TWELVE riders turned up at the Liberty for the club run to Black Mountain and Llandeilo, including two holidaying guests. Denis, over from Belgium, rides with the Guidons Courtois club in the Wallonne region, and Chris rides with Stowmarket and District CC.
A good pace up through Plasmarl, Llansamlet, Ynystawe and Ponty Cross, up the hill to regroup at Trevor’s Lockup. At GCG we turned right to Brynamman, with Simon H heading for home here. The group stayed together until Upper Brynamman (where Bob peeled off), with Trevor, Nic and Ian forging ahead.
A quick breather at the top to wait for Denis (who did have a lot to live up to in the shadow of Merckx) and the group headed down into the valley. Dry and smooth tarmac = fast riding, with John and Paul playing cat and mouse all the way down on the front, posting some pretty quick times.
Just before Llangadog we turned left along the lumpy road to Bethlehem, with Jesus nowhere to be seen (holidaying in Belgium, maybe?) The pace really picked up here for the Ffairfach sign, with Trev, John, Ian, Paul and Nic all in the mix. Nic launched a heroic breakaway only to realise he’d misjudged it and had gone at least 1K too soon. Taking advantage Trev and John powered away with Trev just bagging it.
Up over the bridge into Llandeilo and into the new favourite cafe on King Street. Much to everyone’s disappointment the rather attractive waitress from last year was nowhere to be seen. No doubt tipped off that the infamous stud-of-Neath Ian was arriving soon, she was probably cowering out back.
The cafe was only memorable for the moment when ‘Bubbles’ made an unexpected return by accidentally dropping his electrolyte tab into his coffee. Much hilarity ensued when said Americano fizzed all over the table. Paul even had the nerve to ask for a replacement coffee, saying the milk was off!
Back on the road and the Welsh weather cheered everyone up with a light drizzle. Happily this only lasted about 20 minutes. Ian managed to beat Trevor to the Ffairfach sign at the end of the bridge, but only because no-one else could be bothered after the cafe stop.
Along the A483 and through Llandybie and then a quick stop at Ammanford. The decision was made not to go back via Garnswllt, but up to Glanamman and then back via GCG. The pace slowed here, with the group splitting up from Ponty at various places. Paul and Phil R made sure the guests got back to the Liberty. Good to see a couple of members who hadn’t been out for a while: Andy D and Mark K.
Guests: Denis, Chris.
Next Sunday’s club run (August 31st) is a biggie! An 85 mile (club to club) epic known variously as: Hell of the Beacons/Tour of the Reservoirs/Black Devil Drum.