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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 14 August 2011


By rod - Posted on 17 August 2011

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 14 August 2011

Great rides in the Clive Pugh 25 and CC Breckland 12.

Clive Pugh Memorial 25 mile Time Trial
The Clive Pugh Memorial 25 mile Time Trial was promoted by Reading Cycling Club on Sunday with a good quality field of over 50 entrants. The event was won by Reading's Anthony Hough whose time of 56m 14s gave him a margin of over a minute on the field. This win confirms Hough's arrival on the local racing scene as a force to be reckoned with.
The Clive Pugh is an annual event run on the A4 near Woolhampton. The weather was good with a moderate wind which increased during the morning. Event organiser Ian Lomas reports: "The age range of the riders was impressively large, with Katie Metalli being the youngest at 15 (and recording an impressive 1 hr 18m 17s) and Dave Gaida being the oldest at 77 (and recording an equally impressive 1hr 17m 13s). The event was won by Reading's Anthony Hough. The veteran who beat his target (standard) time by the largest margin was Robert Gilmour from Hounslow & District Wheelers with a time of 18m 15s better than his standard. The fastest lady was Mandy Hibberd from North Hants RC with a time of 1h 4m 1s. As well at Tony Hough winning, other Reading riders put in impressive performances with Pete Graham finishing fourth in 55m 55s and Rod MacFadyen finishing 18th in a time of 1h 1m 31s. This enabled Reading CC to win the team prize with Hillingdon CC second. A wide range of bikes were used by the riders, from modern wind cheating carbon fibre bikes to traditional steel framed ones and even two riders using fixed gear machines which have just one gear. The riders were treated afterwards to a tempting selection of food and drinks. Many complimented the marshalls and other volunteers from Reading CC who made the event such a success."

Selected results (43 finishers):
1 Anthony John Hough Reading CC 00:56:14
2 Clayton Edge Twickenham CC 00:57:16
3 Jonathan Hobby North Hants Road Club 00:57:22 + 00:11:40
4 Peter Graham Reading CC 00:57:55 + 00:11:38
5 Scott Holmes Hillingdon CC 00:57:56 + 00:12:08
6 Joe Clark High Wycombe CC 00:58:03
7 Robert Gilmour Houndslow & District Wheelers 00:58:22 + 00:18:15
8 Paul Barnes Newmarket cycling & trithalon club 00:58:36 + 00:07:27
9 Paul Egan Hillingdon CC 00:58:48 + 00:10:14
10 Matthew Smith Gemini BC 00:59:02
18 Roderick MacFadyen Reading CC 01:01:31 + 00:09:36
27 Mandy Hibberd North Hampshire RC 01:04:01
33 Michael Zuill Reading CC 01:08:24 + 00:10:31
40 Dave Gaida Reading CC 01:17:13 + 00:09:43
41 Katie Metalli Newbury RC 01:18:17

Photo caption: Anthony Hough receives his winner's trophy from event organiser Ian Lomas
Phot credit: Sebastian Lomas

CC Breckland 12-hour time-trial

A 12-hour time-trial is one of the toughest tests a competitive cyclist can face. Two Reading riders, Barry Quick and Greg Woodford, were among those in the CC Breckland event attempting to ride as far as possible in half a day. The event also featured AW Cycles rider Nick English.
Quick reports on his long day in the saddle: "The conditions were fair and the wind was a bit stronger than forecast. I was going well and was up on my schedule until I had a "funny five minutes" after about 6hrs. I stopped for a while to sort myself out and carried on to the support point with every intention of retiring. After a while I felt better and decided to carry on and see how things turned out. This meant I did not achieve my goal but I managed to finish and recorded 221.1miles which in spite of everything was still my best result of recent years. "
Woodford suffered a puncture then over-extended himself trying to regain lost distance and decided to retire. He has a second chance at 12 hours in an event this coming weekend.

The CC Breckland 12 was marked by two super rides. Jeff Jones of Chippenham & District CC set a new competition record (best ever distance) of 305.691 miles for an average speed of over 25 mph. English placed second in the event with a remarkable personal best of 290.095 miles. English reports on a day where a plan came together nicely:
"It was a good but small field of 30-odd riders. I had two helpers in Liz (6.5 months pregnant), and Steve Bale who had to do the running with bottles to hand up to me. In the first laps I settled into the routine of pacing nice and steady and taking bottles and food every 50min or so. I saw a few riders going off faster than me, with the out and back loops you can easily do time checks on people coming the other way, as long as you can remember their start number and have a bit of brain power available for mental arithmetic! I figured that some of them would come back to me if I could hold my pace. Jeff Jones however wasn't slowing down at all! It was a big success for me not to get cramp as I've been struggling with that. Conditions were amazing when we started but the wind picked up a bit, giving a fast leg then a slower grind into the wind. I had underestimated how much harder the finishing circuit would be so I really had to push in the last couple of hours and nail the final circuit to just make it over 290 for 2nd place. My ride places me 12th on the unofficial all-time list of fastest riders over 12 hours." English mused on his chances in the British Best All Rounder national competition: "I'm in 5th place in the BBAR at the moment in what looks like it could be the fastest year ever with the top four all over 27mph for the average of the 3 distance speeds. Historically, in all but two years my current average speed would be good enough for the top 3. Three PBs though at 50 miles, 100 miles and 12 hours is very pleasing."
Both English and Quick were ably supported on the road by Steve Bale and English's wife Liz, Bale commenting: "though a day beside the A11 may not sound too appealing it was actually good fun and dare I say it, pretty exciting."

Selected results (25 finishers):
1 J Jones Chippenham & District 305.51
2 N English A.W Cycles 290.07
16 B Quick Reading CC 221.48

Rod MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club