The club continues to go from strength to strength, with two more new members in the last 3 weeks – new members are always welcome, please see the website for details www.congletoncyclingclub.org.uk Club runs are 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 up and running, with Sue Blake doing a great job of virtually daily updates on activities and results. Link via the website.
Charity Fundraising & community support
Stephen Kane completed a 100 mile charity ride on Sunday 15th June for Kidscan. The ride left Rusholme, through Altrincham and then transversed a lumpy bit over Delamere Forest and then looped south of Chester before repeating the outward journey in reverse. Stephen completed the ride in 5hrs 40min. Over 500 people took part in raising money for the charity, so thanks to those that sponsored Stephen in this event.
The club also does some community support work. Cheshire East run cycling activity sessions for people with differing needs at Congleton Leisure Centre. Club members have just completed a service on their fleet of adapted bikes and ran a cycling session for young people at the Cheshire East Carers Event in the Leisure Centre on June 14th.
Congleton beat Macclesfield by 8 minutes and 53 seconds in the first of two inter club 25?s on Tuesday 3rd June, counting towards the Karl Austin Memorial Inter Club 25 Shield. The second leg will be promoted by Congleton CC on June 24th. A repeat performance will bring the shield home. The format of the competition is an aggregate of the best 6 rider times from each club. Steve Hulme won the event in 57:26 with Ben Norbury second in 57:52, Pete Smith 59:09 (5th), Wayne Powell 1:01:26 ((10th) Jamie Willetts 1:01:48 (13th), and Kelvin Milward 1:01:55 (15th), gave Congleton an aggregate of 5:59:29 compared to Macclesfield Wheelers 6:08:53.
Best Congleton Lady on the night was Sue Blake in 1:12:55 (PB) by just 5 seconds from Denise Hurst. The Best Congleton Junior was Mark Allen in a PB of 1:08:19. The Best on handicap was Angelo DeAngelis whose 1:07:16 gained him maximum points on the night and further advantage at the top of the Handicap Points League.
A stiff headwind faced riders to the turn in Tuesday 10th June’s club 10 at Gawsworth. This did not stop some of the 39 starters from doing PB’s, which produced hot competition for handicap league points. Steve Webb’s 1:40 improvement to 27:31 secured first on handicap this week.
The actual fastest was visitor and former junior 25 mile competition record holder, Alex Royle (BH Solidos WAM Youth) with a time of 21:47. Ben Norbury also produced a PB with 21:55 for second spot with regular visitor Alex Braybrooke (Velocity WD 40) third in 22:53. The next best Congleton rider times were Rob Dale improving to 23:26 and Charlie Evans 23:51 (fastest on a road bike).
Best lady was Sue Blake in a new PB 28:09 from Claire Thompson 28:18 and Helen Evans 28 46.
Mark Allen again took top place in the club juniors competition with a new PB of 25:18, with Tristan Roberts 26:59 and Joe Langford 28:03 taking second and third places.
As always full results are available on the clubs website.
As well as the clubs Tuesday evening events, many club members ride in open time trial events, with some good results in the last month.
In the Stone Wheelers 25 on May 17th, Pete Smith achieved the fastest time by a club member so far this year with a personal best 55:29. He was supported by Kelvin Milward 56:30 and Wayne Powell in another PB of 57:57 giving a team total of 2:49:56, which may be a club record. In the South Pennine C.C. 25 a week earlier, Kelvin recorded 57:54.
In the Dukinfield C.C. 24.5 mile TT on May 31st, we had six riders. Ben Norbury was best in 57:37 with Steve Hulme 58:10, Pete Smith 1:0:14, Wayne Powell, 1:2:30, Kelvin Milward 1:2:37 and Nick Decker 1:3:49. In the Manchester and District Ladies C.A event which ran alongside the Dukinfield, Denise Hurst returned 1:13:02. In last weekends Janus R.C. 25, Ben Norbury improved his PB to 57:07 with Kelvin Milward finishing with 1:01:35 and Nick Decker 1:03:18. At this time of year the longer time trials start appearing in the calendar. In the Anfield 100 mile event in Shropshire on May 31st, Edgar Reynolds achieved 5:20:57 as part of his build up to three planned 24 hour events this season.
The club also has riders competing in circuit races, with Mark Allen competing in the junior category on closed circuits at Darley Moor and Shrewsbury. At Shrewsbury on June 8th, he made a spirited attempt to break away with two laps to go but was reeled in and finished 12th. Joe Langford has been competing with the senior 2nd, 3rd and 4th category riders, and doing well, with mid field finishes. Senior/veterans are also represented with Charlie Evans and Mike Jones competing in the supporting races. More on this in a future report.