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RELIABILITY RIDES

Reports and photos for 2017 - as they arrive

Reliability Rides 2017

For those of you new to the club. The Reliability Rides are run every year usually in the early spring. A series of three rides (two 50 mile rides and a 100 km ride).


The idea is to choose a time you think you can ride the distance. There is a choice of 3.5 hours or 3 hours, for both 50 mile rides and 3.5 hours and 4 hours for the 100 km ride. This is without any watches, computers or clocks. If you want to record your ride this is understandable so you can tape your computer up. But under no circumstances can you look at the time.  


The whole point is to see how reliable you are over the distance. Here is how you qualify. (+ Or - 10mins)


Ride One Option

50 miles in 3.5 hours = 14 mph ave speed    

50 miles in 3    hours = 16 mph ave speed     

50 miles in 2.5 hours = 20 mph ave speed   



Ride Two Options                                

50 miles in 3.5 hours = 14.2mph ave speed       

50 miles in 3    hours = 16.6mph ave speed  



Ride Three Options

62 miles in 4    hours = 15.5mph ave speed

62 miles in 3.5 hours = 17.7mph ave speed


5th  February    Reliability Ride 1 50 miles - Route- finish at Hannah’s Diner

Sign on

50 in 3.5 hours - Sign on is 8.30am (be there 15mins before)

50 in 3    hours - Sign on is 9.00am (be there 15mins before)

50 in 2.5 hours - Sign on is 9.30am (be there 15mins before)


19th  February     Reliability Ride 2 50 miles - Route - finish Ewenny Cafe

Sign on

50 in 3.5 hours - Sign on is 8.30am (be there 15mins before)

50 in 3    hours - Sign on is 9.00am (be there 15mins before)


5th   March            Reliability Ride 3 100 km - Route - finish - Costa, Cowbridge


Sign on

100k (62 miles) in 4    hours - Sign on is 8:30 am (be there 15mins before)

100k (62 miles) in 3.5 hours - Sign on is 9.00 am (be there 15mins before)




The main rule is no watches or computers. You must calculate the speed you are travelling by judging how fast you think your average speed is over the distance. There is a plus or minus 10 mins for 50 miles rides, and plus or minus 15mins on the 100 km ride. If you must use a computer it has to be covered up. The start is staggered so everyone should finish together.   


Click here for Rules and Guideline for the Reliability Ride Competition

RR1 - 5th  February 2017 - reports from the forum

Today, saw 25 riders turn up for RR1.  Andy H , Tom and Logical were on an Amblers ride and Birdman and Harpo were also out (more on that later!). Conditions were as good as it gets for this time of year with average temperature and light winds.  The results and qualifiers were as follows;


John Edwards and Nathan Adams 2:16:55  (that's an average of 22.1mph !)

Mark Rosser 2:26:30  Q

Dave Walters 2:26:53 Q

Reece Adams and Nigel Williams 2:28:04 Q

Mike Hill 2:28:51 Q

Greg Brett  2:30:59 Q  (and current leader of the reliability competition)

Terry Anthony 2:41:32

Nick Langley, Tony Mansell, Mark Pope, Mike Barker, James Criddle ( hope that's correct), Richard Bowmer  all 2:42:48

Neil Bartlett and Chris Reed 2:43:45

Steve Hughes, Chris Goodwin  2:43:58

Andy Samuels 3:03:14  Q

Roy Holdham 3:23:13 Q

Paul Longthorn and Jonathan Spink 3:24:10 Q


Steve Curry DNS (puncture)  Leo King DNS (missing in action!).


It's a long wait until the club dinner for your certificates so my awards go to;


John and Nathan - for an amazing ride!

Terry Anthony - for best solo effort!

Andy (Stripy, Dodgy) Samuels and Neil Bartlett - best injury comebacks!

Harpo - for best recovery from a hangover (you sure you were on the pop last night?)    Steven


Thank you for the timekeeping today Steven - here is the proper segment for todays ride

https://www.strava.com/segments/6676456?filter=current_year Dave W


Echo what Dave said, thanks for timing and always a pleasure to ride with all the oggies.!! John Edwards


Enjoyed that today - thanks all. Richard Bowmer

RR2 - 19th  February 2017 - reports from the forum

21 Oggies, plus a guest today.

Three for the 8.30am start, and the remainder for 9am.

Disappointing start for all with drizzly rain - Not at all forecast by those weather

peeps.  I think I will just look out of the window next time I want to know what

he weather is doing 

Some good rides - from the 'naughty boys' who finished well ahead of time.










































































And even better rides from the eight qualifiers:

Roy Holdham
Jon Spink
Steve Hughes
Mark Pope
Mike Barker (Brand new member)
Tony Mansell
Chris Reed
Reece Adams

Well done all - I am surprised any of you could move after seeing the size of the slabs (not slices) of cake you were eating at the cafe.

I will pop pics on the website asap

Well done all - I am surprised any of you could move after seeing the size of the slabs (not slices) of cake you were eating at the cafe.

I will pop pics on the website asap

Quick calculation - Will leave Andy to confirm


Three qualifiers for the overall trophy.

Jon Spink

Roy Holdham

Reece Adams


It is close - Incentive to ride RR3  ;)           Teresa D

Big thank you to Teresa for organising today. Fantastic to have a reserved seating section at the finish, and the towels and blankets were a great idea. Can't get over the portion sizes of the cakes  :o  Allan W

Thanks for today Teresa. Very much appreciated. Mike H

Thanks Teresa for time keeping,by the way the slab of walnut cake was fantastic. Nigel W

thanks Teresa for the time keeping today and the hand warmers ;D

good rides by everyone today 8) Dave W

Thanks Teresa much appreciated by all of us. Good selection of colourful blankies too! Mr Curry loved his! 😄Greg B