Some Late Starts for Dave Singleton

Sportzmad organised the first 10m TT of June on the R10/17 Course on the A40 east of Abergavenny.  This out and back course starts and ends on either side of the dual carriageway.  On a fine Saturday morning Dave Singleton’s target was to improve further on his 10m time the previous month. A large field of 72 riders hit the start line for this very popular event.  As it was a Saturday morning event riders had travelled from all over south Wales and the Midlands and south of England.

Dave would have been grateful for the lie-in on the Saturday morning after a hard working week, 9:42am was probably his first coffee break on site.  It must have suited him as his time of 22:57 was a half minute up on his Virtual CC 10m time.

Bynea CC organised a 25m TT on the R25/3H Course, we have been here before.  The Start Sheet listed 120 riders for the Sunday morning start at 10:01 am, yet another lie-in for Dave Singleton with a start time of 10:53.  The weather was quite reasonable though there was a little bit of wind.  The Acme Committee member was hoping for a PB in this event even though it was quite early in the season. In the end Dave posted 56.19, around 2 minutes over his PB this time.

Dave has a departure from his normal event schedule for July and we wish him well for that.

Dave’s Away Days in May

Riding in the Overflow Event of the WCA 25m Championship, Club Committee member Dave Singleton enjoyed the fine weather despite the wind that was about.  In the main field, triathlete Gary Flower had already completed his ride, stopping the clock at 52.06. 

Dave is well used to the R25/3H Course which is a favoured route because of the potential for fast times. Although a very creditable performance no P.B.s for Dave on this occasion posting a 57.10.

The following weekend Dave returned to the R25/3H to compete in the Sportzmad 25 m TT.  Sportzmad organise many excellent events.  Dave Singleton’s goal on this occasion was to improve on last week’s performance.  On a fine day he was in better form and posted 56.22m with an average speed of 26’611mph.

The shorter distance of 10 m was Dave’s next target.  The Virtual CC event, organised by former Club member Simon Kinsey, was run on the R10/22A Course in the Neath Valley. Dave’s goal today was to set a start time which he could use as a bench mark for the rest of the racing season. With a small field at the start line for this evening event our rider posted 23.33m, a little over his PB with an average speed of 25.428mph.

A larger field assembled for Dave Singleton’s final race in May, once again organised by Simon Kinsey’s Virtual CC.  On a fine day improving on his previous time was Dave’s target. His training programme, involving long rides, would appear to be bearing fruit as he posted a 55.04m at an average speed of 27.24mph.

This was a very full racing programme for Dave Singleton during the month of May which has set him up well for June and July when he intends branching out into a different type of racing which we look forward to reading about.

Dean Makes Two Visits to Worcester

On a sunny and warm day in the middle of May, Committee Member, Dean Cummings made the familiar journey to Worcestershire to compete in the LVRC National C/D Road Race. This event attracts a quality field headed by former British Squad member Andy Eagers. One familiar face for Dean to pass the time of day with before the start was, former member John Hughes.

Given the quality of the riders it was no surprise that the pace was fast from the off, headed by Eagers.  Ambulance driver Dean sat in the bunch in an attempt to conserve energy. The route followed the busy A443 trunk road before the riders took a sharp left onto the one mile climb.  This split the field as they crossed the Start/Finish line and Dean was dropped by the blistering pace. Though he chased for the 11 mile lap he decided to pack at the next climb up the hill feeling the busy A443 was too dangerous for a lone rider.  Andy  Eagers went on to win with a solo break away. Though very disappointed with the result on the day Dean is looking forward to returning to the event next year.

For those of you who like to know these things Dean rode 22.5 miles at an average of 20.09.  Maximum speed was 43.5mph and average power output was 225 with a maximum of 786.  Well done Dean

Following his disappointment the previous week ex-policeman Dean Cummings retraced his steps to return to Worcestershire to ride the  LRVC Sevale Road Race on the popular Welland circuit.  As with all these route in the west of the county there are narrow country roads and hills which rise towards the Malverns.  There is never an easy circuit.  Dean turned up with high hopes to be able to compete in the sprint on a sunny but chilly day in May.

The 48.5 mile race was for Cats D,E,F,G. Riding strongly to keep a good position in the bunch Dean was able to cover all the breaks, though he felt that he did a little too much on the front.  The race was all together on the long straight for the final sprint. Having given himself every chance of a good finish by working hard throughout the race dean was rewarded with 9th place in his age group, leaving him much happier on the return home than he had been the previous week.

Stats for the race  48.5 miles with an average of 23mph. output of 218 watts with a max of 808 watts.

Two Trips Over Offa’s Dyke

The month of June offered road racer Dean Cummings two further opportunities to cross Offa’s Dyke to compete. 

The first race meant crossing the M5 to reach Bearley just south of Birmingham to race the Tommy Goodwin Memorial RR organised by Solihull Wheelers under LVRC Rules. The 56 mile event was organised for C/D Cats on a hilly course with fast descents.  Though the race split on lap 3 Dean managed to stay in a group who all worked together enabling him to finish in a strong field of riders. Often riding against a strong easterly wind Dean was very pleased with his efforts with placed him 10th in his age group.

Stats for the day:  Av. Speed 21.5 mph – max 40 mph Power output Av. 215 Max 779 Watts.

The second race was only just over Offa’s Dyke at Aston Clun in Shropshire, this Cat C/D event was organised by the Ludlow Brewery CC over 45 undulating miles. A strong field assembled at the start with several younger C Cat entries.  Riders were expected to negotiate 5 laps of an 8.67 mile circuit with a one mile climb at the start of each lap.  The climb managed to control the early pace but on Lap 3 one rider attacked the field and was soon joined by two others while the bunch hovered about a minute behind.

Feeling strong, Dean was able to hold his position well in the bunch until the final lap when the pace increased. The bunch fragmented on the long climb but came back together on the fast descent.  The three in the early breakaway managed to stay away while the bunch frantically chased after them before the final sprint for the line. While the first three riders were positioned the bunch was given a formal result as they could not be split.

The event was very well organised with excellent prizes and lots of beer from the organisers.

Stats for the day: Av speed 22.5mph Max 42.1mph Av HR 143  Av. Power Output 225 watts Max 701 Watts.

Gary’s UP-and-Down 50

The A40 between Llandovery and Carmarthen is up and down when driving in the car.  The route profile for the Bynea 50 resembles the sort of saw lumberjacks used to use before the advent of the chainsaw.  The Bynea event was run on the R50/5, a change from the planned Resolven course because of road works which gave organisers and riders the opportunity to look at the up-coming National 50 Championships course at the end of June.

Two Acme members had signed up for the event, unfortunately Dave Singleton was not able to start, leaving Gary Flower as the Club’s sole starter.  Conditions were dry and cool but there was the inevitable wind for riders to contend with.  Gary had his sights set on a distance PB, however, when he saw the trees bending as he rode to the start his plans changed.

The course profile and technical nature of the roads meant that the wind offered no assistance to riders on this out and back course.  Even the road surface was a hinderance in some areas, Gary estimated he lost a couple of miles per hour on some sections. The GE engineer was disappointed with his 61 minutes for the first 25, after the hard work he had put in he felt he had gained little reward.  Although the return leg was not quite as difficult it was still a tough ride with the hoped for tailwind not materialising.

After setting too high a pace at the start Gary was counting the miles after 40 and was delighted to see the Time Keeper get closer and closer.

Next up for Gary the WCA 100m Championships.