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Reading Cycling Club press report week ending 20 June 2010


By rod - Posted on 22 June 2010

Reading Cycling Club press report week ending 20 June 2010

Midsummer racing news.

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Road and Circuit Racing

The 3rd round of the Reading CC road race series took place last
Saturday at Hillingdon within the 90 minute category 2/3/4 event.
Approximately 70 riders signed on. Reading CC entered six: John Snead,
Paul Cooper, Trevor Bradbury, Simon Notley, Joe Harris and Nick Davies.

There was a very strong headwind down the back straight which was
clearly going to impact the on the race. Simon Notley was active from
the start spending time at and off the front. As the race progressed
there were constant attempts at trying to make a break stick with AW
Cycles very active. Trevor Bradbury kept a very good position at the
front for most of the time and Joe Harris became more and more active.
While it looked as though a break might stick the strength of the wind
kept the bunch together. The race finished in a bunch sprint taken by
Neil Cooper of AW Cycles.
Simon Notley commented: "Knowing that this was a 2/3/4 race with a wide
range of abilities I decided to spend the first part of the race at the
sharp end in case the group split up or an early break got away. After
seven laps of intense effort, I decided neither of these was going to
happen and let myself drift back into the shelter of the pack. There I
bided my time and kept an eye on my team mates, particularly Joe, who I
knew had a good sprint. At the start of the final lap I got caught out
by a surge of riders moving up the other side of the road. I saw that
John had slipped in front of me, and determined not to lose my lead in
the Reading RR Series, launched my sprint early up the inside of the
group. To my great surprise, I sailed past John and a number of other
riders to end up 18th overall."

After the three events the top three riders in the series are separated
by just 2 points:
Simon Notely 16
points
Joe Harris 15
points
John Snead 14
points

Photo caption: Simon Notley leads Reading CC's road race series after
three events

Time Trials
National 50-mile time trial championship
Steve Bale and Nick English represented Reading CC at the National
50-mile time trial championship on the A3 in Hampshire. English
continued in his rich vein of form to record Reading CC's second fastest
ever time for the distance. His 1.45:58 was just 9 seconds outside the
club record. Both riders outperformed their start seeding position and
set personal bests for the distance. English finished an excellent 13th
and is making a name for himself on the national scene. Bale placed 74th
despite having to stop briefly to retrieve a dropped bottle.
English: "It was rather windy when I rode, Hutchinson's winning time was
on the slow side, for him. I didn't quite feel 'pinging' the day before
but I was ok when I got going. I almost had Nik Bowlder in my sights, I
was gradually closing him down at the turns but he managed to push on a
bit at the end."
Bale was happy to set a personal best: "Although I had a compromised
ride it wouldn't have been significantly better had everything gone
perfectly and 73rd as opposed to 74th isn't bothering me. Conversely I'm
feeling a bit more inspired by it all as I know there is more I can do."

CTT National 50-mile TT, selected results (111 finishers):
1 Michael Hutchinson In-Gear/ Quickvit Trainsharp RT 01:38:55
13 Nicholas English Reading CC 01:45:58
74 Stephen Bale Reading CC 01:57:06

West London Cycling Assocation 30-mile event
The recent WLCA '30' took place on a warm afternoon. Reading's Pete
Stocker recorded 1-38-56 and Dave Gaida 1-28-51. The winner, Julian
Jenkinson of Utag Yamaha, scorched round in 1-2-33. Gaida commented:
"Despite the heat, light winds meant there were some fast times
recorded."

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

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club