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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 9 october 2011


By rod - Posted on 11 October 2011

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 9 october 2011

News from Paul Gray and Nick English

Hawkesbury Sportive
Reading CC's Paul Gray has been a sportive powerhouse this season, routinely heading the field home. On Sunday he rode a new event, the Hawkesbury Sportive, based in Gloucester. He tells the story of a successful day:
"This was a new event going out to the Severn estuary, covering 82 miles with 2050m climbing. Mild weather but very windy. There were a number of steep climbs along the way which had me looking down at my gears and finding I was already in bottom gear.
The organisers called the last climb the Kilcott Killer and it had me down to 4 mph, out of the saddle and zig zagging across the road just finding the strength to keep going. There were only 63 finishers of the full course and of these, I was fastest by 10 minutes in 4 hours 45. I was very pleased to finish my sportive season with another fastest time, which I achieved in 3 out of the 6 that I entered this year."

Photo caption: Paul Gray has been strong in sportives
Photo credit: Rod MacFadyen

Nick English's review of the season
Nick English is a former Reading CC member now riding in the colours of AWcycles.co.uk. He reflects on another successful summer of racing: "The British Best All Rounder (BBAR) season-long competition was a focus. This is decided on average speed in time trials of 50 miles, 100 miles and 12 hours. I had PB's at all three distances so this was a success, unfortunately this year was one of the fastest BBAR's ever so my placing of 8th nationally is a little lower than I had hoped. Getting over 290 miles in the 12 hour event and raising lots of money for Sue Ryder in the process was really pleasing. Illness at the start of the season somewhat spoiled the National 10 and 25 championships for me but by the time the 50 and 100 champs came round I had good enough form to get 13th in both. Recording a 19:55 for 10 miles on the Bentley bypass course was a nice treat as you wouldn't class it as one of the fastest courses. I've ridden strongly on the track, but I'll have to work on my sprint some more if I'm going to pick up more wins against the emerging AW youngsters at Palmer Park, the occasional breakaway has been the source of most of my wins there. I also took a Bronze in the National Masters Pursuit."

Roderick MacFadyen
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