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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 12 September 2010

By rod - Posted on 14 September 2010

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 12 September 2010

English rises to 4th in BBAR plus all the usual time-trial and sportive

Team Swift '50'

Reading's Nick English was present and correct for a weekend clash of
domestic time-trialling's contenders for the title of British Best
All-Rounder. The Team Swift 50-mile event in Derbyshire featured many
fast riders looking to improve their placing in the BBAR. English put in
a ride of exemplary quality to both improve his BBAR placing from 7th to
4th and to record a new Reading CC record for a 50-mile time-trial. He
posted a brilliant 1:43:28 for 5th place, not far behind Julian
Jenkinson of who won in a time of 1:41:27. Despite
breezy conditions the course lived up to its reputation with 47 riders
beating 2 hours. English now holds a clean sweep of Reading CC solo
records at 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles and 12 hours. With only a few events
remaining in the BBAR he is likely to retain his 4th spot in the
national ranking.

Barry Quick also was present for Reading CC and he too had an excellent
day: "I was hoping to improve upon my previous 50 time for this year and
that the weather would be kind to me. The day started with strong
Westerly winds and intermittent heavy rain but thankfully the rain
disappeared and the wind moderated before I started in broken sunshine.
Nonetheless it was very hard on the outward leg with a heavy drag called
the "Concrete Mountain" to contend with just before the turn. The return
section back with the wind however was a blast and I managed to finish
with a time of 2:05:57 which improved my all-time PB by almost 3 minutes
which I was delighted with."

Photo Caption: Barry Quick rode to a lifetime best in the Team Swift
50-mile event


A3crg 10-mile TT
Peter Graham rode the A3crg event at Liss in Hampshire on Saturday.
Graham reports: "There was a stiff south westerly wind which made it
harder than it should have been but I finished with a 21:44 which under
the circumstances I was content with. The winner was Stephen Whitewick,
Utag, who recorded 19:45.
On Sunday I rode and won a local club time trial. I was pleased as I was
up against some good opposition such as Nick Onslow from local bike shop
Pedalon. In summary I had a good weekend's racing which indicates that
my fitness is coming and should see me into the cyclo X season."

Reading CC Hill-climb Championship
This Sunday see the club's two-stage hill-climb event to determine the
club hill-climb champion. Flint Hill will be tackled at 10am and
Streatley Hill tackled at 11am.

HSBC team triathlon
Ken Buckley competed in the HSBC team triathlon at Dorney lake. He took
on the bike leg in which he posted the fastest time of the day. Buckley
reports: "I teamed up with two friends to complete an Olympic distance
course. The bike leg took place on the road round Dorney Lake, this
being completed 8 times to make it near enough a flat 25mile time trial.
I spent most of the race shouting to make sure people didn't swerve into
me as i passed but I managed to put in the fastest bike leg of the day
from the team results by 8 seconds. I went round in 57:47 which i was
happy with considering the wind. Our runner was pipped on the line for
third place which was a real shame. The top two teams had some
considerable talent for each leg including a chap covered in ironman
tattoos and another wearing England team athletics kit who had the
fastest run time by over 5 minutes! All in all it was a great day out
and I would recommend anyone who knows a runner and a swimmer to give
one of these events a go!"

Southern Sportive
Sportive regulars Mike Fenwick, Nick Crocker, Paul Gray, Kevin Marshall,
Paul Marshall, Nigel Elliot and Ian Macro formed the Reading contingent
among 1100 riders in the Southern Sportive on Sunday. The 155km long
course starts from Peterfield then heads in a clockwise direction via
Chichester. The weather was good, being warm and sunny
Mike Fenwick: "I started the sportive with Paul Gray and Nick Crocker.
The pace was quite fast. Paul dropped off after about five miles and I
dropped off at about 10-12 miles then found small groups to work with
for the first third. I passed Ian Macro at a point where there was a
sand pit in the road. I got off to run through as it was very congested.
Back on the bike the other riders were too slow so I headed off on my
own. Then I passed Ian Macro again who had apparently ridden through the
deep sand. I was feeling better at this point and was pushing harder
although alone. On the return half there was a fairly strong head wind.
With about 10 miles to go I was racing for the line. I was fairly
pleased with my time."
Known times:
Mike Fenwick....5.08
Nick Crocker....5.04
Kevin Marshall....5:13

Alan Furley Memorial Up the Downs 200k Audax
Steve Holmes represented Reading CC in the Alan Furley Memorial audax on
Saturday 4th of September. "It was a great day for it, nice sunny
weather with a south-easterly breeze to make the first 50 miles easier.
It's a lumpy course in the second half, from Shrivenham to Aldbourne,
then to Ramsbury and on to Faccombe via Walbury Hill. Thinking you have
the climbing done by Faccombe is a cruel fallacy - two long climbs after
this, and a short sharp kick out of Ashford Hill that my legs didn't
like. For my first attempt at a 200k event I was pleased to finish in
11h15, 9h30 of which was on the bike. I've ridden better, as I went too
fast in the first half and lost it a bit in the second, but finishing in
daylight was great."

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

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club