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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 19 October 2008


By rod - Posted on 21 October 2008

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 19 October 2008

Reading riders were in action on-road and off-road this week.

Cyclo Cross
Wessex League Round 3
Regular 'crosser Steve Bale rode round 3 of the Wessex cyclo-cross
league promoted by GS Europa at Crow in the New Forest. He reports,
"This is always a technically challenging course with much of it through
very undulating woodland. I got a steady start but even so it was a hot
pace and early on the pressure was on to hold your position. This
pressure caused me to make a few minor errors slipping off course on
some of the bends. Once the door is open your rivals don't need any more
invitation to get past you so I lost a number of places early on.
However despite not having the ability to really challenge at the front
of the race I did have enough stamina to maintain a steady pace around
the course. At half distance I was comfortable with all the twists and
turns and began making ground on all those who had overtaken me early
on. By the closing lap I was still gaining on riders and holding off my
rivals. Overall this was a better performance than of late and I was
happy with it. Competing in a full field of top riders it was only good
enough for a mid table result, with the winner being elite Hargroves
rider, Stuart Bowers. "

Selected results, 71 finishers:
1 stuart bowers hargroves cycles
24 billy girvan north hants r c
34 steve bale reading r c

Road Racing
Wayne Thomas saved his best result until his last race of the season by
producing an excellent 3rd place in the Guildford veterans' road race.
He reports, "This event was the finale of the season-long Tricote Jersey
competition. With the two leading contenders battling it out, it was a
tense tactical race. The course 42 miles over 6 laps of an undulating
circuit with an uphill drag to the finish, and the weather was cold and
grey. The fireworks started as soon as the race started, with many
attacks throughout the opening two laps. Eventually, in-form strongman
Malcolm Whitehead stormed away to win a fine solo victory. As the
remains of the peloton gathered for the long uphill sprint finish, I
powered his way to third place. This was my best road race result of the
year, and gained me 22 points." Fred Hale held on to finish in the main
bunch.

Time Trialling
Rod MacFadyen and Dave Gaida were Reading's representatives at the
Hillingdon CC 25-mile time trial on the Marlow course on Sunday morning.
The event was well supported with a full field of 120 riders on the
start sheet. Barry Charlton of Lyme RC was the quickest rider by a
narrow margin with a fine 51:14. MacFadyen recorded 1.00:34 for a
mid-field placing, commenting: "I had entered for an end-of-season
workout and had no expectations but that was as good a time as I have
ridden this season. It turned out that the conditions were surprisingly
fast. I wish I'd been fitter!" The weather offered a temperature of 7C
on the start line but, significantly, no wind at all, and many riders
went away surprised by their time. Gaida took 1.12:59 to cover the
distance.

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

Photo caption: Steve Bale runs with his bike in the Crow cyclo-cross
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Roderick MacFadyen
www.readingcyclingclub.com