3rd June

Gary Flower pictured here competing in the second of the 2013 hill climb series recorded an excellent 1 hour 2 minutes 50 seconds in our open 25 mile time trial earlier this year. It was his first attempt at the distance and he beat the bronze standard. Since then Gary travelled to Majorca to compete in a half ironman triathlon so he is obviously a tough character. Riding in the Ogmore Valley Wheelers 25 on 22nd May he went on to record 1-00-58 and beat the club silver standard in very windy conditions. Keen to compete over as many distances as possible, he rode the Bynea 50 on Sunday and took 16th place with a very good ride over a tough emergency course. He finished in 2-15-48 beating the bronze standard soundly and less than two minutes slower than the silver. Older veteran Paul Griffiths also rode, finishing in 2-45-15. They will be joined by Kevin Bartlemore in the Club 50 Championship, incorporated in the Welsh and British Championship on 23rd June when they will battle for our title.

Although the first of the 5 mile TT’s was cancelled because of bad weather, the second hill climb was run off in sunny conditions again although there was a brisk and cold wind at the top. Winner on this occasion was Dan Taylor who eclipsed his fastest time last year of 11-48 with 11-23, winning by just over one minute. Twelve club riders meant plenty of competition and all those who rode the previous event managed to improve their times. Ethan improved from 13-53 to 13-16 but was unable to beat his Dad, Anthony, who was determined not to be outdone. He fought his bike all the way and finished in a state of collapse, collecting an excellent 3rd place with 13-06. Photos from the event have been added to the 2013 HillClimb Series in the Photo Gallery.

Glenn Waters has had to hang up his wheels for a while so is selling his 2011 Trek 6700 mountain bike. It cost him £ 1300 new and due to an injury soon afterwards has hardly been used. He is asking £700 and including some free extras. Check it out on eBay. He is holding onto his road bike in the hope of riding again at some time. Best wishes, Glenn. We hope to see you around at club events.

Finally, a warm welcome to our newest member, Kyle Adams from Pontypridd. Kyle is 16 years of age and looking forward to meeting up with us at the club 5 mile time trial on Thursday.

Many photos from the Bryn Griffiths 25 mile TT have finally been uploaded to the Gallery. Apologies to all for the delay and thanks to Kerry and Nic Forbes for the photos.

Posted in 2013 News, June.