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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 9 November 2008

By rod - Posted on 11 November 2008

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 9 November 2008

This week: Wessex League Tatchbury Mount cyclo-cross race

Wessex League Cyclo-Cross
Steve Bale, Colin Bates and a returning Brian Bingham were among those
who lined up for the Wessex League Tatchbury Mount cyclo-cross race.
Bale reports on the action: "Another competitor ran me off the course at
the start but it didn't matter because this event was always going to be
a simple test of endurance. The course was entirely composed of soft
ground and this determined every rider's speed. Low gearing was
important in order to make headway through mud. I soon caught and passed
usual rivals Neil Cooper and Mark Cracknell. Cooper had to labour a
36x25 gear while I had a lower 34x27 allowing me to keep my cadence and
power up. Steve Jones of AW Cycles was my next target but try as I might
I couldn't keep with him and had to let him ride away. Towards the end I
suddenly found Bingham in hot pursuit. Passing the start/finish area the
bell signalled the final lap so I gave it all I had for the last time
round. It paid dividends because at the foot of the final climb I took
another place. I needed to sprint for the line though, on foot while
Chris Minter of Pedal On was riding. I held my place but the effort was
immense and I collapsed flat out at the finish for several minutes. I
was pleased with the race, and glad to have Bingham back on the team. It
will be a real battle for the club championships this coming weekend!"
Brian Bingham: "I'm glad to be racing again. Right at the start a piece
of mud lodged in my eye after I set off behind 40 other cyclists. Once
things cleared, it was good to chase down several people in front
especially on the hillier sections. I had Bale in my sights with two
laps to go but I didn't have much left and lost three places on the last
Colin Bates: "Woo-woo, 56th out of 77 starters, my best result of the
season. I had decided to forego my usual fast start on what was going to
be a gruelling course. My tactics were to ride a steady pace across the
boggy open meadow, storm the woodland climb and take winding descent at
speed, then to resort to carrying the bike across the worst of the
ploughed field. Although this lost me ground at the start, I was left
with space to pick a better line across the fields, and it then paid off
as I caught and passed tiring riders in the latter stages of the race."
Selected results:
1. Adrian Lansley,
22. Steve Bale
27. Brian Bingham
56. Colin Bates

Time Trials
Reading CC will be promoting the following open time-trials in 2009:
Sunday 14th June, 50-mile event,
Sunday 16th August, 25-mile event
Saturday 5th September, 10-mile event
Sunday 27th September, hill climb
The three flat time trials will use courses based on the A4 at

Social, medium and fast groups leave Reading Market Place at 9am sharp
on Sundays. Group rides aim to return to Reading around 1pm.

Roderick MacFadyen

Photo caption: Colin Bates carries his bike over an obstacle
Photo credit: Graham Robins /