Acme Wheelers (Rhondda) Cycling Club

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Acme Wheelers (Rhondda) Cycling Club

18th December

The Club held its Annual Presentation Dinner at the Colliers Arms in Cymmer on Saturday 15th November.  As ever the Dinner was very well supported by members and their guests in a very social atmosphere.  Members were delighted to welcome  Life Member Tony Gammon, who has not attended the Dinner for some time.  Tony was there to present the trophy he has recently donated to the Club, as  was Judith Thomas and her son, and soon to be daughter-in-law, to present the Dudley Thomas Trophy.

 After members and guests had enjoyed a wonderful three course meal followed by sparkling wine and mince pies M.C.’s for the night Jeff Matthews and Tony Rees kept the presentations moving at a brisk pace ably supported with the presentation by Gwyn Humph and Club President Gerald Clements.

 A new prize winner for the Club was Thomas Stoddart who picked up the winners trophies for both the Club Thursday night events making him the winner of both the Dudley Thomas Trophy and the Tony Gammon Trophy.  Another newcomer to the prizes was Simon Kinsey, who needed a large van to carry his haul home.   Simon has deservedly won the Club Longmarker Trophy, 50 Mile Champion, 12 Hr Champion and the prestigious Club BAR Champion.

 Other prize winners, more used to collecting awards at previous dinners, were Dan Taylor for the 10 ml  Champion, Hill Climb Champion and the Short Distance BAR.  On top of these Dan also won the Roadman of the Year riding as a 3rd Cat.

 Steve Bennett kept up his excellent record of winning Club Championships by taking the Club 25 and 30 ml Champion.  The Club 100 ml  Championship went to Gary Flower yet another relatively new member of the Club who is ensuring that Acme Wheelers maintains it long standing tradition of success in time trialling competitions.

 The Chairman’s Award went to our youngest new member to reward him for his hard work and determination to improve on the bike.  In his first season of riding, Alec Morris has improved his fitness and bike skills while riding with members on the Club Runs and fully intends taking these skills on the Schoolboy racing scene next year, so good luck to him and all the prize winners for next season.

 The final award of the night went to someone who has never said NO when asked to do something for the Club in the few short years he has been a member.  Chris Thomas makes up in enthusiasm for what he lacks in bulk and is a worthy winner of the Clubman of the Year Award, presented the by Club President.  Chris was overwhelmed with the Award and just as we would have expected couldn’t understand what he had done to deserve it.  Well done Chris.

 Many thanks to all those who worked so hard to ensure the event was a success and to all the members and guests who supported the night.  We hope for even bigger things next year.


19th November


The Club Cyclo Cross Championship was for the first time to be decided at one event and the Brecon Cyclo Cross was the chosen event to find the 2014 champion. Over 120 riders lined up for the event, incorporating bank run-ups and slippery descents and various obstacles for the riders to negotiate during this one hour race. A classy field assembled including  Julian Winn a past British RR Champion and former colleague of Roger Hammond in the British Cyclo Cross Team  and Paris Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt.

Club riders Jeff Rees and Tom Stoddart lined up to take on the challenge to become the Acme Cyclo Cross Champion. Considering both were coming back from illness and had missed the two previous events it was surprising that they were looking forward to competing against each other and battling for the title! The race got off to a fast start and Jeff with all his past experience managed to get ahead of Tom on the furious opening lap.  Tom, however, calmly paced himself from the line and by the second lap managed to catch and overtake Jeff, opening a 45 second lead on him as the race progressed to the mid stage.  Tom found his new cross bike to his liking as he set a blistering pace while many riders crashed on the slippery surfaces. Unfortunately 40 minutes into the race Tom started to experience a problem with his bike and as a result his saddle began slipping down, resulting in him having to ride out of the saddle, a very difficult thing on the tricky terrain.  The mechanical problem finally caused Tom to disappointingly retire from the race, having worked so hard to establish a lead over Jeff who had now closed the gap considerably. This left Jeff in a position where all he had to do was to avoid crashing over the final laps and reach the finish. He battled on as the course became more and more hazardous while Tom sportingly cheered him on over the final laps. Jeff skilfully remained free from incident and managed to finish in fine style to successfully claim the Club Cyclo Cross Championship for 2014 and receive the Dominic Gambarini Memorial Trophy which he had previously won 14 years ago in the 2000 season.