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Reading CC press report, week ending 16 May 2010

By rod - Posted on 18 May 2010

Reading CC press report, week ending 16 May 2010

Nick English in flying form.

Reading CC at Hillingdon Circuit

Reading CC hired Hillingdon race circuit on Saturday afternoon for the
exclusive use of the club. The intention was to encourage riders to have
a go at bunch racing in a safe environment. The afternoon included a
one-hour race on the circuit, the Reading Criterium, with a trophy on
offer to the winner. Organiser John Snead said: "Despite a few worries
that we may not have enough numbers, this ended up being a cracking
race. After a moderately paced opening lap to keep everyone together the
spirited racing soon started with Pete Graham being in attacking mood.
The attacks continued from other riders with Nick English prominent and
active. After about half a dozen laps English managed to get away. For
the middle portion of the race the bunch was well organised and put in a
solid effort to catch Nick. Big contributions came from Joe Harris,
Stephen Bale, Greg Woodford and Simon Notley, but Nick showed real class
and rode away. At the bell Greg Woodford found himself on the front of
the bunch then at the final bend Joe Harris went for a long sprint and
was strong enough to grab second place. English had already crossed the
line to claim the win, 10 race series points and the title of Emerging
Road Racer of the Year."
Nick English: "I don't normally road race but I wanted to support this
event. My cornering was a bit rusty so I kept out of trouble in a
breakaway. The bunch were kind enough to let me stay away so it was also
a good workout for next week's National 10 TT."
Reading CC riders found the afternoon very enjoyable and encouraging and
thanks go to John Snead for making the effort to organise what may
become an annual event.

Photo Caption: Simon Notley, John Snead, Greg Woodford and Nick Davies
lead the pack at Hillingdon circuit


Road and Circuit Racing

Reading CC's Veteran Road Racer Wayne Thomas put in another intense week
of racing. On Tuesday night it was the regular Hillingdon event, this
time in the opposite direction ie. clock wise. Two tough days the
previous weekend were clearly still in his legs and although staying
with the E/1/2/3 peloton until the fourth category riders were caught
(in just 12 minutes!), Thomas had to drop back - ultimately finishing
last but one, a lap down.

On Thursday Thomas ventured further west to the motor racing at circuit
at Castle Combe. An exceptionally large 4th cat group set off first,
with Thomas next in the 3rd cat group of 35+ riders. The chase was on
immediately. Having almost caught the 4th cats in one lap, they suddenly
got their act together, and it took another 25 minutes before they were
reeled in. With an average speed of 26.4 mph, it was not too surprising
that it took the E/1/2 group until under 2 laps to go before they caught
the 3rd cats. With no placings or points up for grabs, pride still
dictated a strong sprint, with Thomas finishing in the main bunch.

On Sunday Thomas ventured to the South Coast and the Goodwood motor
racing circuit competing with 74 other third cat riders over a 40 mile
race. In contrast the cold and the wind kept the peloton together though
it was by no means a slow race. It also meant an inevitable manic final
sprint, and with two right handers followed by a chicane with 300m to go
it is not an easy finish. Thomas was happy to finish mid bunch having
experienced no difficulties.

Time Trials

A3crg 25-mile two-up time-trial
Reading CC's Nick English paired with local rider Pete Weir for the
a3crg 25 mile two-up on Sunday.English is in great form in the run-up to
the National ten-mile championship and the duo scored an excellent
second place, beating some highly-fancied pairings. English says: "We
worked well together, surprised to be ahead of Prebble and Boyman, and
Birch and Horner. We were just 15 seconds down on the winners Brennan
and Ader. This event was on a reasonably fast standard distance course
so the time of 51:55 can be compared to our solo times and you can see
the extra speed you get from riding together."

High Wycombe CC '25'
Steve Bale was unruffled by far from ideal conditions on the Marlow
bypass early on Sunday to record a personal best 56:59 for the 25-mile
distance. Early starters faced cold temperatures, later starters had
rain, but Bale powered round to place 14th out of a large field.
Selected results, Jack Pearson Memorial '25' (89 finishers):
1. Rob Griffiths,, 54:42
14. Steve Bale, Reading CC, 56:59
66. Rod MacFadyen, Reading CC, 1.04:43
86. Dave Gaida, Reading CC, 1.15:39

Norlond Combine Open '50'
Veteran Barry Quick rode the Norlond Combine 50-mile event held on the
A1. Quick: "The conditions were cold and very windy necessitating
overshoes, arm and leg warmers and gloves. This course can be fast on
the right day but it is very exposed and I found it a very hard ride
especially directly into the wind. I was hoping for a reasonable time
but my 2:17:07 fell short of my expectations. Given the conditions a PB
was a big ask.
The event was won by evergreen veteran Ian Cammish in an amazing

Birdwatching Race
Club Chairman Adrian Lawson combined two hobbies at the weekend by
taking part in the Berkshire Bird race on his bike. Starting at midnight
he cycled for about 19 hours visiting sites around Berkshire as part of
a team whose goal was to find as many different bird species as
possible. He managed to spot 91 and was awarded a bottle of beer for
discovering the bird of the day, a Teal found at Lower Farm. His team
finished second, which was a disappointment. Last year they found 97 and
finished first.

Seven go to Bala
Barry Quick, Dave Maynard, Colin Garnham, John Hollands, Miles ??, Brian
Perry and Richard Pike travelled to Bala in Snowdonia for a midweek
break with the intention of riding the route of the now-defunct Bala
Gran Fondo Cymru, 120 miles taking in many climbs in the beautiful
North Wales countryside of Snowdonia.
Quick writes: "We set out in cold but bright conditions at 0800 on
Wednesday morning climbing NW out of Bala towards Llan Ffestiniog where
we turned NE towards Pentrefoelas and on via Llanrwst and Bets-y-Coed to
Capel Curig where we had lunch. Leaving the cafe we were greeted by
leaden skies and steady rain but we pushed on towards Porthmadog and
Trawsyndd. Here we turned off the main road to cross "The Ranges", an
exposed area of MOD land where the rain turned to snow for a while as we
battled across a desolate exposed landscape against a strong headwind
on a narrow, gated road surrounded only by sheep and cattle. At the
bottom of a steep descent Miles punctured, our only one of the day, and
as we regrouped and tried to get some feeling back into our frozen limbs
we decided that given the weather conditions discretion was the better
part of valour and we cut out the remaining 35 miles of the ride to head
straight back to our B&B. We completed approx 83 miles of our intended
ride and the weather had thrown Wind, Hail and Snow at us, all in low
temperatures which never exceeded 10 deg. We enjoyed spectacular views
across the region despite the weather and over dinner in Bala on
Wednesday evening vowed to come back again and complete the whole

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

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club