Press Report – May 9th, 2010

Congleton Cycling Club 

20th April

Club 10-mile TT on the Holmes Chapel circuit, in very cool and windy conditions:

Kelvin Milward -  26:55, Stephen Jackson -  27:46, Duncan Poole – 28:40, Mark Tilstone – 28:48, Stephen Kane – 30:09, Chris Foster – 30:59, Denise Hurst – 31:29, Peter Hayhurst – 33:42. 

24th April

Tour of the Peak District Sportive, 100-mile, Ashbourne:

Steve Sladin completed the 100-mile event in 7hrs 13mins 15secs and commented that it was brutal with lots of climbing – as the name suggests. Highlights were: a 48mph descent down Chunal into Glossop then climbing up the Snake Pass into a headwind, then into the wind for the last 35-40 miles from Bamford and Bakewell. The weather and the views were fantastic!! 135 riders completed the 100-mile event; 35 the 75-miler and 75 the 50-miler.

Route: Darley Moor Circuit (Ashbourne) – Cheadle – Bottomhouse – Longnor – Buxton – Glossop – Bamford – Bakewell – Monyash – Darley Moor Circuit (Ashbourne). 

M&DLCA 10-mile TT, Ladies’ Invitation at Chelford:

Peter Hayhurst improved to 28:52 – due mainly to the excellent conditions and to fear of being beaten by all the Ladies. Ladies winner was Sarah Storey with a very fast 22:18 and the Men’s winner was Jack Green with 21:08 followed by Andrew Allan with 21:31. 

Leigh Premier 10-mile TT at Rainford:

Another fine performance by Alf Hilton with 21:58  for 3rd Overall and 1st Over-40; Jimmy Wright of Preston Wheelers took 1st place with 20:30; and Steve Ludden of St Helens CRC was 2nd with 21:46. 

24th + 25th April

Plains 310 K Audax from Poynton:

Denise Hurst and Bob Norton rode this event which started at 23:00 and completed the ride in 15 hours. The controls were at Whitchurch, Ford (Nr Shrewsbury), Newtown (Powys), Ford, and Radway Green. The weather was fine, except for 4 hours rain in the night and a wet last half hour. 

25th April

West Cheshire 30-mile TT at Prees:

Yet another fine performance by Alf Hilton with 1:07:23 for 3rd place overall and 2nd Over-40.  Rob Weare of Leamington C & A C took 1st place and 1st Over-40 with 01:06:22 and David Crawley Fibrax Wrexham RC was 2nd with 01:07:18. 

Rutland-Melton Cicle International, 108-mile RR at Rutland Water:

This annual, Elite Road Race is based on the roads and tracks around Rutland Water. Mike Harrison was placed 73rd out of 200 starters, at the end of 108 miles of torture!

The winner was Danish rider, Michael Berling with an average speed of 26mph – not bad – considering that the course included 20 miles of farm tracks! 

27th April

Club 10-mile TT on Gawsworth Circuit:

Warm, dry weather with a light, SW breeze allowed improved performances for most riders. Members times, in descending order were: Karl Austin – 23:05,  Stephen Jackson – 25:25, Stephen Kane – 25:44, Mark Tilstone – 25:50, Kelvin Milward – 26:06, Wayne Powell – 26:09, Steve Sladin – 26:48, Chris Foster (our new member)  – 27:58, Peter Hayhurst – 29:34. 

1st May –

Glossop Kinder Velo 25-mile TT on Chelford Circuit:

Five Members improved their 2010 times by substantial margins – partly due to the excellent conditions. Alf Hilton put in another splendid performance with 54:20, for 2nd place overall and 1st Over-40; Rob Nelson – 57:32; Kelvin Milward – 59:35; Karl Austin – 1:00:52 and Duncan Poole – 1:7:13. The winner was Stephen Leigh of Team B Global, with 54:07. 

Georgina and Bob Norton rode the Eccleshall 200 Audax from Dean Row (Nr Wilmslow). They did it as a “Permanent”, the controls being, Helsby, Beeston, Eccleshall and Haslington. They completed it in 10.5 hours in good weather. 

2nd May

Cambridge Duathlon:

Bill Boynton competed in the Cambridge Duathlon, the final UK qualifier for the 2010 ITU World Duathlon Championships and again won his age group by a margin of nearly 10 minutes in an improved time of 2:25:05.  This event was the standard Olympic distance but split 7.5km run / 40 km bike / 7.5km run instead of the usual 10/40/5. Conditions were wet and windy with a 20 mph headwind on the long eastbound leg of the 2-lap cycling phase.  Boynton had previously qualified for the “World’s” so was still in heavy training mode, starting a little heavy-legged and paid the price in the following phases but still gained a large winning margin.  With Congleton Cycling Club’s Time Trial season now underway, he has plenty of opportunities to work on his cycling speed!

Clubrun to Dagfields Craft Centre, Hunsterton:
Only David Hurst and Rob Waghorn braved the chilly northerly wind on this 55-mile tour of the Cheshire lanes. 

4th May

Club 10-mile TT on Gawsworth Circuit:

Decidedly cool but dry weather, with a NW breeze, slowed most riders. Members’ times, in descending order were: Karl Austin – 23:48; Kelvin Milward – 23:54; Stephen Jackson – 25:59; Mark Tilstone – 26:09; Steve Sladin – 26:29; Wayne Powell – 27:02; Duncan Poole – 27:51; Andrew Thomas (our newest member) – 29:02; Peter Hayhurst – 30:19. 

8th May

South Pennine 25-mile TT at Etwall:
Kelvin Milward posted a worthy 58:13 in cool/wet/windy conditions.

Dukinfield C.C. 50-mile TT on Chelford Circuit:

In spite of the cool conditions and being slowed by the road-works on each of the three circuits, our members’ results were Neil Skellern – 1:58; Rob Nelson – 2:02; Karl Austin – 2:07. 

9th May

Clubrun to Shire Horse Café, Cotebrook:

Stephen Kane, Bob Norton, Doug Taylor and Rob Waghorn set off in bright sunshine but this gradually faded around Davenham and Eaton. They returned via Church Minshull and Middlewich to complete this 60-mile outing. 

Future Fixtures 

The next Saturday 30-mile Social Ride will be on Saturday, 15th May, commencing at 10.00 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 a café stop. 

The next evening club time trial is a 10-miler on the Gawsworth Circuit, on 18th May, commencing at 19:15 with signing-on at 19:00 at the Rising Sun P.H. 

John Dean and Georgina Norton 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.