Congleton Cycling Club’s Chain of Events
Week of 7th to 14th June
VTTA 50-mile TT on Chelford Circuit
Club Members were heavily involved, with 5 riding and 10 helping in this event, organised by Peter Hayhurst. We were blessed with optimum weather and safe riding. Helpers were: Kath Biddulph and her Catering Team, Georgina Norton, Denise Hurst, Mary Renshaw, Bob Norton, Peter Nelson, Roger Little, Rob Waghorn and David McVitie. Our riders, in order of performance were: Pete Smith, 1:59:46 (PB); Stephen Jackson, 2:09:56; Kelvin Milward, 2:11:01; Wayne Powell, 2:14:02; Dave Hurst, 2:59:34 (PB). The Club won 2nd Team Award (on VTTA Standard / Handicap) – Smith, Powell, Hurst. The winner on Actual Time was Charles Taylor (South Pennine CC) with 2:45:54 – a 2.5 minute improvement over his last year’s win.
National MTB Marathon Champs – Selkirk
Jamie Willetts reports: “Hot and sunny conditions presented themselves for this year’s marathon champs, based out of the border town of Selkirk. A rider friendly 12.30 start meant a fairly relaxed morning of final bike prep and ensuring good hydration – this was going to be essential for the following 75km of racing. Starting off with a class field of british expert and elite MTB riders the pace was going to be high. A neutralised 5km from Selkirk town centre to the start of the first climb, allowed for a good warm up followed by a very enjoyable mix of massive climbs, forest tracks, single-track, moorland and trail centre, there was something to please everyone. The elite riders disappeared rapidly into the distance and I kept pushing to hold onto a group but eventually got dropped and settled into my own pace. Having missed the first feed station I was out of fluids by the time I got to the second feed station. I hoped I had got enough liquids back into myself but blew on a 10km climb. Needless to say it hurt! My legs came back and eventually crossed the finishing line a long way down on the winner. Finishing 62nd it wasn’t the result that I was hoping for, but the course was well worth the ride.
Clubrun to Priest’s House Café, Audlem –
Another enjoyable ride in summer weather for 12 Members and Guests: Georgina & Bob Norton, Denise Hurst, Sam French, Stephen Kane, Joe Langford, Mike Line, David McVitie, Wayne Powell, Rob Waghorn where the extended Williams Family of Trevor, Damian & Andrew made a welcome appearance. They rode via Alsager, Betley, Barr Hill, Norton-in-Hales to the pre-booked table in Audlem and returned via Wybunbury, Hough, Barthomley, Alsager and Brownlow.
Marbury Park Triathlon, Comberbach.
Sue Blake reports: “I took part in another triathlon again at the weekend. This one included an open water swim in Budworth Mere, my first OW tri. I finished 9th lady of 20 ladies, in a time of 1:32:28 for a 750m lake swim/20k bike/5k run.”
Club 10-mile TT on Gawsworth Course
This week’s club 10 was on the Gawsworth course (JC5). The evening was bright with a southerly breeze, which helped on the way back from the Congleton turn. Thirty seven riders faced the timekeeper with the fastest being Scott Burns of the Manchester Wheelers Club in 20:46. Many riders returned either personal bests or seasons or course best times in the good conditions. Steve Hulme was quickest Congleton rider in 22:06 but was hard pressed by Pete Smith who improved his PB to 22:10. The third home finisher in the 10 was Pete Tatton in 23:25 closely followed by Wayne Powell 23:31 and Charlie Evans in 23:39.
Fastest and Club Riders: Scott Burns (Manchester Wheelers), 20:46; Steve Hulme, 22:06; Pete Smith, 22:10; Pete Tatton,23:25; Wayne Powell, 23:31; Charlie Evans, 23:39; Kelvin Milward, 23:59; Nick Decker, 24:16; Richard Coghill, 24:19; Ben Norbury, 24:22; Paul Turner, 24:38; Mike Line, 25:03; Duncan Poole, 26:01; Andy Farr, 26:09; Stephen Kane, 26:11; Bill Boynton, 26:35; John Ratcliffe, 27:49; Sam French, 27:53; Helen Evans, 27:56; Mark Allen, 28:53; Sue Blake, 29:31; David Hurst, 32:51.
Member Helpers: Bob & Georgina Norton, Denise Hurst, Gordon Dale, David McVitie, Peter Hayhurst. Other helpers were Leslie Norbury, who marshalled the final corner; Phil Gayes, who was pusher off, Phil Allen who was start timekeeper and Amanda Turner who was finish timekeepers assistant – all Guests.
The Club meets every Thursday at 8.30 p.m. 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.