2019 turned out to be a good year for ACME members competing at numerous events around Wales and occasional trip across the boarder to England, with new Competition Records being recorded along the way. Trials, Sportives and overseas Grand Tours as well as the Road World Championship kept the membership busy and a Website and Facebook site kept everyone up to date.
The first events on the ACME calendar was the long established 50 in 4 Reliability Trial started off the year. The 50 mile event taking in Newport and Cardiff on route, luckily good weather helped as riders battled around the course. Members Completing the Trial :- Dean Cummings, Mike Bevan & Kerry Lewis.
The next event Hilly Fondu Trial route consisted of the local mountains and the tough hilly roads around them. Rhigos and the Bwlch Mountain this year were made tougher by the Cold as members negotiated the high exposed roads. Members Completing the Trial :- Mike Bevan & Kerry Lewis. Rob Davies completed half distance due to time restrictions.
The first club championship of the year for 2019 was won by GARY FLOWER despite recovering from a skiing accident at the start of the year where he fractured is shoulder and tore a cartilage in his knee. Gary set new Championship Record for 25 Miles with a time of 52mins and 06 seconds on the R25/3h course.
DEAN CUMMINGS got off to an early enthusiastic start competing in Road Races around the country, finishing in the top 10 places frequently. Throughout the year Dean collected points and was a worthy winner of the ACME ROADMAN of the YEAR for 2019. Dean ended the year by being placed 31st in the British National Emergency Services Road Race, a pleasing and impressive result.
Windy conditions in The Abergavenny area was going to make the longest TT Championship tough for ACME members started the 100 mile Championships. GARY FLOWER was once again determined to do a good ride and hoping to beat the 4hr barrier. His finishing time of 3h 57m 00s gained him 10th position overall in the WCA Championship event. Records showed later that Gary had set a New Record time for the ACME 100 Championship beating a 11 year old record time set by Colin May in 2008, improving on Colin’s time by 5 minutes and 21 Seconds. This is the second Championship Record time for Gary in 2019.
TONY REES in August took up a challenge to cycle from Reading to the Rhondda on “Shirley the Surly” multi terrain Bike. Using quite country lanes and National cycle route Paths along the way. In all Tony covered 178 miles (all into a headwind) along a fantastic varied route that took him through some lovely countryside passing interesting landmarks along the way… Just a start to more expeditions in 2020.
DAVE SINGLETON took part in the biggest multi-sporting event in Europe, the Long Course Weekend Wales. Now in its 10th year is based in Tenby the 112 mile Sportive 2019 uses closed roads for the event. Fortunately for Dave and the other cycling entrants the weather was kind to them, although a warm humid day. 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.
Members travelled to Madrid to watch the end of the Tour of Spain, a great weekend visiting the capital city and seeing all the sights. As well the Grand Tour Finish and other high profile races made interesting viewing. Unfortunately the bad weather was a little unexpected in a city which is renowned for bright hot sunshine (the Welsh summer followed the members)..
The Club 10 Championship was incorporated into the Welsh Championship and DAVE SINGLETON was the man to beat over the short distance. Recording a time of 23.03 on the tough R10/17 course showed the rapidly improving racing ability from Dave as his name was recorded on the EMLYN JONES trophy for 2019.
In September member’s travelled to Harrogate for a couple of days to watch the World Road Championships, an event Britain last hosted in 1982. Harrogate was the base as it was taken over by enthusiastic fans from around the World, so much so English became the second language around the town. An amazing couple of days of racing unfolded in a great atmosphere, and an event which as worldwide attention.
DAVE SINGLETON recorded a personnel best for 50 miles in August with a time of 2:00:15, four seconds short of a full six minute improvement on his previous PB. Along with a time of 55.04 for 25 miles and 22.47 for 10 miles made Dave the 2019 Short Distance BAR Champion with an average speed of 26.17mph.
GARY FLOWER again competed in the Tenby IRONMAN and always does well in his category. Competitors from across the world tackled a course, labelled one of the hardest in the world, that features a 2.4-mile swim in the waters of Carmarthen Bay, a 112-mile bike ride along the Pembrokeshire Coast, and a full marathon around the streets of Tenby and surrounding villages. Gary finished in a time of 12hrs 2mins 10secs an impressive achievement.
The Rouleur classic Bike Show in London is an event which displays Selected Bikes/Equipment with the main attraction being the high profile Cycling Stars past and present that attracts to it theatre. Members travelled up to the event for one day to see stars such as Cavendish, Lemond, Johan Museeuw, Phil Anderson etc.
Hill Climb Championship is the final Championship of the year and a number of members took to the start line. In form and last years champion DAVE SINGLETON managed to ride to Victory again on the tough Barn Hill Climb. This ended a good year for Dave with three Championship Trophies to show for is performance’s.
Well Done to All the Club Champions 2019
CLUB CHAMPIONS HISTORY :- http://acme-wheelers.co.uk/index.php?cID=154