There were 10 riders out for the SWCC Three Valley’s Anti Clockwise fathers day ride on 15th June 2014 in hot and sunny conditions. One guest, Paul P, over from Germany decided to tag along.
Jeremy Rees popped down to the Stadium for the start but didn’t hang around too long. NOTE apparently Jeremy could use a driver on Thursday for an event related to a magazine. Anybody able to give him a hand? If so please give him a call or email him direct thanks.
We headed off from the Stadium and through Skewen before crossing under the motorway and into Neath. Right turn and onto the Cimla climb where Nic Cleave and Alan C pushed on up the hill followed by Louis where we regrouped before dropping down onto the Afan valley road. John F turned off down towards Port Talbot.
With plenty of chat about the previous few stages of the Dauphine and a slight tailwind Ian and Andy pulled the group along for a fair old distance dodging potholes all the way to the base of the climb. As the road moved up Nic C stepped up the pace at the very bottom of the climb and by the cattle grid, a group of 3 had opened up a gap. Nic peeled off shortly after and Alan C pulled on to towards the top at a fair pace, with the Club Sec in his wheel until the last third of the climb. After swopping places on the front a little dig did for Alan on the penultimate bend.
After regrouping at the top we dropped down into Treorchy, with Andy M passing Paul E in the descent before Paul decided he wanted to get down first.
On to the café stop where after Jason introducing everyone to Cola raisins the cold valley meant the Rhigos warmed everyone up. Not sure who got to the top first out of Nic C, Alan and Louis M. Jason dropped his chain and we passed a chap on the walk of shame – of dear!
Down the other side and through Glynneath before the TT route home. Alan and Louis M pulled the whole group along the TT route where everyone slowed down about 1KM before the Rock. As usual the Rock climb decided the sign, nobody else fancied it and with the Sec having enjoyed the rest down the valley, he pushed up the hill and on to the Aberdulais sign. Unfortunately our German friend snapped a jockey wheel at the bottom of the Rock, so after a trip back to try and help out his terminal rear mech he waited in the Rock for a taxi whilst the rest of us pushed on home.
Approx 60 miles door to door.
4: Nic C, Phil G, Jason K, Ian W, Andy M, Paul E
3: Alan C, Louis, John F
2: Jeremy Rees
Guest x 1
TT Tuesday I believe – check the website.
Only one word needed for next weeks ride: BELMONT !!
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