For the fifth time this season, Ystwyth ladies Lois Brewer, Leah Brewer and Anita Saycell made the 200-mile round trip to Stourport-on-Severn to compete in the University of Birmingham one day stage race. Stage 1 in the morning was a 10-mile TT on a very lumpy course – Anita was the fastest YCC rider with an impressive mid 27s, Lois was just over a minute slower with Leah in the mid 29s. Stage 2 in the afternoon was a 55-minute circuit race with a field of nearly 40 women. Racing was fast and furious from the off and the field splintered into 4 groups. Leah managed to get into the 2nd group, with Lois in the 3rd and Anita in the 4th. As the race progressed, the 3rd and 4th groups joined, this larger group then worked hard for 20 minutes and finally caught Leah’s group. In the last 10 minutes, the lead group on the road lapped the now combined chasing group forming one large peloton. The last few laps were fast but the group stayed together for an impressive final sprint. Leah was the first of the YCC ladies across the line with Lois and Anita not far behind. Final times and placings are yet to be released.
Many thanks to Paul Brewer for the above report and photos.
Not sure what to expect? Join us 9am outside Plascrug Leisure Centre on Saturday 1st April to ride the 10 mile course at a very leisurely pace and ask any questions. https://www.facebook.com/events/197599057395180/
Save the date… Wednesday 5th April is the first event of the series.
Jon Mould o JLT Condor oedd gyntaf dros y llinell yn un o rasys lôn cynharaf y tymor, sef y Tour of the Mining Valleys, a gynhaliwyd gan Glwb Beicio Ystwyth yn Aberystwyth, Ceredigion ddydd Sul 5ed Mawrth 2017. Fe gadwodd y glaw draw am ran helaeth y ras, ond wedi cawodydd trymion yn gynnar y bore, a chyda gwynt oer yn dal i chwythu, roedd hi’n fore heriol ar y rhiwiau rhwng Aberystwyth, Pontrhydygroes a Phontarfynach.
Croesodd Mould y llinell cyn Issac Mundy o PMR@Toachim House yn yr ail safle, Edward Roberts o Team Elite yn drydydd, George Fox o Team Bottrill-HSS Hire yn bedwerydd, Daniel Bigham o Brother NRG Driverplan yn bumed a chyd-aelod o dîm JLT Condor, Ed Laverack, yn chweched, wedi i grŵp o seiclwyr dorri’n rhydd o’r peloton wrth iddynt gylchu’r cwrs am yr eildro.
Roedd y cwrs 75 milltir o hyd yn un caled, llawn rhiwiau serth, yn nodweddiadol o Geredigion. Ond mentrodd dros 60 o seiclwyr y ras drwy’r cymoedd mwyngloddio, gan ddringo’r rhiw i’r Gors deirgwaith cyn gorfod wynebu’r ddringfa filltir o hyd o Bontrhydygroes i Bontarfynach ar ddiwedd y ras. Mould enillodd y wobr am y ddringfa olaf honno, gydag Edward Roberts yn ennill y wobr am ddringo rhiw y Gors am yr eildro a Zach May o Metaltek Kuota am ei ddringo am y tro olaf.
Braf iawn hefyd oedd gweld nifer o seiclwyr o’r categori iau yn dal eu tir gyda’r seiclwyr hŷn.
Jon Mould of JLT Condor sprinted for the win at Ystwyth CC’s early season Tour of the Mining Valleys in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion on Sunday 5th March 2017. The rain kept away for most of the race, but early morning downpours teamed with wind and low temperatures made for a challenging morning on the hills inland of the town.
Mould finished ahead of Issac Mundy of PMR@Toachim House in second, Edward Roberts of Team Elite in third, George Fox of Team Bottrill-HSS Hire in fourth, Daniel Bigham of Brother NRG Driverplan in fifth and Mould’s teammate at JLT Condor, Ed Laverack, securing sixth place, after a breakaway group left the peloton on the second lap.
The hilly profile of the 75-mile route, with three ascents of the New Cross climb followed by the sting in the tail, the 1 mile ascent of the climb from Pontrhydygroes to Devil’s Bridge, attracted a field of over 60 riders. Mould took the prime prize for the ascent of the ’49er from Pontrhydygroes to Devil’s Bridge, with Edward Roberts securing the first prime on the second lap climb to New Cross and Zach May of Metaltek Kuota taking the second prime on the final ascent of New Cross.
Jon Mould of JLT Condor won Ystwyth CC’s 2017 Tour of the Mining Valleys in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion on Sunday 5th March, having finished 2nd to teammate Ed Clancy at the Eddie Soens Memorial race at Aintree the previous day. Full results, race report and photos are to follow, with thanks to Kristian Bond for the photograph below of Jon sprinting for the win.
Ystwyth CC would like to thank the field of riders for supporting the race and all those who made the race possible, as well as club members and all others who were out on the roadsides showing their support. Diolch yn fawr i bawb.
Just a reminder that there are no Sunday Club Rides this Sunday (5th March) to encourage as many people as possible to be on the course cheering on the riders from many parts of the UK taking on the Tour of the Mining Valleys Road Race.
The race starts at 10:30am and the route is: …
4 laps of a course comprising Southgate, Llanfarian, Llanilar, Trawscoed, New Cross, Southgate before a finishing route of Llanafan Saw Mills, Pontrhydygroes, Devils Bridge, Pisgah, Capel Seion and Moriah, finishing between Moriah and Southgate (Penparcau).
More details on the Event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1809872385943386/
12 Leah Brewer Ystwyth CC
18 Lois Brewer Ystwyth CC