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.