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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

(Photo – Christian Fox)

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