Acme Members get the 2016 season off to a Great Start

Acme Wheelers members have been very active racing from the word go this season, the wet winter doesn’t seem to have caused too much of a problem.

The season started for four of our members at the EC Cycles 10m TT  (R10/22A) on the 6th March.  Times posted were very creditable for this time of year on a cold day, Kevin Bartlemore posting a 23:47,  Simon Kinsey a 24:25 10 seconds off his best for that course, with Ross Morgan close behind at 24:30.  Special mention must be made of Nadine Cannon who posted a 23:52, a ten minute improvement on her time of last season.  Well done Nadine.

Not to be outdone, the road racers got in on the act starting on March 13th with the Betty Pharoah Memorial Screenshot_2016-04-16-08-32-56Legstretcher  55m for 3rd and 4th Cats..  Thanks to Dai Long there is a full report of the race in the News section.  But recently returned member Neil Moulsdale (pictured) deserves a mention as he came in 22nd place after being caught up in a crash and having to chase back.

Also on the 13th  PTW promoted a 25m 2-Up  TT  (R25/24)  with Carl Banwell and Kevin Bartlemore teaming up for Acme Wheelers on a sunny but cold day they finished in 17th place from 53 finishers  posting a time of 1:03:24

Four members, Dan Taylor, Dai Long, Dean Cummings and Neil Moulsdale rode the Abergavenny Spring Handicap Road Race. A very cold day and only two groups on the road it was always going to be tough Neil and Dean were in the first group when the scratch group, including Dan and Dai, caught them half way through the 2nd lap of a 3 lap race. Once the scratch group caught the main field the race settled down but that wouldn’t last long. Neil positioned himself on the front of the peleton and waited for the attacks to come. Dean was feeling comfortable with the pace, but unfortunately punctured after 9 miles. Dai and Dan lost contact with their group because of the blistering pace set by some of the elite riders.  The attacks started mid way into the 3rd and final lap. Neil went with the attacks and managed to finish 27th with the main bunch, only 17 seconds behind the eventual winner.

Further afield, on the 20th March the Royal Dean Forest CC promoted a 25m TT  (R25/7A).  Three members made the journey to this event, leading the way Carl Banwell posted  1:02:13 with Simon Kinsey at 1:02:51 and Kevin Bartlemore at 1:03:08.  Another recently returned member Chris Wooley posted a 1:02:13 riding for the Tri Club at the time.

Finally Simon Kinsey took advantage of travelling away for work to enter VC Sevale 10 10m TT (K46/10).  In the Malvern area.  Showing good form Simon posted a 26.26 to finish in 8th place.

Dry Weekends and Longer Sunday Club Runs


Numbers are increasing on Sundays Club Runs with the recent 50 mile ride down to the coast with a coffee stop in Llantwit Major. Many members realise training and mileages have now got to increase with the Cardiff Velothon just weeks away. With the Clocks going forward this weekend an extra hour of daylight in the evening will be greatly appreciated, extra training time amongst the membership will quickly improve fitness levels. Lets hope the weather will be kind to us..

Rides leave the Welcome Inn, Tonypandy at 9.30 am.

Great Start to the Season

Dale Appleby (NFTO) took his second win of the season from a select breakaway which battled out the finish in the Scorpion CS Road Race around Somerset. The 29-year-old was in the thick of the _DSC0256action from the gun and initially escaped in a five man breakaway within the first hour of racing.

This group grew in size as small groups bridged across until around 12 riders formed the winning move which grew even further as the race progressed. Unhappy with the size of the breakaway Appleby attacked with 50 kilometres to go and formed a group of three. The trio worked together and built up an unassailable two minute lead by the finish. Nearing the finish Appleby skillfully charged clear to take the sprint in fine style.

After his victory he said: “After two hours of racing a big selection came across to us and I realised the group was too big so wanted to get away. “I attacked on my own and two others bridged across to me which left a good little trio and we worked well until the finish. I was confident leaving it to a sprint and won it at the end of a good long day of racing.”…


Betty Pharaoh Road Race

Three Acme riders (Dan Taylor, Neil Moulsdale and David Long) took part in this year’s edition of the Betty Pharaoh memorial (3/4). Unlike the last few season where there’s been 3-4 early season crits prior to this race, this year this was the first race for a lot of riders. This resulted in a nervous and tense race where the possibility a crash never seemed far away. Unfortunately the first incident came only a few miles in where upon leaving “The Gulch” a rider went down causing a split in the bunch leaving both Dai and Dan divorced from the main group. However the at the end of the first lap just leaving Cowbridge the race was stopped due to numerous riding on the wrong side of the road infringements allowing both guys the chance to get back into the bunch.

The race continued in a nervous fashion, every short climb the risk of further pile ups was evident fortunately it remained safe. Until 8 miles remaining where a touch of wheels leaving Wick caused Dai to crash ending his race. Neil was caught behind the incident but some great work with another rider enabled them to get back into the bunch prior to the finishing climb. Despite using plenty of energy to regain position Neil was able to climb to a very respectable finishing position of 22nd. I’m sure he’d have been challenging for the points had he not been caught behind that late crash.

Thank you to all members that made their way down to watch, your support was greatly appreciated.

Dale rides to Victory

Past Member Dale Appleby now riding2014_NFTO2015_DaleAppleby for Professional team NFTO recently Won The Severn Bridge Road Race in Bristol a race covering 110km around a tough 10 lap course  and climbing up  Stowey Hill each lap which average 7% for 1km. This would have suited Dale who’s a Very Talented climber, he then escaped late in the race with two others and on a downhill finish to the line won the sprint to take Victory. A Great start to the racing year – Well Done Dale