12th May

The Club 25 mile Championship,

incorporated in the Welsh Championship was contested by six members. Simon Kinsey, riding in the overflow event was now getting into the swing of things, improving by a huge 5-31 to finish in 1-07-47. First Acme rider off in the main event was Steve Williams, also setting a new PB and going under the hour for the first time with his 59-15. Kevin Bartlemore was next, improving with each ride and recording 57-46 to update his best in the last three seasons. Dan Taylor, who had been suffering with a sore throat all week was unable to produce his expected performance but still got around in 58-31. Neale Lewis, always a good performer in time trials, improved to 56-45 and then waited to see the time of Steve Bennett who started three minutes behind him. He didn’t have too long to wait as, true to form over these short distances, Steve pulled out all the stops to cross the line in 55-25 and add another Club Championship to his collection.

Meanwhile, Kerry, Chris and Tony have been out in Ireland watching the Giro so we can look forward to seeing some spectacular photos, if the haven’t sampled too much of the Irish brews !

On the subject of photos, Tony Gammon has supplied another six images from the early 60’s including, unusually, one of himself. Tony’s photos are in the Photo Gallery.

27th April

The Club 30 mile Championship was held on Sunday 20th April, incorporated in the Bynea CC event. The usual course on the Llanwrda, Llangadog, Llandovery circuitwas again unavailable because of roadworks south of Llandovery, riders having to use the A40 to Abergwili, near Carmarthen and back, which includes some long drags.

With a field of 41 riders it was pleasing to see Acme represented by five riders competing for our championship. Unfortunately, Kevin Bartlemore was, however, unable to start because of illness.

A very keen Simon Kinsey, in his first year of racing, completed the 30 miles in 1-29-28, pleased with his first ride over this distance. Dail Long, also riding his first 30 and enthused by his personal best in our open 25, was only just over a minute outside the Club silver standard with his time of 1-18-40 for 17th place overall.

The competition to become Club 30 Champion was intense with defending champion, Dan Taylor, taking almost two minutes off his PB with 1-13-26 which gave him 9th overall. However, Steve Bennett, a previous champion at this distance flashed across the line in 1-13-08 to take 8th overall and the 2014 Club Championship. It couldn’t get much closer than that !

Next weekend sees more competition with our 25 mile Championships to be fought over in the Welsh Championships.

Meanwhile, Neale Lewis and Steve Williams were disappointed in the Ogmore 25 this morning when the course was shortened by a couple of miles. Neale finished in 51-35 and Steve in 53-48. IF ONLY !

The Gallery now has lots more photos from our Open 25.

15th April

Fiona Davies joined our club many years ago and rides the occasional club event but as a member of Rhondda Triathlon Club continues to compete in Duathlons. Never a person to brag about her abilities, she has been persuaded to give us a brief report of her most recent race.

On Sunday 6th April the University of South Wales hosted the Welsh Duathlon Championship at the Isca Duathlon, starting and finishing on the University campus at Caerleon. Having recce’d the bike course earlier in the week in rain and mist, it was good to wake up to a clear dry morning. The race has a “wave” start with a maximum of 10 in each wave; I was in the 5th wave and settled into the middle of the group as we tackled the hilly 4k run course. Then helmet on, quick shoe change and out on the 10 mile bike leg; a more confident descender came past me within the first 500m, but he then made a good target to focus on throughout the gently undulating ride to the White Hart at Llangybi and back. Finally the hardest part of any duathlon, the second run – “Shut up legs” and just get me round those hills again!

The wave format gave earlier starters a chance to watch some of the faster athletes coming in on the bike and doing their second run, including the eventual Welsh Champion Gareth Thomas of San Domenico, in a total time of 1:01:48. He was followed by Alexander Royffe of Newport Phoenix in 1:03:00 and Gareth Green of San Domenico in 1:03:46. The first lady was Fenella Langridge of Team Pro Motion Dynamics in 1:14:15, while I was very happy (and surprised!) to take the female Super Vets title in 1:27:06.

The following Sunday, Fiona took a break from competition to act as a marshal in our Bryn Griffiths Memorial 25 mile Time Trial in the Vale of Neath.

First rider off at 9.01 am on a bright but cool morning was

Simon Kinsey riding in his first open event. There was a little mist in the lower part of the valley at first but a gradually strengthening wind and rising sun soon dispersed it. Simon, a veteran, completed the distance in 1hour 13 minutes and 18 seconds and will no doubt be keen to race again.

All our club members who rode produced good performances with Dai Long improving greatly from last year with a great 1-01-31 and surprising himself. Those winter training runs under the leadership of Carl have certainly benefitted those who took part because Kevin Bartlemore, a top rider decades ago then finished in 58-43 and Steve Williams took minutes off his PB with an astonishing 1-00-19.

Dan Taylor riding his road bike with clip-on aerobars just pipped Kevin with his 58-35 while Neale Lewis somehow arrived at the start 40 seconds late, recording 59-06. His actual 58-26 would have just made him our fastest rider on the day !

The overall winner for the second year in succession was Kieron Davies, Team NBCC, with an outstanding 49-08, a winning margin of two and a half minutes.

We shouldn’t forget the performance of Roger and Margaret’s young grandson Ethan, now riding for Newport Olympic. In his first ever 25 mile event he recorded an amazing 59-51.

As always, our members and wives were out in force, erecting race warning signs from early morning, marshalling, pushing off, recording, or working at HQ to ensure a successful event. Just as important to the riders were the able team of ladies providing refreshments and always in the background. Thanks to one and all. We were congratulated again for providing such a well run event.

Some photos from the race can be seen in the Gallery and more will probably be added soon.

Also in the Gallery are photos taken by Jeff during the Hilly Trial.

3rd April


Anyone wishing to buy garments not currently available from club stock may be interested in the following offer from the manufacturer, Impsport.

Now that your Club Shop is fully functional we would like to encourage your club members to use the facility by offering 10% OFF for the next month on all orders of £50 or more, with free delivery on orders over £75 (offer ends on 30/04/2014).

If you intend ordering anything please contact Kerry first to obtain a Discount Code.

28th March

There has been a flurry of early season activity with our members participating in circuit and time trial events. Dai Long is seen here in one of the circuit races at Llandow and more action pictures taken by Chris and Kerry can be seen in the Photo Gallery. A number of members will be riding in our own open 25 mile time trial, the Bryn Griffiths Memorial event on 13th April and will be pleased to see other members marshalling the course and shouting encouragement. The following Sunday will be the Club Championship 30 mile TT, incorporated in the Bynea CC event so remember to get your entries in to the organiser ASAP. It would be good to see plenty of competition for these Club championships.

The 2014 reliability rides conclude with the hilly event or Fondo this Sunday, all riders starting at 09.30 from the Welcome Inn for a tough challenge.

The Sunday and Wednesday clubruns have been managing to avoid most of the rain but not the muck of the country lanes. The Wednesday runs, in particular, avoid main roads as much as possible, investigating a myriad of narrow lanes and interesting sites. The cafe stop is always looked forward to, of course !

Welcome to two new members. Ryan Evans and Jeff Rees. Both are past members with a strong racing tradition and keen to get involved again. Ryan was a good road man and TT rider while Jeff specialised in cyclo-cross and was a Welsh team member.