Press Report – March 14th, 2010

Congleton Cycling Club 

The first open Time Trial of the 2010 racing season, the M&DTTA 10-miler, took place on 6th March, on the local Twemlow – Chelford course. Karl Austin, our sole representative, recorded a sound 26:54 in the cold conditions. The next day, Alf Hilton, our newest member, rode the tough and cold North Lancs Road Club 28-mile Hilly Time Trial – The Circuit of Pendle – based at Whalley. He recorded 01:07:00 for a fine 3rd place and 1st place in the over-40 “Veteran” category. 

The 100-mile Reliability Ride was held on 7th March under cloudless skies and on dry roads, hardly any wind but in very cold conditions. The 12.5mph group, consisting of Georgina and Bob Norton, Wayne Jackson, Derek Lynes and Doug Taylor, started at 8 a.m. in freezing conditions of -3.5ºC and it wasn’t until the tea-stop at Eccleshall that they began to thaw-out. The 15mph group of Denise Hurst, Karl Austin (Organiser), Chris Dale, Stephen Jackson, Stephen Kane, Kelvin Milward, Duncan Poole and Neil Skellern started at 9 a.m. Despite puncture – delays, the two groups met at the Raven Café, Prees, lunch-stop but because there was still a 30 minute difference, the groups continued on their separate ways via the beautiful country lanes between Whitchurch and Nantwich, to the tea-stop on the canal-side at Burford where Joyce Austin and Beryl Swash were once again ready to serve tea and biscuits and hot-cross buns to the grateful riders. The return leg was via Church Minshull and Middlewich with the sun still warm on their backs. Tea and refreshments were served again, at the Rugby Club. All riders were very satisfied at completing the rides within the set time limits. 

On 13th March, Karl Austin rode the second of the M&DTTA 10-mile Time Trials on the Twemlow – Chelford course and improved by 10 seconds to 26:44. Alf Hilton recorded another top performance in the Pendle Forest 27-mile Time Trial on the hilly Circuit of Ingleborough. He placed 6th on overall and 2nd Veteran in the 40+ category. The next day, Hilton rode even better in the Lancaster C.C. Hilly 21-mile Time Trial on the tough Caton Circuit grabbing 1st place overall, i.e. beating all the younger riders. 

The last of the Reliability Rides, the 38-mile Hilly, was held on 14th March. Eleven members (mostly same as last week’s 100-miler but plus David Hurst) completed the ride which included eleven of the toughest climbs in Cheshire, commencing with Blacky Bank and Cloudside and finishing with Standing Stones, Dumbas and Timbersbrook from Wood Treatment Works. The rising NW wind proved troublesome on the return leg but at least the temperature was mild and the road surfaces dry. Peter Nelson commenced his come-back, after shoulder replacement, with a club-run to the Harvest Store Café in Wimboldsley, accompanied by Georgina Norton.

Future Fixtures 

The next Saturday Social Ride will be this Saturday, 20th March, commencing at 11.30 from the Unicorn PH, West Heath Shopping Centre – Holmes Chapel Road entrance. We hope that non-members will join us for this short, leisurely ride which includes a lunch stop. 

The first evening club time trial is the Mossley-Rushton-Timbersbrook “Hilly” 10-miler on 13th April, commencing at 18:45. 

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.