Published: 1 March 2013
Photography: Huw Fairclough
Llandow Racing Circuit is fast becoming a hallowed turf for cycle racing in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The venue will again play host to another early-season points-scoring opportunity, as Cardiff JIF take the reins for a second weekend of high-octane racing at the circuit on Sunday.
More than 200 riders are set to line up at the Lungopener. Photo: Huw Fairclough
More than 200 riders are expected to line up at the event, offering plenty of chance to practice bunch sprints, shake off winter cobwebs and rekindle appetites for racing.
The Lungopener is made possible by the hard work of several members of Cardiff JIF. It's hoped the event will continue to incite the kind of competitive spirit showcased at the circuit last weekend when Forza Cycles Racing Team opened the season with a series of races in fine style.
Despite Forza being a relatively small organising team, more than 80 youngsters gathered for youth racing alone, with leading turn outs from clubs including Towy Riders, West Wales Cycle Racing Team, Cardiff JIF, Bynea CC, Cwmcarn, Cardiff Ajax and others.
Any concerns that the cold weather might dampen spirits were quickly diffused as the general melee of riders, parents and supporters came out in their droves to watch, and enthusiasm prevailed as Matt Beckett sprinted to an opening season win in the elite race.
With a slight alteration to the format this Sunday, the Lungopener will see a focus on second, third and fourth cat racing, with veteran-only racing also in the line-up.
Go Ride racing has been added to the schedule for novice cyclists under the age of 16 years old looking for their first taste of competition. Starting at 9.20am, it will be an exciting pre-amble to the day’s main youth and senior events that are well worth a view.
Numbers in the youth category are expected to excel again. Photo: Huw Fairclough
Those keen to race again will be invited to try the main youth events at Cardiff JIF’s Lungopener 2 on Sunday, 10 March.
Races are being headline promoted by Ed Thomas and run with the admirable support and hard work of Cardiff's Cyclopeadia-based green team, Cardiff JIF.
All riders are encouraged to arrive early for race sign-on and any keen volunteers willing to help on the day are encouraged to speak to a Cardiff JIF member.
Meanwhile in north Wales, the weekend will showcase some of the best mountain bike riding in the country, as Round 2 of the Welsh Mountain Bike Series (WMBS) kicks in at Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park.