ago.

Thanks to the Wilson family for Timekeeping and Clive Collins for Pushing Off duties.

Andrew Herbert
Jason Stewrt
23:54 CCA
Ben Lewis
24:06 FPCC
Ben Wilson (J)
Graham Laming
24:33 BRCC
Andy Saunders
Neil Fraser
Peter Gell
25:23 BRCC
Jaouade Izzo
27:16 BRCC
Nigel Tooke
Mike Russell
28:26 TTS
Simon Doyle
David Summerell
Mark Young

BRCC = Beds Road Cycle Club
FPCC = Finsbury Park Cycle Club
TTS = Team Trisports
CCA = Cycle Club Ashwell