Two Trips up to Worcestershire for Roadman Dean

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Two days after a Vets event at Maendy track, Committee member, Dean Cummings travelled to Worcestershire in mid-May for his next road outing, The Gerry Hughes Memorial RR. The venue was Martley, just to the west of the city of Worcester and having ridden the event previously Dean was familiar with the course. The route comprised of four 10.5 mile loops on testing roads. Knowing that this was a tough course wasn’t an advantage on this particular day and with the fatigue of the track race still in his legs he was unable to maintain contact with the strong field of riders and packed in on the third lap. Knowing your own body and paying attention to the signs is always a good thing to give the aching muscles a chance to recover.

Having recovered from his efforts the previous week Dean returned to Worcestershire for the, very competitive, National LVRC RR. This time he was in the south of the county, just north of Tewkesbury. This course is on the edge of the Malvern Hills and although the climbs are not long, they are very sharp. Today’s course would see the riders cover three 16.3_DSC3628-X3 mile loops, 49 miles in total.

This Race was open to all Cats. EFG up to age 75 set off first, followed by Dean’s group CD with a 6 min gap, followed by AB another 6mins behind . Being the National Champs. the event attracted a very strong field of men and women. Prior to the start one of Dean’s fellow riders gave a Churchillian style speech on how his group should catch the front group. This set the tone and the CD riders went from the gun reaching a max speed of 42.7 mph in the first 6 miles. The group became disjointed early on and soon began to break up with only the strongest riders holding the high speeds. Dean managed to settle in with a small group and worked hard riding through an extreme thunder storm to finish the race.

Impressive statistics were recorded by Acme’s road man, 49.5 miles in 2hrs 22mins with an average speed of 20.8mph. Dean described the max. speed of 42.9 mph as a nightmare. In order to keep up with the group Dean needed to put out an average of 206 Watts with a maximum of 582 Watts. Where would be without all this technical data. Well done Dean flying the flag for Acme Wheelers on the road.

Dave Singleton’s May Days

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Dave Singleton is taking every advantage of his race fitness this season and racing at every opportunity. Early May saw him heading to the familiar R25 3H course which is almost a second home for local riders. The Sportzmad event was held on a sunny day though the head winds seem to catch riders in both directions of the course. Dave was reasonably pleased with his efforts on the day, posting a 56:22. His legs were feeling good as he prepared for the Acme Open 25 the following weekend.

The Acme Open 25, again on the R25 3H, took place in near perfect conditions, warm with a little breeze. Recently elected Committee man Dave Singleton was full of anticipation starting this event after his good ride the previous weekend. Dave’s optimism was well founded as he raced around the course from his early start time. With the experience of the previous week to help him Dave posted a PB of 54:47 and was extremely pleased with his efforts. Dave felt so good back at the HQ he went back out on the course to support the marshals who had been out since early morning.

No rest from racing, Dave travelled to Llandovery to compete in the Bynea CC 10, the 2nd event of the Celtic Series. This is a very “lumpy” course through the lanes of Carmarthenshire and Dave’s main aim was experience the course, which was new for him. Not satisfied with using this difficult 10 course, the organisers also added some damp and misty weather for good measure. Dave’s time of 24:35 disappointed him slightly but he said “The course was very lumpy and I found it difficult to get a rhythm and therefore could not go fast”. Hopefully Dave will enter further Celtic Series events with other Club members to compete for the Dudley Thomas Trophy.

Celtic Series

The 2018 Celtic Series listed below as been designated as the Championship which will decide the winner of the “Dudley Thomas Memorial Trophy” this Year.

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The ACME Member who accumulates the most points from 5 events will be the Champion.

1st Event – Sunday 29th April 2018 – 21 miles – RS/22 – Welsh CA – Celtic Series Opener

2nd Event – Saturday 26th May 2018 – 10 miles – R10/4 – Bynea

          Dave Singleton      24.35     10 points

3rd Event – Thursday 31st May 2018 – HC – RH/9 – Realteam

4th Event – Saturday 9th June 2018 – 10 miles – R10/16a – Cwmcarn Paragon RC

5th Event – Thursday 14th June 2018- 10 miles – R10/17 – Realteam

6th Event – Thursday 28th June 2018 – 10 miles -R10/17 – Realteam

7th Event – Thursday 5th July 2018 – 15 miles – R15/3 – Sportzmad

8th Event – Tuesday 10th July 2018 – 10 miles – R10/22a – Port Talbot Whls CC

9th Event – Tuesday 31st July 2018 – 10 miles – R10/9 – RealTeam

10th Event – Sunday 23rd September 2018 – 10 miles- R10/12 – Realteam – Celtic Series Final Event

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