Reading CC has been promoting cycling in Berkshire since 1974. With over 200 members, the club is dedicated to giving cyclists the opportunity to race, ride and enjoy life on two wheels. We have something on offer for all sporting riders, with a series of evening time trials throughout the racing season, several social rides every week along with road racing, sportives, audax and cyclo-cross. We welcome new members to participate in all these activities. Please browse the site to learn more about us, and don't hesitate to contact a member of the committee for further information. Click here for how to join.
A mild and windy evening saw a near course record ride at Waltham St Lawrence from ex-RCC rider Nick English despite damp roads. 13 riders signed on to face the timekeeping team of Graham Patterson, Dave Gaida and Haydn Rhys James. Nick was away first and blasted round for a win by a margin. Of RCC riders Jim Watchorn put in a very impressive 22:45.
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.
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!
David Browning and Mike Fenwick qualified to start the 2015 version of this quadrennial event. This is their experience.
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.
Not too windy this evening and although it looked like it might rain when I left my house, luckily there was none. A turn out of 17 riders made the help from Graham all the more welcome, if the eventual winner Nick English was any higher up the order I might have missed him if I was alone. Nick set a great time of 21:01 for the win. Possibly the youngest rider on the course, Tim Allen coming 2nd, he seemed disappointed not to make the 21s, with a time of 22 mins dead. And Greg Woodford making up the podium with 22:14.