Congleton Cycling Club
The Easter Weekend and the last weekend not only provided fine weather but also proved to be a busy and successful one for the Club’s Road Race, Duathlon, Time Trial, AUDAX and Touring riders.
Friday, 2nd – Birkenhead North End Hilly 22.5-miler on the Broxton Circuit: Alf Hilton achieved another excellent performance in finishing in 3rd position overall and 2nd Over-40 with 49.36 and Karl Austin in 38th position with 58:56.
Saturday, 3rd – North Lancs 10-miler on the flat Garstang course: Alf Hilton improved to 2nd place overall and 1st Over-40 with a very fast 21:03. In the Withington Wheelers 25-miler on the local Goostrey-based circuit, Karl Austin made a big improvement to 1.02.24 and Kelvin Milward also improved to 1.03.14.
Sunday, 4th - Crewe Clarion Hilly 18-miler on the Nantwich-Audlem-Woore Circuit: Alf Hilton went one better – to 1st place overall – and in doing so also beat the riders in the 2-up event. In the Mid-Shropshire 25-miler at Prees: Karl Austin, 1.04.42.
Rob Waghorn organised an Easter Sunday AUDAX on behalf of our Club that saw a group of 26 hardy individuals from various parts of the country leave early to partake in a 207km bike ride from Congleton to the Ironbridge Gorge, via Market Drayton and back via Prees Heath. In terms of precipitation, the weather for the most part was relatively benign; there was a couple of minor showers in the morning and a brief hailstorm just as they left the gorge. However, there seemed to be a continual head wind that added to the weariness of the legs. Denise Hurst and Stephen Kane were the club’s sole representatives. Rob and Avril Waghorn and Georgina Norton provided all with a very welcome spread of sandwiches, cakes and tea at the journeys end.
Our Asia Correspondent and Racer, Sue Collins, finished in 8th position in the Pesta Penang road race on Penang Island. She competed without “team support”, against teams from Kedah and other Provinces with a total of 40 women, in this flat, 46 mile Race.
Monday, 5th – Abbotsford Park 10-miler on the Chelford course: Rob Nelson (our newest, newest member – no relation to Peter Nelson but has become his “adopted son”) 24.09; Karl Austin, 24.47.
Saturday, 10th – Macclesfield Wheelers 25-miler on the Goostrey-based circuit was changed to a 10-miler, due to road-works on the A50 at The Whipping Stocks: Rob Nelson – 23.35, Kelvin Milward – 24.37. Milward commented that he was probably the only rider who was not disappointed that the distance was reduced to 10 miles. Steve Feeney of Chester Road Club and Dave Crawley of Fibrax Wrexham RC tied for 1st place with 22.10. The event took place on a rare, warm and sunny, early summer/spring day.
For Denise Hurst, the 207Km of the previous week was obviously not enough mileage, so she decided to participate in Heart of England, 300km AUDAX ride from Cirencester to Tamworth then the return loop via Lichfield and completed it in 16 hours. The weather was excellent, so the 6 a.m. start and the 10.30 p.m. finish only required lights for 2 hours which made the ride very enjoyable in spite of the distance and the hills at the beginning and towards the end.
Sunday, 11th – Bill Boynton made a decision a couple of months ago to tackle Duathlons (Running and Cycling). The important Duathlons are held over the Olympic distance – 10k run + 40k bike + 5k run. Boynton’s target, to perform well enough to qualify for the ITU World Duathlon Age-Group Championships which this year will take place in Edinburgh early in September, competed in his first Duathlon at Milton Keynes, the 3rd of 4 UK qualifying events for the Worlds. He was pleased to finish in 1st place in his age group, in 2 hours 29 minutes [out of 9 competitors]. This result qualifies him to take part in the Worlds event, and after the 3 qualifying events, he is the 2nd fastest Briton in the age group. Boynton says that he is proud to fly the flag for our Cycling Club and the Harriers, two clubs that have helped him a lot in recent years. The attached photo shows Bill Boynton receiving his medal from Olympic distance runner Liz Yelling.
Also on the 11th, Georgina and Bob Norton, Stephen Kane, David Hurst and Roy Hayhurst rode the 60-mile club-run in almost summer conditions to Delamere Station, via Great Budworth and Acton Bridge and returning via Cotebrook and Church Minshull. There was even the first sighting of the year of some very white legs that required the rest of the group to don their sunglasses.
The next Saturday Social Ride will be on Saturday, 17th April, commencing at the new “summertime” of 10.00 (not 13.00 as previously stated) from the Unicorn PH, West Heath Shopping Centre – Holmes Chapel Road entrance. We hope that non-members will join us for this leisurely ride which includes an optional café stop.
The next evening club time trial is the 10-miler on the Holmes Chapel Circuit, on 20th April, commencing at 18:45 with signing-on at 18:30 at Blackfirs.
John Dean and Beryl Swash are organising another Quiz Night on Thursday, 20th May at 8 p.m. All Members and Friends are invited (and the Bar will be open).
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.