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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 20 July 2008

By rod - Posted on 22 July 2008

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 20 July 2008

In a week marked by Anthony Maynard's funeral, Reading CC members
continue to ride and race.

Reading "Emerging Talent" trophy race

Wayne Thomas won Reading CC's Norman Shelmerdine "emerging talent"
trophy at the Terry Cronin circuit race at Hillingdon. He was best
placed Reading finisher in the 50+ field, beating his younger RCC rivals
Nick Davies, Paul Elcock, Gavin Spiers, Paul Steadman and Adam White.
Paul Elcock reports: "Blustery conditions meant breaks had to work hard
and as always it seems at Hillingdon, none stuck.Thomas always kept
himself in prime position to make the moves when they counted. The last
500 metres were chaotic and positioning was crucial. With 300 metres to
go some riders had already started to fade, compromising Gavin's charge,
and in the last 100 metres people were seemingly going in reverse. Wayne
managed to keep his momentum and charged his way into 13th place. I
finished 17th, ultimately lacking in race fitness." Thomas was jubilant,
appreciating the irony in winning this trophy at age 57: "I rolled back
the years!"

Thomas was in action again the next day at the Upavon circuit against
40+ riders. "This was a lively race with frequent attacks, won in a long
breakaway by an ex-Elite category rider from Eastern Europe. In the
bunch sprint for second I made up a lot of ground to finish 12th." He
added, "I was part of the club's huge presence at Anthony Maynard's very
moving funeral service earlier the same day and Anthony was very much in
my mind throughout the race."

Reading CC's Thea Warwick participated in the Timex Women-Only Triathlon
at Dorney, aiming to better her previous performance at the same venue
and distance in May. She finished second out of 75 in her age-group
race, and overall posted the eleventh fastest time of the 447 finishers,
with 1:12:18. Thea said: "I'm really happy to have improved my placing
and overall time, in tougher conditions than May. I was second out of
the swim, went as hard as I could on the bike and was told I was in
third place going into the run, two minutes behind. I was really pleased
to catch the competitor in front of me on the run to finish second

Time Trials
Barry Quick travelled to Andover to take part in the Antelope RT 10 mile
TT held on the fast A303 course. "It was very windy with numerous rain
showers. I recorded 25m 28s, my best for the last few years, but I hope
to improve further when conditions permit." Nick English also rode and
recorded 20:38 for 13th place behind the winner John Tuckett of AW
Cycles who recorded 19:34. English said, "That's a season's best and a
course best."
Stephen Bale rode the West London CA 50 on the Aldermaston A4 course. He
produced a strong ride yet was frustrated by strong winds. "It was sunny
and seemed to be a fine morning for racing. However the strong
north-westerly proved to be perfectly wrong for fast times. I knew
early on that I was going slowly and my target of 2 hours was going to
be out of reach. Yet conditions were the same for everyone and I wasn't
losing much time to the top seeds who I could see on the opposite
carriageway. I finished with a time of 2:03.39 which was disappointing
for what I felt was a strong ride. I placed 10th behind Justyn Cannon of
RAF CC who had a time of 1:57.20. Being 6 minutes off the winning time
is about right for me at present."
Selected results, WLCA '50':
J Cannon RAF CC 1:57:20
S Bale Reading CC 2:03:39
B Bingham Reading CC 2:11:35
D Bond Reading CC 2:23:31
B G Quick Reading CC 2:28:45

Peter Graham recorded a fine 21:52 in the North Hants Road Club 10-mile
event at Aldermaston. He placed 8th behind winner James Boyman's 21:08.
Nick English recorded 22:17 in the same event.

English was in action again at Reading's Tuesday evening time trial on
the challenging Bucklebury circuit. English won with a rapid 39:24 just
ahead of the in-form Steve Bale who was one of several riders delayed by
traffic lights in Hermitage.

1 Nick English 00:39:24
2 Stephen Bale 00:39:50
3 Rod MacFadyen 00:42:42
4 Brian Bingham 00:42:58
5 Stephen Millward 00:43:35
6 Trudi Sammons 00:44:35
7 Ian Macro 00:45:43
8 Kevin Marshall 00:50:00
- Gavin Spiers DNF (went off course)

Dave Russell

Dave Russell, local framebuilder for many years, passed away on Sunday
evening. He owned Russell Cycles in Slough for 20 years then relocated
to Twyford. He was a skilled frame-builder, known and respected within
cycling, triathlon and swimming circles. His funeral will take place on
Friday, August 1 at 1 PM at Slough. His family welcome all who knew him
to come and pay their respects.


Social, medium and fast groups leave Reading Market Place at 9am sharp.

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club

Photo caption: Thea Warwick in full flight on the bike leg of the Timex
Photo credit: Trevor Warwick