Dave long has done the Triple by winning the recent Club 50 mile Championships to add to his 10 & 100 mile Championship wins this year. His time of 2.06.43 was a personal best which made the event even more pleasing. Second in the championship was Simon Kinsey who again produced a personal best with a 2.12.56 a rewarding time after the training he has been doing of late. The Championships have shown Dave’s talent to perform over three varied distances which makes him a great all-rounder in time trials as well his road racing skills. He could also be one of the favourites to win the Hill Climb Championships in November on Barn Hill to round off a successful season of racing.
Representing the ACME, Alec Morris was selected to ride The British GHS Championship after finishing on the podium of the South Wales District GHS. The undulating course in Hertfordshire was a tough test for the 132 schoolboys competing over the 10 miles where Alec produced a 25.50, a great time considering the terrain and windy conditions.
To round off a good year for Alec at this year’s Presentation Dinner he will be awarded two trophies for his determination throughout the season. Firstly he has become the Club 5 Mile Series Champion collecting the most points during the series as his time trialing as improved month by month, as a result he will collect the “Dudley Thomas Memorial Trophy”. Also the Schoolboy Best All Rounder trophy will be engraved with his name as Alec as ridden the necessary open events to qualify for the award. His fastest 10 mile time this year has been a 24.46 a counting event for the BAR.
Carl Middleton as won the 2015 Hill Climb series in his first year of racing for the club. A talented climber Carl set some great times on the Bwlch mountain climb thought-out the series. Carl Regularly competes in Biathlons so he no stranger to tough competition and regularly trains on the hills around the Rhondda Valley’s. At the forthcoming Presentation Dinner he will be presented with the “Tony Gammon Trophy”.
Congratulations to Dale Appleby who recently completed the Tour of Britain Cycle Race. Dale started cycling with the ACME and now rides for the NFTO Professional team. The 2015 edition of the British race was regarded as a tough event with a world class field, won by MTN-Qhubeka rider Edvald Boasson Hagen. Dale originally from the Rhondda was the 15th best British rider in the pack overall. A Specialist climber Dale did take the ACME Hill Climb Championship trophy in 2002 as a young member. Members recently met up with Dale before the Abergavenny classic and he said then he was very pleased with his form in the run up to the British premier event.
The Realteam 25 mile TT on 23rd August proved to be a delight for some riders and a cause of anguish for others. Due to the poor weather this summer combined with a poor weather forecast only 53 riders started from a full field in the main men’s event. Similarly, in the women/junior/overflow event only 67 out of a field of 108 started. Most of those non-starters must have been hugely disappointed when they saw the results. The majority of riders in the overflow event recorded personal bests, often with substantial improvements. Four Acme riders started and all achieved personal bests. Nadine Cannon goes from strength to strength and on this occasion improved from 1.05.30 to an amazing 58.56. Simon Kinsey must have been all smiles too, reducing his time from 1.03.35 to 59.15. Our veterans were not to be left out either with Jeff Rees going under the hour while improving from 1.00.59 to 59.32. Fiona Davies only features occasionally in time trials, her main activity being duathlons, but she too, the oldest of our competitors, improved from 1.09.09 to 1.08.49.