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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending Sunday 5 July 2009


By rod - Posted on 07 July 2009

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending Sunday 5 July 2009

All the latest racing and sportive news from RCC riders.

Sportives
La Marmotte is a major French sportive held over a classic Alpine route.
Its 174km distance contains a daunting 5000m of vertical ascent. The
route starts in Bourg d'Oisans then follows a loop including the Col de
la Croix de Fer, Col du Telegraphe, and Col du Galibier. The riders are
not finished when they return to Bourg d'Oisans, instead they must climb
the 21 hairpins of the road to the ski station of L'Alpe d'Huez. This
year 7000 riders were on the start line with Reading CC represented by
Paul Marshall and his son Kevin Marshall, Ian Macro, Barry Quick, Mark
Howland and Mick Berry.
The fastest finisher completed the distance in just 6 hours 9 minutes
while the slowest riders were outside 13 hours. On a very hot and sunny
day all of the Reading riders completed the course. Sportive regular
Kevin Marshall was the quickest in 8h32m. Barry Quick did well on
age-related standard, his 10h11m missed a gold award by just 8 minutes
and he took a whopping 1h24m off his previous time for the event. Paul
Marshall completed in 11h14m, Berry in 10h51m, Macro in 10h18m and
Howland in 10h53m.

Road and Circuit Racing

Roly Chuter returned to racing with an excellent 2nd place at Hillingdon
after several weeks off focussing on sportive riding. "I felt a bit
rusty, not helped by the baking temperatures. I sat in for the first
half, getting my legs back and then took a few turns but there were no
successful break-aways until the closing stages. Three got away and
looked good to stay out. Finally with 3 laps to go the bunch got
organised and started pulling them in. We caught two on the back
straight then round the final bend I moved up and began my sprint with
100m to go. I could not catch the hero off the front but my 2nd place
has won me promotion from 4th Cat to 3rd Cat."

Brian Bingham competed in the Dave Griffiths Memorial RR for veterans at
Ottershaw in Surrey. "After a frenetic opening the bunch sat back and I
had my best chance to bridge to a lone rider who I knew was out ahead.
Unfortunately I lacked a few watts and watched in frustation as five
others sped past to set up the winning break. I finished in the bunch."

Wayne Thomas had a packed week whose highlight was a 5th on age group in
the same race as Bingham and whose lowpoint was a crash at Hillingdon
circuit.
He finished a creditable 16th in a circuit race at Upavon on Monday
evening: "I'm consistent in my placings here but it would be nice to be
top 10".
On a hot Tuesday evening he was at Hillingdon. "It was the usual mad
dash around the circuit. At an average speed of 27mph the main bunch
caught and passed the 4th cat riders in 9mins 40 secs - a record. With
so many still left at the finish the sprint was only for the brave."
Wednesday evening saw a group of Reading riders at Hillingdon for the
veterans race, including Thomas, Fred Hale and Brian Bingham. Hale, in
his first race since crashing at Hog Hill several weeks ago, struggled
with the pace and dropped off to recover and rejoin a few laps later.
Bingham and Thomas were riding comfortably in the main group.
Unfortunately, 43mins in to the race a major crash in the back straight
involving a dozen or more riders brought down both Hale and Thomas quite
heavily. "With bodies and bikes strewn across the course, the race was
abandoned."
Despite multiple bruises Thomas returned to action in the Dave Griffiths
road race. "As the final lap started I moved into 5th/6th place and held
that through to the last draggy climb. When the sprint started I became
boxed in, it was the softest bunch sprint all year and I just could not
get out - a frustrating day. If only I had had Mark Cavendish's lead-out
men!"

Triathlon
Thea Warwick entered the Timex WomenOnly Triathlon at Dorney Lake on
Saturday. She completed the Sprint event in 1:11:26 to finish 3rd in her
45+ age group, and 8th of the 530 competitors. Warwick reported "My bike
time was a couple of minutes faster than on the same course back in May,
and swimming in the lake without a wetsuit, because of the high water
termperature, was very unusual. The run was really hard though, with a
nagging wind. Overall I'm pleased to have improved my time from the last
event, and to have got another 3rd place".

Time-trials
"Old School" 10-mile championship
Tuesday night saw a first for Reading CC, a time-trial where time-trial
specific bikes were not allowed, only standard road bikes. The intention
was to level the playing field between TT specialists and
non-specialists. The result showed some road racers in high placings,
however Paul Elcock, the winner, has so far won every club time-trial he
has entered whether aero or not. Brief results:
1. Paul Elcock 23:05
2. Stephen Bale 24:27
3. Joe Harris 24:27
4. Nick Davies 24:43
5. Brian Bingham 25:06
6. Simon Notley 25:08
After the race it was concluded that time-trial specific equipment would
have lead to times 1.5 to 2 minutes quicker than those recorded.

Hemel Hempstead 25-mile time trial
Rod MacFadyen and Dave Gaida went to Bicester for Hemel Hempstead CC's
25-mile event on the A41. Fastest rider on this out-and-back course was
Steve Golla in 53:03. MacFadyen came in at 1.02:21 and Gaida at 1.14:28.

Photo caption: MacFadyen on the open road in the Hemel Hempstead '25'
Photo credit: Julian Smith
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Clubrun
All groups leave Reading Market Place at 9am sharp.

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club