Cwmcarn Paragon 10 R10/16A Course was the setting for Round 4 of the Celtic Series. Alec Morris’s adrenalin levels were well up at the start after he punctured 20 minutes before the start. Alec was looking for a PB in his first 10 since 2015 though a wet and windy on return leg seemed to have put paid to that. Of the 19 starters Alec finished 9th in a time of 23:44 a 62 second improvement on his PB. An excellent result for the former Treorci Comprehensive School pupil which sets him up strongly for the remainder of the season.
The annual PTW 4-Up 25m TT on the R25/3H Course attracts riders from all over Wales for this early evening start. The Acme Team of Simon Kinsey, new member Dave Singleton, Alex Morris and road racer Dean Cummings took to the start line with high hopes a good time. Poor Jeff Rees was left to spectate at this event as he tried to overcome sciatica.
The target was to finish at around 57 minutes which would be close to the Club record, though the head wind on the outward leg may have some negative influence on that. Alex put in some huge stints and this was strongly supported by Dave Singleton, and supported by Dean and Simon they were able to stay together up to the 19 mile mark. At that point Dean was beginning to feel his legs and told the other three to go ahead and Simon, in his own words was “hanging on”. The Team posted a very good time of 57m25s and were pleased with their communication after not having had the opportunity to practice beforehand.
Straight after his efforts at the 4-Up Simon Kinsey was in action again in the Bynnea CC 25m Event on the ever popular R25/3H Course. After the 4-Up Simon was hoping to go under the hour riding solo but with, what he describes as “the wrong type of wind” he eventually finished in a time of 1hr 01m 51s.
The Cardiff 100 Milers RCC Open 25 was Simon’s next target, this time a change of scenery on the R25/7 Course based at Usk. The South Wales Police computer manager was again hoping to record a ride under the hour. His eventual time of 1hr 02m21s was marginally a course PB for him but having set himself goals Simon was disappointed with his ride. His legs showed signs of fatigue after about 20 miles and he suffered for the remainder of the ride. Having a disrupted pre-season training Simon was still determined to give the 12 Hour a go the following week.
The WCA 12 Hour Championship was held over the country roads of Monmouthshire and Herefordshire on a bright and sunny day. Still having problems with his sciatica Jeff Rees chose to marshal this event and offer encouragement to Simon Kinsey as he passed. Simon’s priority for a 12 Hour event is to make it onto the finishing circuit and record a distance, he had no real aspirations to improve on previous events as he had not completed his normal training programme. Sometimes things do not go to plan and Simon did, indeed, record a PB of 224.301miles. After a little rest Simon will take on the 10 mile distance next.