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Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 19 May 2013

By rod - Posted on 21 May 2013

Reading Cycling Club press report, week ending 19 May 2013

Time-trial, audax and sportive news from Reading CC riders.

Photo caption: Chris Tomsett was fastest junior in the High Wycombe CC 25-mile time trial
Photo credit: Sebastian Lomas

High Wycombe CC Jack Pearson Memorial 25-mile Time Trial

Reading CC had four riders in the High Wycombe CC event on the Marlow course on Sunday morning. In mild and calm conditions, youthful Chris Tomsett was fastest Reading rider and took the prize for fastest Junior rider. On a morning when the result board was sprinkled with quick times, Peter Lawrence of Team MDT won with a time of 50:50.
Tomsett: "It was a good start to the day as conditions were settled, cool but not cold with a slight North Easterly wind. After winning the mid-week hill climb in good form I felt confident, having rested well beforehand. With the downhill start the first 4 miles were done at around 31mph average which I was a bit shocked by, but I was able to continue with a good pace. The slight headwind on the way back made it hard work on the rises but after many hours spent on these roads last season I knew where to push hard and where to ease off. Being overtaken by a faster rider with 2 miles to go gave me a carrot to chase for a strong finish. After only planning to just dip under the hour I was happy to do better than expected with 57:26."
Huw Dymond: "My ride wasn't as fast as I'd have liked on such a nice morning but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. I had a good descent from the start and caught my minute man shortly after the Bisham roundabout. I was lacking a bit on the inclines but comfortable on the flats/downhills. As a result we ended up passing each other quite a few times which made for a fun ride chasing each other down a number of times."
Mike Zuill: "This was my first 25 for three seasons and I was expecting a good ride, about a 1.04. Having started off feeling good my legs gave up on the return up Knowl Hill. I got back on the pace after that and made up some time, but was ultimately disappointed with my 1.07.19. Looking forward to the next one now!
Rod MacFadyen: "It was a lovely morning to be racing and I was glad to come away with what felt like a good result."

High Wycombe CC 25-mile time trial, selected results (8 finishers):

1. Peter Lawrence, Team MDT, 50:50
27. Chris Tomsett, Reading CC, 57:26
35. Huw Dymon, Reading CC, 58:01
43. Rod MacFadyen, Reading CC, 59:59
74. Michael Zuill, Reading CC, 1.07:19

Bryan Chapman Memorial 600km Audax

Long distance specialists Steve Ferry and David Browning rode the Bryan Chapman Memorial 600km Audax event last weekend. Browning reported: "It was perfect cycling weather, dry but not too hot and sunny. The route from Chepstow to the Menai Bridge and back traverses Snowdonia and with 8300 metres of ascent it provides some challenging climbs. The reward for these is stunning scenery and fast descents on wide, well-surfaced roads with very little traffic. I completed the ride in 36hr 35min and I believe Steve finished a good 1.5 hours ahead of me."

Cycleworks Little Lumpy Sportive

Ranjit Bahra reports: "On Sunday I rode the Epic distance (102 miles/8128 feet ascent) of the Little Lumpy sportive sponsored by Cycle-works and the kind people of Haslemere who provided the facilities and food. It was 7.10 when I swaggered up to the registration desk, "name ?" I was asked, "Bahra" I replied, to which the good lady remarked "ah yes, Bahra 007", that was my official number. A sense of achievement without even pedalling a stroke. It caught a few eyes. The sportive was a fantastic day out riding in the Meon Valley. Smooth roads, beautiful countryside and undulating hills. The steep sections were short, the rest a steady climb. I rode the last 30 miles with a strong group from Epsom apart from the last hill. My final time was 6 minutes over silver, I happily settled for a bronze standard, my number made up for the rest."

Roderick MacFadyen
Reading Cycling Club