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Reading Cycling Cliub press report, week ending 18 July 2010 - AMS Special

By rod - Posted on 21 July 2010

Reading Cycling Cliub press report, week ending 18 July 2010 - AMS Special

Sunday's Anthony Maynard sportive was a great success.

Photo Caption: Mike Fenwick, Darren Parker and Nick Davies worked well
together on the Anthony Maynard sportive

Anthony Maynard Sportive

Reading CC's Anthony Maynard Sportive on Sunday was a great success and
a worthy tribute to the much-missed Anthony. The event gave participants
a choice of two fully signposted routes through the Berkshire &
Wiltshire Downs: one of 195km and 2450m ascent and the other of 110km
and 1350m ascent. Both rides started and finished at Theale Green
school. Organiser John Hollands said: "I would like to thank all our
helpers who made the day a complete success. The perfect weather was the
icing on the cake. There is already lots of excellent feed back from
those who took part. In all we had seven Motor-cycle out riders, a
mobile mechanic's van supplied by Cycle Zone, four back-up vans,a
professional ambulance crew, superbly stocked feed stations, catering at
start, finish and at the feed stations second to none, faultless
signing, marshals as well as safety warning signs at dangerous points on
the course (almost unknown on other sportives) and post ride massage.
Reading C.C. should be proud of this flagship event."

Reading's sportive specialists Mike Fenwick, Nick Davies and Darren Park
rode together as a group to post the day's quickest time for the long
route, 6hr21, collecting 3 of only 4 Gold awards attained by the 100
riders who attempted the longer route.
Nick Davies: "The group set a high early pace despite the headwind.
Towards the end our group had whittled down to the familiar trio of
Parker, Fenwick and me. We stopped at Acorn Ridge for water and then
pushed on to the finish. By this point each climb was sapping the
strength out of my legs. Our finishing time was a bit slower than last
year but probably due to the strong headwind on the way ou. It was a
great ride in good company. The course signage was spot on, the
marshalls did an excelllent job and the feed stations were amazingly
well stocked. Thanks to everyone who made it such a great day. It really
is a fitting tribute to Anthony."
Fenwick: "The team work certainly helped me through a few tough moments.
The route west was against the wind and the return from Pewsey was
warmer causing us to need a second stop for extra water."
Simon Notley was close behind: "I started with the fast group but
shortly after the feed, I fell on a wet road. The guys kindly stopped
for me and saw that I was okay before getting me back on the bike.
Despite my appearance I was actually feeling fine and set off happily in
search of a gold time. However the bike was damaged and I had gear
problems. I nursed myself and my bike around for a Silver standard time
of 6:37, which I was pleased with considering the circumstances."
Ken Buckley also faced problems: "I punctured after ten minutes and then
the next five hours were littered with mechanical problems, keeping me
off my bike for over an hour. This doesn't take away from a superbly
run event in which I'm sure 99% of people had a fantastic day."
Graham Ide: "The day started OK and I managed to settle into a
comfortable pace. Then the wind kicked up and the rain came across. I
was blown across the road on the approach to Hackpen and the morning
became a battle. But around lunchtime, the wind died away and the sun
came out and I was able to get into my stride again. Finished in 8hrs 30
mins which I thought was not bad. Big thanks to all the organisers and
the support crew. A challenging ride, great day and I will be back next

Justin Wiggins of the London Road Club took just 3hr27 to scoot round
the shorter course, quickest of 276 starters. Highest placed Reading
rider ten minutes back in 3rd was Rod MacFadyen: "I took the risk of
using my time-trial bike with the intent of going for a time. For this
relatively short event on known roads it worked out well."
Dave Ridge was another on the shorter route: "Just about held on with my
legs and back making all sorts of horrible noises. 3h 49m - more than
happy with that and 23mins faster than last year. Oh, and best five quid
I've ever spent was for the 10 minutes of back massage after the event!
Peter Ridges was happy: "I've been with Reading CC for just a couple of
years now and Sunday's Sportive for Anthony was the first event I have
entered...and it was BRILLIANT! The organisation, camaraderie, and basic
"togetherness" made it a fabulous first time experience."

The last word must go to Dave Maynard: "As Anthony's dad, I and riders
from our club rode the short course with Anthony's sister, friends and
relatives. Plenty of hills, but these relative novices were unfazed and
rode brilliantly, a real tribute to Anthony, all in the spirit of

The event was run on a not for profit basis with all proceeds being
distributed to charities that reflect Anthony's interests (WSPA, Helen &
Douglas House, Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance and RoadPeace).

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

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club