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Sportive and Audax for week ending 31st May

King of the Downs Steve Crowley
Best described as wetter than an otter's pocket! I decided to cut it short and only do the half route because of the wind and rain but also my form is not where I'd hope it is having had two broken ribs a few weeks ago following a crash on the bike. But hey hoe, onwards and upwards ...

Chiltern 100 Gran Fondo, Paul Gray, Mark McKillop, Brian Perry

Report 2015 we May 24


Nove Colli - Luca Romita and Andy Brady

Luca and Andy arrived on Wednesday in Cesena for the 45th Nove Colli (literally Nine Hills) Gran Fondo in the north east of Italy (130km short version and hence only the first four hills out of nine) and promptly picked up Andy's hire bike (a Dura Ace equipped Aluminium/Carbon BMC SLX01 Racemaster Dura Ace circa 2009 - an unexpected upgrade). Luca would ride steel as usual - quite a rarity among the bunch of the Fondo.

Mallorca 312km Sportive report from Pete Ganderton

Great, well supported event. I'm shattered. My official finishing time is 9h 29m, however I was so far back on the start ramp that it took me 8 minutes to get over the start line, so moving time 9h21.

Prudential Ride London - 10 August 2014

Prudential Ride London - 10 August 2014

A large number of Reading CC riders entered the Ride London sportive, either as part of the RCC teams, or as individual entries. Among them was Adam Thompson, who wrote the following about his epic outing....

The day didn't start well, the alarm clock didn't go off and when I awoke, there was only 15 minutes before we were due to be picked up! No breakfast and no chance to double check supplies! I hoped my 4 gels and 2 drinks would last! Today was going to be interesting. A frantic cycle across London after our drop off didn't help the energy reserves much! The streets were full of fellow cyclists, all heading to the Olympic Park. Hundreds of them, all with the Prudential Ride London bags swinging on their backs and for once, it was nice to see the bikes outnumbering the cars. There were some very confused looks from the youngsters still out on their Saturday night though.

Y Cawr (The Giant), Sportive Aberystwyth, Sunday 25 May 2014

Y Cawr (The Giant), Sportive Aberystwyth, Sunday 25 May 2014

Darren Lewis produced this excellent write-up of his weekend's riding.

The event sounded perfect to make amends for skipping the previous weekend’s Tour of the Peaks with a sore throat. And in the Land Of My Fathers. And with pictures of last year’s event online suggesting the sun might shine on Aberystwyth seafront (described, I suspect tongue-in-cheek, as ‘the Biarritz of the North)’.

Tent and bike in the car, I drove across the Severn Bridge on Saturday with Catatonia and the Stereophonics blaring out into one of the biggest black clouds I’d ever seen. When the Welsh illuminate motorway signs with ‘Poor driving conditions’ you know it’s more than spitting. And it poured all afternoon. And into the night as I pitched canvas at the top of Penglais Hill (the first of the morning’s 7% mile long drags).

Chiltern 100 Sportive, June 2013

Chiltern 100 Sportive, June 2013

A large team of Reading CC riders entered the challenging Chiltern 100 Sportive.

The route traversed the Chilterns escarpment between Dunstable and Watlington with 1400 riders signed up to start. The weather co-operated with all-day sunshine and initial chilliness that turned to warmth as the day progressed.