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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending Sunday 18 October 2009

By rod - Posted on 20 October 2009

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending Sunday 18 October 2009

News from cyclo-cross, road racing and time-trialling.

Photo Caption: Barry Quick, dedicated competitor

Cyclo-Cross Wessex League Round 3
Gavin Spiers was Reading's representative at the GA Cycles/GS Europa
promoted event on Sunday at Ringwood. He had a mixed time of it: "After
last week's good result I was aiming to do well however I came down with
a cold which had not shifted by race day. I made the trip to Ringwood
just to work on my technical skills. This course is very fast and
technical. The soil was dry and loose and this meant that riders were
slipping on the corners, off-camber slopes and tree roots. As I am new
to CX and did not feature in the Wessex League last year, I don't get a
start grid position. This means I have to fight out the start with other
unranked riders. I got off to an awful start and had to unclip both
feet or face crashing. I soon got going and managed to pick off a few
riders but found my strength was affected by my cold. This was
frustrating as I felt the course suited me. I only crashed twice, later
in the race, and luckily they were slow crashes so no real damage. I am
not sure where I finished but at least I had a good training session."

Road and Circuit Racing
Wayne Thomas achieved his aim of completing 100 races in the season for
the second year running. He also secured 4th place overall in the season
long LVRC points competition. Thomas's 100th race was the LVRC Mstina
finale at the Walliswood circuit South of Guildford. He reports, "A
bright sunny mornning greeted the riders but the temperature of 0C was a
shock to the system! Six laps of an undulating 7+mile circuit - 44 miles
in all - lay ahead. From the off Martin Hulbert made his usual opening
attack, and though soon reeled in, the opening lap was run off at a high
pace. Also regularly on the attack were Malcolm Whitehead and Ray Palin
- ably supported by their various teammates. With just over lap to go
these three finally made an attack stick, with Palin taking the honours
at the line. I rode strongly over the final lap although traffic and
horses on the course disrupted the last few miles. In the uphill sprint
I came through the bunch in fourth place." Thomas has crowned a very
consistent season with a first in the Hillingdon LVRC series, and third
in the BC run Upavon series.

Time-trialling has a high level of veteran competitors, riders aged 40
and over. The Veterans Time-Trialling Association (VTTA) publishes
'standard times' for fixed distance time-trials that enable
age-corrected competition to take place. Since the Standards increase
with age it is possible for older riders to beat younger ones on
"Standard" and this makes for interesting and exciting competition which
helps keep riders involved in the sport. Reading's Barry Quick is a
member of the Wessex Group of the VTTA. They have published the results
of their season long competitions. Quick comments, "I beat Nik Bowdler,
the current National Champion, on "Standard" in the Three Distance
Competition which I could never do on elapsed time! However the results
make for much good humoured banter between riders as they argue the
merits, or otherwise, of the age allowances depending upon how well they
have done."

Selected Wessex VTTA Results:
Short Distance Competition
1st Terry Icke Poole Wheelers plus 119.05 mins
18th Barry Quick Reading CC plus 70.39 mins
19th Dave Gaida Reading CC plus 68.55 mins

Wessex Three Distance Competition
1st David England Crabwood CC plus 156.00 mins
8th Barry Quick Reading CC plus 86.52
9th Nik Bowdler Farn & Camberley plus 78.32 mins

Wessex National BAR Entrants
1st Nik Bowdler Farn & Camb plus 7.022 mph
2nd Barry Quick Reading CC plus 4.316 mph
3rd James Fuller B'mouth Jub Whlrs plus 2.185 mph

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

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club