Sunday, 21 July 2013

Race Report - Verulam CC Open 25 mile time trial - 21 July 2013

The Hitchin Nomads CC time trial squad were in action again in the Verulam CC promoted 25 mile time trial. Based on the F1/25 which is headquartered at Tempsford, the course heads south from Tempsford village, north to Buckden and then returns to Tempsford. The Nomads team consisted entirely of committee members, Time Trial Secretary, James Gomm, Touring Secretary, Nick Hickman and Club Captain, Simon Doyle.

Personal Bests

James Gomm was first off and was aiming to improve on what was a modest personal best for the distance of around 1h 06m. Gomm smashed this time and broke the hour mark for the distance for the first time. The clock stopped at 59m 37s - hopefully this is great sign of things to come for the future. Simon Doyle and Nick Hickman were off later in the field. Doyle set a time of 57m 24s, a lifetime personal best by over 40 seconds. Having not ridden the F1/25 course for the best part of a decade this was an impressive time and further reinforces his previous sub-hour course on the more undulating F14/25 around Guilden Morden.

Nick Hickman was "Tail End Charlie" but he also PB'd by a huge margin and narrowly missing the hour mark. Hickman returned with a time of 1h 00m 17s which was well inside his target time of 1h 02m 30s and signals a significant improvement at the discipline. A sub-hour ride beckons for Hickman soon.

The aggregate time for the team was one of the quickest recorded for some time, another sign that the Nomads time triallists are maturing and improving like a fine wine (although James Gomm would prefer us to compare the team to a fine Appletiser or Mocktail as he persists with Dry July - it's obviously working).

Simon Doyle 57.24, James Gomm 59.37, Nick Hickman 1.00.17
Aggregate time:  2.57.18

Full results - Open25Results.pdf (from Verulam CC). Peter Lawrence of Team MDT won the event with a time of 51.24.