Club Run – Defynnog (Devil’s Elbow)

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There were 13 riders on Sunday for the clubrun to Defynnog.

Phil (yes, another Phil) Rees (Cc above) joined the club yesterday.

We rode up the Swansea valley with a tailwind and were soon on the climb up to Crai reservoir. Mike & John turned back at the top, as we rode over the hill and Trevor took the Crai sign easily.
Nic then pushed on with a few escapees until the outskirts of Defynnog, but Trevor slipped away from the group to take the sign.

We took refreshments alfresco at the Old Schoolhouse cafe at 30 miles. The Sarn Helen sportive riders passed us as did Wyn John going the other way. We decided to leave the cafe when 2 red kites started circling the cafe in search of a meal.

Back on the road and along the Senni valley lane to the Devil’s Elbow. Lee was first up the hill and we descended towards Ystradfellte. Ian W. & Nic were pushing the pace and the Captain was alert to the claim to his sign. We went through the farmyard and the 5 bar gate lane and entered the final straight to the sign. Ian’ s chain snapped (no doubt down to the power being applied!) at 30 odd m.p.h. & he hit the deck on his right side, while his bike span around out of control. The Captain slammed on his brakes and skidded just avoiding Ian and his bike. I know what you’re thinking – was the bike alright? Was it the curse of the sign or the new club shorts?!

Ian resumed the ride, when others would not have, with road rash and ripped shorts. We turned right at Ystradfellte, as the road to Penderyn out of the village has a gravel topping. Down into the Neath valley, through Glynneath and onto the B4242 valley road, where the pace picked up for the Aberdulais sign. The excitement came to an end at the bottom of the Rock hill, where Plod had closed the road because of an accident. We had to double back to the Ynysarwed canal tunnel and pass under the main road. Steve & Bob carried on the canal towpath to Tonna, while the rest of us hopped over the fence and crash barrier and rode in the margin of the main road to Cadoxton.

Mileage = 65.

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What’s on this week and next Sunday’s Club Run

Mark W

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Club Run – Defynnog (Devil’s Elbow)

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