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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 16 Sept 2012

By rod - Posted on 18 September 2012

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 16 Sept 2012

Latest news from Reading CC riders this week including hill-climbs, cyclo-cross, time-trial and sportives.

Photo caption: Martin Cairns feels the burn as he puts in the effort on Flint Hill

Reading CC Club Hill-climb Championship
Martins Cairns is Reading CC's hill-climb champion after a strong performance on Flint Hill at Goring, and then on Streatley Hill. Paul East was runner-up riding a great second leg up Streatley Hill. Cairns' aggregate time was 8'46.64 to East's 9'15.53 .
Cairns commented: "I was pleased to finally win the hill climb yesterday after four years of attempting to do so. I was very pleased with my time on Flint Hill especially as I managed to hold Ken Buckley off for 5 seconds, despite him being on his TT bike. Although Flint Hill is mostly a shallow slope, it is not clear whether a TT bike is an advantage given the short sharp section at the base of the climb. On Streatley, I was pleased to be inside my 3:10 target. Impressive rides were also put in by Ben Knowles and Paul East. Ben managed to go under the magic three minutes, despite never having ridden the hill until his warm up! I am keen to see how the hill-climb specialists tackle Streatley in Reading CC's open event there soon."

Flint Hill
1 Martin Cairns - RCC 5'39"24
2 Ken Buckley - AW Cycles 5'45"21
3 Paul East - RCC 6'03"56
4 Andy Hibberd - NHRC 6'11"34
5 Jonathan Hobby - NHRC 6'27"49
6 Mandy Hibberd - NHRC 7'25"07
Streatley Hill
1 Ben Knowles - RCC 2'59"55
2 Martin Cairns - RCC 3'07"40
3 Paul East - RCC 3'11"97
4 Paul Elcock - GSH 3'12"72
5 Andy Hibberd - NHRC 3'23"62
6 Enrico Bradamante - RCC 3'55"83
7 Jonathan Hobby - NHRC 4'01"72
8 Mandy Hibberd - NHRC 4'40"72

Oxonian CC Cyclo-Cross
Autumn is here and so is cyclo-cross, the off-road format for road specialists. Steve Bale reports from the Oxonian CC event held in Cowley on Saturday. Bale: "This is a tight course making passing tricky I opted to ride the longer senior race rather than the shorter vets race which would be more congested with a bigger field. The organiser had done a good job reconfiguring the course to remove the majority of single track and making the descents less likely to end in mishap. Having not ridden competitively all year I was nervous and just hid in the middle of the race bunch at the start line. In CX a fast start is important and we all shot off at a gallop. A mid field position was sensible for me and I held my ground. 20 minutes in and I was cooked and thinking that I could not go on. I backed off the effort and lost a few places. In the final 20 minutes I was able to make a more consistent race effort putting some clear distance between myself and those chasing me down. At the finish I was a lap down on the winner Ben Sumner of Beeline and finished mid field. While the result wasn't very good, for my first race in a long while I was relieved to find that I could still make a race-level effort."

CC Breckland 50-mile Time Trial
Veteran Barry Quick has put in a series of strong rides this summer and this continued at the CC Brecklands 50mile TT held on the B50 course near Norwich: "This was my target 50 for the year and one I was hoping to do well in as, for me, I've had a bit of reasonable form of late. Sunday morning dawned grey and quite cool and even before I started the wind was beginning to get up. Despite my best efforts I felt that I could not really get going. My hopes of a good time began to recede more rapidly than my speed. None the less I persevered and eventually managed to beat my previous PB by a modest 28secs to record 2:05:29. The event was won by Grigor Wallace of Team Midland Racing in 1:46:02"

Zappi's Fondo Sportive
Mark Robinson, Dave Ebdon and Brian Perry rode the inaugural Zappi's Fondo. Dave in the Medio; Mark and Brian the Gran Fondo.
Brian Perry reports: "This was a well organised sportive over rolling roads in the Cotswolds. A wet start and a persistent wind did not detract from achieving good rides. Ex-pro Flavio Zappi provided a congratulatory handshake at the finish line. The wind was wearing and the course more demanding than it looked on paper, real leg-breaking rolling country for much of the way. Only one climb of note - Fish Hill out of Broadway where Mark just pedalled away to leave me floundering - but luckily a refreshment stop at the summit. We caught groups all day, and in the end no one could hold our wheel. Only one rider went past us - at the foot of Fish Hill. Our time for 185km was about 6hr 35, 29 kph+, but haven't seen official results yet. I'll aim to ride this again next year."
Mark Robinson: "I Managed to knock out a nice tempo up Fish hill but the last big one was a pig for me although Brian seemed to take it in his stride."
Dave Ebdon: "My 65 miles was more than enough with some tough hills. Didn't see many others out on the route so spent long periods by myself. I did manage to hook up with another rider for 15 miles or so until I got dropped. My stats were 65.5 miles in 3hr 33min at an average of 18mph."

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club