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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 5 December 2010

By rod - Posted on 08 December 2010

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 5 December 2010

South CX Champs and club awards for 2010

Photo caption: Ian Lomas is Reading CC Club Person of the Year 2010

South of England Cyclo-Cross Championships

Steve Bale was Reading's representative at the South of England CX
championship held at Bicton Arena, South Devon. Although the sun shone
it was a cold afternoon. Luke Gray (Hargroves Cycles) outsprinted Adrian
Lansley (Pedal On) to become Southern Champion for 2010. Bale finished a
creditable 17th. Here he describes his race:
"I stupidly started off in the little ring when actually the whole race
was a big ring affair. That was fine though as I prefer to work my way
up the field rather than to start strong and drop back. I slowly picked
off riders and with one lap to go was on the wheel of Robin Wilmott of
GA Cycles but I couldn't hold it and he rightly came in ahead of me. It
was a good course with various dismounts and a couple of banks to run.
Although parts of the course were getting softer as the race went on,
the frost meant other bits became firmer with a really heavy frost
setting in on the shaded parts. I had no mishaps and improving lap times
as the race progressed. I did go a lap down on the top three but I was
happy enough with that as it meant I did not have to do another lap in
the cold!"

South of England CX championship, selected results (24 finishers):
1 Luke Gray Hargroves Cycles/Trant/Scott UK/GSI (U23)
17 Stephen Bale Reading CC

Reading CC 2010 Award Winners

Reading Cycling Club recently held its annual dinner and prize
presentation at the Crown, Playhatch, to honour the best rides of 2010
and round off the season.

"Winningest" rider was again Nick English who excelled in
time-trialling, track riding and road racing. His achievements included
setting new club time-trial records at 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles, and 12
hours. Nationally he finished in 4th position in the Best All-Rounder
competition, competing against the country's top domestic
time-triallists. He won a national title in Masters track racing and won
the club's road-race championship. English is a talented and intelligent
rider who has had a remarkable season.

Joe Harris was the dominant road-racer of 2010 for Reading CC, winning
the road-race points series and being named Road Racer of the Year. He
closed his year by winning the club's Hill Climb championship by a wide
margin. He showed what can be achieved by someone who has to fit his
training and racing around a demanding job.

Trudi Sammons continues to perform at a high level on the ladies
time-trial scene, riding well in the national Rudy Project series of
events and, within Reading CC, setting the year's fastest 10 and 25-mile

Ken Buckley was the club's most improved time trial newcomer. Although
strong from his first race he improved by leaps and bounds over the year
and will be watched with interest in 2011. He lifted the trophy for the
"Old School" (ie non-aero) time trial championship. Someone who is far
from a newcomer is Barry Quick. In 2010 he was unassailable in the
competitions measured on veterans' standard.

The Sheila Barnes award went to Steve Ferry for his 5-day solo Lands' End
to John O'Groats ride. Ferry is an endurance specialist who in 2011 is
aiming to ride the internationally famous Paris-Brest-Paris audax. Club
Person of the Year is Ian Lomas who while cycling in Spain in February
was hit by an out-of-control car and suffered major injury yet, despite
a lengthy convalescence, organised the club's open 25-mile time trial
and contributed to club life in many ways. Reading CC depends on people
such as Ian who are prepared to devote their time and energy to making
the club the success that it is.

The full list of award winners can be seen on the club website,

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

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club