The Betty Pharoah Memorial Road Race returns this year, with National B (E/1/2/3) and Regional B (3/4) events giving plenty of opportunity to take on the undulating course.
John Carter, who was a long-standing member of the Ajax since the 1950s, died very suddenly and unexpectedly at home last week.
John raced in his younger days and in later years would marshal and help with road races often with a friend, Ian Shepherd. John was an all-round good guy. As well as cycling he was keen hillwalker and had many other interests.
Our sympathy goes out to his family.
If you haven’t been to an awards dinner before, this is our big social event of the year, where we catch up with old friends (and make new ones), find out what has been going on across the club and generally have a great time. Plenty of partners come, so it isn’t all cycling chat, but a good excuse to introduce them to your cycling friends.
We can now confirm that our special guest will be Dani Rowe, Olympic Gold Medal winner, World and European track champion, Commonwealth Road Race Bronze Medallist etc etc. She will be able to answer all your questions about life as a cycling pro, how to manage your trophy cabinet (useful for the winners on the night!) and the joys of being married to a Welshman!
We are trying a new venue this year (www.cardiffmasonichall.co.uk/find-us/) in the centre of Cardiff. Tickets are priced at £30 for adults and £25 for juniors/over 65s. This includes a three course meal and entertainment (due to general consensus we are NOT having a disco this year)! As usual there will be a fantastic range of prizes available in the raffle.
Several of this year’s awards are still up for grabs, so please keep an eye on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/267647760536458/) and the website for announcements on how to vote. If you have any particular stories from this year that you would like share please let us know.
Tickets are available before Club Rides and at Track on Mondays and Wednesdays and online at eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cardiff-ajax-awards-dinner-t…). Last chance to buy is Friday 25th January.
Entries are now open for Cardiff Ajax CC’s annual Reliability Rides. Run on 3 consecutive weekends in February, these rides are intended to test riders (and their bikes!) as they head into the summer riding season. The first weekend is the Hilly 50, the next is the 75 Mile, and finally the 100 Mile.
Entries are on the Eventbrite website, please follow the links below for more information and to purchase tickets.
A friendly reminder that you have until the end of January to renew your membership and qualify for the early discount! Details on the membership page.
A muddy course at Abergavenny Leisure Centre meant some heavy going for the Ajax riders and kept Rob and David busy in the pits.
Clare Dallimore took Silver behind Hope Factory Racing’s Ruby Miller in the women’s race and Ajax took Silver in the women’s team race. Suzie Warren was 14th and Liz Webb 16th.
Results for the men:
Vet 60 Phill Harries 7th
Vet 50 David Lane 13th
Vet 40 Richard Morgan 22nd; Adam Smith 28th
Senior Men Tom Dye 12th; Mike Webb 24th
Well done all – just one more round of the Welsh League at Pembrey to look forward to!
Earlier this year, some members set a few cycling goals, one of which was to do a 100mile ride. Chris Byrne decided to organise a 100 mile ride on the 7th October 2018 to a small village called Hill, near Berkeley, Gloucestershire via Magor and the Old Severn Bridge. Unfortunately Chris got injured a free days before doing crazy velodrome stuff and missed out not just on the ride but the main reason for going to Hill – cake! An impressive display of cake was available care of the local WI who put on their monthly cake sale. About a dozen riders completed the trip enjoying cake, cycling and sunshine!
We’ve been running more beginners rides on Sundays this year, and we’re looking to build on the success of these by introducing “Improvers rides”. We hope that this will increase opportunities for newcomers to ride with the club on Sundays, and offer a stepping stone for those of you who are aiming to ride further and faster.
Beginners rides will, as before, cover 25-30 miles. Improvers rides will cover 35-50 miles. Both types of ride will be at the pace of the slowest rider over easy terrain (usually pan flat, or as close as possible, on the beginners rides; there may be the odd lump to contend with on the longer rides!) and have a cafe stop halfway round.
Both types of ride start and finish at Maindy Leisure Centre. The ride is led by experienced and friendly members of the club, who will offer advice and assistance along the way. You’ll need your own (working!) road bike, a helmet, some food and drink and some basic spares (eg a spare inner tube and a pump). You don’t need to be a club member to come on these rides, but if you enjoy them and come regularly, we would strongly encourage that you join Ajax.
From November, we will run beginners rides and improvers rides on alternate Sundays, so there will be one or the other every week: usually beginners rides on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, and improvers rides on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
Sunday saw the return of the Ajax CC Hillclimb event, where all are welcome to take on the deceptive climb up Heol Y Fforest. The day was clear and bright, and after a pre-event briefing at the Mountain View Ranch, 33 riders took on the course.
Thanks to Graeme, Suzie, Andrew, Norman, David and Rob for volunteering, and well done to all who took part!
Please click here for the results.
Ajax CC will be holding two new skills and confidence building courses starting next week, and held at the Maindy Leisure Centre cycling track.
Please note – these will run alongside our existing track sessions.
Open course for man & women – Mondays 19:15-20:30 from 22nd Oct to 26th Nov.
This course is suitable for ALL abilities and open to non-members and will run over 6 consecutive weeks.
The course will cover a range of skills from cornering and braking to gear selection and riding in a tight group. The focus of the session will be skills, confidence and safe group riding.
Womens Only Course – Wednesdays 18:00-19:30 from 24th Oct. to 5th Dec.
This course is suitable for ALL abilities and open to non-members and will run over 7 consecutive weeks.
The course will cover a range of skills from cornering and braking to gear selection, riding in a tight group and basic roadside repairs. The focus of the session will be skills, confidence and safe group riding.
Places are limited on both courses and can be booked via the links above. Cost is £15 for members (£30 for non-members).