May started on a sunday with unsurprisingly a sunday ride!, numbers were down as the club had organised a weekend away in Yorkshire, unfortunately the weather wasnt kind to the visiting rider Mark and the 3 club members as it barely stopped raining for the full ride, the destination was The Ice Cream Farm at Tattenhall.
Jill, John, Mark & Rowland
The Yorkshire weekend was a great success as well as some beautiful scenery to ride in for the 16 members that took part, it was organised to coincide with the Tour de Yorkshire. The Tour de Yorkshire is organised by the Tour de France organisers, and is fast becoming one of world’s top three day races. There were several World Tour Teams and many of the world’s top 100 cyclists competing along with all of the best British teams.
May saw the ramping up of the racing season with many members taking part in Time Trials external to the club, in addition to our hosted events which on the 3rd May was on the Chelford J2/1 course it was a ‘fast’ night with several riders reporting PB’s, taking the honours for the fastest on the evening was Ben Norbury in a PB of 21:24 second and third of the Congleton riders was David Farrington 23:23 (PB) and Rob Dale 23:34. Top lady was Sue Blake in 28:20 from Polly Wilding 28:56 (PB) and Denise Hurst 29:31.
The Gawsworth JC/5 coursed hosed the 10 mile time trial on the 10th May, the weather was very windy and heavy rain had been forecast which affected the amount of riders, having the smallest entry for years. Ben Norbury on super form took the honours with another PB of 21:21. Stephen jackson was second with 24:17 and third placed Congleton rider was Kelvin Milward with 25:50.
Best of the Congleton ladies was Polly Wilding in 29:09 whilst Lesley Norbury came in with 32:01 having stopped in the first mile and then completed the ride with broken cleat on her shoe!
Saturday social ride saw a new destination on the 14th may to Cudmore Lakes, Ten riders set off including three guests, Tim Clifford, Andy Wolstenholme and Richard Tadman whom we hope will become new members. We found Greg Spencer at the cafe when we arrived.
The Holmes Chapel Road JC/27 course was host for the 10 mile time trial on the 17th May, early riders off remained dry but the later riders were hit with heavy rain and strong side wind, the first 4 places were taken by visitors, best Congleton rider was David Farrington in a PB 22:56, followed by Pete Tatton in 23:48 and Paul Dentith in 24:18. Fastest Congleton lady was Denise Hurst with 29:49 from Lesley Norbury 30:01.
Ben Norbury edged a little closer to breaking the 21 minute barrier with another PB 21:14 in Gawsworth’s JC/5 10 mile time trail on 24th May edging out the returning Steve Hulme 21:57, third of the Congleton riders was Charlie Evans in 22:59.
Best lady was junior Aleisha Mellor (Lyme RC/Congleton CC) in 28:35 from Denise Hurst 29:41, and Lesley Norbury 30:34. Rob Waghorn has been riding a retuning year, and since the season started he’s been improving week in week out so was delighted to achieve a PB of 30:43.
The last sunday ride of the month was a cooker being the warmest day of the year, six riders headed out on a hilly ride to Jacksons Garden Centre, Bagnall in Staffordshire taking in some quiet and beautiful villages.
Rowland enjoying a light bite!
The final time trial of the month was on the 31st May, and was switched to the Holmes Chapel JC/27 course due to a partial road clash with another club, great organisation skills ensured it was carried out smoothly with great support and help from the volunteers. There was a strong head wind to the turn and Holmes Chapel which slowed riders down, Ben Norbury recorded the fastest time of 21:41, just a day after recording a first ever 100 mile time of 4:01:50 in the Anfield 100. Next fastest Congleton riders were David Farrington 23:28 and Adam Spittle 24:25. Congleton best lady was Sue Blake 28:04 followed by Denise Hurst with 28:51 and Lesley Norbury 29:56. Lesley had recorded a maiden 50 mile time of 2:40:05 in the Warrington RC event at the weekend.