Press Report – March 1st, 2010

Congleton Cycling Club 

Eight members participated in the club-run on 14th February. Denise and David Hurst, Georgina and Bob Norton, Karl Austin, Peter and Roy Hayhurst and Doug Taylor enjoyed an easy, sociable ride in dry but cold and grey conditions. Radnor Bank caused a welcome warming-up but then it was steady-eddy, chat-chat with just a bit of puff-puff via Toft, Knutsford, Tabley and High Legh to the lunch stop at Poplar 2000. The return leg was via Appleton and Great Budworth, in slightly brighter weather – and the consensus was – “better than lazing (or working) at home”, plus a well-earned hot shower or bath – to boot. 

At the club meeting last Thursday, a decision was taken to postpone last weekend’s (Feb 20/21) Saturday Social Ride and the Sunday 100 Reliability Trial – see revisions – below. This decision proved to be the right one as the forecasted bad weather continued over the weekend. Needless to say, we are all looking forward to the end of winter but in the meantime, some are even heading for warmer cycling climes – e.g. Lanzarote! 

The clubs Saturday, short club run on Feb 27th covered about 20 miles with a cafe stop at Malkins Bank. The participants were Georgina and Bob Norton and Bob Banner. These rides are normally on the third Saturday of the month, and will form part of an East Cheshire program of organised rides open to all. 

The Audax season got underway for some on Feb 28th, with the South Manchester CTC, 153 km (95 miles) completed by Georgina and Bob Norton, and 201 km (126 mile) completed by Denise Hurst. Both rides started from Cheadle (Stockport), going out through Alderley Edge, Goostrey, Sandbach, Alsager, Betley, Woore, and Norton in Hales. The longer ride continued through Market Drayton to Newport, while the shorter ride turned off. Both rides then returned via Audlem, Wrenbury, Church Minshull, Middlewich, and Wilmslow to Cheadle.

Dire weather forecasts proved to be incorrect, with dry conditions, albeit with a cold NW wind. The forecasts did however cause the cancellation of the resurrected Potteries 100, which, whilst not a Congleton C.C. promotion, has in previous years been well supported by club members. Karl Austin did ride the new route, through the Peak District, and reports that it is a very hard 95 miles. 

Future Fixtures 

Please note the following revisions:

  • The 100-mile Reliability is rescheduled for Sunday March 7th at 08:00 (for 12mph) or 09:00 (for 15 mph), starting and finishing at the Rugby Club.
  • The Hilly Reliability is rescheduled for Sunday March 14th at 09:00, also at the Rugby Club.

For full results and other details of Club activities see www.congletoncyclingclub.org.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.