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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 27 July 2008

By rod - Posted on 29 July 2008

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 27 July 2008

It has been another busy week for Reading CC, the hot weather
encouraging riders onto their bikes.

Road and Circuit Racing

On the hottest day of the year over 60 riders competed in the National
Masters road race at Hillingdon circuit. Reading CC were represented by
Peter Graham, Paul Steadman and John Snead in the over 40's category,
and by Fed Hale and Wayne Thomas in the over 50's category. Despite the
heat there were constant attacks with Peter Graham very active on the
front. At half distance a break of 14 riders went clear, ultimately
producing the overall winner Matt Seaton, Rapha Condor. With over one
third of the field retiring, Reading CC were delighted to have their
whole team finish the event and together. Wayne Thomas led the way home,
placing 10th among the over 50's. Peter Graham comments: "The attacks
started from the off. I was trying to get into all the good looking
moves, hoping to get away. After about an hour I decided to sit in the
bunch as I was suffering from the previous day's time-trial effort. With
5 laps remaining I attacked again. No-one came with me, but with a lap
to go I cramped badly and had to ease off. I`m not disheartened with
this, I see it as good preparation for the National TT Championship."

Time Trials
Dean Bond took part in the Southern Counties Cycling Union's Centenary
100 Mile Time Trial on a course based around West Grinstead in West
Sussex. He reports: "The course included no fewer than 68 roundabouts.
Thankfully the organisers did a good job with signage and had 47
marshals on course. I started at 6.46am which made for nice cool
conditions but by 11am the temperature reached 28 C so the last 20 miles
were tough. I covered the distance in 4hrs 43mins 50secs which was 4
minutes outside my personal best but on this course I feel I did very
well. The winner was Keith Coffey of Bee CC, for the 6th time, in 3hrs

South Bucks RC H25/1
Peter Graham and Rod MacFadyen rode the South Bucks RC 25-mile event at
Aldermaston on a hot afternoon. The event was won by
Adrian Goatley of Agiskoviner in 55:10. Peter Graham was 5th with 56:33,
commenting: "I felt I should have gone faster. I wasn`t totally on top
of it." Rod MacFadyen recorded a season's best 1.00:17 and also wished
he had gone faster, noting: "The upwind leg from Theale to Thatcham gets
me every time."

Reading CC's Tuesday evening event took place, possibly for the last
time, on the Swallowfield bypass 10-mile course. On a warm still evening
some fast times were set and Stephen Bale came very close to Nick
English. Brian Bingham set a personal best for 10 miles and Steve
Fleming set his best time for the course. Results, Reading CC unless
otherwise stated:
N English 21:44
S Bale 21:46
N Cooper, AW Cycles 22:17
N Crowther 22:50
R MacFadyen 23:13
B Bingham 23:26
G Spiers 23:48
P Cooper 24:39
S Fleming 24:40
R Fitheridge 24:48
I Macro 25:20
G Henwood 25:25
D Preston 25:49
D Bond 26:30
J Ella 27:12
J Thurgar 27:19
A Stephens, CATI 28:03
E Adlam 28:39

Martin Thompson rode the Ryedale Rumble Sportive in North Yorkshire. He
reports: "This was my first sportive of the year. An injury recovery
plan saw me drop from the planned 135km Route 2 down to the "Baby"
Rumble Route 3. This was a 90km course with 1565m of climbing and
included the stinky climb of Blakey Bank. I had set myself the goal of
just finishing the event so held back from riding with the faster groups
and did the ride solo. The 20% gradients of Blakey Bank forced me off my
bike but then there was a fantastic 65km/h descent. I finished in a
shade over 4 hours and collected a Gold for my efforts. All in all, it
was an excellent event, well organised, well run and well signed

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

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club

Photo caption: Dean Bond took on the Southern Counties centenary
100-mile time trial