For our first Monday evening winter track session, we are running a special session for ladies only. Cardiff Ajax is holding a women’s maindy outdoor track cycling session. This session is open to ladies of all abilities and is designed to introduce women to group cycling and outdoor track cycling in a friendly environment. The session will be run by our own qualified and experienced coaches and is open to ladies aged 16+ (members and non-members). The session runs from 7:15 to 8:30pm, with approximately 45mins to 1 hour of riding time. Please arrive before 7:15, as there is another group using the track from 8:30 and we would like to maximise track time. Price: £3 for Ajax members £5 for non-members You will need a road worthy bike, tools and spares (including inner tubes and a pump), a drink, helmet, appropriate clothing for the weather
Make the most of the good weather to get out on the road, as we will soon be changing to our winter track training schedule.
The first track session will be Monday 10th September – this is typically an interval training session, and is for experienced and/or club riders.
The following Wednesday (12th) will be the first of the chaingang track sessions. There is a beginners’ session on the first Wednesday of each month, and for all of September. Please start here if you have not done one of these rides before.
For further information, including what to expect and what is expected of riders, please see: Weekday Rides
Sessions are £3 for members / £5 non-members
Lulu Chic, Bernard Brown, and Suzannah Minns tackled the intimidating ACME Grand 1000km, a 3-day event. Here is their report, in the words of Lulu:
A bit too hot for a long ride but we made our way to Essex on Wednesday evening to ride the Acme 1000km. Disappointingly, out of 100 entries, only 40 started, and only 19 finished,
The combination of the heat and the Welsh hills took their toll and made for some tough riding,
It was a lovely scenic route down from Essex to Barry (apart from Ponty Hill – no fun on the tandem in the midday heat). After arriving in Barry, the route then did a loop out towards the valleys and over a few lumps (Rhigos, Penderyn, Devils Elbow) on to Neath and then back to Barry, before heading back to Essex for a well deserved beer.
Photo credit: Phil Whitehust
A very welcome sunny day in Somerset was the setting for this Category 3/4 road race, which featured 3.5 laps of an undulating circuit with a 1km drag to finish.
There were a few early attempts to form breakaways, but the strong headwind blowing down one side of this course made it very difficult to get anything to stick, and the 1km climb of Kingsdon Hill brought most attackers back into the bunch. Rob Sanderson and James Dyke lined up for Ajax, but unfortunately James suffered a mechanical on Lap 1 and was forced to retire. Rob hung on grimly up the last climb and managed to fight into a position to contest the sprint finish, managing 10th.