Club Hill Climb Championships

The Ajax hill climb championship takes place Sunday 21st October. The course runs from just north of Castle Coch to the entrance to Mountain View Ranch (https://www.strava.com/segments/2719877). Once again, Aaron Wagg has kindly agreed for us to use The Mountain View Ranch as HQ for the event. Sign on will be in the canteen from 8:45am until approximately 9:10 with the first rider off at 9:30am.


It’s £3 to enter. Under 18s on the day of the event need a completed parental consent form (https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/documents/download/3737) – unless one has already been provided for the club evening TT series – and have to wear a helmet that meets the standard safety requirements. Non-members are welcome to enter.

Club runs should be leaving the Mountain View Ranch afterwards so you have no excuse not to help out or, even better, ride!

Ladies-only Introduction to Track Cycling – Monday 10th Sept

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

Winter Track Sessions

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

ACME Grand 1000km, 28th June 2018

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

Llandow Crit 3rd June 2018

Ajax/Sunset scooped plenty of points at Llandow last night. In the Cat 3/4 Luke Protheroe took 3rd.
In the E/1/2/3 David Middleton got his hands in the air out-sprinting Chris Gibbard (Bynea) from a 2 man break for about half the race. That despite breaking a rear wheel spoke with 5 laps to go!
Dan Maclean-Howell got himself in the points too coming in 6th.

Steve Taylor Memorial Road Race, 1st July 2018

Cardiff Ajax/Sunset Cycles were represented at the the Steve Taylor Memorial 2/3/4 Road Race by David Jarrom and David Middleton. A break of 8 got away on lap 4 of 6, including Daniel Colman, David Middleton and Alex Mitchell Touche, and worked well to get a gap of over a minute. Dan Colman (Pembrokeshire Velo) smashed the sprint and a photo finish resulted between David & Alex (who came 3rd and 4th respectively) to give a distinctly Welsh flavour to the podium.

Rowe and King Maindy Series, Round 11 (Weds 27th June 2018)

Ajax got involved in all the races at Maindy this evening.
Ellie Shaw stormed to victory in the Women’s E123 race, before Rhodri Lord, David Jarrom, Dafydd Rhys Thomas and Dan Maclean-Howell lined up in the 2/3. All bar Rhodri made it into the break, from which Dan Colman won the sprint fairly easily but Daf timed his burst well and came 3rd. David Jarrom finished 10th and Dan was somewhere in between (we’re not sure where exactly, sorry Dan!).
Rob Sanderson, David J and Dan also lined up in the E123 which was fast and pretty cagey at times. Josh Burns won with a well timed attack from the bunch and Rob tried a long range sprint but got passed on the line by Dan Colman and Kinsey McIlquham and finished 5th. Dan Maclean-Howell also finished top 10 again, I believe.
Jon Reilly and Helen Priest raced the Cat 4 only, Jon finding himself in a 2 man break close to the end and putting in his best sprint and finishing 2nd.