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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending Sunday 11 Sept 2011

By rod - Posted on 14 September 2011

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending Sunday 11 Sept 2011

Success for Paul Gray and Greg Woodford.

Southern Sportive
Reading CC's sportive specialist Paul Gray took part in the Southern Sportive on Sunday. He rode strongly to set the fastest time of the day.
Starting from Petersfield, the route goes over the South Downs covering 96 miles and 2000 metres climbing, offering great views out to the coast. Gray reports: "A heavy shower just before the start made the roads slippery but having started in the second group of 30, I quickly caught the first group and with another guy took the lead after 10 miles. It was easier to judge the conditions with less riders around me.
Later on the roads dried but the wind really picked up making it hard work at times. Now on my own, riding along a ridge on top of the downs with a strong cross wind, it was a test just to stay on the road. However I got round with no problems in 5 hours 6 minutes which I was pleased to find was the fastest time of the day."

Photo caption: Paul Gray coped well with windy conditions at the Southern Sportive
Photo credit: R MacFadyen

Time Trials
Greg Woodford competed in the Port Talbot wheelers 25 mile event on Sunday in South Wales. Despite a day of wind and squally rainshowers he set a new personal best for the distance. Woodford: "I found the conditions to be ok. There was torrential rain on the way up to the start but none while I was racing. The headwind was strong on the outward leg but that was partly downhill and the wind stopped me spinning out. The return leg was fast as I had the tail wind. I finished in 55:38 which is an all time personal best. I'm slightly disappointed at not breaking 55 but I guess the conditions played a part. It will be interesting to see how much other people were affected by the conditions. This result completes a very successful year for me with personal bests at all distances."

With final results issued for the ECCA 12-hour event in August, Woodford is confirmed as finishing in 8th place having accumulated an impressive 256.13 miles. "I am pretty happy with that result on my first 12 hour", he commented.

Sunday Clubruns
All rides leave Reading Market Place at 9am on Sundays. This Sunday the club hill-climb competition will be held on Streatley Hill and Flint Hill.

Rod MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club