13 Riders out on a romantic trip to Porthcawl on a sunny Valentines day. One returning guest rider Jonathan and 11 others leaving the stadium promptly at 9.30am with a slightly revised route that was greeted with joy as we announced we were to throw in Cimla Hill for good measure.
Heading up the bypass to Bon-Y-maen, down Crymlyn lane to Skewen, where John dropped a chain.
Regrouping at Neath Abbey we pressed on around Neath City centre where the two wise men, Andy D and Bob H taking a route through Briton Ferry and leaving the rest of us to face the Cimla hill climb (half way up Cimla I realised I really do not miss living up there and having to do that climb after every club run). Trevor and myself taking the honours together over the top both on cyclo cross bikes closely followed by Gary on his full carbon summer bike while Mike bringing up the rear cursing his bike as he dropped a chain 3 times.
The steep drop down in to Pontrhydyfen is always a fast one but the rider of a moped must have felt like a Derny rider at a track meeting as 10 cyclists filled his mirrors, crossing the viaduct and on to the top road saw us dropping in to Goytre and being welcomed in to Port Talbot with a head wind that would see us working together going through and off past Margam, Moudlam and both north and south Cornelly’s.
The pace picking up along the Bypass entering Porthcawl and started to stretch the group, by the time we hit the roundabout most of us had café fever, thinking Dave was planning on turning for home didn’t realise that he in fact had a puncture and Trevor was his lead mechanic.
At the café not only did we regroup with Bob and Andy but Trevor, Dave and a hot looking Paul Wheel who turned up at the club 10 mins late and chased us down.
Mark Kneen taking the opportunity to show us his photography skills as we have a photo taken on the sea front as we had a bit of sun for a change before heading back passed rest bay, Nottage and a brisk pace led by Trevor to Margam park where the pace built up ready of the inevitable sprint for the sign.
The call “soft peddle” must of been misunderstood as it took us a while to regroup and head back along the new roads in Port Talbot and on to the Ferry bridge.
Next weeks ride is a spin out over the Bwlch and Rhigos but please keep an on your emails or facebook, If the weather in not appropriate then an alternative route will be taken.