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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending Sunday 15 March 2009

By rod - Posted on 17 March 2009

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending Sunday 15 March 2009

It was another busy weekend for Reading CC riders.

Circuit racing

Wayne Thomas had another full weekend of racing. On Saturday he lined up
for the 2/3/4 category race at Hillingdon circuit. 67 riders competed in
a fast event under sunny and windy conditions. Thomas reports: "A
breakaway group of five riders in the latter stages managed to stay
clear by 51 seconds. The peleton was still some 55 strong, making for a
hectic bunch sprint. I was 38th and fellow Reading veteran Trevor
Bradbury was 34th in his first race of the season."
On Sunday he travelled to Thruxton circuit for a 3rd category race over
51Km. "Wow - sunshine, sunshine and sunshine. There were bare legs in
abundance. And almost no wind, a first for Thruxton. With over 80 riders
even the wide track at Thruxton was full, with the first right hand bend
and the chicane at the top of the hill causing a problem every lap. The
pace was high (an average of almost 26mph) and any attempted breakaways
were quickly nullified. With the peloton in full cry on the approach to
the line, squeezing through the chicane and into the finishing straight
was only for the brave. Inevitably a few riders had a painful exit on to
the rumble strips. Myself and Reading's Paul Steadman finished in the
middle of the bunch."

Time Trials

Trudi Sammons rode the Middlesex RC Mal Rees Memorial 10 mile time-trial
on Saturday on the Aldermaston course. Sammons takes her racing
seriously and uses a power meter to measure her power output, an
important measure of fitness. "The day while dry & sunny was made very
tough with a headwind on the outward run. It felt like there was someone
holding the back of your skinsuit as despite pushing with all my
strength I just did not seem to get anywhere! Coming home felt easier
and despite getting a litttle unsettled at the second roundabout, all
went well. I got a 24.42 which in those conditions I was pleased with,
and I won the first prize for ladies, and there were several ladies
there. While I did not produce a PB on time, I did manage my best ever
power output figures so I was very pleased with that."
Selected results:
1 M Williamson London Dynamo 21:55
18 Mrs T Sammons (L) Reading CC 24:42
26 S Fleming Reading CC 26:16
39 D Gaida Reading CC 31:51

Rod MacFadyen started his season with the Maidenhead hilly 29.5 mile
event. This takes place on a course which starts in Lane End then tours
through the Chilterns via Stokenchurch, Nettlebed, Henley and Marlow to
an uphill finish in Frieth. "I had no great expectations," he said, "but
the beautiful weather was encouraging and once racing I found myself
enjoying the speed of the bike. I caught my minute man early on although
other riders passed me later. The long drag to Frieth was hard work but
I was very pleased to cross the line in 1.19:24, better than I had
hoped. This placed me 14th out of 26th finishers."
Selected results:
1. Ray Hughes, Clarence Wheelers, 1.09:09
14. R MacFadyen, 1.19:24

Torture 40

Reading CC's 'Torture 40' is essentially a short but challenging
sportive ride that makes use of the numerous steep climbs along the
Hambleden valley. It's an informal event but organiser John Wann logs
rider times and some other just-for-fun statistics. Wann writes: "We had
fabulous spring weather for the event this year, unlike last year which
set off into cold and sleet. The summary result is:
- The fastest riders were Rory West, Steve Bale, Gavin Spiers, Trevor
Bradbury and Joe Harris
- The "most powerful" rider was Mike Fenwick, in that he had the best
time in relation to his weight
- The "least age affected" rider was Dennis Boltwood, in that he had the
best time in relation to his age.
So congratulations to all of you who got round the course."

Steve Bale added: "For me the most impressive riders were Ray
Crosthwaite and Joe Harris. Ray was on an MTB, a disadvantage for this
road event, yet was very fast. Joe was definitely the climber of the
day, way ahead of everyone on the final few climbs. Had he been
confident of the route he was probably the only one who could have
broken away."

Dave Ridge commented: "It was a good route and I must confess to
enjoying it once I'd got the Col de Luxters out of the way. I had
consigned the route to memory so didn't get lost and I avoided
puncturing. I didn't slacken off anywhere and was pleased with the

Photo caption: Mike Fenwick, powerful on the climbs of the Hambleden
valley in Reading's "Torture 40"
Photo credit: Rod MacFadyen

Sunday clubrun
All groups leave from Reading Market Place at 9am on Sundays.

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club