The time trial season is drawing to a close, but not before Kelvin Millward posted the fastest 50 mile time achieved by a club member in 2013. He rode in the recent (Sept 28th) Manchester Wheelers 50 on the Uttoxeter based course. Kelvin said “On the day the weather was fine and dry, with a slight chill but for the time of year excellent, albeit with a strong wind. This was however in the best direction for this course being a tailwind back from the final turn, allowing some respite heading out thanks to the Rocester leg. I was aiming for a sub 2 hour ride was pleasantly surprised to finish in 1:56:50.
The hill climb season is now building towards its national championship at the end of October. This season we have several riders participating in this strenuous branch of the sport. Ben Norbury competed in the Leek CC Hill Climb Championship on Gun Hill, Sunday 6th October. Gun Hill near Leek has featured many times in the Tour of Britian and is infamous for bringing a young Mark Cavendish to tears. It was the perfect morning for a hill climb, dry, zero wind, unseasonably warm and with a stunning view rewarding competitors at the top. Ben came in 2nd place with a time of 6:11.
Ben reports that the competitors taking part in the Lyme RC Mow Cop Hill Climb on 13th October were met with a cold and wet morning to attempt the notoriously difficult Station Road J9/14 course. The course is a tough 1400 metres with an average grade of 11.1% reaching 25% at its steepest. All riders were met with cheers of encouragement by enthusiastic supporters and fellow competitors at the course’s steepest section, the 1 in 4 “wall” at the top. Congleton Cycling Club had 4 riders competing in a field of 54. Nick Decker made the prizes coming in a fantastic 5th place, with a time of 4:54.5. Our other rider results were, Ben Norbury 5:39.4, Pete Tatton 6:09.9 and Mike Jones 6:12.4. Congratulations to all for their very respectable times contributing to an excellent 3rd place in the fastest team competition. Tejvan Pettinger won the event with an incredible time of 4:22 beating the course record set last year by this year’s 2nd placed Matt Clinton.
Nick achieved the same position in the Withington Wheelers climb of Peaslow Hill near Chapel en le Frith, following winning the club hillclimb championship, two weeks earlier.
Blue Peter Challenge
Club Coach Charlie Evans has had an interesting assignment over the summer. Charlie is the Senior Coaching and Education Officer at British Cycling and he has been involved in training Barney Harwood, the BBC Blue Peter presenter to ride in competition with the Tour of Britain riders on the stage which finished in Kendal last month. Barney was to ride directly from the start in Carlisle , a distance of 55 miles, whilst the professionals pedalled 140 miles. The story of this effort was filmed for Blue Peter and is being shown on Thursdays between Oct 3rd and 24th. Charlie is a star of the show. To find out what happens watch Blue Peter or catch up on BBC I Player.
Team Sky – ride like a pro
On Sunday Oct 13th eleven club members took part in Royals Jaguar “Ride Like a Pro” event from Wilmslow. On a cool and wet morning about a hundred riders completed a 41 mile circuit, supported by a Team Sky Jaguar XF. The route went through Mobberly, Ashley, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Plumley, Goostrey, Swettenham, Marton Gawswoth, Broken Cross and Alderley Edge finishing back in Wilmslow. Club riders shown posing in front of the Sky team car are (from the left) Bob Norton, Sam French, Dave Mulroy, Wayne Powell, Amanda Turner, Joe Langford, Paul Turner, Mark Allen, Andy Farr, and Mike Line.
Club runs do not stop for the winter. On the weekend of Oct 5/6 the Saturday ride went to the Wizard Tea Room on Alderley edge, via Newsbank, Lower Withington, Bate Mill, Marthall, and Nether Alderley, returning through Broken Cross, and Gawsworth. Three new riders were welcomed. Jonathan and Sharon May and Kevin Talbot joined regulars bob Banner (leader), Georgina and Bob Norton, Bev Hambleton, Peter Nelson
Sundays ride had twelve participants. Denise Hurst led the group on 60 mile round trip with a cafe stop at Red House Farm in Dunham Massey. The riders involved included Jonathan and Sharon May,Bob and Georgina Norton, Tristan Roberts, Jim Cook, Stephen Kane, Mike Line, Roy Hayhurst, Wayne Powell and John Broadbent. The route out went via Goostrey, Plumley, Great Budworth High Legh and Little Bollington, returning through Tatton Park and Knutsford. At Great Budworth , the group stopped briefly to watch a road race organised by the Weaver Valley Cycling Club and on the way back some riders diverted to Allostock where the Johnny Helms Memorial invitation time trial was taking place. This is a team event, where a “cycling celebrity” is paced by a faster rider. The field was peppered with great riders from the past, and was an opportunity for nostalgia.
The Sunday club run for Oct 13th was a wet one, and due to club riders doing other rides, there were only two on it. Sue Blake, who was returning from injury and Georgina Norton, enjoyed an elongated stay in Radway Green garden centre, before returning to Congleton.
Peter Hayhurst, the clubs press secretary, is unable to write the club reports at the moment. He has suffered a stroke and is currently recovering in hospital. We all wish Peter a speedy recovery. In the meantime Bob Norton club chairman is appealing for a stand in to take on the reporting role.
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.
The AGM is to be held at 20:00 hrs on October 24th in the Rugby Club.