Congleton Cycling Club
25th May – Club 10-mile TT on Holmes Chapel Circuit:
Mild but dry weather, with a E breeze which made the finishing stretch rather hard. Members’ times, in descending order were: Neil Skellern – 23:09; Karl Austin – 25:08; Kelvin Milward – 25:27; Mark Tilstone – 26:53; Steve Sladin – 26:58; Bill Boynton – 27:27; Denise Hurst – 28:24; Dave Butterworth – 29:17; Andrew Thomas – 29:48; Peter Hayhurst – 30:58 and Peter Nelson – 36:06.
29th May – VTTA 50-mile TT on Uttoxeter Course:
This event was well supported by our Club, with three members riding (plus one delayed in traffic) and six members helping / officiating. Barry Charlton of Lyme Racing won on Actual and on Standard Times with a new course record time of 1:41:43 (2 min 7 sec improvement over Charles McCulloch’s time of 2009). Neil Skellern claimed 2nd-place with a fast 1:47:34; Karl Austin recorded an improved Standard Time with 1:58:18 for 14th place and Rob Nelson managed 1:59:19 for 16th place. These performances were rewarded with 1st Team Prize. The early-starters had to contend with wet surfaces and light rain for the first 20 miles but the later starters had no rain and then dry roads for the last 20 miles and a mild 15ºC. The gentle SE breeze gave welcome assistance on the 20-mile return leg.
31st May – Anfield 100-mile TT on Prees Course:
Our top riders recovered well from their Saturday exertions to record excellent times in this first 100-miler of the season, with its cool, 6 a.m. start. Neil Skellern placed 5th with 4:04:16 and Karl Austin, 20th with 4:20:53.
1st June – Club 25-mile TT on Chelford – Cranage Circuit:
Riders enjoyed excellent conditions. The Members’ times in descending order: Karl Austin – 1:00:49 (must have recovered well from his “100” of the previous day); Kelvin Milward – 1:01:35; Mark Tilstone – 1:07:09; Duncan Poole – 1:07:28; Bill Boynton – 1:08:09; Peter Hayhurst – 1:15:15 and another worthy performance by Peter Nelson – 1:21:57.
The overall standings in the Bob Job Memorial Trophy Points Competition – at the half-way stage: Karl Austin leads, with 79 points, Stephen Kane is in 2nd place with 59 points, Kelvin Milward is in 3rd place with 53 points, closely followed by Neil Skellern with 50 points.
5th June – Manchester Wheelers 50-mile TT on Chelford – Cranage Circuit:
A great win for Alf Hilton, with a Cheshire personal best time of 1:51:30, followed by Neil Skellern in 3rd place with 1:53:45 and Karl Austin in 14th place with 2:03:26. These fine performances secured the Prize for 1st Team ahead of the team from the promoting club. Peter Hayhurst was disappointed with his 2:37:21.
6th June – Polka Dot 106-mile Challenge Ride:
Stephen Jackson was our sole representative on this toughest of rides from Woodford, which includes 15 climbs – shortish and steep to long and draggy – via Pott Shrigley, Rainow, Cat & Fiddle, Longnor, Crowdecote, Waterhouses, Dovedale, Tissington, Grangemill, Youlgreave, Monyash, Earl Sterndale, High Edge and Bollington. Steady rain greeted the riders at the start and continued until Longnor where conditions improved and the sun broke through the clouds. Jackson completed the ride in 7.5 hours.
The next evening club time trial is a 10-miler on the Gawsworth Circuit, on 15th June, commencing at 19:30 with signing-on at 19:15 at The Rising Sun P.H. On 22nd June, we have another 25-miler on the Chelford – Cranage Circuit at 19.30, with signing-on at 19.15 in Bollington Lane, 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.