It is common for Club events to be postponed because of the weather conditions, however, for the first time in many years the Christmas Dinner and Presentations was weather affected. Planned for early December, the forecast rain decided to turn up as snow which made the venue virtually unreachable. With the support of Mandy at the Lakeside Café, Clydach Vale we were able to reschedule for mid-January.
Most members were able to attend on the rearranged date ensuring the continued success of the event. The formal section to the evening took place before members sat down for the excellent meal, with all the prize winners in attendance everyone was able to celebrate their achievements during 2017.
Club Standards offer racing members target times to aim for when entering Time Trials at all distances. They start with Bronze Standard through to Silver and Gold, times are set for both male and female members. Dave Singleton and Alec Morris achieved Silver Standards at 10 and 25 mile distances while Dave also achieved his Silver Standard at 50 Miles.
The “short distance” events proved to be very competitive for Acme members with quite a number of them entering the various WCA Championship events, which the Club uses for it’s Club Championships. Ultimately it was the experience of Gary Flower which gave him the Club Championships at 10, 25, 30 and 50 Miles. Gary’s 30 Mile ride at the Bynnea Open 30 will be noted in the record books as the fastest 30 by a Club member in the Championship, his time of 1hr11m44s gave him 5th place in the event and broke a record which has stood since 2000. This impressive haul meant the Gary was awarded the Joe Clements Memorial Trophy as the Club Short Distance BAR Champion.
The Club Hill Climb Championship continues to attract a good group of members for this one-off event which has been run on the Barn Hill Course over recent years. All riders finished around the 3 minute mark for this 0.6 mile testing course but it was the time of 2:45m which gave, new member, Dave Singleton the R&M Hill Climb Trophy for 2017.
The Road Man trophy also saw a new name engraved upon it. Youngster Alec Morris decided to make a change of direction during 2017 and entered the Rowe&King track events at Maendy. Such was his success Alec moved himself from a 4th to a 3rd Category rider during the series, ensuring that he was awarded the Acme Wheelers Roadman Award.
Moving onto the longer distance events, those at the Dinner paid tribute to the determination of the racers with the stamina and mental hardness to compete in the 50 and 100 miles and then to go for the 12hr events. Simon Kinsey took the Club Championship at 100 mile and 12 hour, achieving a PB in the latter event. Simon’s endeavours at these longer distances deservedly led to him being presented with the Ralph Phillips Memorial Award as the Long Distance BAR Champion.
The Club Member of the Year is traditionally kept secret until the event. While Club Committee members will all make their suggestions, no one knows who will be the recipient until it is awarded. The 2017 winner was a suggestion by most Committee members and much deserved the award for the support he has given to Club events and the Committee over several years. Simon Kinsey, 2017 winner of the Wilfred March Memorial Trophy, took over the demanding task of Club Events Secretary with the heavy responsibility of organising the Club Open 25. Despite having very little experience of such a task, Simon raised the bar on, what has been seen by many riders as, one of the best Open Events in the District and beyond. Simon will continue in this role for 2018 and deserves all the support members can give him.
Many thanks to all members and guests who attended the Christmas Dinner to make a very sociable and enjoyable event.
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