30 Mile Championship

The first of the ACME club Championships took place recently, a tough test over 30 miles to compete for the D.J.JONES Trophy. This championship first competed for in 1950 and won by E.JONES with a very respectable time of 1.19.38.

_DSC1124For the 2017 championship only Gary Flower took up the challenge in this early season event. Gary rode well throughout the 2016 season, mixing triathlon and cycle club event with great success where he received awards for various Championships.

ACME’s 30 Championship is incorporated into the Bynea CC event, based around the undulating road of Llandovery where riders negotiate a testing route. Gary like many members admitted not to be 100% on his training schedule for this time of the year started the trial at a steady pace and just hoped he could improve on last years’ time of 1:13:39.

image1rGary coped well once the miles started to roll by through narrow villages and carefully avoiding slow moving farm traffic along the way. Approaching the finishing timekeeper he could see that he was going to beat last years’ time which was always going to be a personal challenge.

Back at the HQ his time was revealed, a 1.11.44 almost 2mins quicker than his 2016 time and 5th Overhaul in the event, an impressive performance and will be the “ACME 30 mile Champion” for the first time.

Unknown to Gary at the time, this is a “New ACME Championship Record” beating Kevin Bartlemore old record time of 1.12.04 set in 2000….

Club 30 mile Championship History:-Click Link

Presentation Evening

Over 30 members and guests joined together for the Club’s Presentation evening.  After the _DSC1112favourable comments from the previous year it was decided to make a return visit to the Lakeside Café, Clydach Vale, where, once again, we were given a very warm welcome.

 

_DSC1129The evening began with the Prize Presentations in race distance order starting with the 10 mile Standards award and Club 10 mile Champion.  Moving through the distances the Club Short Distance BAR was presented to Gary Flower.  The longer distance  Standards and Club Champion were the awarded culminating in the Club Senior BAR Trophy being presented to Simon Kinsey. _DSC1123

 

All Club Champions can be viewed on the website by using following the link:- Club Champions

 

The Club Person of the Year Award was, as always, a difficult decision because of the members who work hard for the Club.  The choice of Roger and Margaret Evans was very popular and _DSC1137well deserved for the time they gave up to ensure Club events took place.  After this award the evening would normally become less formal, however, President Gerald Clements had other ideas.  Gerald _DSC1138took the floor and presented Jeff Matthews with Life Membership which left him speechless after acting as MC for the night.

More photo’s from the evening can be viewed using the following link:-  Photos from Presentation Evening

Two Members Enjoy Unusually Pleasant CX Weather

 

The “Dune ‘Cross” was the 3rd Round of the Welsh Cyclo-Cross League held at Pembrey on October 2nd.  This was the event selected for the Club Off-Road Championship for 2016.   Unfortunately only two Club members lined up at the start but the competition between them was no less keen.  The weather conditions were very different to the “normal” CX rain and cold, Pembrey was bathed in sunshine.

Each lap was about 1.25 miles with a start on a long tarmac section leading onto a _dsc0354sharp left turn over sand  followed by a section of twisting compact sand/gravel dirt tracks. After this more familiar CX terrain appeared with a short steep stepped run up section of about 20 yards, not too far but enough to force riders to to jump off and shoulder the bike in the traditional CX running fashion.  More twisty compact tracks led into another steep bank which would see riders having to dismount for the final 10 yards. Jumping back on the bike the riders finished the lap with a fast flowing, rutted descent into the main grassy start/finish area.steve 2

As a result of the large numbers entering the race had been spilt so that Vets had a separate race start to Seniors and Youth riders.  The Vets were then spilt up further, meaning that V50 Jeff Rees had to consider his tactics carefully because V40 Steve Davies would start 2 minutes in front of him.  Jeff saw Steve get off to a decent start and had to wait what seemed like an eternity for the 2 minute gap before he could start from the second row which kept him out of the initial gridlock.

After the first half lap the V50 began picking off the back end of the V40’s on the stepped run section.  Jeff felt that they it would not be too long before he was able to catch Steve.  Jeff  realised that Steve was having a good day as there was no sign of him after three laps.  dsc_7643Eventually Jeff spotted the distinctive Acme Jersey in front of him and made the junction on the fast tarmac section.  Trying to catch Steve off guard Jeff attacked but Steve latched onto his wheel as they weaved their way through the field.  Luckily, Jeff says skilfully, he was able to nip past the rider in front when there was not enough room for Steve to follow.  A big effort on the climb and a kamikaze descent saw him open a gap and “snap the elastic”  For Jeff it was then a matter of staying focussed and avoiding mistakes to claim the off road title.

In the end Jeff finished 6th of 32 V50’s and Steve a creditable 47th from 65 V40’s, a great achievement in only his second CX season.  Jeff ‘s result means that he is the Club Off-Road Champion for 2016.  Well done to him.

 

 

Dean Climbs to Victory Once Again

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The Hill Climb Championship was cancelled in 2015 because or poor weather conditions on both days, weather for the 2016 event could not have been more different.  Under sunny blue skies on a warm September morning a mixed age range of Acme members fought out the Hill Climb Championship on the Barn Hill Climb between Tonyrefail and Penrhiwfer.  This is a difficult 0.6 miles which starts on the hill but does have a flat section to finish off.

Ever present time keeping duo Roger and Margaret Evans took charge of the event after signage had been put in place by Wayne Morris  and Chris Thomas.  

At the start line all riders were supported by Mark Nicholls before they had to go it alone and fight gravity. First off was Mike Bevan, coming out of retirement, and raced off up the climb.  Next off the start line, making a comeback to Club events after a long injury enforced break was Dave Roberts. Dave was followed by Rory Jenkins who, after a curtailed racing season, was up for this challenged.  Last off the start line was favourite and Hill Climb Series Champion, Dean Cummings.

When the results were read out Dave Roberts posted a very creditable 3:12, not sure what the Vets Std would be on this course.  Next best was the returning Mike Bevan with a solid 2:49  while youngster Rory Jenkins posted an excellent 2:10.  But leading the field was favourite and Hill Climb Champion for 2016 Dean Cummings with a time of 2:00.

The R&M Trophy was presented to Dean by Club Chairman Jeff Matthews, though Dean decided not to take possession and have to cycle home with his prize.

 

Two Members Take ON WCA 50 Championship

On the 25th September Acme members were involved in the second WCA Championships of the month. It was back DSC_0726bup to Raglan to ride the R50/1b Course for Simon Kinsey and Chris Woolley. . The East/West nature of the course means that riders go from a tail wind to a head wind at each turn, and riders will be aware that there is never a calm day.

Simon had already clinched the Club BAR Champion so this event was all about his personal goals, the main one being to “shave a few seconds off his PB”. Knowing this course and area well Simon knew he needed to use the first lap to gauge the conditions and his own form. Simon knew he could gain time on the first and third quarter but soon realised that he was not gaining the time which he would lose on the second and fourth quarter. In the end Simon missed his PB by 40s, posting a 2:13:35, in an honest assessment of he performance he realised the PB was not going to happen quite early on. Nevertheless, Simon has had an excellent competitive season and deserves his off-season break before he starts his winter preparations for next year.

Even with a later start Chris Woolley still had to contend with the changes in wind direction at each turn. Work and family commitments have limited Chris’s starts this season so he was determined to put in a good effort in the Championship event. In the end Chris posted a 2:02:01 – 24.59mph. This was a very good performance being only 2.47mins off his PB. This result makes Chris the Club 50 Mile Champion for 2016.