Dean Mixes it with the Big Boys

Retired police officer Dean Cummings has recently become a member of TLI Racing a Cycling organisation that caters for age related events. http://www.tlicycling.org.uk/ Five events had been organised in and around the Pershore area. Unable to enter all five, Dean selected the two held on the popular Pinvin circuit, 4 laps and a total of 36 Miles.

Being handicapped the race was spilt into three groups on the road, Over 60, Over 40 and any younger in the scratch group. There was a further option, depending on the rider’s ability and experience they could choose to ride in whichever group they felt was suitable. The Scratch Group mainly consisted of 2nd ,1st and Pro Circuit Series riders.

Dean selected the middle group which was required to chase the 1st group, which had a 3 min start and they in turn were chased by the Scratch group also with a 3 min gap. The race was fast as riders raced the winding country roads through and off at speeds of over 25mph. The 1st group on the second lap and continued riding at speed to avoid the catch with the Scratch Group .

Dean worked hard in the group and took several turns on the front, working well with fellow riders many of whom he knew from the LVRC events. As a result of the high quality scratch riders the middle group was caught with about just over a mile to the finish. Now with about 65 riders tearing up the country roads Dean maintained a safe position and finished seconds behind the main bunch, very pleased with his racing efforts.

Stats 33 miles 1 hr 19m 34s – Av Speed 24.4 mph Max 34.1mph – Av HR 14 – Av Watts 214 –

Max Watts 716

The second event was held on 24th July on the same circuit. With a Greek holiday in his legs and belly there was no certainty on form for the day. With only a handful of Scratch Group riders the organisers decided that they would start with the usual middle group and chase down the 1st group of high quality older racers with a clear 5 mins start.

Wow!! A group of approximately 8 class racers of 2nd Cats set the blistering pace, within which Dean was able to maintain a position sitting out of trouble and protected by the body of the peloton. The pace was relentless reaching speeds over 30 mph. Sadly it didn’t last as on a straight road two riders from a Shropshire Club decided to have a chat at about 28mph touch handle bars lost control and swayed uncontrollably in front of him before both heading off into the right hand hedge. Breaking hard and almost coming to a stop, riders came flying him past on both sides, desperately trying to get his 53/14 gear going he could see the bunch speed away in the distance. Although Dean gave chase he decided to call it a day at the Start/Finish line. When the group passed this point they were 25 seconds behind the leading group and the catch was made early on the fourth lap. The race was won by a KTM sponsored rider who sprinted away from the bunch and who went on to win the whole series on point

Stats 28miles 1hr 2 mins – Av speed 26.5 mph Max 33mph – Av HR 140, Max 160

West Wales Long Course Event

Billed as the biggest multi-sport event in Europe, the Long Course Weekend Wales is based in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, in early July. The event is run over three days based partly on the Wales Iron Man course. On the Friday evening is the 2.4 miles open water swim, on Saturday the 112 mile Wales Sportive and finishes on Sunday with the full marathon distance. Competitors can enter for all three events or just one of them. For those who enter all three the winner is the competitor with the fastest overall time.

2019 was the 10th anniversary of the event and to cater for the expected high numbers the organised have been able to arrange closed roads for the cyclist. A further addition to this year’s event was an entry from Acme member Dave Singleton in the 112 mile Wales Sportive.

Fortunately for Dave and the other cycling entrants the weather was kind to them, although an energy sapping warm humid day, it did stay dry for the riders. This was a bonus after the changeable weather this summer. Dave time of 5hrs 42m was an excellent effort given the rolling nature of the Pembrokeshire lanes, this might encourage him to enter the WCA 50m Championships.

Reading – Rhondda Tour

Tony’s Travel Diary

I left home on Sunday morning with “Shirley the Surly” and caught a train from Treherbert to Cardiff and then on to Reading. I picked up National Cycle Route 4 and followed the Kennet and Avon canal to my first stop, The Pelican at Froxley. The canal was quite pretty with lots of kingfishers, swans and hundreds of very colourful barges. 

On the second day I followed Route 4 through traffic free country lanes that climbed away from the canal and passed through a number of pretty villages with thatched cottages and pubs. I rejoined the canal about 8 miles from Devizes and struggled along the rough path into the town. After a couple of pints (and lunch) it was a much better surface on the canal path into Bradford on Avon where I was staying that night. I was joined by my mate Ty who was going to ride back into Wales with me on Tuesday. 

After breakfast we followed the canal to Bath and after riding through the city we picked up the 15 mile railway path to Bristol. This included a working steam railway section and a ride through a refurbished tunnel (similar to the proposed cycle way at Blaencwm). It absolutely poured down while we were having a pub lunch on the wharf in Bristol and a second downpour nearly caught us out as we started cycling again. Luckily we took shelter under some trees until it stopped. It was a considerable climb out of the city and over the downs before a decent to Severn Beach. The ride over the old bridge was a bit wild with a really strong side wind. This turned into a very strong headwind all the way to Ty’s house near Magor. The undulating last few miles went past Geraint Thomas’s house (very nice too). 

On Wednesday morning, Ty guided me into Newport where I picked up National Cycle Route 47. This followed the canal to Cross Keys before climbing the Sirhowy Valley along the lovely, wooded cycle track through the country park. I dropped down to Ystrad Mynach where unbelievably I lost the track and after adding a couple of miles trying to get back on course I took the main road across to Quakers Yard. Here I took the Taff Trail to Pontypridd before a final push up the valley and home. 

In all I covered 178 miles (all into a headwind) along a fantastic varied route that took me through some lovely countryside.

More Photos From Tony Tour :- http://acme-wheelers.co.uk/index.php/gallery/tony-rees-reading-rhondda-tour-2019

Some Late Starts for Dave Singleton

Sportzmad organised the first 10m TT of June on the R10/17 Course on the A40 east of Abergavenny.  This out and back course starts and ends on either side of the dual carriageway.  On a fine Saturday morning Dave Singleton’s target was to improve further on his 10m time the previous month. A large field of 72 riders hit the start line for this very popular event.  As it was a Saturday morning event riders had travelled from all over south Wales and the Midlands and south of England.

Dave would have been grateful for the lie-in on the Saturday morning after a hard working week, 9:42am was probably his first coffee break on site.  It must have suited him as his time of 22:57 was a half minute up on his Virtual CC 10m time.

Bynea CC organised a 25m TT on the R25/3H Course, we have been here before.  The Start Sheet listed 120 riders for the Sunday morning start at 10:01 am, yet another lie-in for Dave Singleton with a start time of 10:53.  The weather was quite reasonable though there was a little bit of wind.  The Acme Committee member was hoping for a PB in this event even though it was quite early in the season. In the end Dave posted 56.19, around 2 minutes over his PB this time.

Dave has a departure from his normal event schedule for July and we wish him well for that.