The 4th of June saw the Stretford Wheelers CC 25mile TT on J2/9 fastest of congleton riders in a superb time was Mike Jones in 59:14, other riders were Dave Farrington 1:00:10, Steve Sladin 1:02:46, Kelvin Milward 1:02:53, Duncan Poole 1:06:01.
On the same day the saturday social headed to the Wizard Tea Rooms on Alderley Edge, and at Readsmere. There were twelve riders including guest Charlie Frodsham, who said he had often seen us at the Unicorn meeting point, and decided he’d join in.
The 11th saw the Janus 25mile TT on J2/9, unfortunately the weather was horrendous, heavy constant rain meant about a quarter of the file were none starters, and of the starters many didn’t finish, the bravest were, Steve Sladin 1:01:11, Paul Dentith 1:02:09, Denise Hurst 1:12:14, Brian MacRury in his 1st 25mile Time Trial achieved a very respectable 01:12:32 and Dave Hurst rode to PB 01:24:52 respect to all.
The Sunday club ride on the 12th June saw seven riders set off to Stoneyford Cottage Gardens near Northwich. It started raining by the time the riders got to Twemlow and despite optimistic remarks the rain got heavier and continued until Northwick. The riders received a warm welcome from the Nursery, asked if we could turn allowing them to close the doors and turn the heathers on to steam dry!. A good day out, despite the weather.
The Club 10 TT on tuesday 14th on the JC/27 Holmes Chapel Road course, the threatened rain held off, the fastest time was Ben Norbury 21:27 from Mark Lovatt (Planet X) 23:08 on a road bike and Rich Bowditch (Lyme R.C,0 23:13. The next fastest Congleton Riders were David Farrington 23:18 and Pete Tatton 23:50. Splitting them was Lyme R.C. junior Alex Coates with a PB 23:47. Fastest Lady was Sue Blake in 27:52 from Denise Hurst 29:12 and Lesley Norbury 29:50. Philip Gleave (Unattached) made a very promising start to his TT career, recording 24:41 in his first ever TT on his road bike.
The superb news was announced on the 16th that club member Megan Giglia had been selected to ride in the Olympics at Rio which has been her goal for some time, very well done and all wish her well.
The Club 10 TT on tuesday 21st was run in warm calm conditions on the JC5 Gawsworth course. The first 15 riders all bettered 25.m.p.h., with many PB’s and SB’s recorded.Ben Norbury got down a brilliant time of 20:43 (PB) to win from Steve Hulme 21:47 and Mark Lovatt (Planet X) 21:52. Mark was testing a prototype TT bike soon to be available from Planet X. The next Congleton rider was Mike Jones also in a new PB of 22:27. The ladies were led by Sue Blake with 27:41 from Denise Hurst 27:54 and Lesley Norbury 28:50 (PB). Top junior was Alex Coates in 23:59 from Aaron Mansell (both Lyme RC) in 26:50.
Saturday 25th saw the East lancs road club 25mile TT on J2/9, in good conditions our riders were, Kelvin Millward 1:02:42, Steve Sladin 1:03:09, Rob Waghorn 1:15:16, Dave Hurst 1:28:44.
The last Club time trial was leg 2 of the Karl Austin memorial, inter club challenge with Macclesfield wheelers, the first leg was abandoned shortly after the start re road works, Congleton hosted leg 2 on the Chelford 25mile TT JC/24 course on Tuesday 28th. The conditions for very wet with lots of spray, however congratulations were in order as Congleton were successful over Macclesfield based on the aggregate time of their best 6 riders, by 6 mins and 35 seconds. We fielded 7 riders vs their 4, but their times were made up to 6 riders by counting 2 of our 6th counter times. Individually Ben Norbury made light of the poor conditions to record a PB in 54:42, following on from a superb second place in the Manchester Wheelers Hilly TT on Sunday J8/25. In 2nd place last night was Mike Stretch 58:02 and 3rd was Simon Holden (both Macc Whs) Our other counters were Stephen Sladin 1:02:18, Phillip Gleave 1:05:53, Sue Blake 1:12:05, Denise Hurst 1:13:55 and Lesley Norbury 1:16:01, Macclesfields were Paul Fenton 1:03:16 and Ben Rathbone 1:16:02. Phillip Gleave was riding maiden 25 and it was not without incident, e was stopped by traffic and had to dismount when his chain came off.