Congleton Cycling Club
Tuesday, 13th April
Whilst four Members: Linda and Karl Austin, Margaret Allen and Graham Barker, were enjoying a Mallorcan Training Camp, eight other Members were working hard in the VTTA (Mcr & NW Group) 10-mile Time Trial which was held in cool and windy conditions on an emergency circuit around Siddington, Lower Withington and Hulme Walfield. Edgar Reynolds, assisted by wife, Lynn, was the Event Organiser and Georgina and Bob Norton, Denise Hurst and Mary Reid, plus Peter Nelson officiated and Peter Hayhurst “raced / struggled” to 31.16 versus Stuart Walker’s winning time of 22.45.
In the evening, the same Members assisted in the Club’s first evening Time Trial of 2010 in a chilly wind – the Timbersbrook Hilly – which includes the tough climbs of Blacky Bank, Bridestones to Rushton, then Wood Treatment Works to Timbersbrook. Neil Skellern 29:45, Stephen Kane, 38:00, Steve Sladin, 39:01 scored 10, 9 and 8 points respectively. Guest riders were: Jamie Hyde, Macclesfield Wheelers, 31:23; Will Thomas (Juvenile!), Sport City Velo, 33:28 and Chris Meir, Staffs Moorlands, 34:04.
Saturday, 17th April
The April Social Ride was held in fine weather, via the local lanes to Hills Garden Centre Café at Allostock. Georgina and Bob Norton, Bob Banner and Doug Taylor plus a welcome guest, Vanessa Todd, made it very sociable.
The Club was well represented in the M&DTTA 25-mile Time Trial on the local Chelford – Cranage – Twemlow Circuit. Alf Hilton claimed another fine 2nd place and 1st Over-40, with a 55.09; Neil Skellern was on form with 57.25; Kelvin Milward improved to 1.02.03 and Duncan Poole recorded 1.08.58. The winner was Mike Cuming of Team Raleigh (and Biddulph Moor), with a 54-minute ride.
Denise Hurst rode another 200K AUDAX, a Cheshire circuit from Cheadle to Holt and back through Malpas and Beeston. This was a “Permanent” and ridden mainly solo but husband, David, accompanied her for some of the route.
Sunday, 18th April
Denise Hurst, Jim Cook, Peter and Roy Hayhurst, Doug Taylor and Rob Waghorn enjoyed the 60-mile Clubrun to Red House, Dunham Massey via Over Peover and the quiet and scenic bridleway to Ollerton, through Knutsford and Tatton Park, noting that the sheep with their lambs and the deer as well as the joggers and walkers were enjoying the continuing fine weather; then through Rostherne and Bucklow Hill, through more quiet lanes and bridleways to Dunham Park. The return ride was via Pickmere and Plumley.
Stephen Kane, along with approximately 300 others, took part in the Three Shires Sportive on Sunday which was organised by and for the Macclesfield Rotary Club Charities. This was a ride of 100km, which managed to find many of the classic climbs in Staffs, Derbyshire and Cheshire. The climbs started with the steady but relatively gentle gradient of the Cat & Fiddle before a plunge into Buxton and back up to Derbyshire Bridge via Long Hill and Goyt Valley. The climbing continued: Gun Hill, Rudyard, Mow Cop, Biddulph Moor. By the time Bosley Minn arrived, the legs were weary and the heads were pounding. From the final push, there was a quick descent into Macclesfield via Sutton. Stephen finished the ride in 4hrs 25mins and is still trying to hydrate himself after forgetting his water bottle.
The annual Fibrax Wrexham Mountain Time Trial involved ascents and descents of Horseshoe Pass, from the Ponderosa Café, in both directions and another excellent, weekend back-to-back performance by Alf Hilton who rode to 3rd place overall and 1st Over-40 in completing the 18 miles in 1.06.27. 1st and 2nd were “youngsters” Andrew Allan of New Brighton Asbesco and Dave Griffiths of Paramount RT.
Georgina and Bob Norton set off for Ludlow, their first overnight stop on a 3-day Tour of the Travelodges in Shropshire and Worcestershire.
The next Saturday Social Ride will be on Saturday, 15th May, commencing at 10.00 from the Unicorn PH, West Heath Shopping Centre – Holmes Chapel Road entrance. We hope that non-members will join us for this leisurely ride which includes a café stop.
The next evening club time trial is the 10-miler on the Gawsworth Circuit, on 27th April, commencing at 19:00 with signing-on at 18:45 at the Rising Sun P.H.
Thursday 6th – “Discover the Congleton Cycle Network” – 6 miles – meet at the Rugby Club, at 19.00 (Organised by Congleton Cycling Campaign).
John Dean and Beryl Swash are organising another Quiz Night on Thursday, 20th May at 8 p.m. All Members and Friends are invited (and the Bar will be open).
For full results and other details of Club activities see www.congletoncyclingclub.org.uk. The Club meets every Thursday at 8.30pm at the Rugby Club, Park Street and welcomes anyone who would like to swap ideas and stories on all cycling topics.