Press Report – mid-Sep 2017

Rides

It was a grey, dry and cool start for an August day on the 19th. Four members took a 20 mile route to The Rookery at Ettiley Heath. Unfortunately, while they ate, the rain started and they came out to sopping bikes. Not all of them had jackets but they managed to stay warm enough on the 10 miles home and overall it was not too wet.

Congleton Cycling Club at the Lavender Barn
Congleton Cycling Club at the Lavender Barn

The following day dawned bright and sunny when eight members set out for Lavender Barn. Some of the lanes were very muddy after yesterday’s rain but, despite this, they reached Lavender Barn in good time. Lunch was served very quickly and eaten in the sunshine. The only problem on the way home was a very large puddle, which turned out to be deeper than one rider anticipated and he got an unexpected soaking when he rode through at speed.

Congleton Cycling Club at the Pickle Jar bistro
Congleton Cycling Club at the Pickle Jar bistro

It was a nice sunny day the following Saturday when eleven members travelled to the Pickle Jar bistro on the banks of the Weaver near Northwich, although it wasn’t quite warm enough for everybody to sit outside for lunch. On the way home the Withington Wheelers 10 time trial was in progress at Lower Withington, so for a while they were passed by a succession of human missiles.

Congleton Cycling Club at Fordhall Farm
Congleton Cycling Club at Fordhall Farm

Bob at Fordhall Farm
Bob at Fordhall Farm

Eleven riders set off on the Sunday club ride to Fordhall Farm at Market Drayton on what turned out to be a rather eventful outing. One of their number had a gear problem and a call to Fordhall to reserve a table for lunch revealed that only Sunday lunches were available. Later, the same member suffered a blowout which needed a patch. During this stop, however, the group received a call back from Fordhall to say that their new Graze Cabin would be open, so they continued on. But 4 miles from their destination, a seemingly innocuous puddle of mucky water (possibly the only puddle in the whole of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire) brought down one of the group. Bruised and covered in muddy puddle water, he bravely decided to continue. His reward was a delicious alfresco lunch.

Congleton Cycling Club at Minshulls Garden Centre
Congleton Cycling Club at Minshulls Garden Centre

Lunchtime at Minshulls. The riders’ repast.
Lunchtime at Minshulls. The riders’ repast.

For the first Saturday ride of September, on the 02nd, eight riders enjoyed an uneventful ride to Minshull’s Garden Centre.

Congleton Cycling Club on the road from Cheddleton
Congleton Cycling Club on the road from Cheddleton

On Sunday, despite the dire weather predictions earlier in the week, ten people set off for the Cheddleton Tea Rooms. The weather along the top was considered to be like the Mistral, except slightly cooler according to one of our European touring cyclists. After lunch and a few more sharp hills, they headed back via Endon and Lask Edge, having covered approximately fifty miles with fourteen hundred metres of climbing.

Congleton Cycling Club at Fairways Garden Centre
Congleton Cycling Club at Fairways Garden Centre

The next Saturday was definitely autumnal, so it was no surprise that only two riders turned up, then bailed out half way due to the foul weather.

Congleton Cycling Club en-route near Eccleshall

But the rain blew away overnight, so the two Sunday rides had much better conditions, though the weatherman used all the following words in the morning – force, gale, today, winds, rain. The weather turned out cool and blustery for the Sunday Steady Social Ride to the Fairways Garden Centre at Sutton, though the three riders did shorten the return ride slightly, missing the rain which arrived not long after they got back. Ten riders embarked on the normal Sunday ride, to Fletchers Garden Centre at Eccleshall. The group split into two, three members taking a less hilly route than the one advertised to rendezvous with the rest in Eccleshall. For them the hills came thick and fast or, perhaps, steep and slow, so they had climbed over 1000 metres by the time they stopped for lunch. After very welcome refreshments, the whole group set off for the trip back together and were relieved to complete the ride in the dry, despite one puncture.

Competition

On the competitive side, with autumn upon us, the last Club event was the 2-Up 10 mile Time Trial on the 15th August. Unfortunately, this turned into a 5 because of roadworks. It’s always their last evening TT of the season and, though treated as a fun event, there were still some fast times.

Sam and Charli Alson

Sam and Charli Alson

The Pro Vision pair of Jon White and Mark Wood recorded 10:56 ahead of Stephen Sladin and Andrew Burgess (Pro Vision) 11:46 and Sam Alston riding with daughter Charli (Racing Chance) 12:12. Sam and Charli are pictured at the start. Seven riders did solo rides, of which Philip Gleave was quickest in 10:55.

But this was not the last event of the season in the area. One the 20th August there were some great results for the club in the West Cheshire 12-hour TT, which incorporated the Manchester and District Time Trail Association 12 hour Championship. Ben Norbury was second with 279 miles, only about a mile behind the winner Victor Chetta (Mid Shropshire Wheelers). Ben is the M & D Champion. Steve Sladin also put in a heroic ride just 5 days after crashing in last Tuesdays club evening TT. Suffering from bad bruising and grazing he finished the 12 in some discomfort, with around 227 miles. There were 18 passages though three-way traffic controls on the course and, but for these, distances would have been bigger. Ben might have threatened Neil Skellern’s club record of 286.45 miles set in 2011. Neil was on Ben’s support crew on Sunday.

Sam Alston in full flight

Sam Alston in full flight

Elsewhere on Sunday, Sam Alston finished 4th in his age group in the TLI National Road Race Championships on the Holt/Farndon Circuit. Sam is pictured in the race. He said “Another attack that didn’t get anywhere!!! Bet I win the skinny leg competition!”

Finally, the club had 4 riders in the Withington Wheelers 10 on the little used J6/10 course at Lower Withington on the 26th. Adrian Pennington was there and got these pictures. In the order shown they were Duncan Poole, Kelvin Milward, Stephen Sladin and Paul Dentith.

Duncan Poole

Duncan Poole

Kelvin Milward

Kelvin Milward

Steve Sladin

Steve Sladin

Paul Dentith

Paul Dentith

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Roadworks force cancellation of 10 mile TT 18/7/17 – J2/1

Road works in Chelford mean we again have to cancel a club evening league event.

Next Tuesday July 25th we are on the Congleton based JC/27 Holmes Chapel Road course. All welcome. Entry Fee £3 CCC members, £4 visitors (juniors £2 or £3).

Sign on Blackfirs lane from 18:15, first rider start 19:01.TT20Jun

Come and have a go. Free Tea/Coffee/Biscuits at the finish.

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11/07/2017. Club Evening 25 replaced with a 10. ALSO OFF.

The evening 25 mile time trial promotion, which was to have been the second leg of the Karl Austin Memorial Inter Club event is cancelled due to road works on the A34.

It has been replaced with a 10 on the JC/5 Gawsworth course. First rider 19:16, sign on at the Rising Sun from 18:30.

Sorry, this is also OFF. Temporary lights have appeared again near Gawsorth, so this course is also wrecked! Now no event on 11th July/

Normal service next week (hopefully)

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Press Report for June 2017

Week of 5th to 11th June

A great turnout for last night’s club 10 mile time trial, on the Holmes Chapel Road. Calm warm conditions helped many to personal or seasons best times.
There were three rides inside 22 minutes, headed by Ben Norbury with 21:07, from Joseph Dobson (Manchester Bicycle Club) 21:25 and John Backhouse (Maxxis 4 RT) 21:50. Second and third place in the club TT league event were Phillip Gleave 22:10 and Stephen Sladin 23:05 (both PB’s).
Best lady was Maggie McPhillips (Stockport Clarion CC) in 27:34 from Aleisha Mellor (Lyme RC/CCC) 27:59 and Diana Bite (Unattached) 28:13. The CCC league event was topped by Sue Blake in 28:17 from Claire Thompson 28:56 and Polly Wilding 28:57.
Best junior was Matthew Braybrooke (Knutsford Tri Club) with 24:49. His warm up was unusual. He went for a run! Aleisha Mellor was next with 13 year old Tom Lewis recording an excellent 32:37 in his first 10.

Ben Norbury (library photo by Ken Norbury)

Ben Norbury (library photo by Ken Norbury)

The Saturday Club run had early morning rain and wind and with the threat of more, it must have deterred a few as only 5 turned out for the club run to the Shire Horse Centre at Cotebrook. It never rained on the ride which went out through Winsford and Wettenhall and returned with a mainly tailwind through Calvely and Church Minshull, making 48 miles at a good pace.

cotebrook

Week of 12th to 18th June

Whilst our club Audax event was taking place three club members were out on their own impromptu club rides. Two people headed off to Audlem, whereas the other rode out to Cumberbach.

audlem

To the Audax event, it was forecasted to be an extremely hot day and they were not wrong. This was a tough event, giving riders three choices, these being, firstly, the ‘Hills & Plains of Cheshire’ 210kms, or secondly, ‘Just the Hills of Cheshire’ 110kms, or thirdly, ‘Just the Plains of Cheshire’ 118kms.
There were thirty five entrants in total, four of whom were from CCC Jill, John and Sarah Jervis and Jim Cook. Steve Dawson had ridden a recce of all the routes before the event took place and it was a good thing he did, as there were some changes needed at Bucklow Hill due to the new bypass being closed.
Eleven people chose to attempt the ‘Hills & Plains of Cheshire’ and nine ‘Just the Hills’. The route took them up over the ‘Cloud’ then onto Algreave and through Wildboarclough before heading for the notorious climb known as ‘Pyms Chair’ near the Goyt Valley, which on a day like it was, was made even tougher by the heat. Thirteen people entered ‘Just the Plains’ which took them through the scenic Tatton Park. Everyone returned safely and refreshments were offered to all on their return. A huge thank you goes to Steve for his organisation of the event and thank you to Lesley Hart and Denise who helped on the day.

Pymms

On the Saturday at the M & DTTA 50 mile Time Trial Championship, Ben Norbury retained the Championship at a time of 1 hr 55 mins 25 secs, on a very hot and difficult day. He was supported by 7 other club riders. Kelvin Milward 2:4:29. Mike Jones 2:7:52, Lee Wood 2:15:59, Steve Sladin 2:16: 14, Duncan Poole 2:25:15 and Polly Wilding 2:43:55.
Well done to all on a day when 41 riders either did not start or did not finish.
Ben was actually 2nd fastest in the open event which was won by Charles Taylor (Team Bottrill) in 1:51:36.

Meanwhile at a more sedate pace, the Saturday Club run went to the Snowdrop Cafe via Brereton, Middlewich and Byley. Everyone sat inside as it was too hot in the sun. Returning via Goostrey and Swettenham.

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Events of week 19th to 27th

Never mind Glastonbury – Congleton Cycling Club? was at the Dent Music Festival this weekend. It was an excuse for a few scenic miles and a few more beers. Most used train and bike to get there, either via Leeds or Lancaster, and then went for a ride out on the Saturday. The photo shows some of them on the descent that reached a scary 26% on the road from Ingleton to Dent. There were a more than a few squeaky brakes on the way down.

Dent

Other Club members participated in the usual Saturday and Sunday runs. The Sunday run went to Wales. OK so it was only just Wales! We rode to Holt to enjoy a refreshment stop at Cleopatra’s. There were nine out on the ride. One surprised us by saying that he had never been to Wales before. The weather was better than forecast with rain jackets only necessary for about half an hour of the 82 mile ride. A good ride and the cafe stop was excellent.

holt

For the Saturday Run, eleven riders set off for The Weaver Vale Garden Centre, near Northwich. We had a good lunch at the garden centre (although there were a few muttering about breakfast items not being available). For the return we had a mile or so along busy roads, then over a couple of footbridges to join the Weaver Way. This took us to Davenham, from where it was a familiar route back home.

weavervale

The Club 10 time trial held on the 20th June, at Gawsworth produced a crop of fast times.
Ben Norbury (20:48) just won from Joseph Dobson (20:51) with Kris Bowditch (Lyme R.C.) 21:21 in third spot.
In the Congleton League event Philip Gleave was second in 22:03 from Mark Allen 22:49 and Stephen Sladin 22:50 (all PB’s). The best female was Diana Bite (no club) with 27:51 with Polly Wilding in top spot for Congleton in 28:15 (PB) from Sue Blake (28:35) and Lesley Norbury at 31:43.

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(Photo – Christian Fox)
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Karl Austin Memorial Interclub 25 Leg 1 is OFF

Please note that due to roadworks/road closures on the A535 and on Seven Sisters Lane the planned 25 is OFF. 

We have considered running a 10 on the J2/1 instead but Cheshire East have scheduled road works tomorrow at Ollerton which will be controlled with stop go boards and/or traffic lights. Add to this the fact that the A537 from Chelford Roundabout to Olleton is part of a signed diversion to get round road closures, We have no option but to abandon tomorrows TT.

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Press Report for 07th May 2017

he Club was in mourning this month with the loss of our dear friend Ken Norbury. Ken was an avid supporter of the Club and would turn out and all weathers to take professional level photographs of riders participating in our Time Trials. His cheerful support by the roadside was always a huge motivator. Our sympathies are with Lesley, Ben, Lucy and Alan.  The funeral at Toft’s Church near Knutsford job was well supported by Club members paying their respect to Ken and his family.

Ben Norbury (library photo by Ken Norbury)

Ben Norbury (library photo by Ken Norbury)

Picture of Ben Norbury going well in time trials, following his recent injury and family loss.

Time trial Summary for April and 1st week May

6th May

The club had 5 riders in the Dukinfield 50, the first Cheshire 50 mile TT of 2017, yesterday. In cool, overcast conditions with a north easterly wind they were led home by Stephen Sladin in 2 hrs 6 mins and 36 secs, a new PB. Kelvin Milward finished in 2:08:03, Lee Wood 2:13:57, Duncan Poole 2:20:51(PB) and Polly Wilding 2:34:02 (road bike). Lee and Polly were competing in their first ever 50′s.

Despite the generally dry weather a couple of the events over the last month have been affected by distinctly northern icy blasts.

2nd May

A stiff and cool north easterly wind hampered riders on the way back from the turn in this week’s Evening TT League event on the J2/1 at Chelford.

Ben Norbury made a comeback following a long layoff through a crash injury and family bereavement.  He recorded a winning 21:33. It was like he had not been away. In second place was Philip Gleave with 22:55 and third was regular visitor Keith Dutton (Wills Wheels) in 23:06. Third best CCC rider was Steve Sladin with 23:43

The Ladies were led by Sue Blake with 28:27 from Janet Spires Alston 29:20 and Claire Thompson 29:35. The juniors were all guests from other clubs. Tobias Edwards was top with 23:29 from Matthew Braybrooke (Knutsford Tri Club) 24:32 and 13 year old Aaron Mansell (Lyme RC) 27:02.

25th April

The 10 mile TT at Gawsworth in decidedly wintery conditions. It was about 4 degrees with blustery showers.

Jack Schofield 21:30 was a fastest from Philip Gleave 22:45 (PB) and Keith Dutton 23:11 (Wills Wheels).  Third club member was Mark Allen with 23:58.
Jack said he had done a 13 mile run earlier in the day! On Sunday he finished second in a Duathlon at Ludlow, breaking the course record for the 30 km bike section sandwiched between a 10 k and a 5 k run.

Best Junior was Tobias Edwards (Huddersfield Star Wheelers) for the second week running. His 23:59 beat Matthew Braybooke (Knutsford Tri club) 24:37 and James Brayford (Lyme RC) 25:18

Riding his first ever TT Jake Dooley (Coventry University) posted an excellent 26:01. Jake’s father Mark was one of the clubs fast men 20 years ago!

18th April

The second event in the 2017 Evening TT league had 32 starters on a fine evening. There was a bit of a fright before the event got underway, in that there were mobile roadworks on the course doing pothole repairs. In the event no riders were stopped so there were some excellent times. Jack Schofield was quickest in 21:31, from Jon White (Pro Vision) 22:19 and George Coghlan (Janus RC) 22:33. The next best Congleton riders were Phillip Gleave in 22:55 (a PB by nearly 2 minutes) and David Farrington on the comeback trail after a nasty accident last year with 23:34. The ladies race was won by Claire Thompson in 28:40 from Sue Blake 29:00 and Wendy Mansell (Lyme RC) in her first TT with 31:52. The junior racers were all visitors. Tobias Edwards (Huddersfield Star Wheelers came top in 23:37 from Andrew Burgess (Pro Vision) 23:56 (PB) and Matthew Braybrook (Knutsford Tri Club) 25:51.

There were 3 generations of the Mansell Family (Lyme RC) competing. As well as Wendy there was Mick 25:28, their 13 year old son Aaron 26:51 and grandfather Derek 29:28.

 

Club Run Events

Weekend of 8th May

Sunday Run

Seven members partook in what was a distinctly hilly ride to Jackson’s garden centre at Bagnall. The hills started with a climb up the Cloud, followed by an ascent to Morridge Ridge which, according to Strava, reached 28.5% gradient. Club lead emphasises this percentage as he had the ignominy of wearing out his cleats by walking. A series of further short sharp hills made the sign for the garden centre extremely welcome with a total climb of over 3500 feet before we reached the cafe stop. We decided to take the easy way back and follow the N55 cycle lane from Stoke all the way back to Congleton.

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Saturday Run

Thirteen members enjoyed a 37 mile club run yesterday, with a stop after 21 miles at the Riverside Organic Farm, Whatcroft near Davenham, where we had reserved a table. On a warm day you can sit outside but it was not so warm again. Lovely tail wind on the way out. Instead we went via Bradwall and Sandbach instead of Middlewich, because of railway bridge works at Cledford.It was a circular ride returning through Lach Denis and Goostrey. Two are missing from the photo, as they did not stop at the café.

OrganicFarm

Weekend of April 30th

Sunday Run

Thirteen of us turned up at the rugby club for a trip to Bunbury. Excellent weather, dry and warm, and even better, we set off with a strong tailwind for the first half of the ride. After we stopped at the cafe the group got whisked home due to strong tail wind. Tilly’s was pretty busy but we had a reserved table and the drinks and food arrived in remarkably quick time. One got back from the vet so that made twelve and one more joined for the trip home, back to thirteen. Now the same weather was not so excellent because we were heading into a strong headwind. We went slightly further than planned, probably about 104k, because a bridge was closed near Middlewich.

Tilleys

Saturday Run

9 keen riders set off on a hilly ride yesterday, in overcast cool dry weather. Lots of hills, including Bosley Cloud, Langley, Coalpit Lane, Kerridge, under White Nancy, to struggle up, until a final length of canal delivered us to Clarence Mill. Cafe did us proud, but the reservation was essential.
A few more hills out of Prestbury, Birtles and then past Redesmere towards Lower Withington, Swettenham and then home.
Even with a few punctures and gear problems we were back in Congleton around 3pm.
A very ride but enjoyed by all.

Weekend of April 23rd

Saturday

12 riders set off for the Whitegate Way Station Cafe in bright sunshine. There was a bit of a headwind but not enough to dampen our spirits. The cafe was slightly put out by our number and gave us a card with their phone number for future use. Perhaps it was because Jon Horne joined us there, boosting the numbers? It was warm enough to sit outside, though the breeze made it better to sit in the sun than in the shade. We returned along a dry Whitegate Way and, having managed to navigate the Middlewich housing estate without losing anybody, arrived back in Congleton is good style.

Whitegate

Weekend of April 17

Sunday

Thirteen riders set off in sunny but cool weather. The original destination should have been the Radway Green Garden Centre, but they were unable to accommodate us. We decided instead to go to the Astbury Garden Centre, which was on our way back. There was a minor spill in Sandbach, but otherwise it was uneventful. Some riders split off before we reached the Garden Centre or didn’t stop, but nine were met by Bob, Jon, Dawn and Richard. After the usual refreshments and photo the group went their separate way. A good day all round.

Astbury

Audax ride

The club had about 60 entries for its Hawkstone (135km) and Ironbridge (207 km) Audax rides on Easter Sunday. There were a lot of non-starters, probably put off by the weather forecast. Thankfully this was proved wrong, with most getting back in the dry. A stiff south westerly wind was behind the riders for the last 40 miles. It was good day out for all.
One Ironbridge rider had ridden from Sheffield to Congleton that morning, setting off at 3 a.m. for the 8 a.m. start. He was planning to ride back again after the event!
No photo’s on the rides (unless anyone else has some), but these were taken at the HQ. Thanks to Steve Dawson for organizing and the Georgina and Lesley for doing the very welcome refreshments.

Weekend of April 9th

Sunday

The mercury topped 20 degrees again today which tempted eleven riders to start the Sunday Club Run. Before long though we were down to 9. An unfortunate “coming together” of two riders left one with bad gravel rash and another with a broken seat stay, requiring a rescue.
This, and a niggling head wind meant we were a bit late getting to the Lockside Café at Grindley Brook near Whitchurch, but we did get there via Barbridge, Wrenbury and No Mans Heath.
The headwind turned tail wind on the way home, so the return via Ash, Audlem and Alsager was easier. The ride was 74 miles.

Lockside

Saturday

What a great day. The Saturday Club Run to Cudmore Fisheries enjoyed some splendid weather. A cool start but up to 20 degree by lunchtime. The ride was 42 miles and 16 riders took part. There were a few climbs between Madeley, and Cudmore via Baldwin’s Gate, but no complaints about the route. The return was via Keele and Alsagers Bank to reach the Cheshire Plain again at Audley.
The photos were all take at the Cudmore Fishing Lakes, near Whitmore.

fishery

Weekend of April 2nd

Sunday

A grand total of eleven riders set off for Stoneyford Cottage Gardens. We travelled out through Twemlow, Brine Fields, Little Leigh and up to Acton Bridge. From there a few miles along the lanes to the nursery and tea room. Fortunately, we’d warned them of our arrival so they’d reserved a table for us. They were also happy to provide beans on toast and bacon butties for those who wanted them. Hunger satisfied, we set off back home. Despite comments from certain quarters, the leaders did know where they were going, so we soon reached Church Minshull then the usual way back to Congleton.

Stoneyford

Seven people turned up for the first of the medium length, steady Sunday rides. It was a perfect spring day and the group rode via Rudyard and Cheddleton for the lunch stop at a very busy Tittesworth Reservoir where it was nice to be able to sit outside in the sunshine for the first time this year. Afterwards 2 riders decided to take what they hoped would be an easier route home and the rest returned via Timbersbrook.

Other News

On St George’s Day, some of the club helped out at the Congleton Town Council St George’s Day Triathlon. The field of about 40 (some in teams) was headed by the Mayor Cllr. David Brown, who did the whole event solo. Other competitors were town councillors, town hall staff and friends. The objective was to promote physical activity in the town.
The club colours were worn by David Hurst in the event, whilst another 15 club volunteers officiated on the bike leg. Megan Giglia, club member and Paralympic Gold medallist from the 2016 Rio Paralympics was on hand the encourage Mayor Brown around the final lap pf the run, and to assist with the awards ceremony.

triathlon 

Last week, Stephanie Cooke gave a great presentation last night about her tour of Hebridean Island hopping tour in 2016. This was no 5 star luxury tour; it was wild camping on a budget of £5 per day to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research and a hospice in Ludlow. Stephanie had lots of interesting stories about characters she met along the way, and lots of stunning photographs. For the statisticians, she visited 20 islands, and hiked to the high points on almost all of them, cycled 650 miles and raised £1500. Thanks Steph, your hard work and endeavour were appreciated.

Hebrides 

Roy and Stephen are planning a ride round the Cevennes in France in late August. If anyone is interested in joining, contact one of the above. They are following a route made famous by Robert Louis Stevenson’s book in his book, Travels with a Donkey.

Travels-map

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Club 10 mile TT 02/05/2017

Ben Norbury (library photo by Ken Norbury)

Ben Norbury (library photo by Ken Norbury)

A stiff and cool north easterly wind hampered riders on the way back from the turn in this weeks Evening TT League event on the J2/1 at Chelford.

Ben Norbury made a come back following a long layoff through a crash injury and family bereavement.  He recorded a winning 21:33. It was like he had not been away. In second place was Philip Gleave with 22:55 and third was regular visitor Keith Dutton (Wills Wheels) in 23:06. Third best CCC rider was Steve Sladin with 23:43

The Ladies were led by Sue Blake with 28:27 from Janet Spires Alston 29:20 and Claire Thompson 29:35. The juniors were all guests from other clubs. Tobias Edwards was top with 23:29 from Matthew Braybrooke (Knutsford Tri Club) 24:32 and 13 year old Aaron Mansell (Lyme RC) 27:02.

Thanks to all the marshals and other helpers without whom we could not run theses events.

FULL RESULT HERE

 

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Ken Norbury

18057828_744607729044381_2895981116772162466_nVery sad news. Ken Norbury passed away last week. He was at home with his family. Adrian Pennington has put this tribute on Instagram. I am sure that we all feel the same way.
He was a great friend of Congleton Cycling Club and we will all miss him.

The wider cycling community will know Ken through his excellent racing photographs, which he was always happy to share with anyone who asked.

Kens Funeral is on Thursday May 4th May at 12 p.m. at St John the Evangelists Church, Toft Nr Knutsford.

The family say ” No flowers please. There will be the opportunity to donate after the funeral, to our chosen charities, should you wish to.”

R.I.P. Ken.

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Club 10 mile TT Gawsworth 25/4/17

The 10 mile TT at Gawsworth in decidedly wintery conditions. It was about 4 degrees with blustery showers.

Jack Schofield 21:30 was a fastest from Philip Gleave 22:45 (PB) and Keith Dutton 23:11 (Wills Wheels).  Third club member was Mark Allen with 23:58.
Jack said he had done a 13 mile run earlier in the day! On Sunday he finished second in a Duathlon at Ludlow, breaking the course record for the 30 km bike section sandwiched between a 10 k and a 5 k run.

Best Junior was Tobias Edwards (Huddersfield Star Wheelers) for the second week running. His 23:59 beat Matthew Braybooke (Knutsford Tri club) 24:37 and James Brayford (Lyme RC) 25:18

Riding his first ever TT Jake Dooley (Coventry University) posted an excellent 26:01. Jake’s father Mark was one of the clubs fast men 20 years ago!

FULL RESULT

 

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Club 10 mile TT Gawsworth 18/4/17

The second event in the 2017 Evening TT league had 32 starters on a fine evening. There was a bit of a fright before the event got underway, in that there were mobile roadworks on the course doing pothole repairs. In the event no riders were stopped so there were some excellent times.

Jack Schofield was quickest in 21:31, from Jon White (Pro Vision) 22:19 and George Coghlan (Janus RC) 22:33. The next best Congleton riders were Phillip Gleave in 22:55 (a PB by nearly 2 minutes) and David Farrington  on the comeback trail after a nasty accident last year with 23:34. The ladies race was won by Claire thompson in 28:40 from Sue Blake 29:00 and Wendy mansell (Lyme RC) in her first TT with 31:52. The junior racers were all visitors. Tobias Edwards (Huddersfield Star Wheelers came top in 23:37 from Andrew Burgess (Pro Vision) 23:56 (PB) and Matthew Braybrook (Knutsford Tri Club) 25:51.

There were 3 generations of the Mansell Family (Lyme RC) competing. As well as Wendy  there was Mick 25:28, their 13 year old son Aaron 26:51 and grandfather Derek 29:28.

FULL RESULT

 

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Club night special event 27 April

Starting at 8pm we will have 2016 Touring trophy winner, Stephanie Cooke presenting a talk with photos, maps, bike and kit for us to share her journey.
Entitled: “HEBRIDEAN ISLANDS BY BIKE ON £5 per day – Anyone can do it” I’m really interested in just how she managed it, as well as raising over £1,500 for charity along the way!
So. The bar will be open….snacks available and I hope you’ll join us on the 27th April, 8pm to listen to Stephanie’s story.2016-05-20 2016-05-20 001 454
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TT 11/4/17 OFF – Roadworks

Afraid we have had to abandon tonight’s TT because of roadwork’s near at Brereton Heath. They are situated on a curve and are about 70 metres long.

We will look at adding the event on at the other end of the season.

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Club do well in opening Cheshire Points Series TT

Jack Schofield

Jack Schofield

On Saturday March 18th, the Club had 5 starters in the first round of the Cheshire TT series points league. It was the the first of 3 Manchester and District Time trial Association 10 mile TT’s held on the Twemlow to Chelford and back course. Jack Schofield (pictured) was a fine 4th in 22 minutes flat in his first ride for the club. Philip Gleave 23:55, Stephen Sladin 25:07, Lee Wood 26:39 and Polly Wilding 30:41 (on a road bike), all returned excellent times on a cold, wet Saturday afternoon. Jack, Philip and Stephen earned third team prize. (provisional)
Philip’s time is thought to be a PB. He followed it up the next day by finishing a fine 12th in the Crewe Clarion Wheelers ”hilly” 17 mile TT on the Nantwich, Audlem, Woore, Nantwich circuit. His time was 37:44.

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2017 TT Season Starts Now

_DSC1775-29The Manchester and District time trial season gets underway this weekend with the Nova C.C. “2 up” team time trial over 25 miles at Gawsworth.
We have 2 teams riding. Steve Sladin is paired with Lee Wood and Polly Wilding is paired with Janet Spiers Alston. The event stars at 14:00, with our club teams starting at 14:38 and 15:18 respectively. We wish them good luck.
For a complete list of Manchester District open TT’s HERE.

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Children’s Adventure Farm Trust

Following last Monday’s Committee Meeting, Congleton Cycling Club’s chosen charity for 2017 will be the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (www.caft.co.uk), helping disadvantaged children.CAFT
CAFT run a selection of challenges (not all cycling-related), the first of which is their Frosty Bike Ride on 11th March.
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The new Official Congleton CC club clothing

The new Offical 2017 club clothing

http://portal.provisionclothing.com/Congleton

To see the whole range visit the Pro Vision website.

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Press Report for early January 2017

The club has started the year with the news that Megan Giglia featured in the New Year’s Honours List. The weather has been a bit mixed, but that hasn’t dampened our enthusiasm for getting cold and wet. For the full report, click here.

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Activities for Dec 31st and Jan 1st

Saturday Club Run

Minshull’s Garden Centre  near Leighton, a ride of around 40 miles in length. We will meet, as usual, at the Unicorn at 10am. Leaders Jill and John Jervis.

It looks like it will be a lot less cold by then, so we should have pleasant ride. See you then,

Sunday New Years Day

Meet outside the Ship, at Danebridge, SK11 0QU, at 9.45 am – 1st Jan!

Directions for those who may need them are:

From Congleton, go along the A54, up the Dumbers, after Bosley crossroads, turn right for Winkle at the Four Ways Crossroads. Go about a mile down hill and the Ship is on the left before the river.

Parking is either at the Ship, if there is room, or lower down the road near the river. Please share lifts where possible as there is not much room for parking.

It will be about 5 miles, fairly flat and with lots of interesting history, kindly being led by Sam Alston.

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Happy Christmas from Congleton Cycling Club

20161217_131640_Burst01Happy Christmas and New Year to all our followers.
Wishing you safe cycling in 2017.

Note. No club night next week (Dec 29th).

Saturday Club Run Dec 31st

 

New Years Day Walk. Jan 1st. Sam Alston is kindly leading for us. It will be an easy, circular walk, of no more than 8K. No hills involved. Farm tracks mainly. There will be chances to cut it short if you wish, or if the weather is bad, so no excuses for not coming along for a short while. Start Danebrige 09:45. More details to follow.

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Press Report for June

The 4th of June saw the Stretford Wheelers CC 25mile TT on J2/9 fastest of congleton riders in a superb time was Mike Jones in 59:14, other riders were Dave Farrington 1:00:10,  Steve Sladin 1:02:46, Kelvin Milward 1:02:53,  Dunc………

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