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Old 08-11-03, 03:23 AM   #1
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Helo o Gymru

Hi all.
It has been pointed out that I haven't introduced myself yet, an oversight on my behalf, sorry.

I'm from the beautiful area of North Wales (UK). I ride with Clwb Rasio Mona, although I haven't raced in a few years.

Started cycling competitiively when I was about 13 or 14 having ridden a lot with my father whom introduced me to the sport. By now I'm 30 but I've always kept on the bike, not quite enough in the last couple of years.

I used to tt and road race. I hold a few of the club's tt records and represented my country a few times in some rr, but that's going back a bit. Currently I ride to enjoy it and to lose weight, though I do intend to get back into racing by next year. I marshalled a couple of the club's rr on the motorbike and saw some old compatriots racing and thought, I can do that!!


I teach in a not so local school- about 20mls away, am happily married and other interests are rc helicopters-they're difficult, cars and their maintenance and also rock climbing, though I haven't climbed in a while.

I have acquired a lot of cycling stuff over the years, which is why I've posted a good few of them in the for sale section of the site. I might as well turn them into money, it would come in handy now!!

All the best to you all,

Keep on riding.

Gerallt

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Hi Gerallt and welcome. Sounds like you have quite enough hobbies to keep busy!

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I used to tt and road race. I hold a few of the club's tt records and represented my country a few times in some rr
sounds exciting... were you in some sort of national championship or the olympics?
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Old 08-13-03, 05:09 PM   #5
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Hi all, thanks for the welcome.

Not that exciting.

Records are only club ones. We used to have a 7mile, 8 mile, 10 mile, 15 mile and 25 mile time trials over the years as well as a few hill climb courses.

I have the 7, 8, old 10, 25 and Llanberis pass, Snowdonia (3mile HC) records. There is a new 10 for this year and I'm not up to competing at the moment (read FAT!!!)
Cant remember the 7 & 8 times at all, sorry.

10 mile was 22m 18s as it went through my village, called Bethel.
25 was a short 55minute one.
Hill climb- 10m 12s I believe, this I'm prod of, I really was firing on all cylinders that day!!!

Rode a few national road races and stage races for the Welsh Team, don't ask their names, too far back.

One I do remeber was as a junior (up to 18yrs) over in Ireland, called imaginatively(sp?), The Junior Tour of Ireland. It was like a mini Tour De France but only lasted 7 days, we raced about 80 to 90 miles a day. This really was an international race too, teams from France and maybe a couple of other European countries and also from Russia or Estonia. I think the field was in the order of 160 riders, closed roads and motorcycle marshalls everywhere and really enthusiastic crowds, it was awe inspiring.

I remember one day sitting up in the pack and, seeing a sea of riders ahead of me thought I was at the back-meanig, hell what am I doing here! Anyway, I had a glance around and there were as many riders behind me as well. Great stuff and what an experience.
I crashed twice in the first two days, so any chance of a good finish was allready gone First crash broke my fully carbon Vitus 9, that I was quite p-offed about, had to ride someone else's bike for the remainder of the race. Actually, all bar one of the team came down on the first day. It was 8 per team, one had allready gone down earlier, then six of us (me inc.) came down, in a row, whilst chasing a breakaway group. There were two Irsh guys and then the rest of us when it happened, I was told the second Irish rider touched his friends rear wheel and we all came tumbing down like dominoes!!!
In the end I think i was 40 something in the final standings.

Anyway, I'm feeling old reminscing and boring all of you by now.

All the best.

Gerallt.

PS Went for a 40 mile ride earlier on, it was lovely.
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