The first of the ACME club Championships took place recently, a tough test over 30 miles to compete for the D.J.JONES Trophy. This championship first competed for in 1950 and won by E.JONES with a very respectable time of 1.19.38.
For the 2017 championship only Gary Flower took up the challenge in this early season event. Gary rode well throughout the 2016 season, mixing triathlon and cycle club event with great success where he received awards for various Championships.
ACME’s 30 Championship is incorporated into the Bynea CC event, based around the undulating road of Llandovery where riders negotiate a testing route. Gary like many members admitted not to be 100% on his training schedule for this time of the year started the trial at a steady pace and just hoped he could improve on last years’ time of 1:13:39.
Gary coped well once the miles started to roll by through narrow villages and carefully avoiding slow moving farm traffic along the way. Approaching the finishing timekeeper he could see that he was going to beat last years’ time which was always going to be a personal challenge.
Back at the HQ his time was revealed, a 1.11.44 almost 2mins quicker than his 2016 time and 5th Overhaul in the event, an impressive performance and will be the “ACME 30 mile Champion” for the first time.
Unknown to Gary at the time, this is a “New ACME Championship Record” beating Kevin Bartlemore old record time of 1.12.04 set in 2000….
Club 30 mile Championship History:-Click Link