Submission to Chronicle – late December 2018


The Club had its annual Christmas meal at the Astbury Golf Club venue, to socialise, reflect and celebrate the achievements of the more athletic minded members of the cycling club. John Jervis as chair of the club welcomed members and guests from Leek and the town’s very own Madam Mayor Suzy Ackers- Smith who also has the equally esteemed role as Vice President of the Club.

The trophies were dominated by Ben Norbury, it is hard to know where to start with Ben in describing his successes, you soon run out of superlatives. Probably the most impressive result was his winning the Manchester and District 12-hour time trial back in August. Ben achieved the mind-boggling distance of 283.5miles at an average speed of 23.6 mph. This average speed includes times for natural breaks and stops for refreshments, so actual riding speed would be higher again.

Of the 29 trophies awarded, Ben won 8 of them including fastest mileage for 10, 25, 50, 100, 12-hour, Senior British all-rounder (BAR) and the Club’s evening time trial league. This list does not include all achievements of Ben in addition to the trophies, he won a further 8 awards.

Ben was not the only club member to take on the 12-hour time trial. We produced 5 of the 68 competitors. From this event, we not only won the aforementioned MDTTA Men’s championship but Polly Wilding also won the Ladies’ 12 hr championship at her first ever attempt. Moreover, club also became the 12-hour team champions. Mat Stephenson at a mileage of 245.42, Stephen Sladin at 230.72 miles and Lee Wood at 221.75 miles backed up Ben Norbury to win this award.

The need for brevity, does not permit me to list all awards given out, so will pick out a few notable areas.

Mark Allen won the Beartown trophy road race and he achieved a number of top 10 finishes, with a best placing of 3rd in a round of the March Tracks Summer Series on the Rhyl circuit. He has amassed 22 BC road race points with a third category licence.

Matt Stephenson, who made an excellent speech on behalf of the award winners won 4 trophies and 11 other awards including, evening time trial league, the veteran’s BAR and handicap, veteran’s club events and Stephen Sladin won 11 awards of which two were trophies.

To touring John Jervis won the men’s touring trophy and Jill Jervis won the women’s touring trophy with Steve Smith winning the Audax trophy.

Last mention should go to Roy Hayhurst who rightly won Club Person of the Year for his ongoing support to the riders taking part in the Club’s time trials. He turns out in rain, hail or shine and if you pardon the pun, especially went the extra mile in the support given at the 12-hour time trial. Matt when giving his speech on behalf the riders, gave tribute not just to Roy but to all the members who gave up their spare time to support the Club.

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Submission to Chronicle – Early December 2018

It has been a while since an article from the Club was posted, so some of the significant news is from a few months ago, but it is worth the wait.

We start with more recent events, 3 members of the club took part in a 100km fundraising ride for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT). This charity has been supported by the Club many times in the past few years, so it was good to turn out for what has now become an annual event for the Club. All the Congleton club riders took part in the longer ride out option, through Delamere Forest. The Santa suits were picked up from CAFT HQ at Millington and worn for the last few miles of the ride back into the finish at Altrincham Football Club’s stadium. The donning of the Santa suits proved to be quite a spectacle, as 200 hundred cycling Santas received toots from cars and waves from well-wishers. In total £6632 was raised by all participants.

Continuing the Charity theme, the Club would like to reflect on an epic adventure by Stephanie Cooke, that was completed at the start of September. Stephanie set off from Istanbul and meandered throughout Europe, covering 4725km on her bike. She raised £1863 for Marie Curie whilst doing so. For the reason why she took on such a major life event, she explains that “All of us face multiple challenges in our lives. We face them, we struggle, we fall and we get up again. At the end of life, and near the end, I want Marie Curie to be there for me, and for you and your families.”

Stephanie certainly lives up to her own philosophy, she took 19 weeks to complete the journey, though of these only 13 were cycling. The other 6 weeks were spent performing various jobs to ingratiate into and learn and live with the local cultures she met on the route home. With regards to the cycling, Stephanie travelled through Ukraine, Transylvania and onto the countries of North Western Europe. Stephanie will be regaling tales of her voyage in greater detail, at a soon to be arranged event at the Rugby Club, so one for the diary. The Club has nothing but the highest respect for the courage and perseverance exhibited by Stephanie. As us cyclists say, chapeau.


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Club Hill Climb Championship 30/09/2018

Lesley Hill ClimbThe club’s hill climb champions have been decided for another year. A damp road and a cold wind greeted the riders. The overall champion is Ben Norbury in 5:27.9. This was a fraction of a second behind his own championship record of 5:27.2, although he recorded 5:22 in training. Top lady was Sue Blake in 9:17.7. Junior Champ is Harrison Ainsworth 9:19.9, Juvenile Champ is 12 year old Sam Williams 9:09.9 which is an under 13 club record for the climb. Veterans Champion is Lee Wood 7:27.5. Best espoir (under 23) and second best CCC rider was Jake Dooley. For Jake and Ben this was a warm up for the Withington Wheelers Open event on Peaslows Hill near Chapel en le Frith , later in the day.

Ben later reported that he had finished the Withington event in a time of 2:43, with Jake recording 2:50.

For a full result of the club hill climb click RESULT

For video of the club hill climb click VIDEO Thanks to Adrian Pennington.


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West Cheshire 12 Hour Time Trial


IMG_0560The West Cheshire 12 hour TT took place on Sunday 19th August. This event incorporated the Manchester and District Time Trial Association 12 hour championship. The Club had 5 riders amongst the 68 competitors. The club now has the Men’s and Ladies 12 hr champions and the 12 hour team champions. These performances have also propelled the club to top spot in the season long 20 event, Cheshire TT Points league (with two events remaining)On a difficult windy day Ben Norbury produced a stunning 283.5 mile ride to win the Championship. Polly Wilding in her first ever attempt at the distance won the Ladies Championship with 195.12 miles and Mat Stephenson 245.42, Stephen Sladin 230.72 miles and Lee Wood 221.75 miles backed up Ben Norbury to win the Team Championship. They also won the team prize for the open event.

Ben, pushed eventual winner Andy Jackson (Aerocoach) all the way, finishing only a mile behind but Jackson’s team is not affiliated to the Manchester and District Time Trial association so Ben won the title. His closest rival for the championship was Adrian Hughes (Seamons C.C.) who finished 11 miles behind. 

For a full result see HERE.

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Club Evening TT League. New Hilly TT course

34017789_1692401334174781_5173684623707734016_oOn July 31st we are trying a new hilly TT course at Bosley, especially for the hill lovers. The course is based on the old J8/9, which can no longer be used because of the road narrowing past the old Bosley Wood Treatment works.

The new course can be seen HERE

The HQ for the event will be the Harrington Arms car park at Bosley SK11 0PH. Unfortunately the pub will be closed, so there is no access to toilets, or perhaps more importantly for a drink after the event.

First rider will be off at 19:01 hrs with signing on at the HQ from 18:15.

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Evening TT League 29/05/2018, JC/27

34017789_1692401334174781_5173684623707734016_oFour riders were inside 22 minutes in the club TT on the Holmes Chapel Road at Congleton on May 29th. It was very windy.
Joe Dobson (Manchester Bicycle Club was under 21 mins with 20:40, beating Ben Norbury into a rare second place with 21:11. Jamie Willetts was 3rd in 21:52. Second and third in the CCC league event, were Steve Sladin in 23:17 and Mat Stephenson 23:22.
Alice Taylor (Marple Spinners) was fastest lady in 28:04 ahead of Kerry Gleave (unattached) 31:53. There was a very close race amongst the Congleton ladies. Lesley Norbury won this with 30:48 beating Gill Armstrong and Alison Stephenson who dead heated in 32:12. Geraldine Masson (Sandbach Sunday Cyclists) rode a flat barred “hybrid” bike to a very creditable 32:44 in her first ever TT.
No juniors this week, but two juveniles. Joel Ackers (Innovation Trek) achieved an excellent time of 23:23 whist the younger Arron Mansell (Pro Vision) got round in also excellent 26:25.

There was a current TT competition record holder riding in the event. Barry Charlton (Swinnerton Cycles) holds competition records on a trike at 30 miles (1:05:12), 100 miles (3:58:19) and 12 hours (259 miles). He is also a past record holder at 10 (20:51) and 25 miles (53:37). In our event he rode a solo bicycle to 21:58.


VIDEO HERE by Adrian Pennington

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Evening TT League, 22/05/2018. JC/27

Phil Gleave, Stephen Kane, Lee Wood (by AP)

Phil Gleave, Stephen Kane, Lee Wood (by A Pennington)

The biggest field of the year competed in the evening TT event at Congleton this week. It was windy and warm, and many riders achieved either personal, seasons, or course best times.
Two beat 22 minutes with Ben Norbury leading in 21:21 from Jamie Willetts 21:55. Third spot again went to Jack Green (Velotik RT) 22:13. Mark Allan was next Congleton rider and best road bike in 23:25, with David Farrington 23:33 third in the league event.
The Congleton ladies were led home by Lesley Norbury in 30:54 from Alison Stephenson 32:16 and Gill Armstrong 32:54. The fastest ladies were Claire Swaboda (VC St. Raphael) 24:41, Sandra Griffiths (Vision Racing) 27:46 and novice Alice Taylor (SK6 Spinners) 28:13
The under 18’s were all from Pro Vision with Alex Coates 23:43 beating Andrew Burgess 24:01 and Aaron Mansell 27:13
Full result. Click HERE.

For Video of the event Click HERE (thanks to Adrian Pennington)

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Club Evening TT League, 15/5/2018, J2/3

Club 10 were some great times on in this weeks Tuesday evening TT, one of our slower courses. There was a wind but it was in a favourable direction.

The top 2 places went to CCC riders with Ben Norbury taking the victory in 21:52 from Jack Scofield 22:13. Jack Green (Velotik RT) was third in 22:52. Third place league points went to Mat Stephenson with 23:52

The ladies race was won by Sandra Griffiths (Vision Racing) 30:12 followed by our own Gill Armstong 33:12 and Lesley Norbury 34:14. The Junior/Juvenile fastest were Pro Vision teenagers Alex Coates 24:32 and Aaron Mansell 26:50

For full result click HERE.

The photo (by Adrian Pennington) shows the club members who competed. In the centre, is new member, Paul Nicholls, on his way to 29:27 just 2 days after running a marathon! Paul has done over 80 marathons and is aiming for 100.

Adrian made a video which can be viewed HERE

Thanks AP and all the event volunteers.

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Club Evening TT League. 08/05/2108, JC/27

IMG_0072Decent weather for a change for this week’s evening TT. Earlier  rain did not stop a good field of 38 riders from achieving a number of personal and seasons best times.

Fastest again this week, Ben Norbury  recorded 21 minutes and 21 seconds, to win from Phillip Gleave 23:11 and Jamie Willetts (Team JMC) 23:18. Third best Congleton rider  was Mark Allen 24:11 on his road bike.

Maximum ladies league points were take by Gill Armstrong in 34:38 from Lesley Norbury in 34:34. Top junior was Andrew Burgess (Pro Vision) who recorded 25:01 with two 14 year olds next. Aaron Mansell (Pro Vision) finished in 26:22 and Ross Hooley (Innovation Trek), riding his first ever 10 mile TT in 28:47.

The club welcomed 3 new members riding. Warren Jackson (formerly Macclesfield Wheelers) was timed in 24:49, Paul Nicholls 28:12 and Steve Guard 29:15.

The event was used by Leek Cyclists Club as their 2018 10 mile championship. This was won by regular visitor Richard Coates in 24:35

See Full Result HERE

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Club Evening TT League J2/1 1/05/2018

Montage by Adrian Pennington

Montage by Adrian Pennington

A stiff and cold south westerly wind made it a hard ride to the turn on the Monks Heath to Boothes Hall and back route this week. Never the less some excellent times were recorded by the 28 riders who faced the time keeper.

Quickest of all was Ben Norbury in 21 minutes and 15 seconds, followed by Mike Cuming (Madison Genesis) 21:42 and Jamie Willetts (Team JMC) 22:31. Philip Gleave 22:32 and Steve Sladin 24:09 completed the Congleton C.C. “podium”

Fastest lady was Marquessa Jalbert (Macclesfield Wheelers) with 27:22. This included an off course excursion at Chelford Island on the outbound leg. The Congleton Ladies were led by Polly Wilding with 29:03 from Sue Blake with 30:04.

Best Junior this week was Andrew Burgess in 24:13 .

Full Result HERE

Adrian Pennington was out again making a video at Chelford Island. Thanks AP.

See Video HERE

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Club Evening TT League 24/04/18

Steve Sladin

Steve Sladin

It was a wet evening on Tuesday this week. Five minutes before the start we were debating calling it off because of standing water on the roads, but we ran. In the event the rain subsided just as the first rider started. Only 12 riders signed on in the conditions.

Fastest was Jack Green (Velotik RT) with 23:31, with Keith Dutton (Will Wheels) second in 23:51 and our own Steve Sladin third in 24:21. Steve was persuaded to ride, having offered to marshal, but went away happy with maximum points in the club TT league. Philip Gleave was next best in 24:31 (road bike) and Mat Stephenson, third club member in 24:38.

Toby Edwards (Huddersfield Star Whs) was best junior in 24:51. Toby and Keith Dutton had ridden out from Stockport for the event, and then rode home afterwards. That’s hard core!

Full Result HERE

Video of event HERE Thanks Adrian Pennington.

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Club 10 mile TT, J2/3, 17/04/2018

Ben Norbury (library photo by Ken Norbury)

Ben Norbury (library photo by Ken Norbury)

Riders in the evening TT league on April 17th had to contend with traffic as well a stiff SW wind. The traffic was the result of an M6 incident.

Several riders were stopped including Ben Norbury and Mike Cuming (Madison Genesis). This week the stopwatch gave Ben the verdict over Mike by 1 second, 22:07 to 22:08. Paul Whittaker (Stockport Clarion C.C.) was third in 23:21. Second and third in the CCC league were Philip Gleave, this week riding a road bike to 24:27 and Mat Stephenson in 24:55.

Best of the ladies was Marquessa Jalbert (Macclefield Wheelers) in 28:12, from Polly Wilding  31:03 and Sue Blake 31:33. Third Congleton lady was Gill Armstrong in 34:51

The juniors were headed by Alex Coates in 24:58 from Andrew Burgess 26:45. Both ride for Pro Vision.

For Full Result see HERE

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Club 10 mile TT, J2/3, 10/4/18

The Club evening TT League for 2018 started this week on the Twemlow/Chelford/Twemlow course. A good field of 30 riders (15 from CCC) contested this opening event on a cold, overcast evening.

The event winner was Madison Genesis professional Mike Cuming with a time of 21 minutes and 52 seconds, riding a road bike with clip on tri bars. Second and third places were taken by our own club riders Ben Norbury (22:26) and Philip Gleave 23:33. Mark Allen 24:33 was third in the club league event.

Claire Harrison (Vision Racing) 25:36 was best lady from Janet Grintstein (Stockport Tri Club) 29:43 and Marquessa Jalbert (Macclesfield Wheelers) 29:50. The Congleton Ladies League was headed by Gill Armstrong 35:12 from Lesley Norbury 36:40.

Best Junior was Alex Coates (Pro Vision) 24:12.

Full Result HERE

Video from event HERE Thanks to Adrian Pennington. Video from two different cameras. steve sladin

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2017 Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation

The club’s annual dinner and prize presentation took place last Saturday at Astbury Golf Club. After an excellent dinner, the club’s Vice Chairman Lee Wood welcomed the guests. 2017AnnualDinnerThe guest speaker was Hannah Bussey who is a writer for Cycling Weekly. She gave a very motivational account of her career path into cycling journalism. The club’s awards presentation was conducted by the racing secretary Steve Hulme, because Hannah had to leave to make a long trip to the South of England for another engagement. Enthusiastic applause accompanied each of the 17 award winners. The major winner was Ben Norbury who won all the men’s time trial trophies except those for veterans which were taken by Steve Sladin. Steve also won the Karl Austin Memorial Trophy for the most miles in TT’s with 1043 miles. The ladies TT championships were won by Sue Blake. Mark Allen was the club’s road race champion. Philip Gleave was judged the most improved rider having taken second place in the evening TT league. Other award’s were made for mens and ladies touring (Rob Waghorn and Mary Reid), club runs and overall club points (John Jervis). The Graham McCargo Memorial Audax trophy was won by Steve Smith, his achievements included The 1400 km London Edinburgh London event. Club person of the year was awarded to outgoing chairman Bob Norton, after which John Jervis presented a photographic tribute to Bob and Rob Waghorn who also retired this year after 10 yeas as Vice Chairman.

The formalities were closed by Steve Sladin, who raised a laugh whilst thanking the club and its volunteers on behalf of the award winners,
Click on the Dropbox link to see the photos.

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Press Report – mid-Sep 2017


It was a grey, dry and cool start for an August day on the 19th. Four members took a 20 mile route to The Rookery at Ettiley Heath. Unfortunately, while they ate, the rain started and they came out to sopping bikes. Not all of them had jackets but they managed to stay warm enough on the 10 miles home and overall it was not too wet.

Congleton Cycling Club at the Lavender Barn
Congleton Cycling Club at the Lavender Barn

The following day dawned bright and sunny when eight members set out for Lavender Barn. Some of the lanes were very muddy after yesterday’s rain but, despite this, they reached Lavender Barn in good time. Lunch was served very quickly and eaten in the sunshine. The only problem on the way home was a very large puddle, which turned out to be deeper than one rider anticipated and he got an unexpected soaking when he rode through at speed.

Congleton Cycling Club at the Pickle Jar bistro
Congleton Cycling Club at the Pickle Jar bistro

It was a nice sunny day the following Saturday when eleven members travelled to the Pickle Jar bistro on the banks of the Weaver near Northwich, although it wasn’t quite warm enough for everybody to sit outside for lunch. On the way home the Withington Wheelers 10 time trial was in progress at Lower Withington, so for a while they were passed by a succession of human missiles.

Congleton Cycling Club at Fordhall Farm
Congleton Cycling Club at Fordhall Farm

Bob at Fordhall Farm
Bob at Fordhall Farm

Eleven riders set off on the Sunday club ride to Fordhall Farm at Market Drayton on what turned out to be a rather eventful outing. One of their number had a gear problem and a call to Fordhall to reserve a table for lunch revealed that only Sunday lunches were available. Later, the same member suffered a blowout which needed a patch. During this stop, however, the group received a call back from Fordhall to say that their new Graze Cabin would be open, so they continued on. But 4 miles from their destination, a seemingly innocuous puddle of mucky water (possibly the only puddle in the whole of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire) brought down one of the group. Bruised and covered in muddy puddle water, he bravely decided to continue. His reward was a delicious alfresco lunch.

Congleton Cycling Club at Minshulls Garden Centre
Congleton Cycling Club at Minshulls Garden Centre

Lunchtime at Minshulls. The riders’ repast.
Lunchtime at Minshulls. The riders’ repast.

For the first Saturday ride of September, on the 02nd, eight riders enjoyed an uneventful ride to Minshull’s Garden Centre.

Congleton Cycling Club on the road from Cheddleton
Congleton Cycling Club on the road from Cheddleton

On Sunday, despite the dire weather predictions earlier in the week, ten people set off for the Cheddleton Tea Rooms. The weather along the top was considered to be like the Mistral, except slightly cooler according to one of our European touring cyclists. After lunch and a few more sharp hills, they headed back via Endon and Lask Edge, having covered approximately fifty miles with fourteen hundred metres of climbing.

Congleton Cycling Club at Fairways Garden Centre
Congleton Cycling Club at Fairways Garden Centre

The next Saturday was definitely autumnal, so it was no surprise that only two riders turned up, then bailed out half way due to the foul weather.

Congleton Cycling Club en-route near Eccleshall

But the rain blew away overnight, so the two Sunday rides had much better conditions, though the weatherman used all the following words in the morning – force, gale, today, winds, rain. The weather turned out cool and blustery for the Sunday Steady Social Ride to the Fairways Garden Centre at Sutton, though the three riders did shorten the return ride slightly, missing the rain which arrived not long after they got back. Ten riders embarked on the normal Sunday ride, to Fletchers Garden Centre at Eccleshall. The group split into two, three members taking a less hilly route than the one advertised to rendezvous with the rest in Eccleshall. For them the hills came thick and fast or, perhaps, steep and slow, so they had climbed over 1000 metres by the time they stopped for lunch. After very welcome refreshments, the whole group set off for the trip back together and were relieved to complete the ride in the dry, despite one puncture.


On the competitive side, with autumn upon us, the last Club event was the 2-Up 10 mile Time Trial on the 15th August. Unfortunately, this turned into a 5 because of roadworks. It’s always their last evening TT of the season and, though treated as a fun event, there were still some fast times.

Sam and Charli Alson

Sam and Charli Alson

The Pro Vision pair of Jon White and Mark Wood recorded 10:56 ahead of Stephen Sladin and Andrew Burgess (Pro Vision) 11:46 and Sam Alston riding with daughter Charli (Racing Chance) 12:12. Sam and Charli are pictured at the start. Seven riders did solo rides, of which Philip Gleave was quickest in 10:55.

But this was not the last event of the season in the area. One the 20th August there were some great results for the club in the West Cheshire 12-hour TT, which incorporated the Manchester and District Time Trail Association 12 hour Championship. Ben Norbury was second with 279 miles, only about a mile behind the winner Victor Chetta (Mid Shropshire Wheelers). Ben is the M & D Champion. Steve Sladin also put in a heroic ride just 5 days after crashing in last Tuesdays club evening TT. Suffering from bad bruising and grazing he finished the 12 in some discomfort, with around 227 miles. There were 18 passages though three-way traffic controls on the course and, but for these, distances would have been bigger. Ben might have threatened Neil Skellern’s club record of 286.45 miles set in 2011. Neil was on Ben’s support crew on Sunday.

Sam Alston in full flight

Sam Alston in full flight

Elsewhere on Sunday, Sam Alston finished 4th in his age group in the TLI National Road Race Championships on the Holt/Farndon Circuit. Sam is pictured in the race. He said “Another attack that didn’t get anywhere!!! Bet I win the skinny leg competition!”

Finally, the club had 4 riders in the Withington Wheelers 10 on the little used J6/10 course at Lower Withington on the 26th. Adrian Pennington was there and got these pictures. In the order shown they were Duncan Poole, Kelvin Milward, Stephen Sladin and Paul Dentith.

Duncan Poole

Duncan Poole

Kelvin Milward

Kelvin Milward

Steve Sladin

Steve Sladin

Paul Dentith

Paul Dentith

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Roadworks force cancellation of 10 mile TT 18/7/17 – J2/1

Road works in Chelford mean we again have to cancel a club evening league event.

Next Tuesday July 25th we are on the Congleton based JC/27 Holmes Chapel Road course. All welcome. Entry Fee £3 CCC members, £4 visitors (juniors £2 or £3).

Sign on Blackfirs lane from 18:15, first rider start 19:01.TT20Jun

Come and have a go. Free Tea/Coffee/Biscuits at the finish.

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11/07/2017. Club Evening 25 replaced with a 10. ALSO OFF.

The evening 25 mile time trial promotion, which was to have been the second leg of the Karl Austin Memorial Inter Club event is cancelled due to road works on the A34.

It has been replaced with a 10 on the JC/5 Gawsworth course. First rider 19:16, sign on at the Rising Sun from 18:30.

Sorry, this is also OFF. Temporary lights have appeared again near Gawsorth, so this course is also wrecked! Now no event on 11th July/

Normal service next week (hopefully)

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Press Report for June 2017

Week of 5th to 11th June

A great turnout for last night’s club 10 mile time trial, on the Holmes Chapel Road. Calm warm conditions helped many to personal or seasons best times.
There were three rides inside 22 minutes, headed by Ben Norbury with 21:07, from Joseph Dobson (Manchester Bicycle Club) 21:25 and John Backhouse (Maxxis 4 RT) 21:50. Second and third place in the club TT league event were Phillip Gleave 22:10 and Stephen Sladin 23:05 (both PB’s).
Best lady was Maggie McPhillips (Stockport Clarion CC) in 27:34 from Aleisha Mellor (Lyme RC/CCC) 27:59 and Diana Bite (Unattached) 28:13. The CCC league event was topped by Sue Blake in 28:17 from Claire Thompson 28:56 and Polly Wilding 28:57.
Best junior was Matthew Braybrooke (Knutsford Tri Club) with 24:49. His warm up was unusual. He went for a run! Aleisha Mellor was next with 13 year old Tom Lewis recording an excellent 32:37 in his first 10.

Ben Norbury (library photo by Ken Norbury)

Ben Norbury (library photo by Ken Norbury)

The Saturday Club run had early morning rain and wind and with the threat of more, it must have deterred a few as only 5 turned out for the club run to the Shire Horse Centre at Cotebrook. It never rained on the ride which went out through Winsford and Wettenhall and returned with a mainly tailwind through Calvely and Church Minshull, making 48 miles at a good pace.


Week of 12th to 18th June

Whilst our club Audax event was taking place three club members were out on their own impromptu club rides. Two people headed off to Audlem, whereas the other rode out to Cumberbach.


To the Audax event, it was forecasted to be an extremely hot day and they were not wrong. This was a tough event, giving riders three choices, these being, firstly, the ‘Hills & Plains of Cheshire’ 210kms, or secondly, ‘Just the Hills of Cheshire’ 110kms, or thirdly, ‘Just the Plains of Cheshire’ 118kms.
There were thirty five entrants in total, four of whom were from CCC Jill, John and Sarah Jervis and Jim Cook. Steve Dawson had ridden a recce of all the routes before the event took place and it was a good thing he did, as there were some changes needed at Bucklow Hill due to the new bypass being closed.
Eleven people chose to attempt the ‘Hills & Plains of Cheshire’ and nine ‘Just the Hills’. The route took them up over the ‘Cloud’ then onto Algreave and through Wildboarclough before heading for the notorious climb known as ‘Pyms Chair’ near the Goyt Valley, which on a day like it was, was made even tougher by the heat. Thirteen people entered ‘Just the Plains’ which took them through the scenic Tatton Park. Everyone returned safely and refreshments were offered to all on their return. A huge thank you goes to Steve for his organisation of the event and thank you to Lesley Hart and Denise who helped on the day.


On the Saturday at the M & DTTA 50 mile Time Trial Championship, Ben Norbury retained the Championship at a time of 1 hr 55 mins 25 secs, on a very hot and difficult day. He was supported by 7 other club riders. Kelvin Milward 2:4:29. Mike Jones 2:7:52, Lee Wood 2:15:59, Steve Sladin 2:16: 14, Duncan Poole 2:25:15 and Polly Wilding 2:43:55.
Well done to all on a day when 41 riders either did not start or did not finish.
Ben was actually 2nd fastest in the open event which was won by Charles Taylor (Team Bottrill) in 1:51:36.

Meanwhile at a more sedate pace, the Saturday Club run went to the Snowdrop Cafe via Brereton, Middlewich and Byley. Everyone sat inside as it was too hot in the sun. Returning via Goostrey and Swettenham.


Events of week 19th to 27th

Never mind Glastonbury – Congleton Cycling Club? was at the Dent Music Festival this weekend. It was an excuse for a few scenic miles and a few more beers. Most used train and bike to get there, either via Leeds or Lancaster, and then went for a ride out on the Saturday. The photo shows some of them on the descent that reached a scary 26% on the road from Ingleton to Dent. There were a more than a few squeaky brakes on the way down.


Other Club members participated in the usual Saturday and Sunday runs. The Sunday run went to Wales. OK so it was only just Wales! We rode to Holt to enjoy a refreshment stop at Cleopatra’s. There were nine out on the ride. One surprised us by saying that he had never been to Wales before. The weather was better than forecast with rain jackets only necessary for about half an hour of the 82 mile ride. A good ride and the cafe stop was excellent.


For the Saturday Run, eleven riders set off for The Weaver Vale Garden Centre, near Northwich. We had a good lunch at the garden centre (although there were a few muttering about breakfast items not being available). For the return we had a mile or so along busy roads, then over a couple of footbridges to join the Weaver Way. This took us to Davenham, from where it was a familiar route back home.


The Club 10 time trial held on the 20th June, at Gawsworth produced a crop of fast times.
Ben Norbury (20:48) just won from Joseph Dobson (20:51) with Kris Bowditch (Lyme R.C.) 21:21 in third spot.
In the Congleton League event Philip Gleave was second in 22:03 from Mark Allen 22:49 and Stephen Sladin 22:50 (all PB’s). The best female was Diana Bite (no club) with 27:51 with Polly Wilding in top spot for Congleton in 28:15 (PB) from Sue Blake (28:35) and Lesley Norbury at 31:43.

(Photo – Christian Fox)
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Karl Austin Memorial Interclub 25 Leg 1 is OFF

Please note that due to roadworks/road closures on the A535 and on Seven Sisters Lane the planned 25 is OFF. 

We have considered running a 10 on the J2/1 instead but Cheshire East have scheduled road works tomorrow at Ollerton which will be controlled with stop go boards and/or traffic lights. Add to this the fact that the A537 from Chelford Roundabout to Olleton is part of a signed diversion to get round road closures, We have no option but to abandon tomorrows TT.

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Press Report for 07th May 2017

he Club was in mourning this month with the loss of our dear friend Ken Norbury. Ken was an avid supporter of the Club and would turn out and all weathers to take professional level photographs of riders participating in our Time Trials. His cheerful support by the roadside was always a huge motivator. Our sympathies are with Lesley, Ben, Lucy and Alan.  The funeral at Toft’s Church near Knutsford job was well supported by Club members paying their respect to Ken and his family.

Ben Norbury (library photo by Ken Norbury)

Ben Norbury (library photo by Ken Norbury)

Picture of Ben Norbury going well in time trials, following his recent injury and family loss.

Time trial Summary for April and 1st week May

6th May

The club had 5 riders in the Dukinfield 50, the first Cheshire 50 mile TT of 2017, yesterday. In cool, overcast conditions with a north easterly wind they were led home by Stephen Sladin in 2 hrs 6 mins and 36 secs, a new PB. Kelvin Milward finished in 2:08:03, Lee Wood 2:13:57, Duncan Poole 2:20:51(PB) and Polly Wilding 2:34:02 (road bike). Lee and Polly were competing in their first ever 50’s.

Despite the generally dry weather a couple of the events over the last month have been affected by distinctly northern icy blasts.

2nd May

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

Ben Norbury made a comeback 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.

25th April

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!

18th April

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.


Club Run Events

Weekend of 8th May

Sunday Run

Seven members partook in what was a distinctly hilly ride to Jackson’s garden centre at Bagnall. The hills started with a climb up the Cloud, followed by an ascent to Morridge Ridge which, according to Strava, reached 28.5% gradient. Club lead emphasises this percentage as he had the ignominy of wearing out his cleats by walking. A series of further short sharp hills made the sign for the garden centre extremely welcome with a total climb of over 3500 feet before we reached the cafe stop. We decided to take the easy way back and follow the N55 cycle lane from Stoke all the way back to Congleton.


Saturday Run

Thirteen members enjoyed a 37 mile club run yesterday, with a stop after 21 miles at the Riverside Organic Farm, Whatcroft near Davenham, where we had reserved a table. On a warm day you can sit outside but it was not so warm again. Lovely tail wind on the way out. Instead we went via Bradwall and Sandbach instead of Middlewich, because of railway bridge works at Cledford.It was a circular ride returning through Lach Denis and Goostrey. Two are missing from the photo, as they did not stop at the café.


Weekend of April 30th

Sunday Run

Thirteen of us turned up at the rugby club for a trip to Bunbury. Excellent weather, dry and warm, and even better, we set off with a strong tailwind for the first half of the ride. After we stopped at the cafe the group got whisked home due to strong tail wind. Tilly’s was pretty busy but we had a reserved table and the drinks and food arrived in remarkably quick time. One got back from the vet so that made twelve and one more joined for the trip home, back to thirteen. Now the same weather was not so excellent because we were heading into a strong headwind. We went slightly further than planned, probably about 104k, because a bridge was closed near Middlewich.


Saturday Run

9 keen riders set off on a hilly ride yesterday, in overcast cool dry weather. Lots of hills, including Bosley Cloud, Langley, Coalpit Lane, Kerridge, under White Nancy, to struggle up, until a final length of canal delivered us to Clarence Mill. Cafe did us proud, but the reservation was essential.
A few more hills out of Prestbury, Birtles and then past Redesmere towards Lower Withington, Swettenham and then home.
Even with a few punctures and gear problems we were back in Congleton around 3pm.
A very ride but enjoyed by all.

Weekend of April 23rd


12 riders set off for the Whitegate Way Station Cafe in bright sunshine. There was a bit of a headwind but not enough to dampen our spirits. The cafe was slightly put out by our number and gave us a card with their phone number for future use. Perhaps it was because Jon Horne joined us there, boosting the numbers? It was warm enough to sit outside, though the breeze made it better to sit in the sun than in the shade. We returned along a dry Whitegate Way and, having managed to navigate the Middlewich housing estate without losing anybody, arrived back in Congleton is good style.


Weekend of April 17


Thirteen riders set off in sunny but cool weather. The original destination should have been the Radway Green Garden Centre, but they were unable to accommodate us. We decided instead to go to the Astbury Garden Centre, which was on our way back. There was a minor spill in Sandbach, but otherwise it was uneventful. Some riders split off before we reached the Garden Centre or didn’t stop, but nine were met by Bob, Jon, Dawn and Richard. After the usual refreshments and photo the group went their separate way. A good day all round.


Audax ride

The club had about 60 entries for its Hawkstone (135km) and Ironbridge (207 km) Audax rides on Easter Sunday. There were a lot of non-starters, probably put off by the weather forecast. Thankfully this was proved wrong, with most getting back in the dry. A stiff south westerly wind was behind the riders for the last 40 miles. It was good day out for all.
One Ironbridge rider had ridden from Sheffield to Congleton that morning, setting off at 3 a.m. for the 8 a.m. start. He was planning to ride back again after the event!
No photo’s on the rides (unless anyone else has some), but these were taken at the HQ. Thanks to Steve Dawson for organizing and the Georgina and Lesley for doing the very welcome refreshments.

Weekend of April 9th


The mercury topped 20 degrees again today which tempted eleven riders to start the Sunday Club Run. Before long though we were down to 9. An unfortunate “coming together” of two riders left one with bad gravel rash and another with a broken seat stay, requiring a rescue.
This, and a niggling head wind meant we were a bit late getting to the Lockside Café at Grindley Brook near Whitchurch, but we did get there via Barbridge, Wrenbury and No Mans Heath.
The headwind turned tail wind on the way home, so the return via Ash, Audlem and Alsager was easier. The ride was 74 miles.



What a great day. The Saturday Club Run to Cudmore Fisheries enjoyed some splendid weather. A cool start but up to 20 degree by lunchtime. The ride was 42 miles and 16 riders took part. There were a few climbs between Madeley, and Cudmore via Baldwin’s Gate, but no complaints about the route. The return was via Keele and Alsagers Bank to reach the Cheshire Plain again at Audley.
The photos were all take at the Cudmore Fishing Lakes, near Whitmore.


Weekend of April 2nd


A grand total of eleven riders set off for Stoneyford Cottage Gardens. We travelled out through Twemlow, Brine Fields, Little Leigh and up to Acton Bridge. From there a few miles along the lanes to the nursery and tea room. Fortunately, we’d warned them of our arrival so they’d reserved a table for us. They were also happy to provide beans on toast and bacon butties for those who wanted them. Hunger satisfied, we set off back home. Despite comments from certain quarters, the leaders did know where they were going, so we soon reached Church Minshull then the usual way back to Congleton.


Seven people turned up for the first of the medium length, steady Sunday rides. It was a perfect spring day and the group rode via Rudyard and Cheddleton for the lunch stop at a very busy Tittesworth Reservoir where it was nice to be able to sit outside in the sunshine for the first time this year. Afterwards 2 riders decided to take what they hoped would be an easier route home and the rest returned via Timbersbrook.

Other News

On St George’s Day, some of the club helped out at the Congleton Town Council St George’s Day Triathlon. The field of about 40 (some in teams) was headed by the Mayor Cllr. David Brown, who did the whole event solo. Other competitors were town councillors, town hall staff and friends. The objective was to promote physical activity in the town.
The club colours were worn by David Hurst in the event, whilst another 15 club volunteers officiated on the bike leg. Megan Giglia, club member and Paralympic Gold medallist from the 2016 Rio Paralympics was on hand the encourage Mayor Brown around the final lap pf the run, and to assist with the awards ceremony.


Last week, Stephanie Cooke gave a great presentation last night about her tour of Hebridean Island hopping tour in 2016. This was no 5 star luxury tour; it was wild camping on a budget of £5 per day to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research and a hospice in Ludlow. Stephanie had lots of interesting stories about characters she met along the way, and lots of stunning photographs. For the statisticians, she visited 20 islands, and hiked to the high points on almost all of them, cycled 650 miles and raised £1500. Thanks Steph, your hard work and endeavour were appreciated.


Roy and Stephen are planning a ride round the Cevennes in France in late August. If anyone is interested in joining, contact one of the above. They are following a route made famous by Robert Louis Stevenson’s book in his book, Travels with a Donkey.


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