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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 12 May 2013

By rod - Posted on 15 May 2013

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 12 May 2013

Road-race, time-trial and sportive news, Doug Aspinall cycles to Istanbul

Photo caption: Doug Aspinall pictured at Istanbul airport after his lengthy fund-raising ride

The Tour of the Milburys Road Race
Stuart Williams travelled to Meonstoke near Bishop's Waltham on Saturday for The tour of the Milburys, 2 stage one day race. After a hectic day of racing he finished an excellent 14th overall. Williams reports: "The morning featured a 4-mile uphill time trial with a few downhill and false flat sections. Time-trial bikes and equipment were permitted but I rode my normal bike. I clocked a time of 11.01 for the course which put me in 23rd place, 49 seconds off race leader Rob Yeatman of Dream Cycling. The afternoon was a 70 mile road race climbing the 1.4mile Beacon Hill nine times. There were a few other shorter hills on the circuit. The first laps were fairly comfortable with attacks not getting very far at all. Towards the end of the 5th lap a group of five riders established themselves and gained a handy lead of 45 seconds. A good chase brought them back at the start of the last lap. Three riders attacked with 6 miles to go and got a gap of around 15 seconds over the final climb. I tried to bridge across to these guys on the descent but my legs just couldn't close the gap. Two other riders managed to bridge up to them and held a lead of around 10 seconds all the way to the finish. I managed to stay with the depleted peloton for the last 1km, get on a good wheel for the sprint and dig deep to take the bunch sprint and 6th place on the stage and 14th overall."

Charlotteville CC 50-mile Time Trial
Huw Dymond was Reading's representative in Charlotteville CC's 50-mile time trial on the A31 west of Farnham. Dymond reports on a hard morning's racing: "There was a nasty westerly wind and I wasn't feeling on form so the headwind plus bumpy road surface meant by the first turn I'd already had enough. Seeded rider Tejvan Pettinger started 2 minutes behind and came past as though I was standing still! There was a good turn out nonetheless which was nice to see. "

Charlotteville CC '50' selected results (101 finishers):

1. Nick Dwyer, Lewes Wanderers CC, 1.50:29
52. Huw Dymond, Reading CC, 2.09:30

Hampshire Hilly 100 Sportive
Ranjit Bahra rode the epic route of the Hampshire Hilly 100 (101 miles/7117 feet): "The event departed from Sparsholt College near Winchester at 8.10. My legs had already seen 113 miles on Tuesday following the 93 miles on last Sunday's club run both at the same speed so I knew the day was going to be about endurance and strength. I met two other Reading chaps, Graham Patterson and Matt Pritchard, also on the epic. The route was great, taking us through the Meon Valley and around Hampshire. Some of the roads were ultra smooth, undulating countryside, rolling roads and eight category 5 climbs ranging from 4% up to 16% for a brief moment on one climb. The day finished with a spot of light rain and overall an excellent sportive. I achieved a silver category"

Bracknell to Istanbul Charity Ride
Doug Aspinall has completed his personal charity ride. The plan was to cycle from the Kerith Church in Bracknell, to Istanbul, with the target of raising £10,000 for the purchase of furniture for a dormitory housing 100 vulnerable girls in Zambia. Aspinall commented succinctly: "10 countries, 25 days, one puncture, 170 kms per day, 3777 km total. Financial target reached."

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club