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Bike Oxford Sportive 13th Septeber 2015

Bike Oxford is a relatively new sportive that starts in the northern suburbs of Oxford. Fred Hale and Brian Perry rode together on the 'Long' (80 mile) option.  Starting in the first batch of a dozen at 0730 the well signed route let into central Oxford and through some lanes around the colleges. The outward leg then struck north through the Heyfords. Fred and Brian were soon working together well and eventually caught by a sizeable peloton which they managed to keep up with over some challenging rolling terrain until the first feed station at the Brewery in Hook Norton.

One River Two Cafes

From Gary Baker -
On Wednesday I rode the ‘One River Two Cafes’ Audax organized by Willesden CC, a mid-week 120km event from Jennings Café in Maidenhead, taking in many of our well travelled roads through the Chilterns and beyond to Little Milton, plus several that were new to me and more like trails (cobbles of Belgium would have been preferable). Having entered on the day, it was very much ‘old school’ navigation from a route sheet, clearly many others have lost this skill, the advantage of Strava Flybys is able to later view where others actually went. Excluding those taking short cuts, I found myself in the first group home, although at times it did involve hanging on like a limpet. The weather remained dry, but I caught a big downpour on the ride back to Reading, when I hit some diesel or oil on the A4 to become the 3rd RCC rider in as many days to take a tumble, fortunately only road rash in my case.

Haute Route Pyrenees 2015

Jed Ellerby and Chris Goslar rode this year's event.
Jed writes -

If you have time to spare to read this rather over the top lengthy post which I’ve tapped away at whilst watching a truly dull film … then hopefully you’ll get the feel of what a great event the Haute Route is!

Paris-Brest-Paris 2015

David Browning and Mike Fenwick qualified to start the 2015 version of this quadrennial event. This is their experience.

Mike Fenwick
My PBP didn’t really go as planned.
I crashed heavily at about 100 km and managed to keep going but at a control at 363 km knew it was over. My left wrist had lost most of its usefulness apart from hanging on.
I managed to cycle to Rennes and luckily got on the TGV to Paris. You normally need a bike bag.
After a trip to Royal Berks I found I had some fractures in the wrist and probably some fractured ribs.

David Browning

RideLondon 2015

On Sunday 2nd August over 25,000 riders set off from colour coded pens in timed waves from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This must be one of the world’s largest sportives; inaugurated 2 years ago, one of the foremost Olympic legacy events; the RideLondon-Surrey 100. This is a fast but challenging ride through London and into Surrey along closed roads. The 17 Reading CC riders were:

Club Challenge Team 1
Patrick Ashcroft  
Stuart  Baldwin
Stephen Crowley
Chris   Stocks
Team 2
Gordon  Bowes
Paul    Griffin