There were 17 riders out for the Bank Holiday August Run to Aberdare. A welcome return for John F after his broken collarbone and also to Gerald, who decided to join us for the run up the Swansea valley. New rider Lance (no, not that one) joined us for the first time and Adam returned again.
We set off from the stadium towards Morriston and straight into a block headwind which persistent all the way from the stadium and up the Swansea Valley. Up past Craig Y Nos and towards Crai where the headwind showed no signs of slowing up. At this point the Secretary decided enough was enough – illness is no friend to the cyclist. At the top of Crai Andy M, John F and Phil G turned back whilst the rest headed on towards Heol Senni.
At the Crai reservoir we were joined by Adam’s Dad before the group took a right turn on the Heol Senni road and encountered a road closed sign over a faulty cattle grid. Undeterred we carried on to the challenging Devil’s Elbow ascent which was a first for several riders. Swift descent to neutralised Ystrafellte sign where the group split with Dave G, Simon H, Andy D and Adam’s Dad heading for a Neath valley return.
Ten seconds later we made an unplanned café stop at the village shop/postoffice, where we had excellent food and good views. Back on the road, steep climb up to Hirwaun Common, through Cefn Rhigos and Aberdare before the climb up Maerdy Moutain (how many hairpins?!) then down the other side to blast up Penrhys.
9 tired riders dropped into the Rhondda before Bwlch, Afan valley, Cimla Hill/Sardis and then home via Crumlyn Bog road. Good training for Phil R before Tenby Iron Man in two weeks. All in all, an excellent club run.
(With thanks to Jonny for completing the above details)
4: Trevor, Lee P, Mark N, Ian W, Jonny W,
3: Andy M, Phil G, Andy D, Louis M, Phil Rees, John F,
2: Simon H, Gerald, Dave G,
Guests x 3 (Lance Adam and Adams Dad)
Phil G & Jonny
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