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Tuesday 6th September

Crawley Wheelers Road Race (21.8.2011)

Paul Holdsworth won the Crawley Wheelers 70 mile road race held on the Henfold Hill circuit last month.

Paul made a decision last winter that he would change his target for the 2011 season. For many years his main objective has been a high placing in the British Best All Rounder, the principal national time trial competition. However this has always necessitated riding a 12 hour event (aiming at around 270 miles in Paul’s case), but while this can be an exciting challenge it may eventually become sheer drudgery and cause loss of speed at the shorter distances.

The new policy has clearly had a good effect; there have been some good short distance results, but this road race victory shows that Paul Holdsworth really is still a contender.

“After 20 miles a three man break had gone up the road. I managed to get across to them and we were able to work well together - in fact we virtually rode a team time trial for the remaining 50 miles opening up a four minute lead over the bunch.

“On the last lap Richard Simmons (London Dynamo) attacked on the steep climb about two miles from the finish, opening a 50 yard gap. I worked with the other two (Marcus Bruton and Michael Brown) to get him back and we caught him with 200 yards to go. Although I don’t rate myself as a great sprinter, but knowing the others were tired, I thought it was the moment to seize the day and went for it. I was right.”

Burton and District Cycling Association 100 (3.9.2011)

Jill Bartlett (Hounslow & Dist.) achieved an excellent personal best in this event. She recorded 4 hours 28 minutes 22 seconds which improved the Hounslow Ladies Vets record by 13 minutes and came within 2 minutes of Gill Clapton’s very longstanding senior club record. A full report will follow.

Chris Lovibond