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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 4 Sept 2011

By rod - Posted on 07 September 2011

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 4 Sept 2011

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Bike Adventures Lands End to John O'Groats ride
Ultra Randonneur Chris Rutter completed a Lands End to John O'Groats ride on Sunday. The trip was done through Bike Adventures who are based in Ascot. Rutter reports: "We left Lands End on the 27 August. The route took in small lanes in Cornwall, crossed Dartmoor which was beautiful, the Wye Valley and on to Ludlow. From there we wound our way up through Nantwich and then between Warrington and Manchester to get to Chorley. We passed through Kendal and over Shap to Carlisle, on to Moffat and up and over to Tweedsmuir which is part of the Tour of Britain route but in the reverse direction and on to Cumbernauld. After passing through Lennoxtown, we traversed some beautiful moorland and continued on past Ben Nevis although it was hidden behind heavy rain. We stayed at Onich on Loch Linnhe (south of Fort William) and from there we travelled in a north-westerly direction past Fort William and Loch Ness to Evanton, north of Inverness. Last stop was John O'Groats. The weather overall was very good. The worst days were the wind and rain on the approach to Onich and the rain on departure. The best day was the last up to John O'Groats, done in glorious sunshine all day. On this trip it was nice to know that you had a shower on arrival at your destination each day and a bed to sleep in."
Ride statistics;
Distance 910 miles
Duration 9 days
No. of participants 9
No. of punctures 1
No. of broken spokes 3 (2 of which were mine).

Alton CC 25
Dave Gaida and Rod MacFadyen travelled to Hampshire for Alton CC's 25-mile event on the A31 west of Farnham. On a morning with a some rain and a southerly breeze, Richard Simmons of The Altitude Centre was over two minutes clear of the field with his excellent 50:27. MacFadyen recorded his fourth consecutive sub-hour ride although again only by seconds with his 59:53. Gaida recorded 1.16:25.

Photo caption: Rod MacFadyen rode the Alton CC 25-mile event
Photo credit: David Carlsson

Nick English's racing week
Nick English rides for AW Cycles. Here he reports on a busy week of racing: "last week saw the conclusion of my British Best All-Rounder (BBAR) campaign and a ride in the British national time-trial championships in the masters category.
The BBAR event was the BDCA 100 mile event in Derbyshire. The startsheet was almost a who's who in the BBAR. Typically if there is a westerly then a strong start is required on this course for the first leg, net uphill and into the wind. It was a bit of a mistake for me to start quite so hard as the wind didn't assist me on the way back. I went through 50 miles in 1:47 feeling good but faded a fair bit in the last 25 miles. I managed to hang on to finish with 3:37:15. The winner was Julian Jenkinson with a 3:28:41. It was a PB for me and my first time under 3:40 and putting me 28th fastest rider on the unofficial all time list, however I was a little disappointed to still slip down a couple of places to 8th in the BBAR and miss out on a BBAR average speed of 27mph. This year's BBAR has been a vintage one and my average speed would have been good enough for 2nd or 3rd in most years.
The next day I rode the British Time Trial championship in the masters category. A good night's sleep meant that I didn't feel too bad. I had a long warm up to try to get going. I felt I had a decent ride though down on power from my best for obvious reasons. The course was fairly flat but with some technical corners, one of which gave me a bit of a fright as my back wheel went sliding round. I was 7th in my age group but with a respectable time and it was nice to be part of the event and see some of the pros racing later in the day. I did manage to be the quickest of the ex GB rowers there (James Cracknell, Rebecca Romero and James Stephenson)."

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club