Report – March 13th, 2011

Boynton battled through leg cramp to finish first

5th March

- British Duathlon Championships at Clumber Park

On a cold and wet morning, Bill Boynton of Congleton Cycling Club and Congleton Harriers was one of 9 Newcastle Tri Club members in a field of nearly 400 in the 2011 British Duathlon Championships bidding for age-group honours and GB selection for the World event in September. 

The opening 10km run over undulating roads in the park was pacy but comfortable and Bill showed good form entering the transition area in 42.31 at the head of his age-group. Then, as rain set in, the 40km bike phase on hilly and mainly public roads placed more demands on the field.  Riding in the cold conditions in time-trial position this early in the season can result in leg cramp and loss of power and Bill was one of many competitors to suffer but battled to a respectable 74.56, despite a chain-off after 25km.  In transition off the bike he was briefly overtaken but in the final 5km run [22.27] came through to win by over a minute and become M65-69 Champion in 2h 23m; his fastest time to date.

Pleased by the win, Bill felt he could have gone under 2h 20m with better conditioning, so feels there is plenty do before facing international opposition at the European [April] and World [September] events. 

- Stanage Surprise – 108km AUDAX

Denise Hurst was satisfied with her performance on this hilly ride from / to Hathersage despite the damp and windy conditions. 

6th March

 – 4th Reliability Ride – Hilly 34-miles

12 Members and 1 Guest completed this short but oh-so-tough ride: Karl Austin, Tony Elliott, Peter Hayhurst, Roy Hayhurst, Denise Hurst, Stephen Jackson, Brendan McLaughlin, Kelvin Milward, Bob Norton, Duncan Poole, Edgar Reynolds and Neil Skellern plus Guest, Chris Dale. 

The “Hilly” included twelve of the toughest climbs in Cheshire East, commencing with Blacky Bank and Cloudside and finishing with Standing Stones, Dumbas and Timbersbrook from Wood Treatment Works. The rising easterly wind proved troublesome on the outward leg but at least the temperature improved to “mild” and sunny and the road surfaces were dry, so the aching legs were compensated somewhat . 

– North Lancs, Circuit of Pendle, Hilly Time Trial

Congratulations again to our Alf Hilton – 1st Overall (thus 1st Over-40) – and a 2 minute improvement over his time in last year’s event. 

12th March

 – MDTTA 10-mile TT on the Twemlow – Chelford Course

This was the first local Time Trial of the 2011 Season. Karl Austin posted 25.33 and Bob Norton, riding a T.T. for the first time in many years, 31.20 – a personal worst and a personal best – the latter due to riding the Medium Gear Event (72” fixed) for the first time. The conditions were quite good – must have been for Barry Charlton (Lyme Racing) to post a winning time of 21.45. 

- Pendle Forest, Circuit of Ingleborough, 27-mile Hilly TT

Another excellent performance by Alf Hilton: 4th place and 1st Over-40 (to be confirmed) and a 3 minute improvement on last year’s time!  

13th March

- Lancaster C.C. 28-mile Hilly TT

Yet another excellent performance by Alf Hilton: 2nd place and 1st Over-40, a little less than a minute behind local “fast man”,  Jimmy Wright. 

- Clubrun to Dagfields Café, Hunterston

Denise Hurst, Karl Austin and Doug Taylor led the Clubrun in the morning rain, to Dagfield’s Café via Madeley, Woore and Hunterston. Bob Norton and Peter Nelson rode out to the café later and they returned together via Wybunbury, Weston, Barthomley and Alsager.  

Future Fixtures

Saturday, 19th March: Social Ride with café stop. 10.00 at West Heath Shopping Centre, Holmes Chapel Road entrance. 

Sunday, 20th March: Long Reliability Ride – 150 miles – Ludlow and back, 6.45 for 7.00 start at the Rugby Club. 

Please note our new web-address: www.congletoncyclingclub.co.uk. The Club meets every Thursday at 8.30pm at the Rugby Club, Park Street and welcomes anyone who would like to swap ideas and stories on all cycling topics.