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***** Wednesday 10th August *****Meet at Tregib at 10am for a ride, destination to be discussed. There will be a coffee/lunch stop involved.Plenty of fluids and sun cream I think.Please comment if you plan to ride. 🚲🚲🚲🌞 ... See MoreSee Less
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I’m down the Carmarthen Velodrome on Sunday morning from 10-11am helping with a disability cycling session. If the club are out that way, I’ll join you on the way back to Llandeilo. If not, see you Tuesday. Wyn ... See MoreSee Less
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A few more pics - obviously most of these were taken by Dewi & Liv. If anyone from Simon's pod have some pics, then please share them? ... See MoreSee Less
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Just a couple of pics to get them going ... See MoreSee Less
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***********RACE AROUND WALES 23/24 July************Well everyone, it's been a few days since we finished this bonkers event. The official finishing time was 30 hrs and 10 minutes for the 502 miles but after allowing for significant shift exchange delays at Llanberis (10 mins), Rhyd Ddu (40 mins) and Llyn Brianne (12 mins), the actual average speed (given the conditions) was an impressive 17.24 mph. As with the Steve Prescott Foundation team, the high speed we managed up to the Menai Bridge of nearly 20mph was decimated by winds in excess of 40 mph and it's fair to say that the conditions on Anglesey were almost unrideable. Emma, Laura, Sharon and Jason showed incredible guts and determination. The reduction to 1 mile efforts at the northern part of the island enabled them to continue some semblance of forward motion. Getting off Anglesey was a massive relief for the four of them. When Simon, the two Steve's and Ian started making their way south, they too faced a continuous, energy sapping headwind, which only abated temporarily on the run down to the next shift change at Bow Street. Simon looked at his power meter at one stage which showed an output of 380 watts for a miserly 12 mph return!Because of the conditions, the rider feedback after each effort was vitally important. The crews were briefed that rider safety was paramount and it was this interaction between riders and crew which enabled our superb 8 person mixed team to finish strongly at the gates to Dynefwr Park.The weekend was brought to a fitting conclusion with a relaxing meal for both teams at the Cawdor in the evening. The Steve Prescott Team, despite the conditions, enjoyed every minute of their weekend and we enjoyed hosting them. They are a hugely experienced rider/crew outfit and their feedback has been very constructive and helpful. Some of our team have also given me both verbal and written feedback, so please do so whilst memories are still fresh in your mind?As you all know, prior commitments, holidays and Covid meant we ran out of club resources and were struggling to get out 8 riders and 10 crew. As late as one day before, we lost a rider and it was thanks to Emma that Laura stepped up to save the day. She, alongside Ian, Steve and Sharon saved Simon from being captain of a 4 person team!!Special mention must be made of Sarah (Bynea CC Chair) and her brother Phil who looked after everyone on the minibus. They made every effort to get to stops offering hot food and to shift changes safely and on time. Their task was a tough one and I'm personally very grateful that they rose to the occasion when I invited them. Carmarthernshire is a fantastic area for cycling and this close cooperation between clubs in the county can only be a good thing. I'm sure that one day, we will return the favour.I'm immensely proud that our little club succeeded in this challenge. As you know, after Marg and I took part in Race Across America in 2019, I was enthused about running a similar, if shorter event here in Wales. We undoubtedly live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world and I felt that we could run an event that would showcase it to the world. We had plans to run the trial event in 2020 with club members but Covid came along and motivation levels dropped. It was only the call from Ian Morgan and Mark Blondell of the SPF that kickstarted the process. Initially, I was just going to run support for them but not having our club there seemed to me to be a missed opportunity. Simon has risen brilliantly to the challenge of being rider captain and his energy levels and enthusiasm have been a vital element in pulling it together. Dewi has taken scores of photographs and I'll get these downloaded once I know how to do so.Finally, I would like to thank each and every individual for taking part in the inaugural Race Around Wales - we are the current 8 person mixed RECORD HOLDERS!!Wyn ... See MoreSee Less
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