Dave’s Away Days in May

Dave corners at high speed on the half way turn on the R25/3h course

Riding in the Overflow Event of the WCA 25m Championship, Club Committee member Dave Singleton enjoyed the fine weather despite the wind that was about.  In the main field, triathlete Gary Flower had already completed his ride, stopping the clock at 52.06. 

Dave is well used to the R25/3H Course which is a favoured route because of the potential for fast times. Although a very creditable performance no P.B.s for Dave on this occasion posting a 57.10.

The following weekend Dave returned to the R25/3H to compete in the Sportzmad 25 m TT.  Sportzmad organise many excellent events.  Dave Singleton’s goal on this occasion was to improve on last week’s performance.  On a fine day he was in better form and posted 56.22m with an average speed of 26’611mph.

The shorter distance of 10 m was Dave’s next target.  The Virtual CC event, organised by former Club member Simon Kinsey, was run on the R10/22A Course in the Neath Valley. Dave’s goal today was to set a start time which he could use as a bench mark for the rest of the racing season. With a small field at the start line for this evening event our rider posted 23.33m, a little over his PB with an average speed of 25.428mph.

A larger field assembled for Dave Singleton’s final race in May, once again organised by Simon Kinsey’s Virtual CC.  On a fine day improving on his previous time was Dave’s target. His training programme, involving long rides, would appear to be bearing fruit as he posted a 55.04m at an average speed of 27.24mph.

This was a very full racing programme for Dave Singleton during the month of May which has set him up well for June and July when he intends branching out into a different type of racing which we look forward to reading about.

Dean Makes Two Visits to Worcester

On a sunny and warm day in the middle of May, Committee Member, Dean Cummings made the familiar journey to Worcestershire to compete in the LVRC National C/D Road Race. This event attracts a quality field headed by former British Squad member Andy Eagers. One familiar face for Dean to pass the time of day with before the start was, former member John Hughes.

Given the quality of the riders it was no surprise that the pace was fast from the off, headed by Eagers.  Ambulance driver Dean sat in the bunch in an attempt to conserve energy. The route followed the busy A443 trunk road before the riders took a sharp left onto the one mile climb.  This split the field as they crossed the Start/Finish line and Dean was dropped by the blistering pace. Though he chased for the 11 mile lap he decided to pack at the next climb up the hill feeling the busy A443 was too dangerous for a lone rider.  Andy  Eagers went on to win with a solo break away. Though very disappointed with the result on the day Dean is looking forward to returning to the event next year.

Dean sets the pace and lead the group.

For those of you who like to know these things Dean rode 22.5 miles at an average of 20.09.  Maximum speed was 43.5mph and average power output was 225 with a maximum of 786.  Well done Dean

Following his disappointment the previous week ex-policeman Dean Cummings retraced his steps to return to Worcestershire to ride the  LRVC Sevale Road Race on the popular Welland circuit.  As with all these route in the west of the county there are narrow country roads and hills which rise towards the Malverns.  There is never an easy circuit.  Dean turned up with high hopes to be able to compete in the sprint on a sunny but chilly day in May.

The 48.5 mile race was for Cats D,E,F,G. Riding strongly to keep a good position in the bunch Dean was able to cover all the breaks, though he felt that he did a little too much on the front.  The race was all together on the long straight for the final sprint. Having given himself every chance of a good finish by working hard throughout the race dean was rewarded with 9th place in his age group, leaving him much happier on the return home than he had been the previous week.

Stats for the race  48.5 miles with an average of 23mph. output of 218 watts with a max of 808 watts.

WCA/Club 100m Championships

AS with most of the longer distance courses in the South Wales District the profile of the R100/9 course between Monmouth and Abergavenny is like a lumberjack’s saw. The event was the WCA 100m Championships organised by Robin Field, WCA Secretary, held on a cold, wet windy day. Riders travelled to the event from all over Wales and the Midlands and south of England to test themselves along these picturesque undulations.

Acme Wheelers were represented at the event by serial triathlete Gary Flower who has been determined to bag a PB on a course he knows well. With the first rider off at 7:07 the GE engineer didn’t have to wait long in the poor conditions for his start time of 7:43, certainly the writer and possibly many or the readers were still tucked up in bed.

Gary’s aim for the day was not only a PB but to break the elusive 4 hours. On the face of it he didn’t have much work to do with his triathlon training and season’s results going well, his previous best of 4h 07m in 2016 looked under threat. However, the conditions on the day did not give our 2019 25 mile Champion much encouragement. Gary described the conditions as a “proper British summer” and knew anything near 4 hours was going to be tough.

In the windy conditions it was important for the Acme rider to stay down on the aero bars as coming off them too often would create a cumulative effect over such a long distance. While not wanting to go too hard in the first thirty miles or so Gary needed to maintain a pace that he could maintain for his sub-4 hour target. The last 10 miles were “grit your teeth and hang in there” time. Clearly Gary is in a rich vein of form at the moment as not only did he attain a PB but achieved his goal of a sub-4 hour ride. His finishing time of 3h 57m 00s gained him 10th position overall in the WCA Championship event, a more than creditable morning’s riding.

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 this year, Well Done to Gary on a great Performance….

Previous ACME 100 mile Champions – http://acme-wheelers.co.uk/index.php?cID=211

2019 ACME Championship Dates – http://acme-wheelers.co.uk/index.php?cID=236

Welsh Cycling Spring Series

Over the first two weekends of May, Road Race specialist Dean Cummings made the relatively short trip to the Vale of Glamorgan, Llandow Race Circuit. The Welsh Cycling Spring Race Series attracts many riders for different reasons and Acme Wheelers’ Dean Cummings was there for training in a race situation. These events are fast and furious running for 35 minutes plus 3 final laps, and can be very difficult, averaging 23 and 25 mph on a technical circuit is not everyone’s idea of a good day out. Dean, though, was very happy with his effort in both events which took place in sunny weather, finishing 23rd in each race and picking a 3rd/4th Cat point.

Club 25 mile Championship

The first of the 2019 Club Championships recently took place in the Neath Valley. Dry condition  greeted the two ACME members entered the Club 25 Mile Championship incorporated into the Welsh Championship. A stiff image1rbreeze around the course was going to cause difficulty for Gary Flower and Dave Singleton as they prepared to start at their allocated time, Dave first at 10.16 am
Last years champion Gary returning to good form, despite recovering from a skiing accident at the start of the year  where he fractured is shoulder and tore a cartilage in his knee, but still hoped to repeat and hold on to the 25 mile champion title. Gary knew thou he could have a tough challenge from  Dave who constantly improved throughout the 2018 season could steel his 25 title away from him. Dave riding his first event of the season was hoping to record a good time after a tough winter of valuable training.

As the both members rolled away from the start line 44 minutes apart they soon realised the stiff breeze was going to cause a challenge, Side winds are common on the R25/3h course and it seemed every direction turned there was no let up on the curving dual carriageway road winding its way down the Neath valley.

The turn point at just over half way provided a brief break from intense dual carriageway riding as Gary and Dave  negotiated a slight uphill and roundabout section before returning to the dual in the opposite direction for the homeward leg. Again the side winds was not helping as they sped along the final miles.

Soon the finish was in sight for both members as the road gradient slightly ramped up to the chequered flag where times would be recorded by timekeeper and finally the challenging test would be over.

_DSC0617 revisedBack at the headquarters the times being posted on the result board showed that times were affected by the conditions for the 150 riders entered into the Championship event. Dave’s time appeared first on the board, 57.10 a great time on a difficult day. Gary time appeared soon after with an excellent time 52.06 which secured the Club 25 Championship again for 2019.

Soon after the event records showed that Gary had set a New Club Championship Time. Beating the previous record by 13 Seconds, which had been set by Gary in 2018 championship. Once again a great achievement for Gary in a club championship which as been competed for since 1935.

Previous Club 25 Mile Champions :-Press Here

All Championships & Celtic Series Dates for 2019 :-Press Here

The next Club Championship will take on 16th June to decide the 100 mile Title.

The 2019 Celtic Series as been designated as the Championship which will decide the winner of the “Dudley Thomas Memorial Trophy” this Year. The ACME Member who accumulates the most point from 5 events will be champion.