Congleton Cycling Club
7th / 8th May – Mark Beaumont Evening at Telford:
David Hurst and Roy Hayhurst rode a MTB route from Audlem to Telford, along the Shropshire Union Canal towpath to see and hear Mark Beaumont’s account of his Round-The-World bike ride – which proved very interesting. They stayed at Coalport Youth Hostel and returned the following day.
11th May – Club 10-mile TT on Chelford Circuit:
Decidedly cool but dry weather, with a NW breeze, slowed most riders. Members’ times, in descending order were: Karl Austin – 24:23; Wayne Powell – 26:06; Steve Sladin – 26:20; Wayne Powell – 26:06; Stephen Kane – 26:25; Duncan Poole – 26:41; Mark Tilstone – 27:36; Andrew Thomas – 28:40; Peter Hayhurst – 31:00.
Social Ride to Minshull’s Garden Centre, Crewe:
Georgina and Bob Norton, Bob Banner, Peter Nelson, Doug Taylor and guest, Katie Mulroy explored some unfamiliar but pleasant lanes around Warmingham and Haslington in this leisurely 30-miler.
ABC Centreville 10-mile TT on Chelford Circuit:
Another fine performance by Alf Hilton – 22:00 and only 3 seconds away from 3rd place. The winner was David Crawley of Wrexham with 20:54.
Stone Wheelers 25-mile TT at Blythe Bridge:
The final 6 miles, uphill, into the westerly wind did not hamper the stronger riders too much. Neil Skellern – 55:01; Rob Nelson – 58:04; Peter Hayhurst 1:12:30. The winner was Richard Handley with 51:54
Tour of the Berwyns 200K AUDAX:
Denise Hurst completed the ride from Willington, via Corwen, Milltr Cerrig over the Berwyns to Chirk and back to Tarvin, in 11 hours and enjoyed the fine weather and wonderful views over the Welsh mountains.
Clubrun to Priest’s House, Audlem:
Denise Hurst, Doug Taylor and guest, Francois, enjoyed their leisurely “recovery” ride via quiet lanes to this cosy café.
Lancaster C.C. 50-mile TT at Bassenthwaite:
Karl Austin – 2:08:45 in windy conditions, especially on the way to Cockermouth and Whitehaven.
DougieMac 110-mile Charity Sportive:
Wayne Jackson, Steve Sladin and Mark Tilstone completed this ride from Stoke to Llangollen and back, in aid of Douglas McMillan Hospice, in under 7 hours, in fine weather.
Wayne Jackson rode this on little sleep, due to the recent arrival of a son – Congratulations to the Family!
Steve Sladin was riding this mainly as training for his 9-day LEJOG ride which commences on the 11th June, raising money for Christie’s Hospital, Manchester. Donations via www.justgiving.com and his group name – www.Mcrutters.com – would be most welcome.
Mark Tilstone was riding this mainly for his training for his 11th (!!!) consecutive Étape du Tour stage during the Tour de France in July which is also his sponsored charity ride, so any donations would be greatly appreciated to: http://www.justgiving.com/MarkTilstone – raising funds for Get KidsGoing which helps disabled kids achieve their dreams by providing equipment so that they can participate in sporting events.
Macclesfield Bikeathon 52-mile Hilly Charity Sportive:
David Hurst rode the 52-miler in aid of East Cheshire Hospice, from Macclesfield, over Langley, Wincle, Biddulph Moor and then down to the Cheshire Plains past Jodrell Bank and discovered that it was very windy in the hills.
18th May – Club 10-mile TT on Gawsworth Circuit:
We were blessed with excellent conditions, so most riders improved on their previous times. The Members’ times in descending order: Karl Austin – 23:17; Stephen Kane – 25:01; Duncan Poole – 25:46; Mark Tilstone – 25:53; Wayne Powell – 25:57; Steve Sladin – 26:23; Denise Hurst – 27:13; Dave Butterworth – 28:02; Andrew Thomas – 28:31; Peter Hayhurst – 28:39; Chris Foster – 28:45 and a worthy performance by Peter Nelson – 34:19, on his “come-back training ride” after shoulder surgery.
20th May – Quiz Night
John Dean and Georgina Norton organised another noisy / enjoyable Quiz Night. Twenty five Members and Friends had a great evening. John Dean, supported by wife, Pam, provided the questions, Georgina Norton provided the food and the Rugby Club provided the Bar.
22nd May – Warrington R.C. 50-mile TT on Chelford Circuit:
The sudden arrival of baking hot weather plus the calm conditions were enjoyed by our support group of Joyce Austin, Denise Hurst and Peter Nelson but caused some riders to stop their ride prematurely. Our two top riders still performed well, with Alf Hilton – 1:53:10 for 2nd place and Neil Skellern – 1:56:00 for 5th place. Karl Austin and Peter Hayhurst were somewhat disappointed with their 2:14:10 and 2:35:07 respectively, although the latter did claim 1st place in the Over-70 Category. Our top 3 riders were placed 2nd Team, only 8 seconds behind Warrington Road Club. The overall winner was Carl Ruebotham with 1:52:45.
23rd May – Clubrun to Longnor:
Seven Members: Denise and David Hurst, Mary Renshaw, Stephen Kane, Roy Hayhurst, Doug Taylor and Rob Waghorn, plus Guest, Francois, tackle the climbs around Sutton, Allreave, Gradbach and Flash to the welcome lunch-stop at Longnor where they were able to sit in the sun and stock-up on calories before tackling the Apedale climb from Glutton Bridge to High Edge then over the Cat & Fiddle, down to Wilboarclough, Macc Forest and the tea-stop at Trentabank before the home leg from Fools Nook and along the canal towpath. All-in-all a perfect summer’s day in the hills!
The next evening club time trial is a 25-miler on the Chelford – Cranage Circuit, on 1st June, commencing at 19:15 with signing-on at 19:00 at Chelford / Monks Heath.
The next Saturday 30-mile Social Ride will be on Saturday, 19th June, 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.
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.