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Result - Club Event - 30/07/20 - R10/22A

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It was great to finally get the club event season underway last week and nobody had a poor ride from what I could see. We have a reasonable forecast for this coming Thursday - much warmer but possibly a bit breezy.

The essentials;

1. We meet up at the Neath Canal Car Park in Resolven for signing on from about 18.00hrs and closing at 18.40hrs for a prompt 19.00hrs race start.

2. You have to be member of the PTW or a second-claim member of the PTW. There is no 'single race' fee - you have to join the club as a first-claim or second-claim member.

To clarify, there will be a maximum of 28 riders taking part. Getting there early does not guarantee that you get a ride. If we get 30 riders turn up it is not the first 28 who get a ride.

Those who rode last week now have a race number that they will keep until the end of September.

There will be no facility for choosing numbers. Race numbers have been washed, dried in the sun and randomly placed in a tight-fitting box. One of the two officials will then draw off the uppermost number from the box. This is only in the unlikely event of over-subscription where first-claim members get initial priority and we then get into a luck of the draw scenario.
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« Last edit by Alfie on Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:11 pm. »
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Shirley and Emma are separated by almost half-a-second on the hundreths. Sorry Emz!

As always, thanks to Will and Dai for their support on the night.

Special thanks to John Deeley and Tony Howell for sacrificing their own rides to allow two talented young riders to ride. James Lewis also gave up his own ride to allow a guest rider to compete. Marvellous!

After the heartache of having to whittle down 32 riders into 28 riders Alan Jones got us underway but was chased down and overtaken by the speedy Elise Griffiths and Emma 'Everyone Loves a Trier' Davies. Ffion kicked-off her 2020 campaign and had Shirley Howell in her sights coming to the line but couldn't quite make the catch whilst Hollie chipped about half-a-minute off last week's time. Shirley did a great ride I thought to go under on her first event of the season. Ellie Shaw was slightly in the wrong part of the field (my fault, not hers) but perhaps it drew out a cracking ride from her as she took well over a minute off last week's time and there's more to come me thinks.

In the middle of the field our two visiting young riders did ever so well with Kyle Jones off at 8th slot but first rider back with a 21:35 to finish 3rd on the night. Meanwhile, Dylan Sage continues to punch above his weight, height and age by coming well up the top half of the field with a 23:15 - knocking almost a full minute off last week's time. I think Garry Vaughan and 'Raw Heat' Williams are going to have a season long battle now with Garry 20 seconds ahead this week and moving in the right direction too.

We had a good little scrap in the battle of the road bikes with Graham Rogerson, Karl Rees and Darren Edwards finishing in that order and I will crank out the road bike points table over the weekend. There's a trophy at stake!

At the sharp end of the bike race we had a great scrap for 4th and 5th with just one second separating Nicky Morgan and Neil Seaward. I've mentioned Kyle's stunning third place and Rod Hicks went forward from last week by 38 seconds but this could only secure 2nd place as we had a 'disruptor' in the shape of Andy Davies from the Jif who was off at 7th seed but won the event and almost dipped under 20 minutes. Well done Andy and I'll be revising my seeding list after posting this!

I'd like to make a final comment on the whole '28 riders' and dealing with any over-subscription business. I've been dreading it happening but we do have a system in place and Dai Triggs and myself double-checked the numbers and 'ballot slips'. Not only did those affected riders handle their disappointment well but it was incredible that no less than three riders gave their rides to others. Here's hoping that Mr. Drakeford makes another move towards getting amateur sport back to near normal.
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