Congleton Cycling Club’s Chain of Events
W/E 1st July
Newish member Dave McVitie and a former colleague Dave Picken, both of local firm ICL at Kidsgrove before retiring, took on the coast to coast challenge from Morecambe to Whitby in aid of Sport Relief. These novice touring cyclists trained on local hills for the event. Mow Cop, Biddulph Moor, Gun Hill and The Cloud provide an ideal 25 mile 3000’ test equivalent to a morning or afternoon of the C2C route and on a clear day there are views across the country to make the effort worthwhile and underline how wonderful Congleton is as a cycling HQ. With the weather for the actual C2C cold but dry and no mechanicals, the biggest shock was hitting a 20% hill right after breakfast on the second day. They raised over £1,000 for Sport Relief.
W/E 7th July
Bontrager TwentyFour 12 Jamie Willetts reports: “I entered this as a 12hr pair with a James Adams who works and rides for The Bicycle Chain in Taunton. James has helped pit for me before at 24 hour events and we both figured it would be a bit of fun and a good excuse to drink some beers in the sun and have a BBQ. It never pans out like that…. The race was muddy… hub deep on a 29er. Around parts of the transition there was 4 inches of water, mud and long grass to race through. 7 mile laps with 1100ft of climbing took about an hour to start getting longer as the mud turned to super tacky goop. The first 4 laps were taken alternately and then I put in 2 laps back to back whilst racing with one of the Torq team riders. When I got back in James informed me we were in 11th and he went for his lap. I was keen to see James get back in and push for another hard lap…. I was stood in transition waiting… and waiting. Turns out James bonked halfway round the lap and was struggling to get back. On completing my lap, James wasn’t keen on another lap and with just under 2 hours left I had to stick another lap in to maintain position.We finished 9th in the mens pairs, which for a bit of fun was a great result.”
Club 10-mile TT on Chelford Course Visiting rider and former member, Pat Kinch (Churnet Valley) was winner this week with a time of 22:23. Pete Smith was second with 23:34, ahead of three other Congleton riders with sub-24 minute times.
Pat Kinch (G) 22:23, Pete Smith 23:34, Pete Tatton 23:40, Andy Malbon 23:44, Nick Decker 23:55, Kelvin Milward 24:41, Wayne Powell 25:24, Mike Jones 25:30, Duncan Poole 26:54, Nick Wood 28:06, Tony Elliott 28:23, Denise Hurst 29:06, Angelo DeAngelis 29:40, John Broadbent 29:42, Peter Nelson 31:24, David Hurst 33:44, Harry Akers Smith 36:55.
W/E 14/15 July
L’Etape du Tour, Pyrenees. (PHOTO) 13th consecutive year! Mark Tilstone reports: “Finished this monster of a ride in 11:07 (126m 18000ft of climbing). The descents of the Aubisque and Tourmalet were particularly challenging due to the cold and very wet conditions. Suffered from sickness on the ascent of the Tourmalet as I hadn’t shaken off a stomach bug from the week leading up to the race. I ended up completing the last five hours of the ride on just over a litre of water – good job it wasn’t hot!!” Stephen Jackson reports: The ride was good, despite the wet conditions and I enjoyed it, finishing in 1348th position out of some 9000+ plus riders, though only about 3900 finished (not sure why though cos the weather wasn’t that bad at all). I know Mark Tilstone finished too though we never managed to meet. I stayed on after the Etape on the 14th to watch the professionals do the same route on the 18th. Voeckler won that stage in about 4 hours less than me!! I’ll stick with the day job…”
MDTTA Championship 100-m TT on King St. / Chelford Course
In good conditions, Wayne Powell and Edgar Reynolds were our Club representatives in this annual endurance event. Powell recorded 5:07:19 and Reynolds 5:20:27. The fastest time was posted by Charles Taylor, South Pennine R.C., with an event record of 3:46:01. Neil Skellern, Team Swift, won the MDTTA Championship with 3:57:57. The event was organised by Club Member, Peter Hayhurst, supported by Roy Hayhurst, Georgina & Bob Norton, and Mary Renshaw, plus 56 more officials / helpers from Manchester District clubs.
Cheshire Hills & Plains AUDAX Events
Sunday July 15th saw the club promote a series of long distance Audax rides. there were three distances on offer, a 117 km ride “Just the Plains of Cheshire”, a 110 km ride “Just the Hills of Cheshire” and a 210 km ride “The Hills and Plains of Cheshire”. Organiser Rob Waghorn had a total of 72 entries, which were divided 42, 8 and 22 respectively, between the rides. For once the weather was kind and no one got wet. The 117 km ride went on a loop through Audlem, Tattenhall and Beeston before returning to Congleton. The 110 km ride had 1550 metres of ascent in it going into the Cheshire Peak through Timbersbrook, Bosley, Algreave, Lamaload Reservoir and the steep climb to yms Chair (avril Waghorn at Control Point, then Kettleshulme and Pott Shrigley before dropping back onto the Cheshire Plain, returning via Knutsford, Alderley Edge and Gawsworth. The 210 km route had the same start but went on west to Chester, then looping south to return through Audlem and Alsager. The clubs next Audax promotion is on October 14th with a 210 km ride to the Horseshoe Pass or 168 km ride to the Chirk Aqueduct near Llangollen. Enter 210km or 168 km by down loading entry forms.
17th July: Club 25-mile TT on Gawsworth / Siddington Circuit
This evening’s 25 mile race over 2 laps of the Eaton/Gawsworth/Siddington circuit attracted a field of 15 riders. Winner was Pete Smith in a time of 1:01:10; second was John Swinnerton (Kidsgrove Wh) in a time of 1:02:28. Pete Smith 1:01:10, John Swinnerton (G) 1:02:28, Pete Tatton 1:02:45, Nick Decker 1:03:53, Kelvin Milward 1:04:13, Jamie Willetts 1:04:36, Andy Malbon 1:04:39, Mike Jones 1:08:34, Mike Line 1:11:18, Alan Heggs (G) 1:11:43, Andy Gray (G) 1:11:53, Tony Elliott 1:13:57, Jon Leigh 1:14:21, Stephen Maxfield (G) 1:15:20, John Broadbent 1:21:10.
W/E 21st / 22nd July
Social Ride to Minshulls Garden Center, Leighton
The Saturday Social ride on July 21st went to Minshulls Garden Centre near Leighton Hospital. It was something of a record for the club in that amongst the 10 participants were 5 new members/prospective members. They were Laura Beattie, Les Hughes who are members and Dean, Tristan and Sheldon who may join. Also on the ride were Avril and Rob Waghorn, Bob Banner and Georgina and Bob Norton. They enjoyed a 30 mile ride in fine weather.
CTT National 24-hr TT on Shropshire / Cheshire Course
Denise Hurst, supported by husband, David and Peter Nelson, produced an excellent performance in her first attempt, by managing 326 miles in windy conditions for the last 10 hours. Although she was still suffering from the previous week’s 600K AUDAX, she persisted in completing the 24-hour event in memory of Karl Austin, who rode this event for the past 20 years. The winner was Ultan Coyle, Rapha Condor, with 488 miles (provisional).
Warrington R.C. 25-mile TT on Chelford Course
Four Members rode this event in real summer conditions. Results: Kelvin Milward, 1:08:41; Duncan Poole, 1:09:27; Peter Nelson, 01:18:15; Peter Hayhurst, 01:25:35. The winner was Simon Bridge, Manchester Wheelers, with 51:55.
Sunday Club Run to Audlem
The Sunday ride on July 22nd went to Audlem. For the first time in many years we had a teenager on the ride. Harry Akers Smith (15) was out with his dad Pete, Rob Waghorn and Georgina and Bob Norton for a brisk ride of about 60 miles, again in sunny weather. The group were keen to get home early to see Bradley Wiggins win the Tour de France.
Future Events: Club Social Ride on Saturday, 18th August. Meet at Unicorn P.H., Holmes Chapel Road, West Heath at 10 a.m. Team Congleton Olympic Event – No. 2, “Come-And-Try-It Time-Trial” – Date to be advised. Distance – 2.5 miles. Meet at 6.30 p.m. – 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.
The club’s next Audax promotion is on October 14th with a 210 km ride to the Horseshoe Pass or 168 km ride to the Chirk Aqueduct near Llangollen. Enter 210km or 168 km by down loading entry forms.
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The Club meets every Thursday at 8.30pm at the 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.