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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 6 December 2009

By rod - Posted on 08 December 2009

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 6 December 2009

Southern England Cyclo-cross championships.

Photo caption: Gavin Spiers suffered in the muddy conditions at the
Southern England Cyclo-cross championships
Photo credit: Len Quinn


Gavin Spiers represented Reading Cycling Club at the Southern England
Cyclo-cross championship on Sunday at Southampton. Spiers went into this
event off the back of two weeks enforced rest due to a knee injury. He
reports on a challenging race:
"Having ridden this course two weeks ago I knew that it was not ideal
for me being very muddy and slippery. This was also the course where I'd
injured my knee. The course was water logged in places and the surface
was cut up from the earlier races. All in all I wasn't feeling as
prepared as I would have liked. I didn't get a grid position at the
start but I managed to make up quite a few places from the gun. However
when we got into the really muddy sections I started going backwards.
Whereas in some sections I had to pick the bike up and run, other people
were able to stay in the saddle and ride through the mud. I presumed
this was down to my lack of technique for riding in mud and through poor
tyre choice. Also, with just one bike, I had to stop multiple times to
de-clog the wheels and frame as the front wheel kept jamming from
build-up of mud and leaves. Other riders had helpers and spare bikes. I
was getting frustrated being stuck at the back of the field and not able
to use my fitness to move up the field, as I was only able to find grip
on the short tarmac section. But by the half-way point I'd become used
to the conditions and I began to move back up the field. As I started
the last lap I could see two people ahead of me so with two places as an
incentive I pushed on. I managed to get past one of the riders but had a
lot of ground to make up on the other one. I sprinted up the finish
climb as quickly as I could but just missed out on another place by a
matter of metres.
I was happy just to complete the race but more preparation, better
training and improved skills are required for next year."

Seniors, selected results (45 riders):
1 Stuart Bowers Hargroves Cycles/Trant/Next/Scott/GSI Senior
2 Adrian Lansley Pedalon Senior
3 Mike Cotty Senior
5 Sam Allen AW Cycles/Ridley/Fulcrum Wheels Senior
30 Gavin Spiers Reading CC Senior

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

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club