Time Trial – Round 24 – HC

Time Trial – Round 24 – HC

A large turn out this evening for the third penultimate event of the year – the Rhuallt Hill, Hill Climb – with a great number of personal bests achieved.

Many thanks to Andy Malcolm, Gary Houlston for arranging the weather and running the event – as always no help – it doesn’t occur.

While the points lead now seems that first is a given – the rest of the field is open to taking… see you next week people.

Round 24 – HC – Rhuallt Hill

Wind speed Light Surface condition Dry Date 20160823
Wind direction var Temperature 20 Course code D0/11
Air pressure 1020
Position Name Category Club (s) Time PB Points
1 Tom Brazier Senior Team Elite 5.26
2 Mike Lewis Senior Rhyl CC 5.40 x 30
3 Alex Jones Senior Come and Try It 5.45
4 Graham Stephenson Vet-B Rhyl CC 5.58 x 29
5 Ben Bright Youth B Come and Try It 6.04
6 Terry Glynn Vet-A VC Melyd 6.16 28
7 Tom Davies Youth A MTRT/Rhyl CC 6.20 x 27
8 Dave Watt Vet-A Team Elite/VC Melyd 6.24 26
9 Rhion Morgan Senior Rhyl CC 6.36 x 25
10 Will Harding Youth B Come and Try It 6.41
11 Edward Woodhead Youth B Rhyl CC 6.43 x 24
12 Ashley Roberts Senior Rhyl CC 6.46 23
13 Richard Ashcroft Vet-A Rhyl CC 7.01 22
14 Nic Wright Vet-B Rhyl CC 7.42 21
15 Sally Cunliffe Vet Lady-C VC Melyd 7.43 20
16 David Fanning Vet-B Clwb Beicio Bala/Rhyl CC 7.45 x 19
17 Tim Erasmus Vet-B Rhyl CC 8.27 18
18 Peter Hughes Vet-C Rhyl CC 9.24 17
19 Sparrow Harrison Vet-D Rhyl CC 12.06 16
Rhuallt Hill Climb

Rhuallt Hill Climb

Cool dry conditions with a light wind greeted those who showed up to take part in the first of this years Time Trials – the Hill Climb. Well done to so many on personal bests – a great way to start the season.

Hill Climb

Wind speed Light Surface condition Dry Date 20160405
Wind direction WNW Temperature 9 Course code D0/11
Air pressure 1008
Position Name Category Club (s) Time PB Points
1 Dan Evans Senior Team Elite 4.51
2 Tom Brereton Senior Team Elite/VC Melyd 5.37 x 30
3 Jack Nash Junior MTRT/VC Melyd 5.42 x 29
4 Dave Watt Vet-A Team Elite/VC Melyd 5.46 28
5 David Griffiths Vet-A VC Melyd 5.55 27
6 Callum Dixon Senior NFTO Race/Rhyl CC 6.01 x 26
7 Caron Jones Senior Clwb Beicio Dwyfor 6.17
8 Rhys Wainwright Senior Holywell Avengers/VC Melyd 6.20 x 25
9 Simon Hall Senior VC Melyd 6.28 FT 24
10 Ben Hughes Senior Rhyl CC 6.31 23
11 David Bell Senior VC Melyd 6.34 22
12 Paul Christie Senior Team Elite 6.41
13 Jessica Roberts Senior Lady Team Elite 6.50
14 Justin Hughes Vet-A Come and Try It 6.58
15 Jason Breakey Senior NFTO Race/Rhyl CC 6.59 x 21
16 Edward Woodhead Youth B Rhyl CC 7.02 FT 20
17 Tim Buckley Vet-A VC Melyd 7.07 19
18 Reece Lessiter Junior VC Melyd 7.11 FT 18
19 Jack Blanchard Youth A Rhyl CC 7.17 FT 17
20 Richard Ashcroft Vet-A Rhyl CC 7.20 16
21 Geoff Standring Vet-B Come and Try It 7.21
22 Nic Wright Vet-B Rhyl CC 7.24 15
23 David Fanning Vet-B Clwb Beicio Bala 7.26
24 Sally Cunliffe Vet Lady-C VC Melyd 7.33 x 14
25 Katie Dawson Vet Lady-A VC Melyd 9.01 x 13
26 Peter Hughes Vet-C Rhyl CC 10.03 12
27 Sparrow Harrison Vet-D Rhyl CC 13.21 11
28 Morgan Hughes Junior Pro Vision SJ/Rhyl CC dns



North Wales Road Race Series 2016

North Wales Road Race Series 2016

VC Melyd are hosting the North Wales Road Race Series in 2016. It’s an exciting new year with 3 new circuits and the series now includes 5 rounds.  The series remains as a men’s 2/3/4 race with a maximum of 80 participants.  We have proposed to hold a women’s E/1/2/3 race at Rounds 1 and 4 but are awaiting confirmation from Welsh Cycling.

North Wales Road Race Series


Round 1 – 10th April – Ruthin

Round 2 – 7/8th May – 2 Day Stage Race (Crit, Hill Climb & Road Race)

Round 3 – 10th July – Trawsfynydd

Round 4 – 7th August – Llyn Brenig

Round 5 – 11th September – Denbigh

Events now live on British Cycling Events Calendar.


ROUND ONE – Ruthin

10 April 2016
Round One – Ruthin
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New for 2016 this is a 58.2 mile road race with approx. 4,300ft of climbing. It will start from the Tennis Club in Ruthin before heading out onto the 20 mile circuit.  The circuit will include climbing the twisty bends of the Nant Y Garth, the undulating road to Corwen and the fast winding road back towards Ruthin on the A494.  The race will finish on a tough climb to the iconic Ponderosa which is situated on top of the Horseshoe pass. https://www.strava.com/routes/865407

ROUND TWO – 2 Day Stage Race

7-8 May 2016
Round Two – Clwyd
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This 2 day stage race will include a Criterium Race, Hill Climb TT and a Road Race.

Saturday Morning – Criterium Race, Marsh Tracks, Rhyl.

90 minutes Criterium Race at Marsh Tracks, Rhyl.  This fantastic venue hosts great facilities and a purpose built 1.3km closed circuit.  This venue hosts exciting racing and training all year round. https://www.strava.com/segments/1129125

Saturday Afternoon – Hill Climb TT, Rhuallt

This 2.3km Hill Climb will take place on Rhuallt Hill which is used for The Rhyl CC/VC Melyd TT.  The course record is held by the 2014 National Hill Climb Champion Dan Evans with a time of 4.34. The strava segment can be found here: https://www.strava.com/segments/1363298?filter=overall

Sunday Morning – Road Race, Denbigh

The road race will be 54 mile and include 5 laps of the Denbigh road race circuit used last year for the NWRRS. This year will see a different finish to last year.  The race will finish on the Denbigh industrial estate where riders will have to navigate a tight right hand bend before a gradual 400m incline to the finish. https://www.strava.com/routes/865441

ROUND THREE – Trawsfynydd

10 July 2016
Round Three – Trawsfynydd
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Another new circuit for 2016 is a 62 mile road race with approx. 5,250ft of climbing. This challenging circuit is on fast open roads through some of North Wales’s best landscapes. The race will start from Trawsfynydd Lakeside Café before heading out onto the 20 mile circuit. There are some short sharp climbs along the circuit and a technical descents to tackle heading into Llan Ffestiniog. There is a small rise to the finish line on this circuit. https://www.strava.com/routes/2151684

ROUND FOUR – Llyn Brenig

7 August 2016
Round Four – Conwy
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The final new circuit of the series is this 63 mile road race with approx. 4,800ft climbing. The circuit will start from Llyn Brenig Visitors Centre and out onto wide open B Roads of the moors. The race then heads down a tricky narrow descent to the A5 and turn sharp left towards Cerrigydrudion. From here the race will climb back up towards Llyn Brenig to complete the 21 mile circuit. https://www.strava.com/routes/865385

ROUND FIVE – Denbigh

11 September 2016
Round Five – Denbighshire
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The final round of the series will finish on the classic Denbigh Road Race circuit which will be a 54 mile road race. Again this will be 5 laps of the 9 mile circuit and finish on the Denbigh Industrial estate. https://www.strava.com/routes/865441



Big thanks the Darran Acton at ‘Champion Systems UK’ for supplying the series leader jerseys for the NWRR series. After each round the series leader will be issued a jersey to wear at the next round. The first jerseys will be handed out at round 2 for over 23/under 23.

For further information please contact either Simon Parkinson (simonparky1@btinternet.com) or Mark Allen (markallen13@btinternet.com)


Congratulations To Graham on Everesting

Congratulations To Graham on Everesting

Many congratulations to Graham Stephenson of Rhyl CC who earned his place in the Everesting Hall Of Fame yesterday through repeated ascents of Rhuallt Hill, Denbighshire, North Wales.

Completing the challenge with 30,184ft ascended, over 188 miles, 14hours 31 minutes, and a whopping 10,378 estimated calories.

To those who went out to support, to see, or commented on social media / strava – Stephen had this to say last night:

Just like to thank everybody again for their support yesterday both to the people who came to Rhuallt and all the comments of encouragement on Facebook. Seemingly the jungle drums were beating quite loudly once word got out that I was doing it. A few things that stick in my mind from yesterday
• On the first ride up thinking “yeah this is going to be doable” but its only after a good few reps in it really sinks in the scale of the task in front of you, but don’t let that put off anybody who’s thinking of doing it
• I have a new friend for life,” Mr Ed” the horse in the field ¾ of the way up on the left
• The guy who lets say looked more than twice my body weight pushing his bike up Rhuallt, I did 3 reps by the time he got to the top but fair play to him he made it
• The dreaded Garmin moment when my 800 shut down and wouldn’t stay powered up after 65 reps, even though it had plenty of battery charge, as it had an external battery connected to it. My 500 had been running on its own battery and I thought that was about to run out of battery any minute. But luckily Nic was there and he gave me his Garmin and reassured me its not a problem as you can patch the files together afterwards but the 500 lasted the day after all. Just goes to show you can never have too many Garmin’s when your Everesting
• The “12th man” does really give you an advantage
• Going up and down the stairs this morning felt more like climbing Everest than yesterday
I was just following in the wheels of Nic Wright and Simon Parkinson who both successfully completed this challenge last year, so who’s next ?” — Graham Stephenson (Rhyl CC)

VC Melyd Longer Hilly Route 3rd May 2015

VC Melyd Longer Hilly Route 3rd May 2015

This route from Donna for either later use, or for those not attending the Circle Of Hope ride this weekend. Predictably this route is metric at 140km, 2093m climbed and plotted in full on STRAVA – in accordance with our customs European accents should be adopted for the duration of the ride.

Hi, for those of you out on Sunday and not on the other rides. I have planned a route of sorts!. I’m afraid I won’t be joining though, sorry, bad planning on my part. Those who know me know that I am not the best at organizing things and such like! Happy for it to go in the bank and swap a date when I can be a bit more prepared…one hopes. Talking of hope, for those of you doing the CoH, enjoy:-)— Donna Warren

Heading out from the meeting at Saints Health and Fitness Meliden – the route heads towards Rhuddlan for a second pick up before backtracking along The Waen and up Rhuallt Hill. Then along Ffordd Babell to Pentre Halkyn. Then tacking across towards Rhydymwyn to turn and head through through Mold, out the other side to Ponbyddyn. Turning to ascend after Cefyn-y-bedd, Minera and on to Rhosllanerchrugog. Up to Penycae then back down again and on towards Trevor before the ascent of the Horseshoe Pass. Across to Llanarmon-yn-lal before heading up onto The Shelf, and descending The Shelf and heading towards the foot of the Clwyd Gate and turning for Llanbedr DC before The Waen home. Quite the adventure I think you will agree.




Criss Cross Clwyds

Criss Cross Clwyds

76 Miles 7,992ft route available from Sally C on STRAVA. This route starts in Melyden and heads out through through Dyserth and heading into the hills. Rhuallt Hill, ‘London Bridge’, Moel Arthur, before heading through Llanarmon-yn-Ial, before Llanbeder DC and Bwlch Penbarra to end with a rolling route home after the 60 mile point. Two hills in the UK top 100 climbs and 8000ft total.

criss cross clwyds profile

87. Moel Arthur N.Wales 220m 10% 2.2 km 20%
88. Penbarra N. Wales 258m 11% 2.3 km 25%