There were 20 riders out for the Club Run through the 4 valleys on 11th Aug 2013. Newcomers and guests included 3 guests from Derby, Cornwall and Redhill plus new arrivals in Swansea Matthew Saitch and girlfriend who have just moved to the area.
We set off through and along the Marsh Road, collecting Trevor on the way, before heading through Baglan and on to Margam. An ironic military salute from the PT Wheelers was received by the train station, where they were meeting for their own club run.
Left after Margam (where Andy D turned off) and through Tondu where we turned left only to be met with a closed road sign at Shwwt. Ignoring it we pressed on (no closed road to be found) and Paul E managed to squash a frog through the lanes just before the steep climb towards Ogmore. We went up and over the lanes regrouping at the tops of various climbs before pressing on to Nantymoel and the base of the Bwlch. Right at the roundabout and through the steep section before the cattle grid where the group blew apart, everyone making their own way to the top. I have no idea who got up first – drinking on a Friday is not good preparation for a Sunday morning!!
Dave G turned off at the top of the Bwlch and everyone else descended into Treorchy in small groups, although there was still a large queue at the café stop. Trevor announced the Club 10 championship is on 20th August 2013 with no time trial gear allowed to try and even the field.
After an extended café stop we moved on to the Rhigos where again the group broke into several pieces before the summit. Talk at the top led to several riders deciding to cut the ride short and take the Neath valley instead of the IVR road, so after dropping into Glynneath we broke up with approx. Even numbers taking the two different routes. Up the nagging drag to the IVR road where the headwind decided to make things difficult before dropping into Abercrave and the Swansea Valley pull for home.
Overall approx. 65 miles club to club.
4: Phil G, Mark N, Ian W,
3: Trevor L, Andy M, Jeremy, Paul E, Nic C, Simon S,
2: Andy D, Dave G, Jonny W, Phil Rees, Bob H.
Guests: 6 in total inc Gruff
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