The web site reports show active participation of Acme Wheelers members in Open Events all over South Wales and beyond. However, the Sunday Club Run is still favoured by members who are not quite so competitive. The poor weather during the spring and early summer meant that small groups were involved in the Club Run, but with the gradual improvement in the weather conditions so numbers have begun to increase.
Ever present since the Spring Kerry Lewis and Mark Nichols used these rides to train for the Cardiff Velothon always accompanied by Mike Bevan who just enjoys putting miles in on his various bikes, one for each Sunday of the month. Alec Morris (breaking in new hi-viz shoes) has been preoccupied with exams and has enjoyed the Club Runs at a time when he has been unable to commit to racing.
Jeff Matthews is an irregular attendee but always enjoys the banter on the road and at the café stop. Club Treasurer Dave Roberts is making a come back after a long period of injury but is now able to take advantage of the better weather. “Acme Pensioner Chris T” generally joins the ride in Talbot Green to save the drag up to the Welcome and everyone has to stop to hear Chris’s latest anecdote about life in general. Occasionally Chris Clements has kept Chris company in Talbot while they both wait to join the ride.
The rides have varied in distance from 35 miles right up to longer rides of 60 miles but all have been punctuated by a café stop for refreshments and a chat. Most rides head south to take in stops at Cowbridge, Llantwit Major or Bridgend. Distances have been dictated by the weather and commitments members have on the day.
Members who are looking for a casual ride or a break from racing could join the Club Run by being at the Welcome in Tonypandy ready to leave at 9:30am. Ross Morgan has joined the ride, when his racing programme has given him some free time, to rest his weary legs.