Stephen Jackson reports on Pyrenees Tour: “Pete Smith and Anne and I were in the Pyrenees late May /early June. Anne and I crossed from Perpignan to Biarritz and then picked up some other cyclists (amongst them Pete) and came back to Perpignan via the big cols. Weather was superb as usual. Pete tells me in the second week we did about 64,000 ft of climbing which sounds about right (more than twice up Everest from sea level. Anyway it wasn’t about the stats but the scenery and the French hospitality and the odd glass of wine!”
17th June, Polka Dot Challenge, 54 + 100 mile Sportive in Staffordshire / Derbyshire.
Stephen Jackson reports: “Just finished the Polkadot challenge in 7 hrs dead (and I was!). It was wet in the morning and blew a gale in the afternoon against us coming back but other than that fine and well organised. I saw Roy Hayhurst at about the 10-mile point but no one else from Congleton and don’t know any more times, however, I heard later that Edgar Reynolds also completed this ride, un accompanied, in 10 hours.”
Roy Hayhurst enjoyed the 54-miler and completed it in 4hrs 35mins
19th June, Karl Austin Inter-Club 25 TT (second leg) – JC/24, Chelford: apologies to Jamie Tucker who was the probable winner of the second inter-club 25 mile time trial, but whose time was not clocked. Official fastest was Adam Bailey in a time of 56:56. Macclesfield are clear winners of the first Karl Austin memorial event with Adam Bailey and Matt Duck doing sub-hour rides.
RESULT: Jamie Tucker (South Pennine) approx 00:56:00; 1, Adam Bailey (Macclesfield Wh) 00:56:56; 2, Mark Turnbull (Leigh Premier) 00:57:03; 3, Nick Bowden (Glossop) 00:58:26; 4, Matt Duck (Macclesfield Wh) 00:58:58; 5, John Swinnerton (KidsgroveWh) 00:59:45; 6, Phil Gayes (Leek CC) 01:00:57; 7, Nick Dekker (Congleton CC) 01:01:10; 8, Stephen Jackson (Congleton CC) 01:01:58; 9, Roy Myers (Manchester Wh) 01:02:09; 10, Andy Malbon (Congleton CC) 01:02:29; 11, Brendan McLaughlin (Congleton CC) 1:02:31; 12, Graham Travena (Macclesfield Wh) 01:02:41; 13, Paul Quinn (Manchester Wh) 01:02:49; 14, Pete Tatton (Congleton CC) 01:03:15; 15, Roger Wrenn (Macclesfield Wh) 01:03:26; 16, Steve Jackson (Macclesfield Wh) 01:03:42; 17, Kelvin Milward (Congleton CC) 01:04:17; 18, Pete Smith (Congleton CC) 01:04:53; 19, Jonathan Beever (Westmead) 01:05:05; 20, Andy Lothian (Manchester Tri) 01:06:05; 21, Andrew Steele (Wills Wheels) 01:06:10; 22, Mike Jones (Congleton CC) 01:07:10; 23, Mike Line (Congleton CC) 01:07:59; 24, Kate Ritchie (Manchester Tri) 01:10:50; 25, Nick Cavill (Macclesfield Wh) 01:11:01; 26, Robert Kerr (Crewe Clarion Wh) 01:11:04; 27, Tony Elliott (Congleton CC) 01:11:36; 28, Andy Jackson (Macclesfield Wh) 01:12:35; 29, Alastair Rainsbury (Manchester Tri) 01:15:29; 30, John Broadbent (Congleton CC) 01:15:47; 31, Peter Nelson(Congleton CC) 01:22:02.
Saturday and Sunday, 22nd and 23rd June: on the Saturday, the monthly short club run went to Wizard Tea Rooms at Alderley Edge. Four riders, Bob and Georgina Norton, Bob Banner and David McVitie, rode out in cool and overcast conditions through Swettenham, Lower Withington, Siddington, and Chelford to climb up to the Edge on Artists Lane. Return was via Henbury, Gawsworth and North Rode with a distance of 30 miles completed.
On the Sunday, the club run went to Summertrees Tea Rooms at Kelsall by way of Knutsford, Comberbach, Acton Bridge, Delamere Forest and climbing over The Yeld to Kelsall. Bob and Georgina Norton were out again but this time alone for the 65-mile round trip, returning through
Little Budworth, Whitegate, Winsford, Middlewich and Brereton Heath. The “summer” weather continued with showers.
26th June: club 10-mile TT on Chelford Course: a fine evening drew a field of 22 riders (14 Club + eight guests) for the Chelford-based 10-mile time trial. Fastest was Will Thomas (Velo City) in a time of 22:40; second was Pete Smith in a personal best time 23:03, ahead of six other riders under 24 minutes.
RESULT: Will Thomas (G) 22:40, Pete Smith 23:03, Keith Dutton (G) 23:36, Pete Tatton 23:41, Phil Gayes (G) 23:45, Stephen Jackson 23:47, Andy Malbon 23:49, Paul Mayers (G) 23:58, Kelvin Milward 24:47, Jonathan Beever (G) 24:51, Wayne Powell 25:26, Mike Jones 25:47, Duncan Poole 26:49, Tony Elliott 26:58, Mike O’Donnell (G) 27:15, Carole Sherrin (G) 27:49, Jeff Sherrin (G) 27:55, Angelo DeAngelis 28:37, Nick Wood 28:45, Olivier Foerster 29:02, Peter Nelson 31:16, Bethany Eardley 32:02. Helpers / officials: Rob Waghorn, Stephen Kane, David McVitie, Peter Hayhurst, Georgina & Bob Norton, Lorraine Powell.
30th June / 1st July: MDTTA Championship 50-mile TT on Chelford Course: the club’s sole representative, Peter Nelson recorded 2:54:16. Winner was Simon Bridge, of Manchester Wheelers, with 1:47:27.
Club’s centenary celebration ride from 1998: the Sunday club ride was a recreation of the club’s centenary celebration ride from 1998. Covering a distance of 80 miles the route followed some of the Cheshire Cycleway going to Audlem and then to Wrenbury and Malpas before turning for home again at Tilstock and passing through Bickerton, Beeston, Eaton, Wettenhall Church Minshull, Middlewich and Brereton Heath. There were three riders: Georgina and Bob Norton and Stephen Kane. The group kept moving in the somewhat cold conditions for the time of year. There were two planned stops on the route at Audlem and at Beeston, but only the Beeston stop was taken as a cafe stop, and the group were back in Congleton for 3:30pm.
3rd July: club 10-mile TT on Gawsworth Course: despite the wet weather, 16 riders (all Congleton CC) took part in Tuesday evening’s race. Winner was Pete Smith in a time of 23:06. Great to see two of the new young members competing: Bethany Eardley (17) recorded a PB of 31:34, and Harry Smith (14) in his first race recorded 32:35.
RESULT: Pete Smith 23:06, Andy Malbon 23:30, Brendan McLaughlin 23:37, Pete Tatton 23:53, Jamie Willetts 24:28, Kelvin Milward 24:33, Mike Jones 25:17, Mike Line 26:25, Stephen Kane 26:27, Tony Elliott 27:03, Nick Wood 27:57, Angelo DeAngelis 28:36, John Broadbent 29:31, Peter Nelson 31:31, Bethany Eardley 31:34, Harry Smith 32:25.
Future events: club Social Ride on Saturday, 21st July. Meet at Unicorn public house, Holmes Chapel Road, West Heath at 10am.
Team Congleton Olympic event, No 2: Come and Try It Time Trial (date tbc) distance — 2.5 miles. Meet at 6.30pm at Brereton Country Park Visitor Centre. This is for all cyclists — of 12 years and more — and especially novices. Riders will start at one minute intervals and the course around Brereton Heath, Somerford and A54, will be well signed and well marshalled. The awards will include many age categories.
Members meet every Thursday at 8.30pm at Congleton Rugby Club, Park Street, except for the first Thursday of the month where the venue is Beartown Tap. Anyone who would like to swap ideas and stories on all cycling topics is welcome to attend. For more information, visit congletoncyclingclub.org.uk