For the second year running Martin Balk (Club Secretary) traveled up to South Wales to take part in the Five Valleys Gran Fondo organised by John Pritchard to raise money for prostate wales.
On a sunny morning at Margam Park, the event was started by ex Olympic Road Race champion Nicole Cooke, Martin setting off in a small group including Eddie Adkins (former competition record holder and multiple time trial champion). This hilly event takes the route of the former five Valleys, star trophy road race. After some forty miles and much climbing, having long been dropped by a very fit Eddie, the first major summit, the Bwlch was reached.
After some radical refuelling (not the healthy option, a hot dog) he made the decision to take the long route, 72 miles.
After the exhilarating decent into Treorchy, a gentle climb through the Rhonda valley, was followed by the long famous climb of the Rhigos. The fast decent of the Rhigos and the flowing roads along the Vale of Neath came as welcome relief and a chance to recover.
Martin found the last 20 miles very difficult, suffering from cramp (remember that hot dog?), that had him dismounting 4 times on the Cimla climb out of Neath. With his average seed dropping by two miles per hour over the last 20 miles, he was pleased to finish in an average 12.4 mph.
I’ve had the following information from Bob Jolliffe, many of the long term members or older riders will remember Geoff racing as well as being involved in club organisation. Former long-term New Forest CC secretary Geoff Smith is in Southampton General Hospital with a broken leg after falling from his bike on the A337 at […]
Update from Bob Jolliffe with his weekend activities – New Forest CC’s 66-year-old Bob Jolliffe had a brilliant social weekend at the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists’ Track Championships at the Derby Arena Velodrome, even if his attempts at racing were lacklustre. Despite only finishing in one event of two entered, the Group F (age […]