Dean’s Second Drive up the M50

Another regular event in the LVRC Calendar this 48 mile route is broken down into three laps of 16 miles.  It is known as the Welland Circuit, after one of the villages on the course, which is in the shadows of the Malvern Hills.  All the riders expected a fast pace but that was likely to take its toll because of the strong easterly wind.  The course wends its way through agricultural countryside with hedges providing the occasional shelter from the wind.  In other areas these same hedges would create “head-wind tunnels“ for the riders to contend with.

 The first lap went well for retired policeman Dean Cummings and all riders were together after a few attacks were pulled back. As the bunch travelled along the open common road the cross wind caused a split in the Bunch. Dean chased back taking several riders with him and managed to get back on before the start of the 3rd and final lap.

The pace quickened and Dean knew he would pay for his efforts on the previous lap. As the final miles came he could feel the fatigue his legs. As the riders negotiated the final bend onto the common road into a now strong head/cross wind the bunch kicked. Digging in to stay with the front-runners Dean managed to finish 23rd for a second time. However, this put him into an excellent 10th in his age group.

For the “Statos” amongst the readers Dean completed the 48.58 miles in 2hrs 6min with an average speed of 23.1mph.  His average power output was 213w with a maximum of 742 watts.

First Trip Over Offa’s Dkye

The Road Racing season started at the end of March for Committee Member Dean Cummings with two visits to Worcestershire to compete in League of Veteran Racing Club (LVRC) events.

The first trip across Offa’s Dyke was for the Pinvin RR in the Pershore area of Worcestershire, Dean was competing in the D cat 55-59yrs section.

The course was an 8mile circuit along undulating country roads which is completed six times. This regular LVRC event is always a good one to test the legs and form for the early season. The Race went from the gun with four riders away and the strong team from Bath CC blocking any efforts to bridge the gap. The fast race pace continued with several attacks from the bunch over the undulating circuit with a difficult easterly cross-wind to deal with. At 2 miles to go two riders were well clear though they were being chased down by three riders hovering a few seconds in front of the bunch. Though very tense, the final mile saw no change in the overall result.  With 300 metres to the finish the road opened up in front of ambulance driver Dean and he went for it only to be swallowed up with 20 metres to the line.  

In a very competitive field Dean finished in a creditable 23rd position with an average speed of 23.8mph over the 48 miles. 

Welsh Cycling Spring Series

Over the first two weekends of May Road, Race specialist, Dean Cummings made the relatively short trip to the Vale of Glamorgan Llandow Circuit. The Welsh Cycling Spring Race Series attracts many riders for different reasons and Acme Wheelers’ Dean Cummings was there for training in a race situation.  These events are fast and furious running for 35 minutes and 3 laps and can be very difficult, averaging 23 and 25 mph on a technical circuit is not everyone’s idea of a good day out. Dean, though, was very happy with his effort in both events which took place in sunny weather, finishing 23rd in each race and picking a 3rd/4th Cat point.


Gwyn joined the club as a teenager and over the next decades his talent shone through

 He represented Wales in the Pursuit & 10mile events at the 1958 Empire Games held in Cardiff as well as being part of the Acme team which held numerous Welsh records and one of an elite band of riders who beat the hour for riding 25miles, a great achievement in the 1950s.   

But there was far more to Gwyn than clocking up records and being the perfect rider, he had a zest for life which was typified by the way he arrived at races——the best equipped bike strapped to the back of his immaculate blue and white MG sports car and the beautiful Judith sitting by his side.

Indeed before Judith arrived in the passenger seat Gwyn was considered by other club members as something of a babe magnetic, young ladies flocked to join the club so they could be associated with him. He modestly explained the existence of his fan club by saying, “someone has got to do it”.

Even in later life he never lost that competitive edge winning the Acme 12 hour club championship at the age of 58 riding an impressive 203miles.

In later years he will be remembered for instigating and organising for 25 years the club Tuesday night 10 mile time trial, being a South Wales District time keeper and also winning the prestigious Rhondda Sports Personality award.

Although he was no longer able to ride long distances he still went on the Acme training weekends sitting in the accompanying van wearing his Acme kit and shouting encouragement to the riders through the open window.

Not only was he a loyal member and servant to the Acme he was a much valued friend to so many.

Gwyn Remembered:-

Knee Problem Curtails Dave Singleton’s Season

After picking up a knee injury The Sprortzmad 10m TT was just about the end of the competitive season for PB chaser Dave Singleton.  On a fine September, Saturday afternoon on the Raglan to Abergavenny Course Dave was very pleased with his new PB of 22:32. He has been edging his way down to the 22 minute mark this season and with the experience he has gained who would bet against him going under 22 minutes next season.

Due to his knee problems Dave had to pull out of the WCA 30 and 50 Mile Championships but these rides will certainly be on his to-do-list next season. To add to his 10 mile PB Dave has posted a 54:14PB for the 25 mile distance and 2:06:11 for 50 miles.  Once his injury has been sorted with another winter of hard training we expect a new set of PB’s next season.  Good luck for the winter Dave.