Dave Singleton Comes to the End of his Season


DSCN3042 rsizedHis first season in Acme colours has been very successful for Dave Singleton, gaining valuable experience and achieving P.B. on the way.  His final two races before the WCA 50 were the Sportzmad 10 on the R10/17 course on the A40 between Abergavenny and Raglan followed by the PTW 25 on the R25/3H course in the Neath Valley.  Two quite different events in very different conditions, the good weather for the 10 event encouraged Dave to go for a PB for the distance.  He finished very pleased with himself, posting a PB of 23m04s, a Silver Standard achievement for this distance.   

The 25 mile event the following week took place under quite different conditions with the weather being wet and windy.  Dave’s advice to other members is to make sure you wear weather appropriate clothing for events.  Dave suggests that he was not properly kitted out and was just happy to get around the course.  His time of 58m34s indicates what he is capable of achieving when he gets everything right.  This Silver Standard time is only a few minutes short of Gold Standard and surely Dave will set his sights in this goal next season

End of Season 100 Miler

The WCA 100 Mile Championships takes place at the beginning of September and as with all WCA Championships serves as the Club Championship. The Jim Lendon Challenge has been contested since 1949 with a variety of names inscribed on the trophy and several members winning it many times.  This year was certain to see a new name take the trophy, all Simon Kinsey had to do was to finish the event.  This, of course, is much easier said than done.

_DSC0053webThe weather conditions certainly played their part in trying to stop Simon completing the event.  At the start of his ride the weather was wet but this soon turned into much heavier rain to add to the windy conditions. No one would have blamed any rider for deciding to pack in with such difficult conditions and Simon wanted to quit after 20 miles.  Even though there were numerous opportunities for him to quit on the three lap course his determination won out and he finished to event. His pace gradually slowed down as the miles ticked by but the upper Rhondda computer expert was set on gaining a qualifying BAR result.

4hr 52m 28s of misery is how Simon saw this and urges others who are looking for a long distance TT to aim for a 12 hour event which he sees as just a long day own rather than the “misery” of the 100 miles.  Despite his misery Simon’s  rewarded is to be the Club 100 Mile Champion 2017 and BAR Champion 2017.

WCA/Club 10 Mile Championship

August is busy months for our TT Club members with races and Club Championships coming thick and fast.  The second week of August, as usual, is the WCA 10 Mile Championship, this year promoted by the Pontypool RCC on the R10/17 course based at Raglan.  This is a very popular course and well known by our members.  Four Club members had entered this event which also serves as the Club 10 Mile Championship Event.  In warm and dry conditions Dave Singleton, Gary Flower together with Committee Members  Jeff Rees and Simon Kinsey, were at the start line to compete for the Emlyn Jones Memorial  Bowl 

First off, just after 9 am, Dave Singleton’s target was a PB for the distance and DSCN2515although he found that the HQ wasDave Singleton1 (2) some distance from the Start Line he had time it well to arrive on time. The conditions were to his liking and he finished in a time of 23:36 which proved to be a PB for him.  Jeff Rees had to wait a further 40 minutes for his start, but the weather was holding up so there was no disadvantage to later riders.  Recovering from a bout of sciatica earlier in the season Jeff was happy to be racing again.  His time of 24:22 was creditable given his disrupted training.  

With a start time of 10:34 Simon Kinsey’s focus was on picking up WCA points, his mind was so much on this that he forgot his riding shoes.  Simon’s partner decided that Still Smiling after the 12hr Eventshe would travel over to Raglan with the missing shoes, quite a journey at the best of times but the road works on the A465 made it even worse.  The shoes were delivered and Simon arrived on the start line 57 minutes after his start time.  Consequently his finishing time was a forgettable 1hr 21m 43s.  Simon’s advice to members is to check all your kit the night before an event. 

DSCN2524Gary Flower’s start time was 10:52, fortunately he made this to finish in a time of 22:19, giving him the Club 10 Mile Championship for 2017.  With only a little over 2 minutes separating our top three riders and Simon coming in a further minute behind in race time, without a warm up, this was a very successful event for the four Acme entrants 

British Emergency Services Road Race Championships

In early August Road Racer, Dean Cummings, set off to Aylesbury, Berkshire, to compete in the British Emergency Services Road Race Championships for 2017. Committee member Dean was hoping to be successful in the Over-50s or Retired Section. The 12 laps of a 4 mile loop were mainly on rough country roads with a 100 mts 7 per cent climb added in for good measure. Fortunately the weather conditions were dry and sunny.

The Mentmore Circuit was the 3rd choice location after a number of road works occurred_DSC0724 during the run up to the event, which, presumably, the Emergency Services were not aware of. With the usual high quality field and strong teams of Firefighters and Police from London, Manchester and the Midlands the race set of at a blistering pace and after 4 times up the climb the race started to split . Dean found myself in no mans land for a short while, unable to maintain the pace of the younger stronger riders, fortunately he was soon swept up by a number of riders and formed a good group of 8 working together to finish the 48 mile race.

12 times up the climb was a real stinger but felt, but former police constable Dean proved to be one of the stronger riders in the group.  He was very pleased to finish such a tough circuit as could see an ever growing group of packed riders each time his group went over the climb.

Dean was a little disappointed not to pick up any prizes this year but it turns out the female in the group was, Victoria Strila of the Kent Police Force, who won the overall ladies Championship which gives an indication of the effort put in by the group and the high standards required to be amongst the winners..

Simons Mid-Summer Events

Regular contributor to our website, Simon Kinsey, had mixed fortunes in July over the shorter distances.  With the 12hr event still in his legs our Event Secretary had limited ambitions in this Ross on Wye 10m event, on the R10/17 Course in Raglan, hoping to get near to 24m.  After the third mile Simon was beginning to feel the 12Hr ride in his legs and, while this is a course for PBs, the hoped for recovery had not come.  He was very disappointed with his time of 24m39s and put it down to his legs not his bike.

The following week Simon was in the Neath Valley on the R25/3H Course, he knows so well. This Real Team organised event took place in wet and windy conditions, now there’s a change.  Having played football for many years Simon suffers from knee problems from time to time and this affects his training and his racing. This was one of those days and Simon was looking for a time around 62 minutes as he was not riding at full effort.  As has happened to Simon before, without any timing data on his bars he recorded a time of 58m27s, only 30s off his life time best.  Simon has expressed disappointment at this ride and feels he has left a PB on the course.