Round up of Congleton Cycle Club Events for November (photos still to be added – sorry)
The inclement weather conditions resulted in a change in destination from a newly scouted out cafe at Dingle Farm near Warrington, to the closer High Leigh Garden Centre as the preferred choice for the Club Run on the 26th November. Despite the change to a more familiar cafe, a convoluted route with some less frequented roads by the Club was plotted with the new A556 bypass allowing us to now cross safely at Rostherne. 5 members braved the cold and occasionally wet conditions. Conditions underfoot were as bad as any of us could recount on Club runs we have previously been on, with a number of roads being turned into mini lakes and each of us having to take turns to get through the standing water at a number of places. Despite soggy conditions, spirits were not dampened when we arrived at High Legh, though it was hard to get going again with soggy gloves and jackets after the stop. We returned via Higher Wincham and Plumley before traversing more familiar territory at Boots Green and Goostrey. The delights of Dingle Farm can wait for another day when it is a bit warmer and drier.
Five riders set out on the Sunday Run on the 19th, on what was a cold and frosty morning. Despite initial worries, the roads and lanes were free of ice, and the riders soon warmed up as they rode along. They were all more than ready for lunch when the group reached Old Ma’s at Gatesheath, where they joined a fair few cyclists who were already there. As usual the service was prompt and the food excellent. Feeling pleasantly full, group reluctantly ventured outside to start the journey home. Although it felt cold at first after the warmth of the cafe, the rider soon had to stop and take layers off or at least undo some zips. A good ride with some lovely sunshine and some great views.
On Saturday 18th, the Club undertook a 35 mile circuit and stopped at Congleton Garden Centre for refreshment. Oatcakes proved most popular, although 4 of the original 11 riders had headed for home rather than having a café stop. No muddy bikes this week which was a bonus. Great morning out enjoyed by all with the Cheshire lanes and autumnal colours providing spectacular views
On the 13th, Sunday’s club run was on some very wet and muddy roads. Apologies were given to one member, who was out on a shiny and new carbon bike. Some of the tarmac resembled farm tracks. The 55 mile route went via Alsager, Audley, Woore and Loggerheads. As it was Remembrance Sunday, we stopped to observe a 2 minute silence at 11:00am. We stopped again soon afterwards for somewhat longer, to repair a puncture. The route home was via the Maer Hills through Madeley, Barthomley and Alsager again. We thought of the BBC ‘Children in Need’ Rickshaw riders who were heading all day into the same cold north westerly that bothered us. Their route passed by Congleton on the way to Salford! Indeed some Club Members who did not partake in the run, did meet up with the charity ride to offer encouragement.
On the 5th November, seven members met outside the Rugby Club for the Sunday club ride. The destination was the ‘Priest House Cafe’, at Audlem. It was a cold and damp start to the day; however, the weather did improve.
The usual route was taken out to Alsager, Betley, Wrinehill and over Baa Hill to Norton-in-the-Hales before reaching Audlem for lunch. We passed through three counties, Cheshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire. The welcome at the ‘Priest House’ was as warm as ever and we even found our tables, which had been reserved, were right by the lit wood burner. The riders had earned the food and hot drinks.
On the way home the sun did come out and it was slightly warmer. One member had a mechanical but he did manage to ride back. Once nearer to Congleton, people started to leave the group to return home.
A second Sunday ride, was held and eight members met in Madeley for the once a month steady Sunday social ride. The route was a 45 mile circular route around undulating, quiet country lanes. The weather started off a bit damp and miserable with a couple of stops to take off raincoats, only to have to stop again to put them back on. The roads were flooded in places and muddy and the stretch on the disused railway line was full of puddles, so we arrived at the Red Lion Farm lunch stop in quite a mucky state. Luckily they have a tiled floor and we all had a good snack and cake. The sun and blue sky were out for the ride back.
Juts a single ride on the Saturday and only three members whom hadn’t seen an accurate weather forecast beforehand – set off from The Unicorn, before even leaving the outskirts of Congleton, the purple rain clouds were drenching the trio, and two of the group were decidedly underdressed. We valiantly tackled the hills and we really appreciated the Clarence Mill cafe at noon. Porridge, omelette, beans and eggs were had.
Group took the opportunity to visit the newish charity cycle gear shop at Prestbury and continued home via Siddington with cold winds, and looked forward to hot showers and to power wash their bikes.
Outside of the Club Runs the Club held a general knowledge quiz at the Rugby Club. The quiz focused on the formative years of the quizmaster and those that were teenagers in the ‘80s seemed to score particularly well.
A number of members also went along to hear the story of Tommy Godwin at Alsager Library. Tommy a local man from Stoke, who in 1939 set an incredible distance record of 75000 miles in one year, this record was only surpassed in the last couple of years
To up and coming events, the Club was selling tickets for the Christmas Prize Dinner at Astbury Golf Club for the 9th December.