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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 29 April 2012

By rod - Posted on 01 May 2012

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 29 April 2012

Reading CC Road Race and Thames Velo Road Race.

Reading CC Road Race

Photo Caption: Competitors battled rain and wind in the Reading CC Road Race
Photo Credit: Graham Robins

On an atrociously wet weekend that saw many sporting events cancelled, the Reading CC road race went ahead. Alex Baskaya of Dream CC took a fine solo victory over a field much reduced from the 80 riders who started. The course was rolling with a long climb from Goring towards the finish line taken five times over the race distance of fifty seven miles.

During the first two laps about half of the field abandoned. There was a lot of standing water from the overnight rain and many riders said that the side wind blowing across the exposed fields was like riding in a wall. The story of the race was a team battle between team Dream CC and Team Zappi. The winner of the first prime, Henry Latimer (Dream CC), broke away on lap 2 along with Nick Baker (Zappi), and built up a 45-second gap. Baker then punctured, leaving Latimer alone with a 60-sec lead, which he carried to the prime (2 laps to go). Latimer then punctured approaching Crays Pond and had to retire. On lap 3 Latimer's team-mate, Baskaya (Dream CC), launched what would be the winning attack while Baker picked up a spare wheel from a team-mate and chased back onto the bunch. Baker set off up the road in pursuit of Baskaya but had to settle for second place. At the finish Baskaya had time to savour a fine solo win.

Race organiser Richard Quayle commented on the youthfulness of the leading riders: "The top three will all be 24 this year and the fourth placed rider is only 19. I am glad the 3rd and 4th placed riders made the effort to travel out from London." Quayle's thanks went to the organising team and race marshalls who put up with the cold and wet conditions so that the race could take place.

1 Alec Baskaya (Dream CC) 2:34:00
2 Nick Baker (Zappi's CC) @ 2:27
3 Harry Evans (Team VO2) @ 4:11
4 Lawrence Carpenter (Team VO2) @ 5:45
5 Flavio Zappi (Zappi's CC)
6 Phillip Star (Python RT)
7 Matt Melville (Python RT)
8 Richard Prebble (Node4- Giordana)
9 Sam Larkham (Bristol South CC)
10 Mike Debney (London Dynamo)

Thames Velo Spring Road Race
Nick Davies, Stuart Williams and Simon Notley rode the Thames Velo Spring Road Race for 3/4/W/J category riders. It was held on the Great Milton circuit with a race distance of 43 miles. Davies reports, "This was my first race of the year. The pace was quite high from the start and the bunch soon thinned down on the ascent of Clare Hill. On the second ascent of Clare Hill the back end of the bunch were held up trying to avoid a car. Unfortunately I was held up and had to watch the rest of the bunch disappear up the road. A group of 6 of us made an effort to chase back on and after half a lap had re-joined the bunch. I made it up Clare Hill for the final time, but didn't have anything left for the sprint after having to chase for so long and rolled in at the back of the bunch. At the sharp end a few breaks formed, but were soon brought back. George Withers of AW Cycles was the winner of the bunch sprint."

Sunday clubrun
All groups leave Reading Market Place at 9am on Sundays.

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club