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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 14 Oct 2012

By rod - Posted on 16 October 2012

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 14 Oct 2012

Paul East in the Catford CC HC, Greg Woodford 15th in the BBAR.

Photo caption: Paul East tackled York Hill in the Catford CC Hillclimb

Catford CC Open Hill Climb
Paul East competed in the Catford CC Open Hill Climb on Sunday. He said, "It's the oldest continuing cycle race in the world, dating back to 1887. York Hill is a short steep climb, 707 yards averaging 12.5% with two sections of 25%. Riding it I found that it's a wonderful event and the support of the huge crowd at the top of the hill was incredible. I finished with a time of 2min 41.2 seconds for 57th place out of 150 competitors. The winner was Robert Gough for the fourth consecutive year who recorded 1:54."

British Best All Rounder competition
The British Best All Rounder (BBAR) is a national competition for finding the best long distance time triallist, taking account of rides at 50 miles, 100 miles and 12 hours. Reading's Greg Woodford has had a stellar season and this has propelled him to 15th position in the final rankings for 2012. Winner Adam Topham of High Wycombe CC posted an amazing average speed of 27.86mph over the three distances. Woodford's speed is an extremely impressive 24.79mph averaged over a 1.56:20 '50', a 3:57:00 '100' and a 279.19mile 12-hour. He's not satisfied though: "I'm aware that my 50 and 100 times could be better. My key targets this year were the longer events, the 12hr and the 24hr, so the BBAR is a sort of bonus. I definitely need to concentrate on getting faster for next year."

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club