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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 17 July 2011

By rod - Posted on 19 July 2011

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 17 July 2011

Anthony Maynard Sportive

Reading Cycling Club ran the Anthony Maynard sportive for the third time on Sunday, celebrating the memory of this talented young man who died in 2008. Organised by his club mates, family and friends it aims to be an event that Anthony would have enjoyed and one where all profits are donated to charity.
Organiser Wayne Thomas is very happy with how the day went: "It was another roaring success despite the best efforts of the British mid summer to make it otherwise with at times torrential downpours and high wind on the exposed parts of the Berkshire and Wiltshire Downs. 373 hardy souls set off in high spirits from a dry start at Theale Green School for either a 110km or 195km ride, 86km of that on a common route. For some riders it has become a regular fixture in their calendar, for others it was their very first Sportive ride. Whilst it was a tough day, with an inevitably high rate of punctures and mechanicals, most returned many hours later elated and overjoyed at their accomplishment with only 11 riders unable to complete the course. The AMS is a challenge ride, not a race, and whilst the quickest rider over the 195km course took 6hrs 6mins, the slowest rider took a mere 9hrs 58mins (a lady who punctured again with only 6km to go). Similarly for the "shorter" 110k course the times were 3hrs 41mins and 8hrs 27mins respectively. Overall 49 riders achieved Gold Standard times." Thomas was supported by a huge team of helpers necessary to provide the HQ, food, signage, mechanical support and complex administration that goes into promoting a safe event over a long distance.

Riders were appreciative.

Graham Ide lined up nice and early for the start of the Anthony Maynard. "Initially I struggled against a very strong headwind. The sight of the first feed stop was very welcome. After taking on some food, I pressed on and went for the long route. The conditions were not great all morning and I had some good patches followed by some times of struggle. Second feed point came at just the right time for my morale. The weather had started to improve and I managed to ride well up Pewsey Hill. Making the third and final feed stop, I decided that it was time to push hard for home. One minor chain unship on a hill just after the feeding point but still I made good time on the final stretch and came in very tired but pleased overall. I would like to say a very big thank you to all those involved in organising and marshalling the event. Especially those at the feed stops who were out with a smile and a kind word in some fairly remote places and some pretty horrible conditions. "
Dave Ridge: "I have paid the price in previous years for starting too fast so I rode sensibly this year. I worked with the other Reading CC ridres to route split at Lambourne then made the most of the tailwind on the return leg. A good day out and superbly well organised; very pleased to get under 3hrs40, albeit by 1 second!"
Mike Fenwick tackled the long route: "By midway we were a small group of five. Darren Parker punctured just before the control.
On the home leg, with about 85km, to go we were down to three riders, Paul Grey, Darren and myself. After the Berkshire Alps the pace went up and from Upper Bucklebury we were in time-trial mode to the finish. I was very pleased with my preparation and ride. It was great to ride with such a good bunch from Reading CC."

Photo caption: Reading CC's Darren Parker, Paul Grey and Mike Fenwick flew round the long Anthony Maynard Sportive route

North Hants RC 10-mile Time Trial
Peter Graham recorded a fine 22:06 in this 10-mile event on the A31 won by Tejvan Pettinger in 20:33.

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club