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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 10 August 2008

By rod - Posted on 12 August 2008

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 10 August 2008

With late summer upon us, some of Reading Cycling Club's riders are
hitting peak form.

Road Racing

Reading CC's Peter Graham rode the Ernie Clements Memorial road race, a
2-day stage race organised by the LVRC (League of Veteran Racing
Cyclists). A strong ride on the final day put him in contention for a
win. Graham reports on his experiences:
"Stage 1 was a 1.5 mile prologue time-trial to establish an initial
ranking. I was was 10th in 4:04. Stage 2, later the same day, was
35-mile road race. In a very active race I missed the main move of four
riders. I tried to get away but I was heavily marked by other riders and
came in with the bunch.
The second day of racing, and 3rd stage, was a 65-mile road race on an
undulating circuit. I went with the early attacks but they were all
brought back by an attentive bunch. Then I attacked hard, burying myself
to ride above time-trial pace. I built a lead of about 30 seconds and
hung out there for what seemed like an eternity before two other riders
came across to me. We settled into what became a 62-mile three-up time
trial and eventually gained a lead of over 4 minutes on the peloton.
With 2 miles remaining we started not co-operating, all aiming for the
win. At 500 metres to go there was a dig from one of the other riders. I
got on his wheel but then the eventual winner came from behind and I had
no power left to chase. I finished 3rd but was very happy as we had
managed to stay away from a very active chasing peloton. The overall
race winner was Ian Alexander of Wye Valley road club. I finished in 7th
position overall." He concluded, "I`m getting fitter all the time and
should be on form for the National Time Trial championship in September
which is my main aim."

Track Racing

Second claim Reading CC member Jimmy Rutherford won a Gold medal at the
European Masters Track Championship at Manchester Velodrome. He was the
winner of the Points race, a track endurance event in which points are
gained for intermediate sprints and gaining laps on the field.
Rutherford said, "I worked hard in the race to be in the right place to
win sprints and then had some luck which allowed me to take a lap
between the second and third sprints." The field included 11 riders from
GB, France and Italy. Rutherford won two sprints outright and got
placings in three others.

Time Trialling

Jimmy Rutherford and Lucinda Seymour travelled to the Levens 10-mile
course in Yorkshire for an event organised by Pendle Cycle Club. Seymour
reports: "Unfortunately we both managed to miss our starts. Jimmy's real
time was 21'51 but was logged as 22'51 due to a 1 minute time penalty.
My real time was 24'18 but with a 2 minute penalty this became 26'18.
Jimmy had to settle for 2nd place with his penalty, otherwise he would
have been first. I should have been 2nd Lady but penalties took me to
3rd. Conditions were wet and windy but it is a good course and is very
fast when conditions allow. Missing the start is a lesson learned!"

Trevor Bradbury and Ian Richardson rode the Farnham RC 2-up time-trial
on the A31 in Hampshire. Richardson said, "Thankfully conditions were
dry making it easier to stay close to your team mate's wheel. The turns
caused us some problems, splitting us temporarily. We managed to achieve
our primary goal of going under the hour with a time of 59:23. The
winning VC St Raphael team finished in just under 53 minutes."

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Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club

Photo Caption: Peter Graham was part of a 62-mile breakaway in the Ernie
Clements memorial RR
Photo credit: Rod MacFadyen