Congleton Cycling Club’s Chain of Events
Darley Moor Circuit Race on 9th March and Cannock Chase MTB on 17th March
Charlie Evans reports: On the 9th March, James Bailey and I went to Darley moor to compete in the circuit road race there. It was my return to road racing after approx 4 -5 years and James first ever road race. Both of us were in the mix, featuring in a number of attacks and breaks, however the race finished in a bunch sprint, with both of us coming home safe. Race was 34 miles covered at 25 mph avg. James competed in his second ever road race the following day at the Tameside Circuit, Manchester. He finished 12th and Pete Tatton 5th.
On Sunday 17th, James and I were again competing, this time in our opening off-road race of the year, Midlands XC Series Round 1 at Cannock Chase. Conditions were very muddy, on the largely single-track based course. I finished 4th in the Masters category completing 5 laps in 1hr 39. The masters race was won by our Macclesfield-based training partner Dan Wells, Cube Bikes in 1hr 34. Shad Sadat, from Cyclestore.co.uk finished a strong 11th place in the same category. James, competing in the Expert category finished in 11th place, with the event won by Lee Gratton, from Run and Ride.
Clubrun (replacing Hilly Reliability) on Sunday, 24th March
The clubs hilly reliability trial may have been cancelled because of the weather, but the weekly Sunday club run was not. The morning’s weather forecast gave a maximum of 2 degrees which would feel more like -4 degrees with wind chill. The five riders who were out today could confirm that as correct. The group consisting of Pete Smith, Stephen Kane, Bill Boynton, Tristan Roberts and Bob Norton set off from the Rugby club bound for Summertrees near Kelsall. There was a strong following wind, which made for a good pace. They rode out through Church Minshull and headed west towards Bunbury, before turning north to pass through Eaton and Cotebrook. At Cotebrook the temptation of a log burning stove and hot food and drink proved too much and the Shire Horse Centre was accepted as the destination for the day. Leaving there, and turning towards home brought a strong and very cold head wind. None the less a good pace was maintained on a route passing through, Little Budworth, Whitegate, Winsford to rejoin the outward route at Wimboldsley. The round trip totalled 58 miles.
British Cycling (BC) “Go Ride” / “Club Accreditation” Progress Meeting on Monday, 25th March
Eleven Club Members who are already active in this project contributed to the discussion which resulted in short and longer term plans being laid down. Bob Norton, our Chairman, summarised the recent BC Conference and Workshops and asked for input from the other four attendees. Our lead BC Coach, Charlie Evans, gave his experience from other Go Ride clubs and suggested steps and targets and will also supply relevant information from BC. The Club’s initial objective is to integrate the ten new, younger, Members, under 18-years by learning about their interests and objectives. Bob Norton will liaise with our Club Youth Representative, Tristan Roberts, in arranging a Club Evening especially for the “under 18’s”, to be held on Thursday, 11th April, prior to the usual Club Evening.
M&DTTA 10-mile TT on Chelford Course, Saturday, 30th March
Three Members made this event the start of their competitive season. The bright sky and the dry conditions partially offset the effects of the cold wind and the low temperature, so warm clothing was the order of the day (except for some hardy youngsters). Our Members were satisfied with their times: Kelvin Milward, 26:56; Duncan Poole, 28:58 and Peter Hayhurst, 36:27. The winner was Mark Turnbull, Leigh Premier, with 22:25.
Clubrun on Easter Sunday, 31st March, to Red House Farm, Dunham Massey – 53 / 57 miles
Cycling past churches on Sunday morning prompted some to feel that they should have joined the congregations. However, on a gloriously bright, but still very cold day, nine riders comprised the Sunday club run. They were Stephen Kane, Steve Kirkham, Sam French, Paul Turner, Sheldon Starkey, Pete Nelson, Bob and Georgina Norton, and Rob Waghorn. They left town by way of Back Lane, and Radnor Bank towards Swettenham. Here a friendly runner, heading the other way, warned them of ice across the road in the dip. Safely negotiated, the group continued together through Goostrey, Lower Peover and Plumley to Knutsford. Here Georgina Norton and Pete Nelson broke away from the main group and headed to Dones Green. The others continued through Tatton Park, Rostherne, Bucklow Hill and Broomedge, to join the Trans Pennine Trail for a couple of miles, before a cafe stop at Red House Farm near Dunham Massey. Suitably fortified, they soon discovered that the wind, which had been a light tail wind leaving Congleton was now a strong head wind. This made the return trip quite tough, but there was some shelter through Hale although the wind was troublesome towards Mobberley and on through Chelford, Siddington, Newsbank and Hulme Walfield. The ride distance was 53 miles. It was noted that Georgina Norton and Pete Nelson (soon to be 80) completed 57 miles, so actually ended up riding furthest!
Sunday, 7th April – Activities
Finally; slightly warmer temperatures and less wind-chill, made this weekend’s riding more enjoyable!
Georgina Norton, David Hurst and Peter Nelson rode via Goostrey, Davenham and Vale Royal to the Fire Station Café at Tarporley (a very pleasant village) and after the usual nourishment and chat, returned via Church Minshull and Middlewich, for a total of 50 miles.
150-mile Reliability Ride – Ludlow and Return
Stephen Jackson, Bob Norton, Wayne Powell, Pete Smith and Rob Waghorn took on the challenge of our longest Reliability Ride, ably supported by Avril Waghorn and Denise Hurst with their mobile tea / coffee – and special cordial – breaks. The first leg is the same as that of the 100-mile Reliability, i.e. to Eccleshall but then the route continues South, via Shifnal and Much Wenlock to the well-earned lunch stop in Ludlow – lovely roast turkey lunch, followed by home-made apple pie and custard….mmmn! The return route was via Bridgnorth, Gnosall, Stone, Cellarhead (a long, uphill section) and Biddulph – for a total of 155 miles and almost 1000m of ascent – in 13.5 hours (elapsed time).
Now, the riders just have to recover in time for our first evening Club Time Trial of 2013, on Tuesday, which just happens to be the Hilly 9-miler over Bridestones to Rushton and back, over Wood Treatment.
The Club meets every Thursday at 8.30 p.m. at the Rugby Club, Park Street, except for the first Thursday of the month where the venue is Beartown Tap. Anyone who would like to swap ideas and stories on all cycling topics is welcome to attend.