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.
Reading Cycling Club are pleased to return to Prospect Park. Prospect Park in Reading is an ideal location for cyclo-cross racing and we would like to thank Reading Borough Council for their support and assistance in making the event possible. We'd also like to thank AW Cycles and Green Oil for their sponsorship.
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Ranjit Bahra reports
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.
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.