16 Riders out this morning to take on the Black mountain in the drizzle that lasted all day.3 guest riders Martin Turton, Rob and Gareth Thomas that has now joined the club along with 13 members. first ride out for Tim Needham on his new Ridley after a month out because of a snapped frame.
Heading out from the stadium while it was still dry up the Industrial estate, Clydach upon coming to Ynysmeudyw where we took a left turn passing the bottom of the horrific Llanguicke road and opting for the “slightly” gentler Heol Las road. New member Gareth taking off hard at the bottom but being caught out half way up not realising how far we had to go, Andy M taking the honours cresting the top first as we reached the Road from Rhydyfro to Cwm-twrch.
Simon H, Andy D and we think John F turning left at this point as the relentless drizzle started that would only get worse as the day went on. the rest of us turned right but with in a few hundred yards Rob while standing still had a dramatic blow out and decided to turn for home leaving 12 hardened (Dull) riders left to head up Brynmamn and on to the Black mountains. I hung back with a few riders but upon reaching the top now only having 20 feet of visibility due to fog we approached the waiting peloton for us that looked like a scene out of gorillas in the mist. Taking our time to descend due to the conditions we came across an unfortunate accident of a motor cyclist being attended to by the emergency services.
Turning left at the far side of the blacks, heading through Bethlehem on to FfairFach, and finaly to the café in Llandeilo where Andy M was wrangling for extra points (during the summer) for having mud guards.
Our return took in the familiar route of FfairFach, LLandybie, before Mark N being the first to make a brake for the Amanford sign from a long way out only to be chased by Gary and Trevor, Garys effort showing to be premature leaving Trevor take the sign. regrouping to climb up the Aman valley on to GCG where the pace once again picked up for the ponty sign as a group of around 5 of us broke away to thrash it out this time Gary came through to take the sign.
Pontadawe saw us make our separate ways home but for those of us that did head to the stadium realised our mistake as the Swans and Liverpool fans all poured out.
Nic Cleave today taking on the Welsh 25 mile TT in a fantastic time of 53.30 bettering last years time by 40 seconds. currently waiting for official placing. Next Saturday he will be racing at Port Talbot 10 mile TT on our own course.
If any one else is racing, stortives, audax, track or any other cycling related activities please keep us as a club up to date