There was 9 riders out for the first of the summer session rides to Porthcawl. It was a very cloudy and windy start from the Liberty Stadium. We rode up the Winch Wen bypass towards Trallwn, then the group carried on through Trallwn to the traffic lights. At the traffic lights we turned right up Peniel Green road to the roundabout, turning right at the roundabout we headed down to Skewen and onto Llandarcy. Then onto the cycle track and across Briton ferry bridge, John F turning back at this point. The rest of the riders turned up past Mc Donalds taking the old road to the Baglan Brook Hotel, we passed the hotel and rode onto Port Talbot. We all carried on through Port Talbot at a steady pace and past Margam country park, we stopped a little bit further on for a short time period for Trevor to sort out his rear mud guard which was hanging off.
Back on the road towards Pyle, with Ian W sneaking the Pyle sign when everybody else was sleeping. At the traffic lights we turned right and then carried straight onto all the way to Kenfig. The pace started picking up as we headed past the golf course, with Paul E making a early attack for the Porthcawl sign followed by Mark N and Trevor, with Trevor taking the sign after being pushed to the limits by Mark N. Time for a café stop in Porthcawl.
All refreshed it was back on the road for the hard second half of the ride. After a short photo stop, we rode out of Porthcawl and up over The Steps, with Simon P taking the top. At roundabout we turned right, Phil R leaving us at this point heading for home. Then we rode down to the next roundabout, turning left at this roundabout into Laleston, In Laleston we turned first left heading up a climb. From then it was just climb after climb all the way to Llangynwyd with Simon P taking the top of every climb, at the main road we turned left into Maesteg. At the traffic lights we all turned left up a steep long climb, just as the heavens opened, no time to stop for rain jackets on this climb, it was time to get wet.
At the top we all regrouped and put rain jackets on. We then carried on through Bryn and down the hill to thetraffic lights. At traffic light we turned right and headed along the Afan Valley Rd for a while before turning left through Pontrhydyfen. Then it was up the steep leg burning climb of Sardis Hill, at the top we regrouped. Thankfully it was all down hill after that, all the way to Neath. We road through Neath and up through Skewen all heading for home. It was nice to see Dave G getting his form back and finishing the ride. 57 miles.
Goodbye to Simon Poljansek who is returning home, we are all very pleased to have met you and ridden with you! Hope to see you soon….Don’t forget to bring your bike next time your visiting.
Next weeks ride 13th April Gower (Trevor’s tour of Tycoch) 50 miles
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