The Final ACME Road, Club Championship recently took place on Barn Hill – Tonyrefail to decide the Club Hill Climb Champion. The chosen climb to decide the title consists of a half mile climb, with an average gradient of 8% then a quarter mile flat sprint to the finish, a familiar tough section of road to many ACME members.

Four members took up the challenge for the Championship with Dean Cummings the 2016 Champion hoping to defend the title. Talented TT specialists Chris DSCN3032Woolley and Dave singleton both in good form could be a threat to Dean over the distance, the final rider to tackle the climb was Kerry Lewis who be an outsider for the title after his special Alpine training weeks earlier.

Chairman Jeff Matthews organised the first rider to line up against the Timekeeper, DSCN3035Chris set off on the lower part of the climb at an impressive pace as the road reared upwards, followed by Dave who is used to pushing himself in TT events as we’ve  seen this season to record some great times, so a steady fast pace up and over the climb then take full advantage of the flat final section. Third rider to face the start timekeeper Roger Evans was Dean determined to repeat another win knowing a high pace was necessary as the gradient of the climb increased towards the top. Final rider to face the Barn Hill challenge was Kerry who planned to give it 100% on the climb to hopefully have a chance to challenge the stronger riders.

Margaret Evans timed the riders over the finish line as everyone gave every last effort past the finish line to hopefully win the R + M Trophy….


In fourth place came Chris Woolley 3mins 40 seconds, third was secured DSC_0164by Kerry Lewis 3.23,  defending champion Dean Cummings took second with a great time of 3 minutes.

Congratulation on the day went to Dave Singleton 2.45 to win his first ACME championship to claim the title of 2017 Hill Climb Champion, an impressive win in this difficult events and a rider to watch in 2018 as more titles could be coming his way.

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Dave Singleton Comes to the End of his Season


DSCN3042 rsizedHis first season in Acme colours has been very successful for Dave Singleton, gaining valuable experience and achieving P.B. on the way.  His final two races before the WCA 50 were the Sportzmad 10 on the R10/17 course on the A40 between Abergavenny and Raglan followed by the PTW 25 on the R25/3H course in the Neath Valley.  Two quite different events in very different conditions, the good weather for the 10 event encouraged Dave to go for a PB for the distance.  He finished very pleased with himself, posting a PB of 23m04s, a Silver Standard achievement for this distance.   

The 25 mile event the following week took place under quite different conditions with the weather being wet and windy.  Dave’s advice to other members is to make sure you wear weather appropriate clothing for events.  Dave suggests that he was not properly kitted out and was just happy to get around the course.  His time of 58m34s indicates what he is capable of achieving when he gets everything right.  This Silver Standard time is only a few minutes short of Gold Standard and surely Dave will set his sights in this goal next season

End of Season 100 Miler

The WCA 100 Mile Championships takes place at the beginning of September and as with all WCA Championships serves as the Club Championship. The Jim Lendon Challenge has been contested since 1949 with a variety of names inscribed on the trophy and several members winning it many times.  This year was certain to see a new name take the trophy, all Simon Kinsey had to do was to finish the event.  This, of course, is much easier said than done.

_DSC0053webThe weather conditions certainly played their part in trying to stop Simon completing the event.  At the start of his ride the weather was wet but this soon turned into much heavier rain to add to the windy conditions. No one would have blamed any rider for deciding to pack in with such difficult conditions and Simon wanted to quit after 20 miles.  Even though there were numerous opportunities for him to quit on the three lap course his determination won out and he finished to event. His pace gradually slowed down as the miles ticked by but the upper Rhondda computer expert was set on gaining a qualifying BAR result.

4hr 52m 28s of misery is how Simon saw this and urges others who are looking for a long distance TT to aim for a 12 hour event which he sees as just a long day own rather than the “misery” of the 100 miles.  Despite his misery Simon’s  rewarded is to be the Club 100 Mile Champion 2017 and BAR Champion 2017.

WCA/Club 10 Mile Championship

August is busy months for our TT Club members with races and Club Championships coming thick and fast.  The second week of August, as usual, is the WCA 10 Mile Championship, this year promoted by the Pontypool RCC on the R10/17 course based at Raglan.  This is a very popular course and well known by our members.  Four Club members had entered this event which also serves as the Club 10 Mile Championship Event.  In warm and dry conditions Dave Singleton, Gary Flower together with Committee Members  Jeff Rees and Simon Kinsey, were at the start line to compete for the Emlyn Jones Memorial  Bowl 

First off, just after 9 am, Dave Singleton’s target was a PB for the distance and Dave Singleton1 (2)DSCN2515although he found that the HQ was some distance from the Start Line he had time it well to arrive on time. The conditions were to his liking and he finished in a time of 23:36 which proved to be a PB for him.  Jeff Rees had to wait a further 40 minutes for his start, but the weather was holding up so there was no disadvantage to later riders.  Recovering from a bout of sciatica earlier in the season Jeff was happy to be racing again.  His time of 24:22 was creditable given his disrupted training.  

DSCN2524Gary Flower’s start time was 10:52, fortunately he made this to finish in a time of 22:19, giving him the Club 10 Mile Championship for 2017.  With only a little over 2 minutes separating our top three riders and Simon coming in a further minute behind in race time, without a warm up, this was a very successful event for the four Acme entrants 

British Emergency Services Road Race Championships

In early August Road Racer, Dean Cummings, set off to Aylesbury, Berkshire, to compete in the British Emergency Services Road Race Championships for 2017. Committee member Dean was hoping to be successful in the Over-50s or Retired Section. The 12 laps of a 4 mile loop were mainly on rough country roads with a 100 mts 7 per cent climb added in for good measure. Fortunately the weather conditions were dry and sunny.

The Mentmore Circuit was the 3rd choice location after a number of road works occurred_DSC0724 during the run up to the event, which, presumably, the Emergency Services were not aware of. With the usual high quality field and strong teams of Firefighters and Police from London, Manchester and the Midlands the race set of at a blistering pace and after 4 times up the climb the race started to split . Dean found myself in no mans land for a short while, unable to maintain the pace of the younger stronger riders, fortunately he was soon swept up by a number of riders and formed a good group of 8 working together to finish the 48 mile race.

12 times up the climb was a real stinger but felt, but former police constable Dean proved to be one of the stronger riders in the group.  He was very pleased to finish such a tough circuit as could see an ever growing group of packed riders each time his group went over the climb.

Dean was a little disappointed not to pick up any prizes this year but it turns out the female in the group was, Victoria Strila of the Kent Police Force, who won the overall ladies Championship which gives an indication of the effort put in by the group and the high standards required to be amongst the winners..