The traditional competitive cycling season has come to an end but the autumn season does not mean competition is over, as the new season means hill climbs and cyclo cross. Both types of event are usually shorter in distance but have their own challenges; they are usually very intense and too tough for many riders. However Congleton Cycling Club have seen their members represent the club in both types of event.
The National Hill Climb took place at Stocksbridge near Sheffield, the most prestigious event of the hill climb season, whose previous winners include Olympian Chris Boardman. The punishing climb of 1200 metres saw Dan Evans as winner, with Congleton’s hill climb specialist Nick Decker just over 1 minute behind.
Meanwhile several members were powering around Greenbank Park in Northwich in the latest round of the North West Cyclocross League. These events, typically last between 30 and 60 minutes, and are held on grass and mud with several obstacles meaning riders have to un-mount and carry their bikes. In the senior event, James Bailey was 12th with Charlie Evans 18th and Will Booth who is just 18 years old 47th. Mike Jones was 49th in the veteran’s race.
On Thursday Oct 30th the club held its Annual General Meeting to elect the club committee, set its subscriptions for 2014, and to receive reports on 2014 from its executive officers. Twenty two members attended the meeting. Club Chairman Bob Norton thanked all of the committee members for their contributions during the year, in particular Andy Farr who stood down as acting press secretary.
The meeting heard that the club membership had risen to 126 (105 in 2013), with a significant rise in its female membership from 20 to 31. There have been increases in all areas of the clubs activities from racing to leisure rides. Bob summarised by saying “2014 was a year of continued growth in all aspects of the club, continuing the trend of the last few years. Activity, particularly racing activity, has increased significantly. “Finances have increased, along with membership, and we are now in the process of setting out a new club plan for the short to mid – term future”.
Just prior to the AGM Stephen Kane gave attendees feedback on a recent survey of members views which will aid this process.
The officers elected for 2014 were:
Chairman Bob Norton
Vice Chairman Rob Waghorn
Secretary and Club Runs Secretary Denise Hurst
Membership Secretary Sue Blake
Treasurer Dean Roberts
Racing Secretary Nick Decker
Welfare Officers Georgina Norton & Dean Roberts
Social Secretary Georgina Norton
Press Secretary Rob Dale
Clothing Rep. Wayne Powell
Mountain Bike Rep Vacant
Under 18 Rep Tristan Roberts
Web Master David McVitie
British Cycling Delegate Wayne Powell
Cycling Time Trial Delegate Kelvin Milward
Non-Executive Member Tony Eliott
The clubs President Tony Willis, and Vice Presidents, Mr S Sebire, Mrs K Biddulph,
Mr R Little, Mr and Mrs B Wakefield, Mrs G McCargo and Mr B Fox, were all re-elected.