Press Report – March 28th, 2010

Congleton Cycling Club

Saturday, 20th- Altrincham Ravens “25”: Alf Hilton achieved another excellent 6th place with 56:48 and Karl Austin, a worthy 34th with 1:05:48. They were cheered on by the Social ride group of Georgina Norton and Peter Nelson – in spite of the wet conditions in the Goostrey area.

Sunday, 21st – Ribble Valley Hilly 19-miler on the Bashall Eaves Circuit: Alf Hilton improved again to equal 2nd place overall and 1st place in the over-40 category. The last of the Reliability Rides, the 150-miler, to Ludlow and back, was held in excellent conditions. Denise Hurst, Karl Austin, Neil Skellern completed the ride in 12 hours and found (or made) time to enjoy a Sunday Roast in Ludlow. The Clubrun group had an easy ride to the Ice Cream Farm at Tattenhall. Georgina Norton, Peter Hayhurst, Stephen Kane and Doug Taylor also enjoyed the warm, spring sunshine!

Saturday, 27th – M&DTTA 10-mile on Twemlow – Chelford: Duncan Poole did a 27:36 and Kelvin Milward had the misfortune to break his chain (too strong!!) and was thus DNF.  West Pennine Hilly -14-miler on the Hurst Green Circuit: Alf Hilton put in another top performance for 5th place overall and 1st veteran in the over 40 category. In the NMCF “25” at Hatfield Woodhouse: Karl Austin managed 1:06:23.

Sunday, 28th – Cheshire Cat, 100-mile Sportive / Challenge Ride, with Start / Finish in Crewe, included Mow Cop Killer Mile and other steep climbs around Wincle before the long loop around Middlewich, Nantwich, Malpas and Audlem. Our Mark Tilstone and Wayne Jackson were among the 2700 entries and both completed the 100 mile “Long Route” in less than 7 hours.  The Chirk 200K (125 mile) AUDAX, from Poynton via Malpas to Chirk, then returning via Bunbury and Knutsford was successfully completed by Georgina and Bob Norton, Denise Hurst and Doug Taylor in 11 hours – an excellent performance by the two novices at this distance.

Future Fixtures

Sunday, 4th April: Ironbridge 200Km Audax UK event. Start 08:00; Hawkstone 130Km Audax UK event. Start 08:30, from Rugby Club. Organiser Rob Waghorn. See www.audax.uk.net for details

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

The next Saturday Social Ride will be on Saturday, 17th April, commencing at the new “summertime” of 13.00 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 tea / coffee stop.

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.