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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 21 April 2013

By rod - Posted on 23 April 2013

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 21 April 2013

Sportive and time-trial news.

Photo caption: Paul East rode to the Gold standard in the Surrey Hills Cyclone Sportive

Surrey Hills Cyclone Sportive

Ranjit Bahra and Paul East took on the Surrey Hills sportive on Sunday.
Bahra reported: "I rode the Epic distance (85 miles/5141 feet) of the Surrey Hills Cyclone Sportive promoted by Cycling Weekly/Boardman Bikes, based at Epsom Race course. I met up with fellow RCC rider Paul East for a quick natter before embarking on the event at 8.30 am. Overall the event was well organised and catered for 1000 riders over three distances. By the first feed station (30 miles) we only had negotiated only one major climb and my average was 17.5 mph. Over the next 42 miles (far too long for almost everyone I spoke with) to the second feed station there were the usual run of climbs varying from 10-14%, one long climb there were more riders walking their bikes than riding them, those of us made of harder stuff gritted our teeth at the burn and made it. No shortage of hills after that feed station, and then the final 2 mile sprint at 25-28 mph to base. A great day's riding with weather to match. I gained a Silver based on time, a Gold based on riding speed, if only I hadn't stopped at the feed stations those extra 23 minutes could have paid dividends."
Paul East said: "I too opted to ride the Epic route of 85 miles. I managed to stay with a fairly fast group of about ten riders but rode away from them on a long uphill drag. As I expected, they eventually caught me with around 20 miles left and went straight by. So I approached the main climb of the day, Whitedown, with tired legs and forced myself up the 18% hill. I finished in 4hr 47.18 to achieve a Gold standard time."

AW Cycles 10-mile Time Trial

Reading CC riders Adam Thompson and Barry Quick set smart early season 10-mile times in the AW Cycles event near Oxford at the weekend. Organiser Nick English writes: "We had nice weather and a fantastic new ladies course record of 22:20 for Rachael Elliot. Second lady was Mandy Hibberd and 3rd was Jane Morris. Overall Justyn Cannon continued his run of early season wins, despite some last minute equipment changes, hill climb specialist Tejvan Pettinger had a 4s lead after the slightly uphill outbound leg but on the return Justyn managed to overhaul him and ex-rower Ken Buckley used his extra mass on the downhill to also close right up with Tejvan but didn't quite catch him. Evergreen Ian Greenstreet just missed out on the top 3 overall but took the 1st vets prize on standard, with 2nd going to Dave Lazenby and 3rd to Peter Oliver."

Selected results (63 finishers)
1 Justyn Cannon RAF CC 20:24
2 Tejvan Pettinger Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team 20:32
3 Ken Buckley AW 20:35
26 Adam Thompson Reading CC 22:33
32 Callum Hughes AW 28 23:13
42 Barry Quick Reading CC 24:21

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club