Dave Singleton’s Summer Season

Dave Singleton’s Winter training and long training rides in the Spring have certainly paid off for him if his summer results are anything to go by.  After his long trip to Nottinghamshire for the LVRR Championship he has stayed closer to home to compete in time trial events, no early starts and long drives.

The first Sunday in June was the date for the Sportzmad 25mTT on the R25 3H course, this was to become almost Dave’s second home over the next few weeks.  On a lovely sunny day he was hoping for a PB on this very fast course.  There was a very talented field riding, with the first and second riders timed at 46 minutes.  After taking plenty of fluid on board Dave achieved a PB of 54:41

The following weekend Dave was joined by Gary Flower in the Bynea CC 50 on the R50 3C course, again on the A465, between Glynneath and Blaengwrach.  A former Acme Open 25 winner took the overall prize here, Keiron Davies posting a 1:40:45 just falling under 30mph.

The two Club riders also enjoyed the conditions and relatively flat course, triathlete Gary Flower posting 1:59:44, averaging 25mph while Dave Singleton posted yet another PB with a time of 2:06:11 averaging just under 24mph.

Dave took a well earned two week break before his next event, again organised by Bynea CC on the R25 3H Course.  We were all enjoying the extended period of hot weather and this certainly seemed to suit Dave as he improved on his PB from earlier in the month to post a 54:14, crashing through the 27mph average speed.

After another two week break Dave was back up to the R25 3H for the Merthyr CC 25.  The sun continued to shine and Dave continued to thrive on it. In a race which was won with a time of 44:41 Dave equalled his PB of 54:14, that’s consistency.

Two days break this time and Dave was attacking the shorter 10 mile distance in PTW organised Celtic Series 10m event on the R10/22A Course. Where else but the A465 in the Neath Valley.  Dave had to wait until almost 7:30 for his start time, fortunately it was a fine evening which clearly suited him.  His time of 22:40 yet another PB.

LVRR National Championships

Keen road racer Dean Cummings left home at 5am to get to the start of the LVRC National Championships at Flintham in Nottinghamshire, a three hour drive before he turned a pedal.  The race was held over 7 laps of a 7.9 mile course, as a D Cat rider he was competing against 55/59 age group riders in the C/D Cat group.  Feeling very happy with his preparation Dean was comfortable holding a position between 10th and 15th in the group and did not need to panic as attackers took off the front.  Of more concern to the former policeman was the road surface which changed around the course from metalled surfaces to country roads with potholes, gravel and grass verges.  Dean said “These were probably the roughest surfaces I have ever ridden on”.

There was a slight rise to the finish line which gradually narrowed to a road barely wide enough for one car, this was followed by a sharp right onto another lane.  Other sections of the course contained parked cars and overhanging bushes and branches, one of Dean’s fellow competitors described the course as “proper Belgian cycling”. Aware that there were riders in the group who were almost semi-professional standard there was always a possibility of a sudden breakaway.  This came after two riders were caught followed by a short re-grouping then a kick from the stronger riders taking a sweeping left onto the Start/Finish area. Squeezed into the verge, Dean lost ground but although finding himself at the back he summoned up the energy to dig in and follow the wheel in front to maintain contact.  The extremely rough section was reached and Dean found that hitting pot hole after pothole disrupted his rhythm at such a frantic pace.

Unfortunately this was race over for Dean and several other riders as the organisers had asked riders who were dropped to pull out of the race to avoid congestion on the circuit.  On a particularly hot day the race was eventually contested by 6 or 7 of the top riders with the bunch strung out over the last lap.  The race had covered 52.49 miles and Dean’s average speed was 23.6mph with a top speed of 34.5mph.  For the anoraks amongst you Dean’s average watts were 201 with a maximum of 788.  Well done Dean we look forward to hearing of more races.

Two Trips up to Worcestershire for Roadman Dean

Two days after a Vets event at Maendy track, Committee member, Dean Cummings travelled to Worcestershire in mid-May for his next road outing, The Gerry Hughes Memorial RR. The venue was Martley, just to the west of the city of Worcester and  having ridden the event previously Dean was familiar with the course.  The route comprised of four 10.5 mile loops on testing roads.  Knowing that this was a tough course wasn’t an advantage on this particular day and with the fatigue of the track race still in his legs he was unable to maintain contact with the strong field of riders and packed in on the third lap. Knowing your own body and paying attention to the signs is always a good thing to give the aching muscles a chance to recover.

Having recovered from his efforts the previous week Dean returned to Worcestershire for the, very competitive, National LVRC  RR.  This time he was in the south of the county, just north of Tewkesbury.  This course is on the edge of the Malvern Hills and although the climbs are not long, they are very sharp. Today’s course would see the riders cover three 16.3 mile loops, 49 miles in total.

This Race was open to all Cats.  EFG up to age 75 set off first, followed by Dean’s  group CD with a 6 min gap, followed by AB another 6mins behind . Being the National Champs. the event attracted a very strong field of men and women. Prior to the start one of Dean’s fellow riders gave a Churchillian style speech on how his group should catch the front group. This set the tone and the CD riders went from the gun reaching a max speed of 42.7 mph in the first 6 miles. The group became disjointed early on and soon began to break up with only the strongest riders holding the high speeds. Dean managed to settle in with a small group and worked hard riding through an extreme thunder storm to finish the race.

Impressive statistics were recorded by Acme’s road man, 49.5 miles in 2hrs 22mins with an average speed of 20.8mph. Dean described the max. speed of 42.9 mph as a nightmare. In order to keep up with the group Dean needed to put out an average of 206  Watts with a maximum of 582 Watts.  Where would be without all this technical data.  Well done Dean flying the flag for Acme Wheelers on the road.

Ups and Down of Staffordshire

Retired policeman Dean Cummings is certainly using his new found spare time to improve his race strength.  After his first race should he was in very good form he made the long journey to Enville in Staffordshire to compete in the LRVC Enville Road Race in the 50-59 age category.  This is a regular LVRC race held over the rolling roads of a 12 mile circuit.  Four circuits are completed and on each one there is a long 2 mile drag rising to about 4% before a left turn onto a false flat.  May’s sunny weather encouraged a large field on the day.

The first two laps went well with Dean sitting comfortably in the bunch, unfortunately he could feel that he did not have the zip in his legs which he had felt in his first race. On the third lap the race split with as the stronger C Cat riders attacked the bunch.  Committee member Dean worked hard to stay with a smaller group to finish only a few minutes down on the main bunch.  Dean said  “I was not too disappointed with this effort, averaging 22mph with over 3409ft of climbing”.   Dean hopes to develop his form with the Friday night Super Vets at Maendy.

Dave Singleton’s May Days

Dave Singleton is taking every advantage of his race fitness this season and racing at every opportunity. Early May saw him heading to the familiar R25 3H course which is almost a second home for local riders. The Sportzmad event was held on a sunny day though the head winds seem to catch riders in both directions of the course.  Dave was reasonably pleased with his efforts on the day, posting a 56:22.  His legs were feeling good as he prepared for the Acme Open 25 the following weekend.

The Acme Open 25, again on the R25 3H, took place in near perfect conditions, warm with a little breeze.  Recently elected Committee man Dave Singleton was full of anticipation starting this event after his good ride the previous weekend.  Dave’s optimism was well founded as he raced around the course from his early start time.  With the experience of the previous week to help him Dave posted a PB of 54:47 and was extremely pleased with his efforts. Dave felt so good back at the HQ he went back out on the course to support the marshals who had been out since early morning.

No rest from racing, Dave travelled to Llandovery to compete in the Bynea CC 10, the 3rd event of the Celtic Series.  This is a very “lumpy” course through the lanes of Carmarthenshire and Dave’s main aim was experience the course, which was new for him. Not satisfied with using this difficult 10 course, the organisers also added some damp and misty weather for good measure. Dave’s time of 24:35 disappointed him slightly but he said “The course was very lumpy and I found it difficult to get a rhythm and therefore could not go fast”.  Hopefully Dave will enter further Celtic Series events with other Club members to compete for the Dudley Thomas Trophy.