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Reading CC has been promoting cycling in Berkshire since 1974. With over 200 members, the club is dedicated to giving cyclists the opportunity to race, ride and enjoy life on two wheels. We have something on offer for all sporting riders, with a series of evening time trials throughout the racing season, several social rides every week along with road racing, sportives, audax and cyclo-cross. We welcome new members to participate in all these activities. Please browse the site to learn more about us, and don't hesitate to contact a member of the committee for further information. Click here for how to join.

Club TT results 29/03/16 Waltham St Lawrence 10 HCC234

Last season we did not lose a single club TT to weather but standing in the cold rain in Mare Lane on Tuesday evening I was tempted to call off our first event of 2016. Three expectant faces looked at me. No, the show had to go on. Many thanks to Dave Gaida for pushing off and locating the exact finish point and to Warren Davies for showing up at all given how wet he was.

Spring Onion, Surrey Hills Cyclone, and Battle of Bradfield sportives March 2016

Paul East reports:
"I didn't see Ranjit this time but the two events did come together on occasions.
I used The Spring Onion as a practice for the upcoming May Mash Up as it is part of the course. It was 65 miles but with plenty of hills from the off culminating with Combe Lane near the end and then a fast sprint back to the finish at Cobham. I finished 35th of 230 in 3:47:12 for silver standard."

Ranjit Bahra reports:
"On Sunday 20th March I rode the Epic distance (85 miles/5590 feet) of Surrey Hills Cyclone sportive (UKCE/Cycling Weekly).

RCC Torture 40 2016

RCC are presenting their annual Torture 40 challenge on Sunday 10th April 2016 at 0900 am. It’s been described as a mini Marmotte due to the hills, and Reading’s Paris / Roubaix due to the time of year, and the possible conditions!!! This is open to both RCC members and non-members.

As last year we will be using Strava to carry out timings, but this is not a race. However, there is a ‘King of the Mountains’ (KOM) prize for 1st claim RCC members based on the lowest agregate time on four of the Strava segments on major climbs.

Cycling Weekly Wiltshire Wildcat - Salisbury Saturday March 12th 2016; Hell of the Ashdown

Cycling Weekly Wiltshire Wildcat - Salisbury Saturday March 12th 2016

Our two riders report:

Paul East
“The start was delayed for an hour due to fog, however there were still dense patches early on making it very difficult to see. I started quickly, on my own for most of the ride, which I paid for later.After a few steep climbs and with about 25 of the 81 miles left I was grateful for the feed station as I was beginning to bonk. Refuelled and a short break I carried on and up the final climb to the finish at Salisbury racecourse in 4:46:40 for a gold standard.”

Ranjit S Bahra

Anthony Maynard Reliability Trial 28th February 2016 Report

Anthony Maynard Reliability Trial 28th February 2016 Report

Here are the 2016 results. A cold but fast day indeed; apart from the President's Trial, every rider who finished was under standard. An excellent turnout; 59 started and 5 DNFs. Well done all riders. It was also good to see the Maynard family again.
Thanks to the DNFs for ensuring I knew where you were. Martin Cairns (GSH) took a tumble on the bad surface on speed bumps by Benson airfield - hopefully recovered and in good shape now. Special congratulations to our youngest rider Jamie Gostick who completed the President's Trial in a lead group - with his dad!

Tenerife Training

Mike Fenwick and Greg Woodford went for a week to Tenerife. Here is Mike's summary.

I expected to work hard on a week’s training in Tenerife but managed a bit more than expected.
The weather was ideal and when I am paying to hire a bike (Ridley) I am certainly going to use it.
Greg Woodford and I booked Hotel El Medano in the small town of El Medano on the coast.
Tenerife is unique in that you can be constantly climbing for 2 – 3 hours.
There are not too many roads up the mountain so we would invariably end up at the Parador at over 2000 m for refreshments.