VC Melyd to host 2017 Welsh Road Race Championships

VC Melyd to host 2017 Welsh Road Race Championships

The following great news was released on Facebook on Saturday the 17th December…

I’m pleased to announce that in 2017 on behalf of VC Melyd and Welsh Cycling, I will be hosting:-

2017 Welsh Road Race Championships

This will be held in North Wales on the Llyn Brenig Circuit on the 20th August 2017.

— Simon Parkinson (road race secretary)

More information to follow – however in the interim – this is great news for cycling, the area, and the club.

The course takes in a loop around Llyn Brenig and can be found here (http://doarama.com/view/1066325).

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London 100 – Now with moving pictures

London 100 – Now with moving pictures

Back at the small end of August three teams of four, and some individuals took part in the London100. This is not news now.

As you are riding around, it’s all… well its all a bit big, and the scenery is fabulous… however you are making progress and you miss out on it all.

On top of the usual photographs – there was an hours footage from the beginning of the ride – which we eagerly sat through … taking the time to take in the sites…. as opposed to picking a route through people and shouting “on your right” a lot while trying to paint the picture “Dan – while this pace is great, we do still have 95 miles to go.”

However – as fun as an hours footage of us riding is… for us… it fails to cut it for anyone else. MANY THANKS to (Lord) Gary for cutting this down to something most respectable. Here is to happy memories, and to Team B (Dan Liddle, Gary Sheridan, Vic Manley, Anthony Hogbin) and their great day out.

London100 – The Dream Team

London100 – The Dream Team

I had taken part in the London 100 the previous 2 years, in fact it was getting a place on the first one that started me cycling. My target time the first year was 7 hours, this time I knew it was going to be 5 hours considering the calibre of people I was riding with. I must admit when Darren put on Facebook who was in team B (Ant, Dan &Vic) a little bit of poo appeared in my pants. Nothing ventured nothing gained I thought and was really looking forward to it as the London 100 will always be special for the reason above and of course it led me too join VC Melyd and to be part of a Melyd Team was great.

We got our start time, EIGHT EIGHTEEN, which was a little later than expected and there was a little disquiet in the camp but in the end we decided to stick to the designated start time and no more was said ha ha. 25,000 riders and we started bang on our time, as I had previous years which amazes me. The organisation was phenomenal and to think that the streets of London were closed for cyclists is mind blowing, this country can get its priorities right sometimes.

We got off to a flying start, flying past riders like they were standing still, this is unusual for me and I was buzzing, this was a bonus to starting late, but that was a matter of opinion and I always try to look on the bright side, very similar to Dan’s outlook . We went through the tunnels at speed near the start (not sure what there called), it would be rude not to make noises for the echo like you did as a kid, so thought I would do one of my famous animal impression that’s usually done to annoy Mat Acton, but Dan was on the front and I realised I was breathing through my [ ‘eyes’ ] and had no spare breath, Ant thought I was doing a bad train impression, oh well.

The first 40 miles went in a flash and we had averaged 22 mph, from previous experience I knew we were on target to average 20 mph and do the 5 hours I could only have dreamed of a couple of years earlier, this made me happy. 50 miles had gone and was still feeling good, we stopped for a toilet break at a feed station, big mistake, this was too delay us by 15 mins and I managed to lose the others, things were starting to go wrong. I continued on my own but with out the same enthusiasm. Shortly after I came to Leith Hill. Things were about to get worse, I wont dwell on that experience but I hope the fact he was doing something he loved and was surrounded by like minded people will give his family some comfort, but I doubt it, RIP Mr Green.

During the wait on Leith Hill my legs had started to fill with lactic acid and they just didn’t feel the same again. 75 miles in I heard DESTROY THEM, it was Dan, it turned out they had the same experience on Leith Hill and we had only missed each other by minutes. Dan my legs are [ ‘not feeling ideal at this juncture’ ], don’t wait for me, go on ahead I said, but he was having none of it, he dropped back and brought the others to me. All had more in their legs than me, but wouldn’t go on ahead.

Dan Ant & Vic dragged me to the finish, still going at an average pace of 20 mph but they could have gone faster. We all crossed the line together, some in more pain than others.

What a ride, what a club, what a team, proud

London100 – The Fast.

London100 – The Fast.

I’ve ridden Ride100 for the past two years and was pleased when Darren asked me if I wanted to be part of a VC Melyd team with the aim of being one of the first back. I’ve had a successful season so far, achieving my goals of attaining 2nd Cat and winning a race (even if it was by default due to a nasty accident involving a horse, that’s another story) but I took a month off training in June. I’ve got a very understanding family who put up with my cycling obsession and part of this break involved two weeks in Italy with no bike. The pizza, gelato and beer proved too tempting so come mid July I was considerably heavier and slower, I thought it best not to mention this to the team given Alan and Darren were riding 200 miles a week each and were looking very lean. Jason’s regular Facebook updates of a pint with the caption ‘it would be rude not to’ was a sort of consolation. Anyway, an intensive turbo and early morning ride schedule got my fitness back to an acceptable level and I was ready to go.

I registered at the Excel centre, stocking up on energy bars, on Friday evening then watched the racing on the Mall on Saturday (well done again to Alan’s junior riders) to soak up the atmosphere of a weekend dedicated to cycling. One of the big successes of the 2012 Olympic legacy. Based on the popularity of Ride100 it would be great to see it expanded to other cities. The time flew by and it wasn’t long before the team met up in the 6am pen, quite a contrast to the year before where I understand it was only at the last minute the event was shortened rather than being cancelled completely due to hurricane Bertha. Jason had an unusual preparation for riding 100 miles by sleeping in his van next to the start line and left it to the last minute to put on a borrowed Melyd jersey. A quick photo was taken so he couldn’t deny this happened and we were off. I have ridden with a few of the riders in the front group so had an idea the pace would be high from the start but there were also a lot of riders I suspect hadn’t got a lot of group riding experience so it was all very twitchy.

My plan was to –

  1. keep in the VC Melyd team towards the front
  2. not do too much work
  3. not get dropped on the hills
  4. if all that worked out then finish in the front bunch

The past couple of years the route took a straight line from East London out to Putney but due to the construction of the cycle super highway along the Embankment it was routed through the City, more landmarks to see but a lot more obstacles to negotiate. At this stage I was probably about 20th wheel and was having to give a hard effort out of each corner to keep up, it must have been much worse further back. The start was stressful and I was looking forward to getting into the countryside and things calming down. Alan summed it up best saying it was like riding in a 2 hour crit race! We all know it wasn’t a race so I apologies if the next bit comes across like that.

Past Richmond Park the team was down to three, Jason got caught up in one of the many crashes and wasn’t able to get back on, by this stage it was more a case of holding position in the bunch rather than riding as a team. Saying that there was a point when Alan, Darren and myself were working on the front pulling the bunch along at 40kpm that would have made a great photo, where is Anthony when you need him. Soon we hit the first leg stretcher, Newlands Corner, which thinned the group out a bit. I took part in a cycling event in Sardinia earlier in the year and found the climbing there a challenge, I’m not built to mix it with 60kg riders on 10km climbs but the Ride100 course is more about power and the first ramp proved I was able to hold my own, this gave me a bit more confidence of achieving goal 3.

We pressed on and were soon at Leith Hill, the hardest climb of the course. I don’t know the roads around Surrey very well but could feel the speed and tension rising as riders tried to move forward in preparation. I was in good position, probably top ten, and as the road started to rise had to work hard to stay there. After a big effort I then saw the sign for the start of the KOM, I was hoping we were near the top! For the number geeks it was well over 400w for the first minute and over 5w/kg for the 6 minute climb. As far as I can gather the group split in two at this point and a fast decent stopped it reforming. We pressed on through the sunshine at a good pace and were soon at Box Hill, things got interesting here as two riders managed to get a gap. I started off in a good position but slipped back a bit and then managed to find a good rhythm (and wheel) to follow. Down the other side and there was no sign of the two or the lead motorbikes so they must have got a decent sized gap.

There wasn’t much time to chat but I did hear about an interesting exchange when a rider asked a friend if they could have a word with the peloton and get everyone to stop for a toilet break! I’m not sure why they couldn’t ask themselves.

We pushed on in a group of about 40, I had recovered after the Box Hill effort and was finding the pace manageable, to the point of having a go off the front, this didn’t last long but strung the group out a bit. Although the speed was high and there were times when a paceline got going, in general no one was prepared to commit to bringing back the break. There were a few attacks coming in to London and Wimbledon Hill, a pimple by North Wales standards, caused a bit of suffering given the pace but nothing got away. It came down to a bunch sprint, not ideal for me but I was in a great position round the last corner. Coming along the Mall I managed to get overtaken, do some overtaking and finish 18th in the bunch, 20th overall. I know this as I was sad enough to watch the BBC highlights in slow-mo counting the riders in.

Alan and Darren finished shortly after while Jason had the worst luck with another couple of crashes and an injured knee. The big difference to last year was rather than shivering making my way straight home I went for a pint in the sunshine. The perfect end to any ride.

Official time 4hrs 1min 57secs (a good 30 minutes faster than 2013)

Strava link – https://www.strava.com/activities/359270093

U16 Go-Race at Tour De Mon

U16 Go-Race at Tour De Mon

Many thanks to Mark for bringing our attention to this over on the Facebook Group –

To celebrate the Tour of Britain’s departure from the Island, Welsh Cycling will be running a Go Race Cyclocross race at the Tour de Mon on 23rd of August. Categories for U6s through to U16s. Enter online here: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/…/Tour-de-Mon-Go-Ride-Rac…

I ddathlu fod y Tour of Britain yn cychwyn ar yr Ynys, bydd Beicio Cymru yn cynnal rasus cyclocross Go Race yn y Tour de Mon ar Awst y 23. Bydd categoriau i rai dan 6 oed i fyny at dan 16 oed. Cofrestrwch ar lein yma: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/…/Tour-de-Mon-Go-Ride-Rac…

 

August Wednesdays Go-Ride!

August Wednesdays Go-Ride!

Sessions running every Wednesday in August. Novice and intermediate groups in both disciplines.
Go-Ride Wednesdays through August – junior coaching and skills sessions. See the flier for more information or contact Eirwen Ann Williams for more information.
Sessions start Wednesday 5th August 2015. Marsh Tracks. See you there.
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However this is not all! Check out the rest of the calendar – Glan y Gors, Nant Bwlch yr Haearn, Coed y Brenin, Dolgellau … there is plenty to be doing on two wheels this summer holiday in North Wales. Many thanks to everyone involved in delivering this programme.go_ride_2