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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending Sunday 8 November 2009

By rod - Posted on 10 November 2009

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending Sunday 8 November 2009

Tatchbury Mount CX report.

Photo caption: Gavin Spiers is Reading's top 'crosser this season


Wessex Cyclo-Cross League leader Adrian Lansley secured another
convincing victory at Tatchbury Mount near Southampton on Sunday,
winning the sixth round of the series promoted by Crabwood CC by 35
seconds. Unbeaten so far this season, Lansley led from the gun, and
while he initially had Swindon Road Club's Crispin Doyle and rival Mike Cotty for company, by the third
lap he was clear and steadily built his lead. Doyle eventually took
second while Cotty was third, another 25 seconds behind Lansley. There
were 63 starters.

The course was set in the grounds of the Tatchbury Mount Hospital to the
west of Southampton. The race started in a grass field and after a
couple of half laps of the field, the race headed towards the wooded
section. Here the riders faced a dismount over a tree followed by a run
uphill which lead into the trees where the ground was wet and muddy. The
course then ziz-zagged across the field before heading back into the
trees to complete the lap.

Reading's representative was Gavin Spiers, full of enthusiasm in his
first cyclo-cross season: "After getting some course advice from Steve
Bale I was not exactly looking forward to this race, especially after
our recent rain. Luckily it wasn't quite the mud bath I had been
expecting and you could ride the whole course bar one log that forced a
dismount. I was in a good start position but completely squandered it by
getting forced off-line and losing loads of places (another lesson
learned). There were lots of energy-sapping sections and it was very
slippery in places. One section of the course was across a ploughed corn
field, which was more difficult going down the descent than the climbing
on it. I kept my head after the awful start and slowly overtook riders
each lap. Through the race I was having a good battle with Steve Jones
from AW Cycles, although I was never able to get passed him, I was happy
to keep pace with him. I am now about 18th overall in the Wessex league
with 5 races left."

Selected results:
1. Adrian Lansley,
27. Gavin Spiers, Reading CC

Sunday clubrun
All groups leave Reading Market Place at 9am on Sundays.

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club