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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 23 August 2009

By rod - Posted on 25 August 2009

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 23 August 2009

Trudi Sammons takes the ladies 25 record firmly into the modern era.

Photo caption: Trudi Sammons set a new club record for 25 miles
Photo credit: Rod MacFadyen

Time Trials
North Hampshire Road Club 25-mile TT
Reading CC is lucky to feature amongst its membership a fine rivalry for
fastest lady between Trudi Sammons and Lucinda Seymour. Sammons
specialises in the shorter distance events and on Saturday everything
came good for her when she brought the ladies club record for 25 miles
firmly into the 21st century. Sammons and Seymour competed in the N
Hants RC event at Bentley on the A31 on a fine afternoon. Sammons'
excellent 58:36 is the first ever sub-hour ride by a Reading CC lady.
She was surpassed on the day only by Chrissy Radon of High Wycombe CC
who recorded a startling 54:06. Seymour was 4th with 1.01:57. In the
male event, super-vet Dave Gaida completed in 1.12:18.
Sammons commented: "I was reallly pleased as I had set myself the goal
of going under the hour this year and felt it was going to escape me,
but I got it! The weather was warm with a slight breeze, and the A31 has
a good surface which is great for getting up some good speed. I upped
the pace in the second half which was a real improvement as I often
fade. Crossed the line and was delighted with a good chunk off the
Seymour: "Last year I rode a 1:07:49 on this course so 1:01:57 is a
significant improvement. But with hindsight, a 10 mile event would have
been a better choice for a week after doing the WTTA '100'. Trudi did
a perfect ride."

Poole Wheelers 10-mile event
Dave Gaida recorded 27:38 at Poole Wheelers 10 while winner Stephen
Whitewick posted 19:50. Gaida noted: "It was very windy round Poole
Harbour but this course is fast for some!"

Tuesday evening club time-trial
On a good evening on the two-lap Shurlock Row based course, Paul Elcock
won from Simon Notley by just two seconds with Joe Harris in third
place. Brief results:
1 P. Elcock 24-17
2 S. Notley 24-19
3 J. Harris 24-44

National Veterans Road Race Championship
Fred Hale rode the National E 60 to 64 Road Race Champs on Sunday with
hopes of a good placing. Hale reports: "The race distance was 55 miles
over 7 laps including a steep climb. First time up the climb, I was well
positioned and stayed near the front. On the second lap I found myself
at the back when we hit the climb, riders were being shelled out, so
quite hard work to keep closing the gaps and quite a few of us got
dropped. A group got organised and after a hard chase we rejoined at the
foot of the descent, the bunch by now much reduced. Third time up the
hill I was again at the back, but comfortable. Again some riders
couldn't hold the wheel in front and I had to chase on my own and
briefly managed to get back on to the bunch. However a hard attack went,
I hadn't recovered after getting back on and was shelled out the back.
About 7 of us settled down to chase going through and off. Each time up
the climb we lost a rider, and on the last lap we were down to 5. The
finish was after the climb, a few hundred yards after the left turn. I
jumped on the climb, one other chap came with me and sat on my wheel.
We were soon well clear and he sprinted past me after the left turn. So
an eventual 17th position which I suppose isn't bad for the national
championships." The event was won by Alan Kemp.

Circuit Racing
Reading CC's veteran racer Wayne Thomas has been in the thick of the
action in recent weeks: "Eight races in ten days - over 300 miles of
racing - a some highlights. As the Summer circuit series at Upavon heads
towards its finale next week, I went into the penultimate race on Monday
night lying third overall in the 3/4 category series. With no individual
spectacular result, consistency and frequency seem to have got me there.
On a foul wet night at Hillingdon, despite a puncture, I gained a second
place in the LVRC age-related race. Fifth in an LVRC race in Kent kept
him in 4th place in the overall Mstina competition, with just one race
to go in mid October."

Russell Barton rode the New Forest Rattler: "The route was fairly flat
starting just north of Ringwood but as the name suggests there was a
surprise at the end in the form of a 25% gradient hill, which was
thankfully fairly short and somehow I managed to get up it. I finished
in 4 hrs 41 min just missing the gold standard for the 79 mile event
despite having to negotiate the horses and cattle parked on the roads.
They seemed very relaxed and I even wondered if they were asleep as they
didn't seem to notice me."

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

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club