Club 10 mile TT 02/05/2017

Ben Norbury (library photo by Ken Norbury)

Ben Norbury (library photo by Ken Norbury)

A stiff and cool north easterly wind hampered riders on the way back from the turn in this weeks Evening TT League event on the J2/1 at Chelford.

Ben Norbury made a come back following a long layoff through a crash injury and family bereavement.  He recorded a winning 21:33. It was like he had not been away. In second place was Philip Gleave with 22:55 and third was regular visitor Keith Dutton (Wills Wheels) in 23:06. Third best CCC rider was Steve Sladin with 23:43

The Ladies were led by Sue Blake with 28:27 from Janet Spires Alston 29:20 and Claire Thompson 29:35. The juniors were all guests from other clubs. Tobias Edwards was top with 23:29 from Matthew Braybrooke (Knutsford Tri Club) 24:32 and 13 year old Aaron Mansell (Lyme RC) 27:02.

Thanks to all the marshals and other helpers without whom we could not run theses events.



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Ken Norbury

18057828_744607729044381_2895981116772162466_nVery sad news. Ken Norbury passed away last week. He was at home with his family. Adrian Pennington has put this tribute on Instagram. I am sure that we all feel the same way.
He was a great friend of Congleton Cycling Club and we will all miss him.

The wider cycling community will know Ken through his excellent racing photographs, which he was always happy to share with anyone who asked.

Kens Funeral is on Thursday May 4th May at 12 p.m. at St John the Evangelists Church, Toft Nr Knutsford.

The family say ” No flowers please. There will be the opportunity to donate after the funeral, to our chosen charities, should you wish to.”

R.I.P. Ken.

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Club 10 mile TT Gawsworth 25/4/17

The 10 mile TT at Gawsworth in decidedly wintery conditions. It was about 4 degrees with blustery showers.

Jack Schofield 21:30 was a fastest from Philip Gleave 22:45 (PB) and Keith Dutton 23:11 (Wills Wheels).  Third club member was Mark Allen with 23:58.
Jack said he had done a 13 mile run earlier in the day! On Sunday he finished second in a Duathlon at Ludlow, breaking the course record for the 30 km bike section sandwiched between a 10 k and a 5 k run.

Best Junior was Tobias Edwards (Huddersfield Star Wheelers) for the second week running. His 23:59 beat Matthew Braybooke (Knutsford Tri club) 24:37 and James Brayford (Lyme RC) 25:18

Riding his first ever TT Jake Dooley (Coventry University) posted an excellent 26:01. Jake’s father Mark was one of the clubs fast men 20 years ago!



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Club 10 mile TT Gawsworth 18/4/17

The second event in the 2017 Evening TT league had 32 starters on a fine evening. There was a bit of a fright before the event got underway, in that there were mobile roadworks on the course doing pothole repairs. In the event no riders were stopped so there were some excellent times.

Jack Schofield was quickest in 21:31, from Jon White (Pro Vision) 22:19 and George Coghlan (Janus RC) 22:33. The next best Congleton riders were Phillip Gleave in 22:55 (a PB by nearly 2 minutes) and David Farrington  on the comeback trail after a nasty accident last year with 23:34. The ladies race was won by Claire thompson in 28:40 from Sue Blake 29:00 and Wendy mansell (Lyme RC) in her first TT with 31:52. The junior racers were all visitors. Tobias Edwards (Huddersfield Star Wheelers came top in 23:37 from Andrew Burgess (Pro Vision) 23:56 (PB) and Matthew Braybrook (Knutsford Tri Club) 25:51.

There were 3 generations of the Mansell Family (Lyme RC) competing. As well as Wendy  there was Mick 25:28, their 13 year old son Aaron 26:51 and grandfather Derek 29:28.



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Club night special event 27 April

Starting at 8pm we will have 2016 Touring trophy winner, Stephanie Cooke presenting a talk with photos, maps, bike and kit for us to share her journey.
Entitled: “HEBRIDEAN ISLANDS BY BIKE ON £5 per day – Anyone can do it” I’m really interested in just how she managed it, as well as raising over £1,500 for charity along the way!
So. The bar will be open….snacks available and I hope you’ll join us on the 27th April, 8pm to listen to Stephanie’s story.2016-05-20 2016-05-20 001 454
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TT 11/4/17 OFF – Roadworks

Afraid we have had to abandon tonight’s TT because of roadwork’s near at Brereton Heath. They are situated on a curve and are about 70 metres long.

We will look at adding the event on at the other end of the season.

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Club do well in opening Cheshire Points Series TT

Jack Schofield

Jack Schofield

On Saturday March 18th, the Club had 5 starters in the first round of the Cheshire TT series points league. It was the the first of 3 Manchester and District Time trial Association 10 mile TT’s held on the Twemlow to Chelford and back course. Jack Schofield (pictured) was a fine 4th in 22 minutes flat in his first ride for the club. Philip Gleave 23:55, Stephen Sladin 25:07, Lee Wood 26:39 and Polly Wilding 30:41 (on a road bike), all returned excellent times on a cold, wet Saturday afternoon. Jack, Philip and Stephen earned third team prize. (provisional)
Philip’s time is thought to be a PB. He followed it up the next day by finishing a fine 12th in the Crewe Clarion Wheelers ”hilly” 17 mile TT on the Nantwich, Audlem, Woore, Nantwich circuit. His time was 37:44.

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2017 TT Season Starts Now

_DSC1775-29The Manchester and District time trial season gets underway this weekend with the Nova C.C. “2 up” team time trial over 25 miles at Gawsworth.
We have 2 teams riding. Steve Sladin is paired with Lee Wood and Polly Wilding is paired with Janet Spiers Alston. The event stars at 14:00, with our club teams starting at 14:38 and 15:18 respectively. We wish them good luck.
For a complete list of Manchester District open TT’s HERE.

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Children’s Adventure Farm Trust

Following last Monday’s Committee Meeting, Congleton Cycling Club’s chosen charity for 2017 will be the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (, helping disadvantaged children.CAFT
CAFT run a selection of challenges (not all cycling-related), the first of which is their Frosty Bike Ride on 11th March.
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The new Official Congleton CC club clothing

The new Offical 2017 club clothing

To see the whole range visit the Pro Vision website.

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Press Report for early January 2017

The club has started the year with the news that Megan Giglia featured in the New Year’s Honours List. The weather has been a bit mixed, but that hasn’t dampened our enthusiasm for getting cold and wet. For the full report, click here.

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Activities for Dec 31st and Jan 1st

Saturday Club Run

Minshull’s Garden Centre  near Leighton, a ride of around 40 miles in length. We will meet, as usual, at the Unicorn at 10am. Leaders Jill and John Jervis.

It looks like it will be a lot less cold by then, so we should have pleasant ride. See you then,

Sunday New Years Day

Meet outside the Ship, at Danebridge, SK11 0QU, at 9.45 am – 1st Jan!

Directions for those who may need them are:

From Congleton, go along the A54, up the Dumbers, after Bosley crossroads, turn right for Winkle at the Four Ways Crossroads. Go about a mile down hill and the Ship is on the left before the river.

Parking is either at the Ship, if there is room, or lower down the road near the river. Please share lifts where possible as there is not much room for parking.

It will be about 5 miles, fairly flat and with lots of interesting history, kindly being led by Sam Alston.

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Happy Christmas from Congleton Cycling Club

20161217_131640_Burst01Happy Christmas and New Year to all our followers.
Wishing you safe cycling in 2017.

Note. No club night next week (Dec 29th).

Saturday Club Run Dec 31st


New Years Day Walk. Jan 1st. Sam Alston is kindly leading for us. It will be an easy, circular walk, of no more than 8K. No hills involved. Farm tracks mainly. There will be chances to cut it short if you wish, or if the weather is bad, so no excuses for not coming along for a short while. Start Danebrige 09:45. More details to follow.

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Press Report for June

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,  Dunc………

for full  report click here


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Cheshire East Tour of Britain Charity Sportive, promoted by Congleton Cycling Club

Sportive ad.v1186 Miles with over 5000 feet of climbing. The route follows some of the roads and all the climbs which the 2016 Tour of Britain stage 3 will be following two days later.

Event Date: Sunday 4th September 2016

Event HQ:  Congleton High School, Box Lane, Congleton CW12 4NS

Sign on: from 07:30. Group starts from 08:00 until 09:00

Enter today: HERE

Entry Fee £25 with all profits going to our two chosen charities:

  1.   Children’s Adventure Farm Trust who provide a variety of programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West.
  2.   North West Air Ambulance provides the rapid pre-hospital care needed to make a life changing difference, and has been influential in helping save the lives of some cyclists in our area.


  • Stunning views
  • Route includes all the main features of TOB stage 3
  • Some of the best cycling lanes in the country
  • Famous Cheshire landmarks such as Jodrell Bank, Tatton Park and the Cheshire Peak District
  • Fast sweeping descents
  • Iconic Brickworks and Cat & Fiddle Climbs

Entry Includes:

  • Event souvenir
  • Chip timing
  • Web results service
  • Downloadable Certificate
  • 2 Feed Stations
  • Medical support
  • Mobile Mechanic Support
  • Fully way marked route.
  • Downloadable GPX/TCX Files
  • Refreshments after the ride
  • Free parking

Event Sponsors:

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Press Report – 9/6/16

May started on a sunday with unsurprisingly a sunday ride!, numbers were down as the club had organised a weekend away in Yorkshire, unfortunately the weather wasnt kind to the visiting rider Mark and the 3 club members as it barely stopped raining for the full ride, the destination was The Ice Cream Farm at Tattenhall.


Jill, John, Mark & Rowland

The Yorkshire weekend was a great success as well as some beautiful scenery to ride in for the 16 members that took part, it was organised to coincide with the Tour de Yorkshire. The Tour de Yorkshire is organised by the Tour de France organisers, and is fast becoming one of world’s top three day races. There were several World Tour Teams and many of the world’s top 100 cyclists competing along with all of the best British teams.


May saw the ramping up of the racing season with many members taking part in Time Trials external to the club, in addition to our hosted events which on the 3rd May was on the Chelford J2/1 course it was a ‘fast’ night with several riders reporting PB’s, taking the honours for the fastest on the evening was Ben Norbury  in a PB of 21:24 second and third of the Congleton riders was David Farrington 23:23 (PB) and Rob Dale 23:34. Top lady was Sue Blake in 28:20 from Polly Wilding 28:56 (PB) and Denise Hurst 29:31.


Denise Hurst

The Gawsworth JC/5 coursed hosed the 10 mile time trial on the 10th May, the weather was very windy and heavy rain had been forecast which affected the amount of riders, having the smallest entry for years. Ben Norbury on super form took the honours  with another PB of 21:21. Stephen jackson was second with 24:17 and third placed Congleton rider was Kelvin Milward with 25:50.

Best of the Congleton ladies was Polly Wilding in 29:09 whilst Lesley Norbury came in with 32:01 having stopped in the first mile and then completed the ride with broken cleat on her shoe!

Saturday social ride saw a new destination on the 14th may to Cudmore Lakes, Ten riders set off including three guests, Tim Clifford, Andy Wolstenholme and Richard Tadman whom we hope will become new members. We found Greg Spencer at the cafe when we arrived.


The Holmes Chapel Road JC/27 course was host for the 10 mile time trial on the 17th May, early riders off remained dry but the later riders were hit with heavy rain and strong side wind, the first 4 places were taken by visitors, best Congleton rider was David Farrington in a PB 22:56, followed by Pete Tatton in 23:48 and Paul Dentith in 24:18. Fastest Congleton lady was Denise Hurst with 29:49 from Lesley Norbury 30:01.

Ben Norbury edged a little closer to breaking the 21 minute barrier with another PB 21:14 in Gawsworth’s JC/5 10 mile time trail on 24th May edging out the returning Steve Hulme 21:57, third of the Congleton riders was Charlie Evans in 22:59.

Best lady was junior Aleisha Mellor (Lyme RC/Congleton CC) in 28:35 from Denise Hurst 29:41, and Lesley Norbury 30:34.  Rob Waghorn has been riding a retuning year, and since the season started he’s been improving week in week out so was delighted to achieve a PB of 30:43.

The last sunday ride of the month was a cooker being the warmest day of the year, six riders headed out on a hilly ride to Jacksons Garden Centre, Bagnall in Staffordshire taking in some quiet and beautiful villages.


Rowland enjoying a light bite!

The final time trial of the month was on the 31st May, and was switched to the Holmes Chapel JC/27 course due to a partial road clash with another club, great organisation skills ensured it was carried out smoothly with great support and help from the volunteers. There was a strong head wind to the turn and Holmes Chapel which slowed riders down, Ben Norbury recorded the fastest time of 21:41, just a day after recording a first ever 100 mile time of 4:01:50 in the Anfield 100. Next fastest Congleton riders were David Farrington 23:28 and Adam Spittle 24:25.  Congleton best lady was Sue Blake 28:04 followed by Denise Hurst with 28:51 and Lesley Norbury 29:56. Lesley had recorded a maiden 50 mile time of 2:40:05 in the Warrington RC event at the weekend.

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Club 10. 31/5/16 – Congleton JC27

Mark Lovatt. Best Road Bike.

Mark Lovatt. Best Road Bike.

Last Tuesday’s Club 10 was run on the Congleton to Holmes Chapel road JC27 course after an event clash at Chelford forced a move from the scheduled event on J2/1.
In windy conditions, Ben Norbury recorded a winning time of 21:41, just a day after recording a first ever 100 mile time of 4:01:50 in the Anfield 100. Second on the night was Chris Quin (Macclesfield Wheelers, with Rich Bowditch (Lyme RC third. Next fastest Congleton riders were David Farrington 23:28 and Adam Spittle 24:25.
Best lady was Claire Harrison (Vision Racing) in 24:47 from Sue Blake 28:04 and Sally Birchall (Lyme RC) 28:05. The next two Congleton ladies were Denise Hurst with 28:51 and Lesley Norbury 29:56. Lesley had recorded a maiden 50 mile time of 2:40:05 in the Warrington RC event at the weekend.
Fastest Road Bike (no tri bars), was one of our most famous “exports”, Mark Lovatt (Planet X) with 23:19

A full result of tonight’s event can be seen by HERE

Ken Norbury’s photos of the event can be seen HERE (thanks Ken)

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Tonight’s club 10 has been switched from the Chelford based J2/1 to the Congleton based JC27 course on the Holmes Chapel Road.
This is because of an event clash at Chelford. All other details as before. Sign on near Blackfirs Lane from 18:30. First rider 19:16

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Club Evening TT 10 miles JC/5 -24/5/15

Rob Waghorn. Best on handicap

Rob Waghorn. Best on handicap

Ben Norbury edged a little closer to breaking the 21 minute barrier with a PB 21:14 in last Tuesday’s 10 mile TT at Gawsworth. He beat Steve Hulme, back after a few weeks out with 21:57. Colin Lynch (Manchester Wheelers) was third in 22:20, a week after claiming two silver medals (Road Race and TT), in the Paracycling World Cup in Belgium. Third of the Congleton riders was Charlie Evans in 22:59.
Best lady was junior Aleisha Mellor (Lyme RC/Congleton CC) in 28:35 from Denise Hurst 29:41, and Lesley Norbury 30:34.
Best on Handicap with another comeback year PB of 30:43 was Rob Waghorn.
For the full result click HERE.

See Ken Norbury’s photos HERE Thanks Ken.

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Tuesday night 10 JC27- 17/5/16

David Farrington on his PB ride. (photo by Ken Norbury

David Farrington on his PB ride. (photo by Ken Norbury)

Only the first few finishers got home in the dry in last week’s 10 mile TT on the Holmes Chapel Road JC/27 course. The first 4 places were taken by visitors.
In first place was Joe Brennan (Pro Vision C.C.) in 22:20 with the top three completed by Jon White (Pro Vision C.C.) and Alex McNicol (VC Moulin). Best Congleton rider was David Farrington, 5th in a PB 22:56, following on from a PB 25 mile time of 59:29 in the M & DTTA championship on Saturday. Next Congleton riders were Pete Tatton in 23:48 and Paul Dentith in 24:18.
Fastest Congleton lady was Denise Hurst with 29:49 from Lesley Norbury 30:01 (also did a PB 25 of 1:15 in the M and D event). Lucy Rogers (unattached) recorded 24:39 on a road bike.
Junior Arron Mansell riding with his dad stopped the watch on 25:27 and novice junior Andrew Burgess (Pro Vision C.C. showed great promise with 27:10 in his first ever TT.
Regular first place rider Ben Norbury (resting tonight) ahead of a SPOCO league event tomorrow, did a 54:54 PB in the M and D championship 25 on Saturday.

For the full result click HERE

For Ken Norbury’s photos click HERE – Thanks Ken

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