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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 15th September 2013


By rod - Posted on 18 September 2013

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 15th September 2013

North Hants Road Club 25-mile time trial
Rod MacFadyen was Reading CC's sole representative in the North Hants RC 25-mile time trial on Saturday on the A31 course West of Farnham. This is a popular course and had attracted a full field of 150 riders plus a separate women's event. The weather was disappointing after our warm summer being cool and gray with a Northerly breeze. MacFadyen reports from what was nevertheless a worthwhile outing: "Having flourished in the hot weather of July and August, 15C felt positively cold. Current form predicted a decent ride but the wind direction was a puzzle, this course is very affected by wind but what would be the impact of a Northerly? As soon as I started I could tell that heading West was fast. After rounding the first turn I discovered I still had good speed heading East and I went through 10 miles in 22:40. Typically for me I couldn't quite maintain this pace into the second half of the race but nevertheless I passed the finish timekeeper at 57:40. This was my best-ever time for that course, and my best 25-mile time since 2000: a good feeling."
AW Cycles shop rider Nick English has been in flying form this summer and set the benchmark for the day with a winning time of 50:48.

Photo caption: Rod MacFadyen rode to a season's-best 57:40 in the North Hants Road Club '25' at Bentley
Photo credit: Chris Mison

Port Talbot Wheelers 25-mile time trial
Nick English reports from a trip to South Wales for the Port Talbot Wheelers 25-mile event: "The PTW promotion has become the traditional end of season burn-up for those looking to record a fast 25 time. A cold wind and showers greeted us in Resolven as we signed on. Fortunately the wind was in the right direction and not too strong so decent times were still on the cards. I had a good turbo warm up - hard to get warm on the road with the cold wind, and headed to the start. I quickly got into the aerobars and settled into a hard pace - almost 10 mile pace for the first section to the turn, hoping that the following downhill section would enable me to recover. As I turned into the downhill I could feel a little bit of headwind but not strong at that stage. There was a rain shower, fortunately not for long, but the wind seemed to lessen and I was able to push along at 30mph plus. Mental calculations had me thinking a '47' might be on if I could sustain this speed but that was optimistic with two roundabouts and a slightly uphill finish to come. In the end I recorded 48:53 which placed me 9th in the strong field. Matt Bottrill was the winner with a 46:13.
Earlier in the week I had finished off club events for the year with a win in the Maidenhead club event on the Shurlock Row course. I've been unbeaten in club events now for 2 years."

Reading Track League
Reading CC's Richard Gostick and David Ivory took part in the Monday evening Reading Track League at Palmer Park velodrome this week. It was a chilly night, and David narrowly missed a win, coming second in the unknown distance event. The unknown distance race is where the riders circulate the track until the bell is rung, signalling the last lap, and a sprint to the line.

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club