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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 23 Oct 2011


By rod - Posted on 25 October 2011

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 23 Oct 2011

Reading Cycling Club Bill Higson Cyclo-Cross, Prospect Park

On Sunday Reading CC once again promoted the Bill Higson memorial cyclo-cross race in Prospect Park. Cyclo-cross is a form of off-road competition which is typically run over many laps of a short testing circuit. Organiser Steve Bale reports from a hugely successful event:

"Once again our club cyclo-cross promotion was blessed with dry and mild conditions which was great for everyone involved whether racing or helping. The first race was the 15 minute under 12 event off at 11:00am racing around a small section of the complete course. By this time the marshals and scoring team were all in place and ready for the day. Prospect Park is hard enough terrain for adult riders but with no flat ground it will always be a challenge for the under 12s. This didn't deter 22 of them taking to the start and gamely racing one of the tougher courses on the calendar they have to face. Every one of them completed the race.
"11:30 and 18 set off in the youth event to race 6 laps around the perimeter of the full senior course with some of the trickier sections missed out. This race saw drama when the under 14 race leader, Jack Phillips, skidded off on a bend on his 4th lap and was unable to continue allowing Tom Sewell of Swindon RC to capitalise and take the U14 win while Harvey Lowe of Hargroves took a clear victory in the under 16 category.
"By midday the full course was available for the remaining races and the veterans, women and juniors got underway at 12:20. Racing for 40 minutes there were 73 riders on course for this event. With such a lot of riders the scoring team were kept busy as Matt Woods of Hargroves led, completing laps the circuit in just over six and a half minutes. By the finishing line junior Woods had managed to get a lead of nearly a minute from the leading veteran Sean Williams of Wight Mountain while Tamina Oliver of Squadra Donne was the winning lady.
"The 60 minute senior event started on time with 46 riders racing against each other and tackling the arduous course up and down the banks of Prospect Park. Crispin Doyle of Swindon RC led from the front and pressed ahead while Mike Cotty, Jamie Newall, and Ben Sumner all marked each other wondering who was going to lead the chase to bring back Doyle. While they dithered Doyle just edged out his lead and was clear to take the chequered flag solo with a 40 second advantage. 2nd place was in no way settled though and it came down to a three way sprint to the line with Mike Cotty of the Cannondale team getting the second step of the podium.
"The prize fund was generously added to by A W Cycles and Rikki Pankhurst of A W Cycles was on hand to present all of the awards to the day's winners.
"With racing over and prizes awarded all that remained was for the tidy up to happen. This is always a quicker task than the setting up and with some of the competitors and spectators lending a hand everybody mucking in made light work of it. The day was a great success with plaudits from all the competitors and the accompanying teams. None of this would have been possible with out the the support of the club members, to whom I send grateful thanks. These guys made it a great day for me and a great day for the club."

Photo caption: Senior winners podium - Rikki Pankhurst of AW Cycles presented prizes to Jamie Newall (3rd), Crispin Doyle (1st) and Mike Cotty (2nd)
Photo credit: Graham Robins

Photo caption: Competitors line up for the start of the Women, Juniors and Veterans race
Photo credit: R MacFadyen

Selected results:
1st Junior: Matt Woods, Hargrove Cycles
1st Veteran: Sean Williams, Wight Mountain
1st Woman: Tamina Oliver, Squadra Donna

Rod MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club