David Farrington on his PB ride. (photo by Ken Norbury)
Only the first few finishers got home in the dry in last week’s 10 mile TT on the Holmes Chapel Road JC/27 course. The first 4 places were taken by visitors.
In first place was Joe Brennan (Pro Vision C.C.) in 22:20 with the top three completed by Jon White (Pro Vision C.C.) and Alex McNicol (VC Moulin). Best Congleton rider was David Farrington, 5th in a PB 22:56, following on from a PB 25 mile time of 59:29 in the M & DTTA championship on Saturday. Next Congleton riders were 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 (also did a PB 25 of 1:15 in the M and D event). Lucy Rogers (unattached) recorded 24:39 on a road bike.
Junior Arron Mansell riding with his dad stopped the watch on 25:27 and novice junior Andrew Burgess (Pro Vision C.C. showed great promise with 27:10 in his first ever TT.
Regular first place rider Ben Norbury (resting tonight) ahead of a SPOCO league event tomorrow, did a 54:54 PB in the M and D championship 25 on Saturday.
For the full result click HERE
For Ken Norbury’s photos click HERE – Thanks Ken
Dean Roberts waiting to start
Last Tuesday’s 10 at Gawsworth had a small (smallest for some years), but select field and rewarded riders with some good points in the club league.
Ben Norbury followed up his superb PB in Saturdays Dukinfield 50 (1:53:31) with another PB in the 10 of 21:21. Stephen jackson was second with 24:17 and Rich Coates (Leek C.C.) third with 24:38. Third place in the club league tonight, went to 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!
Dean Roberts improved by 3 minutes on last week but was beaten in the race on handicap by Rob Waghorn, riding his second 10 of the week, Ben Norbury, Stephen Jackson and Polly Wilding.
Full Result HERE
Ben Norbury on his way to fastest time
Last Tuesday nights 10 at Monks Heath had 32 riders. In cool but pretty good conditions there were some good rides and several reported PB’s.
Ben Norbury was one, in 21:24 which won from Joe Brennan 22:17 and Jon White 22:31 (both Pro Vision C.C.). Second and third Congleton riders were 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.
New members, Phil Savage (25:22) and Steve Smith (27:10 road bike), rode their first events with us.
For full result click HERE.
Event Photos by Ken Norbury
AP, Phil and Sam start timekeeping and pushing off.
Well what a difference a week can make, having being greeted at the sign in with near freezing temperatures, strong wind and hail in contrary to last weeks early summer.
Naturally it had an impact on the size of the field having only 26 riders, despite that the winds dropped for the first rider at 19:00 although many riders had lots of layers on at the start line and trembling riders and volunteers was a common site.
At the finish line some riders reported it wasn’t too bad out there, a slight head wind on the return leg, but in general most riders times were between 30s and a minute slower than normal.
Top four spots were taken by members Ben Norbury 21:30, Steve Hulme 22:55, Mike Jones 23:18 and Rob Dale 23:25. Three ladies took part Sue Blake 30:02, Polly Wilding 30:40 and Lesley Norbury 30:49.
Well done all riders, Ben Norburys time of 2s off his PB was impressive, also noteworthy Mark Nicholls now riding for Pro Vision has PB’d last two weeks, and many thanks to his lady wife who rescued Lee Wood after his flat tyre.
Thanks to Roy Hayhurst for all his efforts in coordinating the event and all the volunteers that are needed, and to those volunteers and marshals for standing out in the cold and hail, thank you for your dedication.
Official results can be seen here
March saw the annual Hilly 33 mile reliability ride with around 1400 meters of climbing which tested the legs of the 14 starters with about a dozen stiff climbs on a route taking in Cloudside, Rushton Spencer, Danebridge, Wincle, Sutton, Macclesfield Forest, Wildboarclough and Bosley Wood Treatment. There were a few punctures and some slight variations of route, but all got round safely. First back were Steve Hulme with guest rider David Bayes in an impressive 2 hours and 11 minutes. The photos shows……
for full press report please click here
During this weeks Paracycling Track Worlds held at Montichiari in Italy, Club member and Team GB ‘Mega’ Megan Giglia took part in 3 events , 3km pursuit, 500m TT and , 40 lap Scratch Race.
In qualification for the 3km pursuit Megan broke the World Record, and later that day took the Gold Medal.
Next day took Gold in the 500m TT also breaking the World Record, Megans time of 41.761 seconds surpassed the previous world record of 42.955 held by the USA’s Jamie Whitmore Cardenas, who finished third, Megans time was sell ahead of the silver medal placed Denise Schindler (43.159) of Germany.
Her final event a 40 lap Scratch race she took 6th place being understandable tired.
Amazing we are all delighted for her, very well done indeed.
Calling all members for support “Your bottom bracket needs you!”
The last bike maintenance night wasn’t well attended, I know we all have busy lives but come on down, its what you asked for as part of the members survey! This week the mysterious and dark art of bottom brackets will be explored and Headset adjustment & lubrication.
Changing bottom bracket bearings come on down and learn how with a few tools we can do some jobs ourselves which is so satisfying
This is a part of Adrian Penningtons recent press report.
65 RT Ben Norbury leads a group
The first reliability ride of 2016 took place in late January, a stunning turnout of 83 riders.
There were a number of possible rides which were accompanied with a route card, 26 miles, 49 miles and differing speed choices. Riders were let off in phases re the volume of riders, with the furthest distance and fastest group first.
The weather was surprisingly warm, lots of muddy faces returned to the Rugby club and smiles told us it had been fun ride with something for all.
The clubs second reliability ride took place early February
The second event was 65miles and again of different speeds, riders were blessed with fabulous but chilly weather and many reported enjoying the ride, some adventurous riders claimed they got a good work out from picking one of the the fast paced groups and pushing on as hard as they could.The third reliability trial, took place mid February which was a ride of 100 miles. Thirty five riders took the circular route around south Cheshire and North Shropshire. The wet forecast thankfully didn’t materialise but the wind certainly did, the route out was into the strong head wind but naturally, and ideally as legs become tired, the tail wind helped all riders return.
Many riders were out for up to 8 hours, deciding they didn’t want that the Tandem pairing of Mark Tilstone and Sue Blake (photographed above in the 65 mile event) made it back in the least time, a great ride well done to them.
It was another successful event in no small part to the volunteers at the Rugby Club base and those providing refreshments en route, a number of riders commented on the quality of the support (and cake!) many thanks to them.
Read the full report HERE
The Tour of Britain race route was announced yesterday. Congleton is the start of stage 3 on September 6th.
The route looks like it goes out through Alsager, Nantwich, Middlewich, Sandbach, Holmes Chapel, Chelford, Tatton Park and then a loop through Macclesfield, Cat and Fiddle, Algreave Bosley and back to finish in Tatton Park. Its a great tour around Cheshire East.
The club will be planning some promotional events in the run up to the Tour. To be involved from the start, come to the Beartown Tap, Willow Street on March 3rd, where we will be holding a preliminary planning meeting.
An overview of the Stage 3 route can be seen here. ToB2016_Stage3_Overview
Riding Home from Istanbul
This Thursday Jan 28th, don’t miss Stephen and Ann Jackson’s account of their epic ride home from Istanbul last year.
The club meets every Thursday night in the Rugby Club at 8:30 p.m. except on the first Thursday of each month when we meet in the Beartown Tap.
The club night program for the next few weeks is
||Riding Home from Istanbul. A presentation by Stephen and Ann Jackson
||Rugby Club 20:30 hrs
||Beartown Tap Social Evening
||Beartown Tap from 20:30 hrs
||Bike Maintenance 4 of 6. Brakes
||Rugby Club 20:30 hrs
||Normal social evening
||Rugby Club 20:30 hrs
||Bike Maintenance 5 of 6. Wheels
||Rugby Club 20:30 hrs
||Beartown Tap from 20:30 hrs
||Bike Maintenance 6 of 6. Headsets and Bottom Brackets
||Rugby Club 20:30 hrs
Also, Pete Smith and Roy Hayhust are putting together a “Road Safety Evening”, hoping to involve a traffic policeman. We have no date yet, but this will be fitted in, as and when we can get said policeman. It might bump one of the bike maintenance sessions.
December the 28th saw the Macclesfield Wheelers Supercross. Amongst the hundreds of riders in the Cross Country races, Congleton was represented by Mike Jones (finished 49th) in the veterans race and by Will Booth (finished 36th) and Charlie Evans (finished 28th) in the senior race.
See full Press Report HERE
Other press reports by Adrian Pennington, our new Press Secretary have also been added.
24/12/2015 Press Report HERE
26/11/2015 Press Report HERE
Twenty Four members enjoyed a two hour, club only track session at Manchester Velodrome on Monday Dec 21st. The levels of experience on a banked track varied from expert to novice, but the club coach kept everyone safe by giving everyone a session appropriate to their ability.
All said that they had great fun and gained something from the session and we hope to repeat it in a few months time.
Ken Norbury took photographs at the event. To view them click HERE
Last Saturday evening 63 members and friends of Congleton Cycling Club assembled at Astbury Golf Club for the cycling club’s annual dinner and awards ceremony. The Chief Guest was Megan Giglia who is now established as a star rider in British Cycling’s paracycling squad, with high hopes of representing GB at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The Awards were preceded by speeches. Sue Blake welcomed the visitors, before Megan entertained everyone with the story of her cycling journey, since being disabled by a severe stroke in 2013. Megan went on to hand out the club’s trophies, assisted by Wayne Powell. Winners were announced by Bob Norton. After which flowers were presented to Megan and to Georgina Norton, who organised the event.
Finally Edgar Reynolds winner of the Graham McCargo Cup as Veterans BAR and The Karl Austin Memorial Trophy for most miles in TT’s replied on behalf of the award winners.
Major award winners were:-
Mark Allen, who won the Junior BAR TT competition, the Junior Evening TT League and the Beartown Road Race Trophy.
Sue Blake, who won the Ladies BAR TT competition, The Ladies Evening TT League and the Ladies Hillclimb Championship.
Steve Hulme, who won the Veterans Evening TT League, the Denby Biddulph Plate for the fastest 10 mile TT with a time of 20m 45s, The Jeff Burt Memorial Trophy for the Fastest 25 mile TT with a time of 55m 19s and the Lyndon Trophy for Veterans Standard in the Club Events Competition.
Ben Norbury who won the Evening Time Trail league overall and on handicap, the Tony Willis Cup as senior hill climb champion, The Ven Machin Trophy for the fastest 50 mile TT with a time of 1h, 55m and 6s, and the Bill Mees Trophy for being the actual fastest on average speed in the Club Events Competition.
One of the biggest rounds of applause went to Les Lancaster who was voted Clubman of the Year. Les was the oldest riding member in 2015; regularly completing the Saturday club runs and was a willing helper at most of the clubs TT promotions.
A full list of award winners can be seen HERE.
Ken Norbury took photographs of the occasion. They can be seen HERE. Thanks Ken.
The club AGM was held on Thursday November 5th in the Beartown Tap. There were no fireworks!
The officers each gave a report, which described another good year for the club, in which the membership growth slowed with 129 members reported (126 in 2014). These include 11 juniors and 31 ladies. The financial reserves of the club are healthy and there will be no change to member subscriptions for 2016. See Chairman’s Report HERE
Wayne Powell is the new Racing Secretary, but has stood down from his previous position as Clothing Administrator. This position remains vacant, but urgently needs to be filled. Other vacant positions are a Junior Representative and an Assistant Racing Secretary (has been vacant for a number of years)
Four new members were welcomed to the committee. Adrian Pennington comes in as Press Secretary in place of Rob Dale. Lee Wood will look after the interests of mountain bike riders and Rowland Bainbridge together with John Jervis were elected as general club members.
The committee for 2015/2016 are
|Club Runs Secretary
||Georgina Norton, Dean Roberts
|Mountain Bike Rep.
|Assistant R Sec
|Club Clothing administrator
|Under 18 rep
Bill Boynton was re elected as “Auditor”
The President and Vice presidents were re elected with the exception of Mr and Mrs Wakefield who have resigned.
President :- Mr T Willis
Vice Presidents :- Mr S Sebire, Mrs K Biddulph, Mr R Little, Mrs G McCargo, and Mr B Fox. Mr and Mrs Wakefield have resigned.
Minutes of the meeting will be sent out in due course.
Ben in the National Championship
The National Hillclimb marks the end of the season on the road. Ben Norbury represented the club in the in the event on Oct 25th, at Jackson Bridge in West Yorkshire. His time of 5mins 20.7 seconds was only just over a min down on the winner (Richard Bussell of TST Sport/Aerocoach) 4:15.7.
It was a great effort on a very tough climb, which started up an 18-20% pitch, leveled off a bit, then was consistently 10 – 15% all the way to the top, averaging 11%. Simon Warren’s 100 greatest climbs rates it a 7 out of 10 for difficulty, but in the author’s own words “they are all 10 out of 10 when you race up them!”
Ben and other club members have been active this hill climb season. In September, Ben was 11th in the Weaver Valley Cat and Fiddle climb in a time of 20:48.5 whilst Mark finished in 26:08.5. They were joined by Kelvin Milward 28:08.6 and Edgar Reynolds 32:50.5.
Mark Allen Killer Mile
Ben was a fine third to multiple national champion Jim Henderson, in the Withington Wheelers Peaslow climb on October 4th. In Lyme R.C.’s Killer Mile hill climb on Mow Cop on Oct 11th . Ben finished in 5:17.7 for 11th and Mark in 6:07.09.
Ben has also, had top 10 finishes in the Glossop Kinder RC climb of Snake Pass and Buxton CC’s Longhill climb this season. He was 11th again in Chesterfield Couriers, Beeley Moor climb near Bakewell, the weekend before the Championship.
Photos of most of these events can be seen in Ken Norbury’s albums HERE
The Club Championship Hillclimb took place on 1.3 miles of Ganney Bank (Mow Lane), towards Mow Cop, in fine weather, although with a slightly unhelpful breeze. There were 22 competitors including 7 guest riders.
Ben Norbury on the startline
The top 3 finishers were Ben Norbury in 5m 45.7s, Rob Howson (Leek CC) 5:46.9 and Andrew Doorbar (Unattached) 5:54.6. Best Veteran was Rob Dale in 6:33. Best Lady was Hannah Rhodes Patterson (Durham University CC) 6:47.2 from Sue Blake 8:52.3 and Lesley Norbury 10:57.3. Top Junior was Jake Niblett 6:48.4 and best juvenile Joe France 9:36.0 beating younger brother Tom 10:40.0.
A notable visitor was Frank Manning (unattached), who recently completed an “Everest” Challenge which involved 55 ascents of Station Bank Mow Cop (the killer mile)! Ganney Bank took him a mere 7m:38.2s, compared to about 16 hours going up and down Station Bank.
Full Result HERE
The final Tuesday evening 10 mile TT of 2015 season (on Aug 18th) was different. It was run as a 2 up team time trial. There were 17 teams and also 2 tandems and 5 solo riders. Although billed as a fun event, some took it very seriously. Top team was the composite pairing of Ben Norbury with Andrew Magnier (Giordana RT) who recorded 20:53, followed by John White and Joe Brennan (Kidsgrove Wheelers) 22:29 and Andy Aitken with Jim Stringer (Crewe Claion Wheelers) 22:34.
The best all Congleton C.C. pairing was James Walton/Steve Sladin 24:03. Junior Mark Allen teamed up with Rich Coghill (Leek CC) to get round in a speedy 23:51.
Top tandem was Sue Blake piloted by Mark Tilstone in 25:09 from Paul Dentith/Mary Reid 26:35.
Mixed teams were led by Claire Harrison (Vision Racing) with Andrew Doorbar (unattached) 24:23, from Denise Hurst/Wayne Powell 26:15.
Father and daughter/son team were led by ex member Adrian Rhodes Patterson with daughter Hannah (Durham Uni C.C.). in 24:36 from Richard and Alex Coates (Leek CC/Lyme RC) 25:20. and David and Joshua Farrington 28:00.
They were all beaten by Alex Royle (Army CU), riding solo, who finished in 20:48, just 14 seconds off his own course record set a week earlier.
PHOTOS Thanks to Ken Norbury
VIDEO Thanks to Adrian Pennington
Steve Urwins chainring (photo Adrian Pennington)
The clubs open 50 on Saturday, produced some amazingly fast times from a very high class 131 rider field. The event was won by Charles Taylor (South Pennine RC) with an event record 1:43:18. Second was Steve Urwin (North Lancs RC) 1:44:43 who was also fastest veteran and third was Crewe Clarion’s Ben McIntosh with 1:46:19.
Best Lady was Jill Wilkinson (Chester RC) 2:07:47. It was a good day for the Wilkinsons because Andy was Best on Veterans Standard with a plus of 32:45 from an actual time of 1:47:47. One of the rides of the day was 16 year old Jake Wright (Sport City Velo), who in his first ever 50 surprised the timekeeper with 1:54:28 to be the junior winner.
There were 6 club riders, led home by Ben Norbury in 1:55:06 (PB). Steve Hulme finished in an excellent 1:57:36, his first 50 for 11 years saying it would be another 11 before he repeats it. They were backed up by Mike Jones 2:06:50 (PB), Steve Sladin 2:09:39 (PB), and Denise Hurst 2:27:34. Paul Dentith and James Walton started but, in common with many others did not finish. Paul gave the best reason heard all day “punctured in both legs”
The club relied on another 30 volunteers to marshal and help run the event. Rider feed back has been excellent, so thanks everyone.
Donations given in return for refreshments (thanks to Kath Biddulph, and Avril Waghorn) totaled £170.53. Thanks also to Hollie Mulroy for baking some scones. There were none left!
The proceeds are being donated to the BOSLEY DISASTER APPEAL FUND.
The full RESULT in on the CTT website.
Rob Dale 30.6.15
In last Tuesdays (Aug 4th) club 10 at Gawsworth, Duncan Poole (rider No. 1) was stopped by a herd of cows crossing the road. Luckily they had cleared for Alex Royle (Army CU), who blasted round on a windy night in 20:26, beating Scott Burns (Manchester Whs) 21:10 and our own Ben Norbury 21:58. The “Congleton” second and third were Rob Dale 23:25 and Mike Jones 23:28.
Best lady was Denise Hurst in 29:14 ahead of Lesley Norbury 29:50 and Polly Wilding 31:16. Top junior was Mark Allen with 24:47 from Jake Niblett 26:19. Jake had the only personal best on the night so took maximum handicap points.
Jake Niblett 30.6.15
Video. Thanks to Adrian Pennington
Next Tuesday Aug 11th is the final club promotion counting towards the clubs TT league although finishers in the Macclefield Wheelers Cat and Fiddle Hill Climb on Wednesday Aug 12th can also score points.
Start 19:00 hours. J9/7:- Cat & Fiddle Hill Climb. Start on Buxton Road (A537) 500 metres East of Silk Road lights
On August 17th we are promoting our final 10 of the season which will be a “fun” event for teams of two.