Hill Climb Championship

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Good weather greeted the Acme riders in the final Road championship of 2018, Barn Hill was the chosen venue for the Hill Climb Championship where 4 riders lined up against the clock. Mark Nicholls and Dave Roberts acted as Timekeepers for the event along with Robert Davies who travelled from Neath to help with starting the rider’s.

New member Stefan Burchill was first to line up at the bottom of the this tough climb, Stefan is new to cycling, but DSCN3483no stranger to tough exercise being a keen runner and tough gym workouts which showed as he powered away from the start. Next came Dean Cummings who was keen to perform well, as he’s use to tough terrain being the 2018 Roadman Champion. Third off the start line came last years hill climb champion Dave Singleton and determined to retain the title despite performing with some end of year injures. Last off the line Kerry Lewis was unsure if he could take the title he last won in 1991, but prepared to give it a try after training on the hill during the year.

A good turn out of club members came along to view the event and give encouragement to the ACME competitors. A slight tailwind was a bonus on the tough climb as the gradient peaked towards the top at 10% . Passing timekeeper Dave at the finish first came Stefan who looked as if he performed well on is first competitive event followed by Dean and Dave with Kerry closing the event.

Competitors and members eagerly awaited the all important times from the timekeepers to decided the 2018 Champion and receive the R+M Trophy from Club President Gerald Clements.

In fourth place came Kerry who was unable to repeat his past victory in a time of 3m 42sec, the final three positions times were close – third went to Roadman Dean 2m 52sec, second place went to Stefan with impressive time of 2m 43sec.DSCN3498

First place and The Hill Climb Champion for 2018 was taken by Dave singleton to repeat his 2017 win with excellent time of 2m 39sec, a great end of year achievement. This ends his season where Dave recorded a number of personnel best times over various distances and determined to improve again in 2019.

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Knee Problem Curtails Dave Singleton’s Season

After picking up a knee injuDSCN3490ry The Sprortzmad 10m TT was just about the end of the competitive season for PB chaser Dave Singleton.  On a fine September, Saturday afternoon on the Raglan to Abergavenny Course Dave was very pleased with his new PB of 22:32. He has been edging his way down to the 22 minute mark this season and with the experience he has gained who would bet against him going under 22 minutes next season.

Due to his knee problems Dave had to pull out of the WCA 30 and 50 Mile Championships but these rides will certainly be on his to-do-list next season. To add to his 10 mile PB Dave has posted a 54:14PB for the 25 mile distance and 2:06:11 for 50 miles.  Once his injury has been sorted with another winter of hard training we expect a new set of PB’s next season.  Good luck for the winter Dave.

IRONMAN WALES

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After the difficult  conditions of the previous year the 2018 Tenby  Ironman Wales was blessed with good weather for everyone involved especially the Competitors. The event is regarded as one of the toughest iron man races race in the world, also one of the most iconic and celebrated with the most enthusiastic spectators to cheer on the competitors.

Thousands of spectators filled every look out point at Tenby’s North Bay to watch _DSC0907bthe early start of the event were over 2000 entrants  entered the sea for the 2.4m swim, included amongst them was ACME member Gary Flower who’s competed in the event numerous times, this time thou he was determined to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii  by finishing in the top six in his category

After Completing the swim in 1 hr 4 mins  comfortably, Gary moved onto  the second discipline a 112mile extremely underlating Cycle test. The route looped around Tenby, Angle, Pembroke, Carew, Narberth, Saundersfoot and back to Tenby to complete further laps. Enthusiastic Cheering  spectators lined the streets of every town on route to  view the appreciative  competitors.  The steep testing climb out of Saundersfoot was a popular spot where a narrow avenue for the competitors amongst the hundreds of cheering crowds.

Gary completed the cycle ride in 5 hrs 59 mins before the final discipline – the 26 mile Run which looped in and out of the atmospheric town of Tenby, Gary was now running in 4th place and looked like he would qualify for the Worlds in Hawaii. Running just in front of Gary was ex Welsh international and British Lion rugby player Shane Williams along with fellow retired players competing in the event, obviously they can’t leave serious competition alone.

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Completing  the run in 4 hrs 12 mins, Gary’s overhaul time on finishing the Ironman was 11 hrs 29 mins. Once again a great achievement in this grueling event. Gary was very pleased to  finish fourth in category and automatic selection to Hawaii was achieved which was the  personnel goal.

Some hours later Gary received some disappointing news, selection for Hawaii had been changed and only the top three would travel to the Worlds championships. This was especially  disappointing as the third place competitor  was not far in front of Gary and moving up one position higher was a possibility.

How the rule changed or lack of communications about the worlds selection process was a mystery to Gary, but is determined to try again next year to achieve is goal to compete at the Worlds…

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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.

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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.

LVRC National Championships

_DSC0724Keen 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 metaled 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.