6th January

The Christmas Dinner and Presentation Evening went ahead on Saturday 14th December due to the determination of Tony Rees, seen here accepting his award for second place in the 5 mile Time Trial Series. Held at ‘The Colliers’ in Porth, it was great to see the event strongly supported by members and their families on what is an important occasion in the Club calendar.

After an excellent three course meal the following Club Champions were awarded with their trophies by our President, Gerald Clements.

25 mile Time Trial Neale Lewis

30 mile Time Trial Dan Taylor

50 mile Time Trial Gary Flower

100 mile Time Trial Gary Flower

Short Distance BAR Dan Taylor

Hill Climb Ethan Derrick

Cyclo Cross Dan Taylor

Criterium Evan Rickards

Criterium Freddy Rickards

Hill Climb Series 1st Paul Harries ; 2nd Ethan Derrick.

It was wonderful to have Judith and David Thomas at the dinner to see Ethan Derrick receive the Dudley Thomas Memorial Trophy for his win in the 5 mile Time Trial Series. In 2nd place was Tony Rees and 3rd was Paul Harries.

ClubTime Trial Standard Awards were made to Steve Williams, Dai Long, Dan Taylor and Gary Flower.

The 2013 Clubman of the Year Award was given to Dave Roberts for his loyalty and commitment to the Club throughout 2013. Due to an injury he has not ridden during 2013 but hopefully he will make a comeback this year.

Following the formal presentation things became less serious as a number of “deserving cases” were awarded with the usual ‘novelty prizes’.

The Club would like to thank Kay and her staff at ‘The Colliers’ for their hospitality,service and great home-cooked food !

Members will be pleased to hear that Ross is now home from hospital and will need a couple of months recovery before riding once again. During the accident caused by a car braking violently to avoid a head-on collision, Ross landed on his knee which was forced backward, damaging bone which requires a graft. He feels everyone should be aware of the benefit of wearing a helmet which was smashed when his head hit the curb. The result could have been a lot more serious.

Photos from the Dinner can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.

4th January

Happy New Year to all our members. The weather has not been the best for cycling during the holiday period but a group ride wasplanned this morning to take advantage of the few hours of drier and less windy conditions. One member who was unfortunately unable to take part is Ross Morgan who collided with a car on New Year’s Eve and was admitted to hospital with a broken leg. We all wish you a speedy recovery, Ross and look forward to seeing you back on your bike. To help cheer you up in the meantime, here is a photo of your grandad, Neville Yeo, taken in the 1950’s when the usual racing attire was a racing cap turned back to front for better aerodynamics, woollen shorts which tended to become baggy with age [especially if it rained!], and a woollen racing vest with the same qualities. Note the fixed gear and single, front brake although the hood section of a second lever was sometimes fitted, as here, to grip while riding in a more upright position, especially when riding hill climb events. The rear wheel usually had a larger sprocket on the other side for use when riding to and from the race unless you had carried spare wheels. The large flange hubs were a favourite as they shortened the spoke length, making the wheel stiffer. No radial spoking in those days. The bell was an essential, being required by law and time trial rules. This one was again a favourite, being made of aluminium for lightness with a spring loaded arm which made a single strike against the bell. Not very effective but legal.

The clubroom will be open from 7-9 pm on Friday 10th January and the regulars would enjoy seeing you there for a chat and cup of tea.

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the clubroom on 31st January and any items for the agenda should be presented to Hon. Secretary, Mark Nicholls before the 16th January.

18th December

Younger Acme members may be unaware of the successful racing background of the club since its inception and just how good were some of the older members sitting amongst them at the annual dinner and prize presentation last weekend. Did you realise you were being applauded by Welsh champions for track pursuit, 12 hour and hillclimb? We will try to showcase these from time to time and begin by showing a selection of pages from two handbooks among the collection held by Dave Roberts. Young Ross who used to be brought to watch club events by his grandad, Nev Yeo, will no doubt be proud to see Nev’s name in the lists.

6th December

Life member, Tony Gammon, who will celebrate his 81st Birthday on 1st January, has dug up some black and white negatives from the 1950’s. Tony does not feature in the photos because he took them but he certainly captured an exciting period in the Club’s history. Cars were a luxury in those days and two wheels was the means of spreading your wings and seeing new places.

Tony says ” I cannot remember all the names in the photos but amongst them are Dai Plaza (Runs Captain), Jack Sheppard (Chairman), Marilyn Hammond (married Graham Jenkins), Bronwen Derham, Billy Jones, Ken Williams and Ann Watkins (who married and emigrated to Australia), Lyn Clark, the Brooks brothers and Jimmy Morris whose family owned a butchery business in Pentre.”

More of Tony’s pictures can be seen in the Photo Gallery. Perhaps our older members will be able to identify some of the riders who include a young Gwyn Humphreys in racing mode.

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7th November

Many members are aware that Dave Evas has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for throat cancer. Our Club President, Gerald Clements is pleased to say that although Dave has undergone surgery this week and is currently in intensive care, it is hoped that he will be able to return home at the weekend. Dave had continued to ride weekly with older friends such as Gerald, Gwyn Humphreys, Howard Williams and Chris Clements until his illness and doesn’t seem to have changed since this photograph taken during a clubrun circa 1961. From left to right the riders are ? , Chris Clements, Gerald Clements, Dave Evas, Dave Roberts who bought his first pair of racing wheels from Dave, and Andy Hamilton. We all wish you a speedy recovery Dave and look forward to seeing you back on your bike.