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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 16 August 2009


By rod - Posted on 18 August 2009

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 16 August 2009

Another team record at 100 miles, and it's mixed!

Photo caption: Lucinda Seymour set a personal best in the WTTA 100-mile
event
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Western Time-Trial Association 100-mile TT

Lucinda Seymour, Nick English and Steve Bale faced a tough appointment
on Sunday morning, the Western Time-Trial Association 100-mile time
trial. All three set personal bests in less than perfect conditions and
in doing so, once again lowered the Reading CC club record for a team of
3 at this distance. It now stands at 12 hours, 43 minutes and 17
seconds.

The course used the A419 between Cricklade and Cirencester. Coming into
the event with good form, both English and Bale hoped for sub 4-hour
rides while Seymour had her eyes on the current club record of 4:33:15.
Bale reports: "We were all ready to make 100% efforts. We hadn't left
anything to chance with plenty of the support that is invaluable in
events such as this where you regularly need to be taking on food and
drink." he continued, "We all got underway smoothly enough. With the
course divided into four 25 mile loops it was easy to work out whether
we were on target or not. After the first lap I was 1 minute ahead of my
target time. I wasn't sure that I could maintain this pace but at the
second split I had done. At almost exactly that point Seymour was on the
other side of the road so I was able to work out that she was on
schedule too which was a morale boost. However in the third lap the
distance and discomfort started to tell. The wind had picked up and the
crosswind was becoming harder to fight against. The watch told the same
story. At the third split I now had a 1 minute deficit. I knew from here
on in things were only going to get harder and harder and I had to nurse
myself to limit the damage to the overall time. The final climb to the
top turn was grueling and the pain compounded by being a overtaken by
number 79 who I had overtaken perhaps 50 miles earlier (I was #83). The
final return leg was mainly downhill and although I had something left
in the legs I couldn't wind it up as my stomach couldn't take it any
more. I crossed the line for a 4:05:17."
English: "I knew that sub 4hrs for my first 100 was a big ask. I was
never quite on the pace, 30s down after 20miles, then 1:50 after 50,
3min after 75 and 3:54 at the end. In the last two laps both thighs and
one calf cramped at different points, suggesting I hadn't really put the
long distance work in for this.
I certainly found it harder than my recent 12 hour time trial I was not
expecting that. Certainly one 100 and one 12 hour in a year is quite
enough!
Big thanks again to my helpers."
Seymour missed the club record by just 48 seconds: "I think only a
miracle could have got me up the Daglingworth turn climb quicker to get
the 48 seconds required for the club record but there will be a another
event with hopefully more favourable variable factors next year. "

Selected results:
1 James Wall, Stratford-Upon-Avon CC, 03:40:15
14 Nickolaus English, 04:03:57
16 Stephen Bale, 04:05:17
43 Lucinda Seymour, 04:34:03

Tuesday evening club time-trial
A road closure into Bucklebury village caused a hasty revision of the
start and finish of the Tuesday event. The course was therefore 600m
shorter than usual. Lovely conditions led to fast times with AW Cycles
rider Matt Melville posting the fastest time of 36:57. Full result:
1 Matt Melville AW Cycles 36:57
2 Nick English RCC 37:37
3 Steve Bale RCC 38:38
4 Simon Notley RCC 39:07
5 Rod MacFadyen RCC 39:30
6 Barry Quick RCC 44:35
7 Ian Macro RCC 45:36
8 Gary Henwood RCC 46:14
9 Rikki Pankhurst AW Cycles 46:16

Southern Sportive

Reading CC riders including Barry Quick, Kevin Marshall, Paul Marshall
and Fred Hale, took part in the Southern Sportive at Woodcote on Sunday.
The event covered 82 miles of Oxfordshire and West Chilterns countryside
with 4,400 ft of climbing. The conditions were perfect with warm
sunshine and a gentle wind greeting the 500 participants. These ranged
from serious riders out to prove their fitness to families taking part
in one of the shorter courses also on offer. Feed and drink stations
were located at strategic points along the route and these generated a
lively atmosphere as people exchanged stories of their ride and topped
up their energy supplies. Several of the Reading riders met at the start
and started together with the second group of starters, swooping down
from Woodcote towards Pangbourne. The climb back up Whitchurch Hill saw
many splits develop as riders settled into smaller groups riding at
their own rhythm for the remainder of the ride. Quick said, "I rode
mostly on my own to record 4h 41m, 10 minutes inside Gold Standard."
Other Reading riders recorded: Kevin Marshall - 4h 14m, Paul Marshall -
4h 54m (suffered a puncture), and Fred Hale 4h 30m.

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

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club