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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 26 June 2011


By rod - Posted on 28 June 2011

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 26 June 2011

A midsummer week packed with action.

LVRC National Road Race Championship (ABC categories)

At the weekend Reading CC promoted the national championship road race
for age-related racing. Organiser Wayne Thomas had 125 riders competing
across multiple age categories on a 7.8 mile circuit near Henley on
Thames. This was a deceptively tough course made doubly so as the heat
increased through the day, peaking at 28C.
In the A category, 35 riders set off for 8 laps of the circuit
(62miles). Mike Simpson from the local club GS Henley, had a storming
last two laps and came home the winner in 2hrs 35mins, 1min25s clear of
the next finisher Craig Peter of Cycle Kingdom who just edged ahead of
Paul Bell (Peak RC) and Mike Jones (Paramount CRC).
In the B category, 45 riders set off for 7 laps of the circuit and on
lap 2 proceeded to set the fastest lap of the day at 18mins 50sec. There
was another clear winner in Malcolm Smith (St Ives CC) who crossed the
line after 2hrs 15mins, 8 secs clear of Nigel Stephens (Finchley RT)
with Simon Alexander a further second back.
After a lunch break, 45 riders in the C category race set off on their 7
laps which despite the heat turned into a real cracker of a race. On lap
4 under the constant attacks and heat, attrition truly set in with 14
riders abandoning - and a further 5 doing so by the end. With a little
over 2 laps to go a strong group of 4 riders had forged a good break and
worked well together - Jim Moffatt, Martin O'Grady, David Stevens and
Steven Marrow. The peloton started to implode as a hard working chasing
group formed - Bendan Heaslip, Mick Davies, Patrick Schils, Nick Giles
and Les Liddiard. On the final lap Moffat and O'Grady attacked and went
clear and in the last 2 miles, Jim Moffat went again to come home the
winner in 2hrs 19mins, with Martin O'Grady just 11secs behind, followed
by David Stevens at 1min 14secs and Steven Marrows at 1min 33secs.
In the supporting race for DEF categories only 17 riders came out to
play, over 5 laps (40 miles). Don Parry, Barrie Jones and Ray Robinson
attacked at th end of lap one, were never seen again, and finished in
that order.
With numerous complimentary reports from the competitors, Reading CC can
be proud of putting on an event worthy of a National Championship.

Reading CC's Peter Graham described his race: "It was a difficult day
for me. It started OK , as I found the 1st ascent of Witheridge Hill
within my capabilities and I was not struggling to stay with the main
group. On the 3rd lap a mechanical problem with my chain meant a small
gap appeared between myself and the group. I did manage to bridge this
gap but immediately an attack went off the front of the group and we
were back on full race pace. This proved to be an effort my body refused
to repeat and consequently the main group rode off into the distance. I
rode the rest of the race on my own as hard as I could all the way to
the finish. Although slightly humiliating in one sense, in another it
gave me a sense of pride to complete something I set out to do. I have
now experienced a road race from both ends."

Ben Owen '10'
Thursday 23rd June saw Reading CC field a team of 5 riders in the
long-standing Ben Owen Memorial Time Trial, near Oxford. It is an annual
10-mile time trial held by Didcot Phoenix CC in memory of young member
Ben Owen who died of Leukaemia some years ago. It was a very
well-organised event, this year hosting its biggest field to date of 70
riders.
With windy conditions on the rolling course near Standhampton, Ben
Oakes, Greg Woodford, Stephen Bale, Ken Buckley and Martin Cairns all
rode well to post a team time of just over 1hr 30mins, with the best 4
of 5 times counting. This was good enough for 2nd place, 2mins behind
Oxford City RC 'A' and a slim 9 seconds ahead of host club Didcot
Phoenix CC in third. Buckley was 4th individual with a solid 22:11.

Newbury RC 10-mile Time Trial
Five Reading members headed to the new 10-mile course near Witney for
the Newbury RC 10-mile time trial at the weekend. Ben Oakes reports:
"This is billed as one of the faster courses in the area however a
strong wind was against us for the longer 5.7 mile outward leg, and only
helping for the remaining 4.3 miles. Despite spending most of my effort
on the outward leg, I averaged just 23mph going out, although it was
made up for in part by averaging over 32mph on the homeward stretch,
which gave me a new Open PB of 22:38. This is my second outing on this
course, both times in strong winds. Hopefully I'll catch it on a good
day 3rd time round and knock a few more seconds off my PB."
Selected Results:
T1. T.Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy) 20.25
T1. M.Jones (Oxford City RC) 20.25
12. A. Hough (Reading CC) 22.12
18. B.Oakes (Reading CC) 22.38
37. M.Cairns (Reading CC) 23.17
92. M.Zuill (Reading CC) 27.16
96. D.Gaida (Reading CC) 29.31

Eastern Counties Cycling Association 100-mile time trial
Nick English of Awcycles.co.uk reports: "When we woke up to a still
morning there was the sense that it would be a good day. Roadworks
forced a slight course change but the good conditions more than made up
for this with lots of people getting PB's including me. I rode a 3:40:41
for 3rd place, the winner was last year's BBAR Julian Jenkinson with a
fast 3:34. I was somewhat disappointed not to quite get under 3:40 after
going through 25 miles in 53:30 odd and 50 miles in 1:48 but a slight
headwind on the last few miles just pushed me over. "

Chiltern 100 sportive, 5th June

Brian Perry reports: "After a brief and happy pose for the team photo,
the Reading CC Gran Fondo entrants set off at a brisk pace and soon
established a commanding presence on the road, hauling in the 21 hills.
A little later the The Medio Fondo team set off to take on their 13
hills. The overall performance emphasised RCC's strength in depth and
improving performance for this event. From all accounts, individual
rides were demanding but enjoyable, and achieved one of the standards.
The team Gold standard was just missed, but there were notable
performances. Paul Marshall easily recorded the fastest time in his age
category; an excellent result, and 37th overall. Newcomers Mark Robinson
and Jonathan Whybrow both returned exceptional times. Each year we get
little closer to a team Gold standard!"

Photo caption: Reading CC entrants pose before the start of the Chiltern
100 sportive
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London to Paris Ride

Graham Ide took part in the L2P (Londres-Paris) ride recently. "This is
a 3 day event covering 550 kms over 3 days riding in a group to Paris.
It is designed to give amateurs an idea of what Grand Tour is like. The
ride is divided into 5 groups of differing abilities. I chose Group 3
riding at an average speed of 27-29kmh daily. This was the most popular
group and we were joined by Nigel Mansell for the ride. Day one was an
early start from Imber Court in Thames Ditton down to Dover to catch a
ferry and then onto the hotel in Calais. The days started chilly but
good riding conditions with a little sun later in the day. However later
in the afternoon, the rain came and with the wet roads came our groups
first crash. No real harm done but two riders ended up in a ditch. A
timely reminder to be careful at all times in group riding. Day 2 in
Calais, the sun came out and we set off to Amiens. We made good time to
lunch and with the sun on our backs we set off again at a quicker pace
for the finish. This became too much for Nigel Mansell who dropped down
one group. Day three was a charge to lunch and the longest single
section of riding before lunch, 123 kms. We set off with Stephen Roche,
Tour De France, Giro D'Italia winner and World Champion. I spent the
best part of the morning riding at the head of the peleton alongside
Stephen chatting about his training and his son's and others chances in
the Tour this year. After lunch all 5 groups formed up and we rode into
Paris as one big peleton. The ride down past the Arc du Triomphe and
along past the Eiffel Tower was fantastic and finishing at the foot of
the tower we were met by family and friends and champagne. In total 3
days riding, averaging 7 and half hours a day on the bike at around
28kmh each day was a fantastic experience and the memories and friends I
made will be with me for a long time. I hope to be able to do it again
very soon."

Sunday Clubrun
All rides leave Reading Market Place at 9am on Sundays. See
www.readingcyclingclub.com for details.

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club