30 Mile Championship

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.

_DSC1124For 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.

image1rGary 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

Presentation Evening

Over 30 members and guests joined together for the Club’s Presentation evening.  After the _DSC1112favourable comments from the previous year it was decided to make a return visit to the Lakeside Café, Clydach Vale, where, once again, we were given a very warm welcome.


_DSC1129The evening began with the Prize Presentations in race distance order starting with the 10 mile Standards award and Club 10 mile Champion.  Moving through the distances the Club Short Distance BAR was presented to Gary Flower.  The longer distance  Standards and Club Champion were the awarded culminating in the Club Senior BAR Trophy being presented to Simon Kinsey. _DSC1123


All Club Champions can be viewed on the website by using following the link:- Club Champions


The Club Person of the Year Award was, as always, a difficult decision because of the members who work hard for the Club.  The choice of Roger and Margaret Evans was very popular and _DSC1137well deserved for the time they gave up to ensure Club events took place.  After this award the evening would normally become less formal, however, President Gerald Clements had other ideas.  Gerald _DSC1138took the floor and presented Jeff Matthews with Life Membership which left him speechless after acting as MC for the night.

More photo’s from the evening can be viewed using the following link:-  Photos from Presentation Evening