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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 10 October 2010

By rod - Posted on 12 October 2010

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 10 October 2010

Cyclo-cross, time-trialling and charity riding.

Photo caption: Steve Millward, time-triallist and cycle tourist

Didcot Phoenix Cyclo-cross
Steve Bale, Brian Bingham and William Girvan rode the Didcot Phoenix cyclocross event at Newbury Showground. Bale reports on a high speed race: "It was a bright warm day. With relatively flat terrain and only small sections of technical riding, racing at the showground is always fast and a full effort with nowhere to rest and recover. And the senior race was fast from the start. So much so that I thought I was having a really bad day. Once a couple had broken away from the group I was riding with I realised that my race to the line was going to be against the remaining riders in this little group. I dropped to the back to recover. Unusually for CX there was some drafting benefit to be had across the open grass stretches and I was soon feeling more comfortable. After a few minutes the leader of our little band started to flag and as no one else was picking up the pace I moved up and pressed on. It was a relief to see that it wasn't just me that had found the first 20 minutes hard as the others couldn't continue with their former speed. Riding away without a trio of riders stuck to my wheel I was able to settle to a steady but hard pace and gradually pull away from them over the rest of the race having gained a couple of hundred metres by the finish line after an hour of racing. I'm happy enough with my racing, but the results suggest to me that the general level has risen. I need to raise my game!"
Billy Girvan, a second claim Reading member, took an excellent 2nd place in the separate W/J/V event.

Selected results, seniors (39 finishers):
1 MACDONALD MATT Hargroves Cycles/Trant
19 BALE STEVE Reading CC

Selected results, W/J/V (56 finishers):
1 KING LEWIS Beeline Cycles
2 GIRVAN W North Hants RC

Hillingdon CC 25-mile time-trial
Stephen Millward rode the Hillingdon CC 25 mile time trial at Great Missendon. Millward entered this event as a test of fitness two weeks after completing a long charity ride. Finishing in a time of 1:03:16, his slowest this season, he commented "This course has some draggy stretches and there was a bit of a breeze and cool temperatures, however I was feeling good and road surface was good so I thought I had done a better time. I think my aerobic fitness is very good, however I was lacking muscular endurance, if I were to do a few weeks of interval training I might have some good form. Cycling hundreds of miles at a slow pace doesn't seem to have been the best preparation for time trials".

Selected results (33 finishers):
1 Scott Povey Warwickshire RC 52:48
18 Stephen Millward Reading CC 01:03:16

Southern Electric charity ride
Stephen Millward rode from Inverness to Havant by way of Ireland as part of a team from Southern Electric. He explains: "Our team of 20 rode an 850 mile route starting at the Scottish Hydro Inverness office. They were great and made a big effort to raise money with an open day plus a porridge and piper send off. We took 3 days to get to Stranraer, visiting the Pitlochry hydro-electric station, the Perth offices and the Cumbernauld call centre. Then we had a hard day, Belfast to Dublin, 127 miles in the rain. Liverpool to Cardiff took 2 days and Cardiff to Havant took 2 days. Berkshire is now remembered as a puncture hot spot, we had 26 punctures on the stage to Reading and had to stop off at AW cycles to buy 30 inner tubes! Overall a great experience which has reawakened my interest in cycle touring in the UK. The ride raised a total of £150,000 for Children's Hospices UK."

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

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club