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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 12 October 2008


By rod - Posted on 14 October 2008

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 12 October 2008

Mid-October produced lovely sunshine for the end of the road season and
the beginning of the cyclo-cross season.

Didcot Phoenix cyclo-cross race

Cyclo-cross is a type of off-road cycle racing popular with riders who
are used to road bikes. Courses are usually based on a short circuit and
include a variety of surfaces such as grassland and woodland paths.
Courses often include run-ups or artificial obstacles so dismounting and
running with the bike are important elements of the racing. The season
runs from late summer until the end of the year so the weather is
expected to be wet and cold. However, last weekend's Didcot Phoenix
event was run off in warm sunshine.

The second round of the Wessex cyclo-cross league was promoted by Didcot
Phoenix at the Newbury showground. On the start line for Reading were:
Stephen Bale, Colin Bates, John Wann, Gavin Spiers, Steve Millward, Paul
Cooper, and Louise Broda. Around 90 riders started in the senior event
while young George Bates rode in the youth event. The circuit was a fast
one across grass fields and through twisting wooded tracks.

The Reading riders rode solidly to finish with no major dramas although
newcomer Louise Broda was unlucky to puncture on the second lap. Steve
Bale reports: "I got a good start but it was soon clear that I hadn't
recovered from two days of hard riding during the preceding week. I
wasn't holding my own against riders who are normally at my level, and I
was losing ground by opting to dismount over one of the sandy banks. My
peers were gaining a lead on me at this point. Although I was not as
fast as I would have liked, the steady approach paid a small dividend
and by the end I had regained a few places to finish 33rd, one lap down
on the winner, Tim Dunford of Hargrove Cycles."

Colin Bates: "I approached this race with trepidation after a long
lay-off this year but I made a brisk start and was pleased to see that
my bike handling skills hadn't deserted me; I was picking up places in
the woodland stretches, and on the second lap Paul Cooper skidded off
while trying to stay on my wheel into a sharp bend at the end of a long
bumpy descent. I enjoyed some good lower-field racing on laps two to
four before my legs gave out around two-thirds race distance. Paul
recovered ground to get his revenge by finishing ahead of me. My son
George placed third in the U14 class, 8th overall in the youth race."

Selected Placings:
1. Tim Dunsford / Hargroves Cycles
33. Stephen Bale
59. Stephen Milward
60. Gavin Spiers
62. John Wann
71. Paul Cooper
72. Colin Bates

Road and Circuit Racing

Wayne Thomas achieved his century of races for this season. On a
gloriously sunny day at the Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, Thomas
completed his 100th race this season - a 40 mile/17 laps circuit race.
He said, "This 80-man field of 3rd cats proved to be a fast attacking
race. With five laps to go, I found myself in a short lived break with
one other rider, Mario Manelfi. A lap later Manelfi forged what proved
to be the winning break of seven riders who held off a rapidly finishing
peloton by 10 seconds. My team-mate Paul Steadman led the peloton though
the final chicane but then found himself swamped and finished 26th. I
finished one place ahead in 25th." Reading's Adam White competed in the
4th cat race and finished 25th. Thomas is already looking ahead to next
season and has signed up for the winter series at Hillingdon circuit,
starting on 6th December

Clubrun
Social, medium and fast groups leave Reading Market Place at 9am on
Sundays.

Photo caption: Louise Broda, smiling despite a race-ending puncture
Photo credit: Colin Bates
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Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club