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Local mountain biker Brendan Divall way able to hold on to third

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									High Wycombe Cycling Club - Press Report 20th February 2006
Nearly 40 riders took part in the High Wycombe Cycling Club’s 3 rd
winter Reliability Trial of the season held on Sunday. The 100
kilometre event used a ‘figure of eight course. After leaving the start at
the Guildhall riders made their way up Hughenden Valley then on to
Stadhampton via Thame and then to Benson. At this point they turned
into a stiff easterly wind, through Watlington until they reached long
climb of Aston hill. From here on riders were more sheltered from the
wind but very tired legs had to suffer the long torturous gradient of the
climb to reach Stokenchurch, then it was all downhill to the finish point
in West Wycombe.

Of particular note was the performance of the Club’s                Youth
Development Squad under the watchful eye of development leader Paul
Morrissey and experienced Club rider Dave Roberts. This 100 km ride
was the longest yet tackled by the rapidly improving YDS group. Five
of them took part and despite a very tough ride straight into the wind on
the long stretch from Benson to Aston Hill they all successfully finished.
Andrew Colsell, James Williamson, Ed Wyatt, Adam Poole and Ed
Sharman all completed the ride well inside their target time of 4 hrs 15

Fast Group /time limit 3hrs 45mins.

Karl Freeman, Chris Greig, Neil Wragg, Steve Golla.

Medium Group/ time limit 4hrs 15 mins

Adam Poole, Dan Forster, Dave Roberts, Gary Marshall, Graham
Arnold, James Williamson, John Edmonson, Jonathan Smith, Kevin
Longdale, Paul Morrissey, Phil Crouch, Andrew Codsell, Nathan Blake,
Mark Reeve, Richard Mitchell, Ian Welch, Ed Wyatt, Mark Weedon,
Terry Leaves, Paul Dean.

Medium -Steady Group/ time limit 4.15mins.

Trish Hicks, Barry Hook, Cliff Grant, Dean Herbert, Tony Pennell, John
Day, Lawrance McCormick, Andrew Daw, Ed Sharman, Terry Ridgley,
Tony Briggs, Adam Hide.
 Local mountain biker Brendan Divall way able to hold on to third
place in the 2nd round of Gorrick MBC's Spring XC mountain bike
series. The race which was held at Crowthorne, Berks on Sunday
proved very frustrating for the Wycombe rider when he almost lost
his position in the closing metres when a non-competing rider wouldn't
let him pass on the narrow course. This allowed 4th-placed Mark
Cracknell to come right up behind Divall. But with some dogged
determination to hold off Cracknell Brendan produced a very strong
finish burst to hold his third spot.

After competing in France for the past three seasons Karl Freeman, from
Thame has decided to race in the UK for 2006. He Kicked off his
season with a very good 3rd place in the Twickenham C.C. Winter Series
event held on the purpose built circuit at Hayes Middlesex. Two riders
broke clear and gained a minute and half on the pack to take the top two
places but Karl lead the charge from the chasing pack to finish in 3 rd
place. The winner was Tony Gibb ( Ploughman Craven RT) and Bill
Butterworth ( Twickenham CC) took the second place.

Margaret Wright

Press and General Secretary 01844 217517

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