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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 20 September 2009


By rod - Posted on 22 September 2009

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 20 September 2009

This week a feast of time-trialling.

Photo caption: Trudi Sammons, Rudy Project series champion veteran
Photo credit: Rod MacFadyen
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Time Trials

Port Talbot Wheelers '25'
British time-trialling's blue riband record was rewritten on Sunday in
the Port Talbot Wheelers 25-mile time trial. Irish professional rider
David McCann succeeded in bettering Olympian Chris Boardman's 1993 mark
of 45 minutes 57 seconds. On an ideal morning on one of the fastest
courses in the UK McCann shaved 3 seconds off the long-standing record
in recording a time of 45:54. Reading CC's Nick English was there, set a
personal best, yet felt he could have done more : "It was frustrating to
be present at one of the fastest courses on a fast day and yet not have
any form. However I got a PB of 53:28, taking 61 secs off my previous
best. By my estimate the course and day were 3 to 4 minutes quicker than
our local courses so I don't consider this my best ride by a long way.
Having heard about the course I'd expected a hairy opening descent but
in fact I was comfortably pedalling all the way down."

Rudy Project Round 6
Trudi Sammons continued her participation in the season-long Rudy
Project series of time trials. Round 6 was at Naseby Northants. "I had a
good ride despite arriving almost too late because of traffic on the
M25. My new aerobars were great. The course was lovely and the weather
excellent. I am not sure where I am overall in the series but I am
pretty sure I will win the Champion Veteran prize so I am well pleased!"
Selected results:
1 Sarah Storey VC St Raphael 00:47:47
2 Michelle King Wyre Forest CRC 00:50:17
3 Trudi Sammons Reading CC 00:51:35

Severn Road Club '50'
Barry Quick rode the Severn Road Clubs Open 50 mile time trial on course
near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. "This was the final 50 of the
season and my last chance to improve my time . The weather forecast was
good. An early start meant arm warmers and gloves were the order of the
day. The course comprises a section of the A419 between Cricklade and
Cirencester which had to be covered three times. I started well but lost
concentration on the second leg and really had to work hard on the final
leg to maintain some speed. I finished in 2:16:07 which was a five year
personal best by almost six minutes and I was very pleased with that.
The winner was Barry Charlton of Lyme Racing Team with an impressive
1:44:13."

Sotonia 25, Thruxton
Lucinda Seymour and Dave Gaida represented Reading in the Sotonia 25
mile event on the A303 at Thruxton. Seymour reports: "With mixed
feelings I rode my last event of the year. The A303 was a fast road but
the three turns on this course are cumbersome which had a negative
impact on my time of 1:01:30. That said, it was only a minute away from
my PB and I was very pleased with my performance on the day. I really
enjoyed it and found myself thinking about more events but there has to
be a cut-off point and that was it. It has been a long season and I am
really pleased to be still enjoying training and racing and now look
forward to a short break followed by winter training and going faster
next year!"
Selected results:
Stephen Whitewick UTAG Yamaha 51-42
Lucinda Seymour 1-1-30 (+10:09)
Dave Gaida 1-9-33 (+16:05)

North Hampshire RC 25
Rod MacFadyen was at Lower Froyle on Saturday for the North Hants RC
event: "The weather was excellent: low 20s, hazy sunshine and almost no
wind. Due to roadworks the event was on a re-arranged course that
included the substantial climb to Four Marks from both directions.
Because of this a lot of PB-chasing riders decided not to start.
Outwards the course was very fast until the long draggy climb. After the
far turn and the second ascent to Four Marks, the course was still fast.
My time of 1.01:53 was exactly one minute quicker than when I rode the
same course in 2004. The winner was Tejvan Pettinger in 55:25. It was a
real shame we could not use the intended course because this was a
fabulous afternoon for racing."

Southern Sportive
Mike Fenwick reports from the Southern Sportive on the 13th: "Starting
in Petersfield the circuit headed south east to cross the South downs
before heading west and north back to Petersfield. 1500 riders took part
over 3 distances with 960 opting for the longer 155km with 1500m of
climbing. The weather was fine but for a strong wind from the north.
Reading's strongest rider was Nick Crocker who finished in 5th spot.
Unbeknown to us a group of four had started earlier and worked together
to claim the first four places."
Selected results:
1. Rob Reid..4.45
7. Nick Crocker 4.50
13. Mike Fenwick 4.55
33. Greg Woodford 5.08
Ben Oakes 5.37
Ian Lomas 5.43
Nigel Elliott 5.53

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

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club