There were 15 rider for this ‘made up on the day’ route to Porthcawl. We left the Liberty Stadium, heading up the bypass to Winch Wen, through Crymlyn lanes into Skewen. On towards Neath and up the Cimla hill, the group splitting on this climb, with a group of 6 pulling away (Trevor L, Phil G, Ian W, Mark N and the 2 Uni boys Ned, Huw), with the pace high, everyone battling to get to the top first. This group started to split up due to the hard work of Trevor, Phil and Huw at the front…. too hard for the rest. At the top Huw taking the honours, closely followed by Trevor and Phil.
We all regrouped at the top then headed down hill to Pontrhydyfen and up the other side to the top. At the main road we turned right heading on the long drag towards Penycae and then into Port Talbot, Simon turning back at this point. The rest of us turning left at lights heading straight through Port Talbot onto Margam. Phil G telling the group about the new road and sign for the way back. The pace picking up again, onto Pyle lights. At the lights the group turned left up the hill, with Louis and Huw sprinting away, with Huw taking the Cefn Cribwr sign and the top. We all regrouped at the top then pushed on for a little way, at Cefn cross we turned right down to Laleston with Mark N taking the sign alone. Turning right at the roundabout onto the A48, next roundabout we turned left up Bridgend Road (The Steps) towards Porthcawl, Louis turning off at this point. As we headed up ‘the steps’ lots of people making little breaks for the front, but youth taking the sign for Porthcawl… We will have to ban these Uni boys 🙂
On to the coffee stop, inside the café, talk was about back in the day when knitted kit was the norm, think most of us were a bit young to remember that.
Back on the road again after a quick photo stop, then right along the coast, through the houses to the main road, turning left and on towards the golf course, the pace picking up with Mark N making a few breaks at the front testing the water, see who would follow…. seemed that every one had lots of energy left. Through Kenfig and up past the Angel pub, then down to the junction, turning left towards Margam park, the pace picking up for the new blue euro sign on the new road to Tata steel, but still along way to go. All boys fighting for positions or just trying to hold on at this point. Past Margam, down to the roundabout, with Phil G, Trevor L, Huw pulling away from the rest. Down to the new roundabout turning left towards Tata steel with Phil G taking the new sign. We all regrouped and headed onto Aberavon sea front, through Sandfields to Britton Ferry, the group splitting at the bridge all heading for home. Distance 58 miles
4-Trevor L, Phil G, Ian w. Jeremy D, Mark N, Andy, Edwardo
3-Jason K, Simon H, Jonny, Nick C, Dave G
Guests- Ned, Huw (Swansea Uni)
Sunday 24th Nov Ystradgynlais 50miles
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