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CYCLING: Druce and Luck smash Phoenix record
10:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
Oxfordshire club cyclists have been in record-breaking form this week.
Didcot Phoenix’s tandem pairing of Nick Druce and Steve Luck recorded a time of 20mins 20secs to shatter the long-standing club tandem time trial record over ten miles.
The pair, both veterans – Druce 42 and Luck 60 – travelled to Yorkshire to attempt to better the 13-year-old record of 20.35.
Riding a Claud Butler tandem made in the 1950s, they were the first riders to start the Bridlington CC ten-mile open time trial on the fast V718 course on the A63, north of the River Humber.
In excellent weather, they reached the halfway point in a time of 9.50, but they dropped 30 seconds against a strong westerly headwind on the return leg.
Their time gave them second place in the tandem race, with national champion Michael Hutchinson taking top spot in the solo rider race in a time of 18.24.
Meanwhile, the Oxonian club’s youth training programme is starting to bear fruit, with one of its students, Natasha Reddy, setting a record.
The 14-year-old, from Standlake, has has put a claim in for the single bicycle juvenile girls ten-mile club time trial record with a time of 28mins 50secs over the course at Eynsham.
The Bartholomew School, Eynsham, student has been attending the youth training program sessions at Matthew Arnold School, Cumnor, and the club’s chain gang sessions.
Richard Reddy, her father, said: “Natasha has improved this year by doing longer rides like the Newbury magnification and the fast rides on a Tuesday night at Harcourt Hill.
“She had a goal at the start of the year and persisted until she reached it”
Club spokesman Dennis McSwe-eney said: “Oxonian have put a lot of effort into the youth training programme, with trained coaches.
“We are now seeing the success with talented riders like Natasha achieving their goals.”
Oxonian’s Malcolm Rose won Oxford City RC’stenmile time trial on the Hardwick course.
He dealt well with a headwind after the turn to storm home in 22mins 26secs.
Fairly United’s Peter Oliver was second in 22.37, with Oxford City’s Paul Hardy third in 23.39.
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