There where 17 riders out today for this sunny start from the Liberty Stadium. We all set off along the cycle path and then up through Morriston Cross and onto Clydach, John F turning back at this point, the rest of us carried onto Pontardawe at a steady pace. At Pontardawe traffic lights we all carried straight on heading through Ynysmeudwy. We turned left off the main road and rode on back roads through Godre’r-Graig. After a bit of cyclocross slalom through road closure concrete blocks it was down into Ystradgynlais. We rode on for a while when suddenly Andy M had a loud blow out in his front wheel, think it was due to the condition of his front tyre, even Ian W said he wouldn’t have ridden his bike with a tyre that bad, so must have been bad (he he).
After repairing the puncture Andy M decided to head back home with his phone handy just in case. The rest of us carried onto the main valley road and head on towards Crai with Trevor sneaking most of the signs, the rest of the group just enjoying the scenery. Just before the climb to the Crai, Trevor’s saddle bag having a issue and departing his bike, tumbling across the road onto the grass verge. Trevor and Mark N stopping to collect + refit the bag back, the rest of the group carrying on to the top. All refitted it was back on the road and up the climb to the Crai, meeting Phil G and Nick C on the way up who were waiting for us, then on to the top.
Bob, Andy and Dave G turning back for home. The rest of the group head on down the decent, with the pace picking up for the Crai sign, Mark N making an early break for the sign, but too far for him being past by the group, Trevor finally taking the sign from Phil G with a late burst of speed. We pushed onto the long decent into Defynnog, with Nick C taking off early and making a large gap from the rest for the sign, lots of riders going ‘all out’ to pull him back, but no joy, Nick taking the Defynnog sign. We all regrouped in Defynnog and then headed in to Sennybridge for the café stop.
All refreshed it was back on the road, we headed back into Defynnog. Then we turned right off the main road and rode on towards Devils Elbow. Reaching Devils Elbow the group split on the climb, with Phil G reaching the top first, closely followed by Eduardo. Every body making it top of the climb, we all regroup. Then we all pushed on at speed heading down to Ystradfellte, as we enter the village, just before the sign, where Ian W had his previous fall. We encountered a small group of sheep walking on the road, with one running across the road in front of Eduardo nearly taking him out, I think this road is jinxed or just the bend?.
At the junction the group split with Mark K, Phil R and Rodi turning right heading for home, the rest of the group turning right up the climb heading to Penderyn common. When reaching the common we turned right to Penderyn with the race on for the sign, with Eduardo taking the sign off Trevor, after his fast lead out from Mark N. Then it was through Penderyn, with Trevor’s saddle bag hitting the tarmac again. After collecting the bag, it was time to put the bag it in his back pocket and sort it later. Back on the road we head onto Hirwaun roundabout. We all carried on through Cefn Rhigos with Lee P taking the sign, then down the fast decent to Glynneath. It was straight through Glynneath and we turned right onto the old road. The pace picking up with every one taking a turn at the front pulling the group along, Trevor turning off onto to the Glynneath bypass as soon to be late for lunch in Port Talbot and needing to make up time. the rest of us pushing on with the pace getting higher and higher, with everybody after the Aberdulis sign. In the end Phil G taking the sign, after a great bit of riding. After regrouping we headed on through Cadaxton, at the roundabout Ian W, Jeremy D and Nick C turned right heading for home. The rest of us headed through Skewen and home. Total distance 70 miles
Next weeks ride Ogmore 60 miles
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