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A ride in Northern California

Many Brits think of the USA as the land of armed pickup trucks, obesity,  people who say "trunk" when they mean "boot" , where they shoot cyclists for fun, and in some cases that is quite an accurate portrayal, but of course it's a very diverse country. In the San Francisco Bay area, cycling is a very popular sport, and they have the terrain for it as well.

I travel to Silicon Valley quite often for work, and on this trip I needed to stay over a weekend, so wanted to do some riding.

Colin Roberts Memorial '10' - Saturday Sep 5th - Results

A pleasantly sunny but fairly cool morning, and a rising north-westerly breeze made outwards hard going but the riders enjoyed a fast return leg. Justyn Cannon took top honours in the absence of Julian Jenkinson with Tejvan Pettinger the only other rider under 22 minutes. 17 year-old Matt Gittings put in a strong performance in 5th place and Reading's Lucinda Seymour was fastest lady. Veteran Stan Maciak has had notable results all season and today won on Standard.

Rod's thanks as organiser go to all the helpers from Reading CC who made the event run smoothly and to all the riders for being there. Special thanks to Marion and Mick Fountain for timekeeping and result collation.

Full results below:

Rod on the Radio

Rod MacFadyen was Richard Skinner's guest on BBC Radio Berkshire back in December 2007, talking about cycling and fitness. Thanks to some audio wizardry by Colin Bates, you can listen for yourselves how the conversation went.


Bealach Na Ba

"Bealach-na-Ba (Pass of the Cattle) is the UK’s biggest road climb. It rises from sea level to 626m altitude
in 10km. You’re unlikely to have ridden it because it’s set in a remote part of the West Highlands, the
Applecross Peninsula, so it’s very beautiful but also difficult to get to. I managed to sneak a trip up the
Bealach in June when I was on holiday. I appreciated the chance to ride the nearest thing we have to a
proper Alpine col..."

Bike to Bordeaux - Mark Lyford

bike 2 bordeaux – diary
Please note this is a typed copy of my original diary and some may only make limited sense as it was between 10 and 11pm so the writer was a little tired!
Sunday 4th April STAGE 1 Reading - Portsmouth

Duo Normand 2002 - Jon Mulholland

Well, I've just about recovered enough to tell the tale of our French adventures in the Duo-Normand (four weeks of physio seems to have done the trick). Mark Pettitt and I had both intended to ride the Duo-Normand for some time, but were unaware of each other's plans. Fate, however, brought us together a few weeks before the event and we settled on riding as a team. We made some quick sense of the impossibly French entry procedures and received our acceptance in the non-licencies category (the largest category in the event and popular with British testers) two weeks before the off.