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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 2 Nov 2008

By rod - Posted on 04 November 2008

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 2 Nov 2008

The National Hill-Climb Championship and the Wessex League cyclo-cross
feature in this week's report.

National Hill-Climb Championship
Local rider Stewart House made his annual journey to the national hill
climb championship. House is a second-claim member of Reading CC and a
hill-climb specialist, organising Reading CC's open HC at Streatley
every autumn. The national championship was this year held at Matlock in
Derbyshire. The event used the steep climb of Bank Road which was once
the site of the world's steepest tramway. It was closed for the duration
of the race and a huge crowd lined the route from bottom to top. House
reports on his race, "My expectations were lower than in previous years
due to my reduced racing programme in 2008. The days beforehand had seen
very heavy rain fall in the Matlock area however the weather was kind on
the day being sunny and warm with a helpful tailwind. I rode an
even-paced and controlled race for the short 1000 metre 1 in 5 climb. My
time of 3 mins and 18 seconds gave me a mid-field placing, pleasing
considering it was only my second event of the year." The event was won
by Matt Clinton of Team who rode his 42x20 fixed wheel
bike to a winning time of 2 minutes 24.2 seconds.

Wessex League Cyclo-Cross
Steve Bale and Colin Bates rode round 5 of the Wessex cyclo-cross league
on Saturday at Oxford Community school, the event sponsored by Bikezone
Cycles. The circuit was one of tight turns, technical sections, and many
embankments that forced the riders to dismount and run. The rain held
off and the going on the grass sections was merely soft as opposed to
the potential muddy quagmire. Bale reports: "A large field of 90 riders
started the race and as ever it was a flying one as riders tried to
position themselves early. Overtaking would be tricky on the tight
circuit. I got a great start and was towards the front of the field. On
the first lap I yielded to some of the faster riders behind me,
preferring to find my own pace rather than trying to maintain my
placing. And so began a tiring race against my usual rivals. This week
I had sight of Steve Jones ahead of me which was pleasing, but also
ahead was Stuart Gough who I beat last week but who remained
tantalisingly out of reach. I was quick enough to stay with him up and
down the embankments and gained on the sapping grass sections, but lost
ground through the technical wooded section. On the final lap I wasn't
going to be able to catch him though I had a good race trying to do so.
I finished in 29th place. I'm happy enough with that but I would like to
see improving results."
Colin Bates adds: "I also over-achieved at the start, getting well up
the field before the first pinch point, but was unable to hold my
position once the race opened out over the wider, flatter sections of
the course. I had lost about 20 places by the second lap. Mid-race saw
me riding in the middle of a loose group of local riders from the Didcot
and Swindon clubs and after an exhausting race I finished in 71st
Tim Dunford of Hargroves Cycles took the win.

Veteran's Road Racing
Reading CC's Wayne Thomas came 6th overall out of 38 competitors in the
League of Veteran Racing Cyclists season-long Tricote Jersey
competition. This classification has run since April with the best five
results from seven events counting. Thomas was able to ride four
counting events and scored points in every one. With his fine third
place in the final event two weeks ago he amassed a total of 43 points
and just missed out on fourth place.

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Photo caption: National Hill-Climb - Stewart House powers his
lightweight machine up Matlock's Bank Road

Roderick MacFadyen