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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending Sunday 19 July 2009

By rod - Posted on 21 July 2009

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending Sunday 19 July 2009

A report on Reading's Anthony Maynard sportive plus lots of other news.

Photo caption: Joe Harris waits for the start in the Anthony Maynard sportive
Photo credit: Rod MacFadyen


Reading CC Anthony Maynard Sportive
Reading Cycling Club's inaugural running of the Anthony Maynard sportive on Sunday was a huge success. Held in memory of a young man killed in a road traffic accident in July 2008, the sportive offered a choice of 105km and 190km routes through the beautiful scenery of the Berkshire Downs, starting and finishing in Theale. Despite a strong westerly wind and occasional rain, 400 riders were organised, guided, fed and welcomed back with warmth and efficiency. Reading CC members put in a big effort with most either helping or riding, many wearing the commemorative cycling top produced specially for this event.
Reading's Nick Crocker set the fastest time of the day for the 190km loop with 6 hours 10 minutes. He was a close friend of Anthony and on Sunday he was a man on a mission, feeling that in a way he "did it for Anton". There was committed riding from the off, with Nick Crocker, Steve Ferry, Mike Fenwick and Mark Pardoe setting a hard early pace. Nick Davies was there: "The pace was brisk and we quickly started to pass and pick up riders already on the road. The group grew until about half way, when looking behind I could see the number of riders had reduced. With only 20 miles to go the group had reduced to three; myself, Mike Fenwick and Steve Ferry. Nick Crocker had already hit the turbo and shot off the front. We were working well together during the final miles and all three of us crossed the line with a time of 6:12 which I was really pleased with. Thanks to everyone who made it such a special event and a fitting way to remember Anthony."
Declan Durkan added: "I really enjoyed the day. Decided to do the short ride and glad I did, it was a pretty tough route. A lot of good comments along the way on the shirts as well. All round a really fantastic event, well done to everyone who was a part of it." Of the 105km route riders, James Pilgrim-Morris set the benchmark time with a rapid 3hours 30 minutes.
Everyone had their own tale to tell of a long and varied day but all were unanimous that the Anthony Maynard sportive was a fitting tribute to much-loved member of Reading CC.

√Čtape du Tour
L' √Čtape du Tour is a prestigious annual event in which amateurs ride one selected stage of the Tour de France a few days before the professionals race the same roads. This year the selected stage featured a ferocious summit finish. Nick Babington was there: "Accompanied by 9500 other riders we rode 172km to the summit of Mont Ventoux on a very hot day. All went OK for me until the final climb. With a length of 22km and an average gradient of 9% the Ventoux takes no prisoners. I suffered and the climb took me nearly 3 hours. I completed the ride in 8:54." Ian Lomas was also there, completing in 8hrs 16 mins.

Gran Fondo Marco Pantani
Greg Woodford rode the Marco Pantani granfondo in Italy. The route included the Passo Gavia, altitude 2580m, and finished on the steep Mortirolo climb, 12 kms averaging 10.5%. Woodford came in at 7hr 11mins, 195th out of 2800 starters and 24th in his category.

Road and Circuit Racing
Gavin Spiers is the newly crowned 2009 Emerging Talent winner. At the Hillingdon Circuit on Saturday six of Reading CC's 3rd and 4th category riders turned out to do battle in their "race within a race" - Steve Bale, Dave Harmsworth, Joe Harris, Gavin Spiers, and veterans Paul Stedman and Wayne Thomas ("defending" his title). They were competing in the Terry Cronin races organised by Kenton RC. Reading CC were to the fore very early on and at one stage there was the splendid sight of four Reading riders - Bale, Harmsworth, Spiers and Stedman - leading the peloton. Around half distance, ten riders went clear including Bale and Spiers. However the break was always kept in sight, the wind had its effect, and the breakaway group was eventually reeled in with just a lap and a half to go. Spiers had enough energy left to contest the sprint and was best Reading rider with 6th overall. He was a worthy winner of this year's Emerging Talent award.

Track cycling
Reading CC riders Nick English, Gavin Spiers, Rob King and Paul Elcock took part in the Central Division Track Pursuit at Palmer Park on Monday evening. The four-man team put in a very good performance to come a close second to AW Cycles.

Time Trials
Tuesday evening was the second leg of the Inter-club competition with North Hants RC. It was a breezy and wet night on the tough Bucklebury course. Nick English was the fastest rider on the night with 38:48. Greg Woodford was second with 39:38. Third fastest was Stephen Bale with 39:54. Reading CC won the Inter-club with a six-rider total time of 4:02:10 against North Hants RC's 4:27:09. This squared the home and away series.

Barry Quick rode the N Middx & Herts CA 100: "It was my first 100 mile time-trial for 17 years, held largely on the A1. I set off at 0520 into a strong south westerly wind. As the morning progressed it started to drizzle with rain. A personal best was never really on the cards and I finished with a disappointing 5.13:06. Julian Jenkinson of UTAG won with an impressive 3.51:49."

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

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club