Matthew and Mike enjoy a 40 mile Sunday club ride around the Vale of Glamorgan. Good weather as been a bonus on recent tours. All rides leave the Welcome Inn, Tonypandy at 9.30am.
Incorporated into the following open events..
10 mile : Welsh Championship – 7th August, course – R10/17
25 mile : Welsh Championship – 1st May, course – R25/7
25 mile Longmarkers : Welsh Championship – 1st May, course – R25/7
30 mile : Welsh Championships – 24th July, course – R30/7
50 mile : Welsh Championship – 25th September, course – R50/18
100 mile : Welsh Championship – 3rd July, course – R100/9
12 hour : RTTC National Championships/Welsh CA – 4th September, course – R12/16
Hill Climb Championships : Sunday 16th October – Start Time 10.30am – Barn Hill, Tonyrefail
ACME Members continue to tour around the local area getting in valuable winter miles, doing a bit of Castle spotting on route. After a number of dry weekends during January, February turned out to be a wet month. Lets hope March gives members a chance to continue Sunday group rides from Welcome Inn – Tonypandy.
Rob with Castell Coch in the background
Kerry passes by Caerphilly Castle
Members have been recently been taking advantage of the good weather and managing regular early season Sunday club rides, leaving the Welcome Inn, Tonypandy at 9.30am. Mileages have been around 30 miles to start off with and hoping to progress to longer rides as the season progresses.
Dean as also been seen out training as he prepares for a spring time training camp to Majorca. An island that attracts thousands of cyclist from around the world, with its quiet roads and amazing climbs and scenery. This will prepare Dean for a season of road racing through 2022.
New Members are always welcome, contact details can be found in the Joining Section of the Website.https://www.acme-wheelers.co.uk/news/join/
Barn Hill in Tonyrefail was the location of the 2021 Hill Climb Championship, a tough half mile climb with a gradient of 10% in places. After an absence to the calender in 2020 due to the virus it was good to see the event taking place again.
With only two riders prepared face the time keepers clock, Kerry Lewis took to the start line first. Kerry gambled on a quick start and hoped his fitness would carry him over the top of the hill to the finish. Dean Cummings the club Road Racing talent decided on a more conservative start and set a steadier pace.
Kerry pace was still holding on at the half way point, but on the final part of the climb started to slow dramatically. Dean was able maintain his pace throughout, even on the hard 10% section and powered over the top of the hill. Dean could see Kerry was slowing and increased is pace again on the flat section to the finish. Kerry also managed to find some recovery and increased is pace over the final 150 yards unaware Dean was closing fast behind as he they almost reached the timekeeper together.
Dean – 3mins
Kerry – 3mins 58sec
Dean’s better form was just to good for Kerry to equal and Dean was a worthy winner to claim the Hillclimb Championship for 2021, an event he last won in 2016 . Roger and Margaret Evans presented Dean with the R+M Trophy for his achievement following his ride.
Big Thanks to event organiser Jeff Matthews, timekeepers Roger & Margaret and Robert Davies who travelled from Neath to help out with the safety warning signs. Also good to see other members who came along to support the event.