The club continues to go from strength to strength, with another 7 new members in the last 3 weeks – new members are always welcome, please see the website for details www.congletoncyclingclub.org.uk . We have club runs every Sunday morning, with social rides every other Saturday morning. Why not come along and meet a few of the members?
Our Facebook page is also back up and running, with regular updates on activities and results. Link via the website.
The clubs evening TT season opener, the 9.5 mile circuit of The Cloud, took place on Tuesday April 8th. Thirty seven competitors took on the course in fine but cool conditions. The fastest time of 27:28 was done by junior Alex Braybrooke of Team Velocity WD40. He beat professional Andy Magnier of Velosure Giordana 27:35 into second place with the “podium” rounded out by our own Ben Norbury 28:20. Ben was also the best club member in the new handicap competition with a nett 25:36.
Best Congleton lady was Sharon May in 43:17. Best Congleton Junior was Sam French in 35:00 and best Congleton veteran was Steve Hulme in 29:24.
There were some sore legs on the start line. Mike Jones and Edgar Reynolds completed the 260 km Tour of Flanders Sportif in Belgium on Saturday and Pete Tatton ran under 4 hours in the Manchester Marathon on Sunday.
Great weather brought 42 riders out on Tuesday 15th April for the weeks 10 on the JC26 circuit 10 course. Ben Norbury was fastest in 23:01, from junior visitor Alex Braybrooke (Velocity-WD40) 23:31 who was 1 second ahead of Steve Hulme 23:32. Fastest lady was another junior visitor Paige Milward (Bike Pure) in 27:18. Best club lady was Denise Hurst in 30:10 and best club junior was novice rider Will Booth in 27:13.
Tuesday 22nd saw a 10-mile time trial on the Gawsworth course. Immediately after finishing in a winning 21:40, Jack Green (V.C. St Raphael), said “I was a bit slow tonight!”.
Ben Norbury took 2nd and the maximum club points with a time of 22:05, with Steve Hulme 22:31 and Pete Smith 23:09 the next best Congleton finishers. Best Junior, in a new PB, was Sam French in 25:51 and Best Lady Denise Hurst in 29:07. Steve Hulme took top place in the Veterans competition with a Plus of 4:19 and comeback rider Steve Sladin best on Handicap with a PB of 25:59 giving a nett 17:59.
A total of 42 riders competed, including 26 from our club, on what turned out to be a fast evening. There will be quite a few handicap adjustments for future weeks! The club TT league tables are now starting to take shape. To view these and the weekly league points see the club website www.congletoncyclingclub.org.uk
The destination for 13th April was the Ice Cream Farm at Tattenhall, however, we ended up at Old Ma’s Gatesheath due to the fact that the Ice Cream Farm was too busy. There were 9 riders out, however, Mike Line turned off in Middlewich.
Participants were Paul Kennington, Karen Dennett, Wayne Powell, Sue Blake, Andrew & Penny Thomas, Denise Hurst, Mike Line and a new member Kelvin France. Mileage was approx 55mls, following the usual route to Brereton, Middlewich, Church Minshull, Calverley, Bunbury passing both Peckforton and Beeston Castles to arrive at ‘Old Ma’s’ for lunch. On the way home the group cycled via Eaton, Wettenhall, and then reversed their ride out to some degree. It was a lovely day. Sunshine all the way, however, they had to contend with a strong headwind on the way out but it was great to have the wind behind on the way home. There was lots of chatter along the way.
On Sunday the 20th April the destination was Longnor. 10 riders joined the run: Andy Farr, Wayne Powell, Mike Line, Stephen Kane, Richard Cowan, John Broadbent, Rowland Bainbridge, Mike Tilstone, Sue Blake and Denise Hurst.
This is a hilly ride. From the Rugby Club the group cycled out of Congleton via Buglawton, North Rode, Fools Nook where they turned right to go through Sutton and onto Algreave where they turned right for Gradbach, on through Flash and then onto Longnor. The weather was good apart from the strength of the wind which was particularly strong on the hills. Thanks to Wayne Powell and Richard Cowan the ladies were sheltered from this.
Lunch was taken at Longnor and then set off home hoping for a tail wind. The route went via Dowell Dale and past the Axe Edge racecourse. When they reached the Buxton, Congleton road they turned left toward Algreave, where, after a very fast descent, due to the tail wind everyone was hoping for, they turned right for Wildboarclough, just before Blaze farm, to take the route through Macclesfield Forest passing all three reservoirs, then returned via Sutton and Gawsworth where for some it turned out to be another tea stop. This time at the house of Membership Secretary Sue Blake, after which the group number was down to three. This was due to the fact that various people had peeled off from the main group to make their own way back home. The final riders arrived back in Congleton at about 3.30pm after approx 50mls.