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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 31st August 2009

By rod - Posted on 01 September 2009

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 31st August 2009

Another Rhiannon Balch club record falls.

Photo caption: Lucinda Seymour has set a new club record for a 50-mile
time trial
Photo credit: Rod MacFadyen


Time Trials
A3crg '50'
Lucinda Seymour updated a 42 year old club record when she recorded an
excellent 2.07:05 in the A3 Cycle Racing Group's event at Liss in
Hampshire. She and Nick English were Reading's representatives. Seymour
commented: "I found the course tough in sections and possibly should
have ridden more prudently as I overdid the first 25 miles and struggled
thereafter. At the 35 mile mark some mental calculations meant I had to
dig in to achieve my target time. With 10 miles to go I had only 26
minutes remaining. My effort became more frantic and thankfully paid off
with a new PB and club record."
English too recorded a new personal best: "The weather wasn't looking
favourable with a strong wind forecast. As it turned out, though by no
means still, there was not the forecasted gusty wind. The air was warm
and humid both of which help with fast times. I was caught by two riders
within the first 25 miles so I wasn't too optimistic about my time,
however I managed to repass and then stay ahead of one of those riders.
I was very pleased to find I'd improved my best time by 2 minutes to
1:52:50. Clearly a holiday last week did me good! " Fastest lady on the
day was Louise Dutch of Poole Wheelers with 1.57:15. Fastest rider was
Steve Dennis of East Grinstead CC with 1.40:50.

Alton CC '25'
On a cool breezy morning Reading's Steve Fleming recorded 1-08-24 and
Dave Gaida 1-14-57. Gaida commented, "I underestimated the ride from the
HQ at Lower Froyle to the start and got there with just seconds to go
!". The winner was Wouter Sybrandy of Sigma Sport with 51-31.

VTTA 30-mile championship
Barry Quick took part in the VTTA National 30 mile TT Championship near
Newmarket in Suffolk. "The morning was cool and this, coupled with a
brisk South Westerly wind, resulted in a hard first leg to the turn and
a flyer coming back. The fastest veteran on scratch time was 43 year old
Peter Balls of West Suffolk Wheelers with a time of 1h 3m 16s. The
remarkable John Woodburn became National VTTA Champion with a plus of
+29m 59s and a time of 1h 10m 30 - amazing for someone who is now 72
years young! I managed a far more modest time of 1h 19m 53s and a plus
of +14m 59s which, given my ongoing hip problem I was happy with for
the day. "

Roly Chuter competed in the Dorney Lake short course Triathlon: "The
Sprint distance meant no holding back and I stuck at the front in the
swim after the usual argy-bargy. On the bike no-one passed me as I
stayed aero all the way into the headwinds for the 6-lap course. Coming
into the run I was suffering but plugged away, holding off my only
challenger from behind in a sprint finish to come 5th in my wave. I was
very pleased to finish 23rd overall (out of 300) and had the 12th
fastest bike split (but 50th fastest run!). As an additional bonus and
despite the conditions, I managed to dip under 1:10 with 1:08:39."

Road and Circuit Racing
Wayne Thomas secured 3rd overall in the Upavon circuit series of 12
events: "I produced a succession of consistent, if not spectacular,
results and over the past three races have progressed from 5th. The
final race on Monday night brought the biggest field so far with 70
competitors on a rare pleasant evening. Also there was Reading's Joe
Harris in the 3rd/4th. The racing was spirited and a vigilant peloton
allowed little freedom. Harris made a typically huge effort to win the
second prime, only to realise that there was a lone breakaway rider
ahead of him. I rode comfortably all evening and with Harris's help in
the mad dash for the line, I secured a few series points to ensure a
clear 3rd place and a stand on the final podium!"

Barry Quick reports from a weekend in France: "I rode the Marco Pantani
Sportive, the penultimate event in the season long Grand Trophee Series
I have been riding this year. This event comprised a hill climb up Le
Deux Alpe on Saturday afternoon followed by a 165 km Sportive on Sunday.
The venue was fantastic, situated in the Alpes near many famous cols.
The Hill in question is some 9 km long and rises a total of 600m. The
late Marco Pantani's record is 21 minutes. I managed exactly double
that to record 42m and achieve a Gold Standard. The event was won by
Renaud Castiglioni in 25m 17s.
The next day we rode the sportive, which I took steadily. The Col du
Parquetout was a brute with the gradients painted on the road surface to
remind you. There were several sections of 18% gradient! The first
signs of my recurring hip problem began to show here. At the top of
L'Alpe du Grand Serre at 95 km I was still up on schedule but my hip was
getting worse and I was unable to push hard. The final climb was very
hard as I only had an hour to beat the stage closure at 6pm but I
managed it with five minutes to spare. I managed a Silver Standard which
I was more than happy with in the circumstances, it was certainly by far
the hardest event I have ridden this year. With one event to go in the
series I am currently sixth overall in my age category of 60 to 66
years. "

Sunday clubrun
The Fast group has an 8am depart from Reading Market Place this Sunday,
destination New Alresford. Other groups depart at 9am.

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club