Congleton Cycling Club’s chain of events
A feature of all but one event was the prevailing high wind accompanied in some events with very heavy showers, in comparison with rather benign conditions in the first quarter of 2011 (What? – a quarter of the year already gone!)
May 1st – Darley Moor Circuit 55K RR
Mike Harrison achieved a fine 2nd place behind Steve Allen from Coventry C.C in a 3-man sprint after they had escaped from an 8-man breakaway on the last lap.
Weekend of May 7th + 8th
– 400K AUDAX- Just the Plains
Denise Hurst and Edgar Reynolds completed the 400K – Just the Plains – from Stockport to Wales (Newtown and Montgomery) and back via Shropshire and Staffordshire. This was their penultimate qualifier for P-B-P, with “only” a 600K to do at the end of May. The weather on Saturday and through the night was grim but Sunday was warm and sunny with a tailwind most of the way back. For the un-informed, there are only a few opportunities for rest stops, let alone a sleep-over!
– 24 Hours-of-Exposure MTB Marathon in Newcastleton (Scottish Borders)
Jamie Willetts completed this UK and European Solo Mountain Bike Championship. He was looking for a solid finish in the mid bunch and managed to finish 49th in his category; completing 9 laps, which as about 100 miles and 15000 ft of climbing. With only 4 hours of sun, the rain closed in and made it a long, muddy slog around the course. He is looking forward to more 12’s and 24’s later in the season, once his legs recover.
– ABC Centreville 10-mile TT on Chelford Course
In mild and dry conditions but with a headwind return leg, Kelvin Milward posted 24.20 and Peter Hayhurst 29.16. The event was won by Greg Kinsell of Mid Shropshire Wheelers, in 21.16.
– Wigan Wheelers 10-mile TT at Garstang
Another fine performance by Alf Hilton, with 20.54 for 3rd place and 2nd Over-40. The winner was Mark Holton with 19.57.
– Clubrun to Priest House at Audlem
Bob Banner, David Hurst, Stephen Kane and Peter Nelson had an enjoyable 55 mile ride via Barr Hill and Norton in Hale to Audlem.
– Rudy Project National Series – Sporting TT at Doncaster
Karl Austin elected to ride the 2-lap event with the Seniors (instead of 1-lap with the Over-40’s) and recorded 1.06.15 for 15th place. The winner was Matt Bottrill with 55.00.
– West Pennine 55-mile RR on Bashall Eaves Circuit
Mike Harrison achieved 4th place on this tough 11 mile circuit. Two riders escaped after the start and just managed to stay clear of his 5-man chase group by 10 secs. He finished 2nd in the gallop for 3rd.place.
May 10th Club 10-mile TT on Chelford course
A good turnout of 10 Congleton riders plus 12 from other clubs took part in this week’s race. Steve Hulme and Wayne Jackson had a commanding margin with 22.46 and 22:57 respectively; followed by Karl Austin – 23:49, Kelvin Milward – 25:19, Stephen Jackson – 26.52, Darren Nicholls – 27:17, Chris Foster – 27.38, Tony Elliott – 27:45, Edgar Reynolds – 30:32, David Hurst – 34:02.
Timekeepers: Bob Norton, Bill Boynton. Marshals: Steve Sladin, Mary Renshaw, John Harrison, Roy Hayhurst, Denise Hurst, Georgina Norton.
Weekend of May 14th / 15th
– Dukinfield 50-mile TT on Chelford Course
Another great win by Alf Hilton – 1.51.51 with Neil Skellern – 1.58.05 and Karl Austin – 2.07.43 giving our Club the Team Prize ahead of Manchester Wheelers. Peter Hayhurst recorded 2.45.32.
– South Pennine 25-mile TT at Etwall
Kelvin Milward reported that due to the wind, it was difficult just trying to make progress forward as opposed to sideways or even backwards which caused most riders to lose 4-5 minutes than normal which made his 1.1.56 a very respectable performance. However, the in-form Matt Bottrill (I-ride.com) continued his winning streak with 50-39.
– Mid Shropshire Wheelers “50” TT at Prees
An early morning outing to Prees resulted in a hard ride for Peter Nelson – 2.55.00. Winner was Andy Bason with 1.52.00.
– Lancaster CC. “50” at Bassenthwaite
Karl Austin – 2.10.54 which earned him 16th place. Winner was Julian Markham of Preston C.C. in 1.53.40.
– Denbigh 64-mile RR in North Wales
This was organised by Rhyl RC with 7 laps of a 9 mile lumpy circuit just outside Denbigh. Our sole representative, Mike Harrison, reported that a two-man move went on the 1st lap only to be caught with a lap and a half to go. A counter move of 4 riders attacked gaining 30 secs on another 3 man break containing an old duffer from Congleton with what was left of the bunch 20 secs behind his group. The four-man group stayed clear but Harrison finished 3rd in the uphill sprint from a chasing group to finish in 7th place.
May 17h Club 10-mile TT on Gawsworth course
Another good turnout of 12 Congleton riders plus 5 from other clubs took part in this week’s race which was held in mild, dry and less windy conditions than previous events. Steve Hulme had a commanding margin with 22.22 followed by Karl Austin – 23:02, Jamie Willetts – 24.45, Duncan Poole – 25.43, Andy Malbon – 26.27, Stephen Kane – 26.29, Darren Nicholls – 26:40, Tony Elliott – 27:34, Mick Byrne – 27.44, Chris Foster – 28.15, Edgar Reynolds – 29:42 and Peter Nelson – 30.56. The overall fastest was Alex Royle (SiS) with 21.32, closely followed by Mark Lovatt (Planet-X) with 21.42.
Timekeepers: Bill Boynton, Jill Elliott.
Marshalls: Steve Sladin, Brendan McLaughlin, Peter Hayhurst, Kelvin Milward.
Tuesday, 31st May, Club 10-mile TT on Gawsworth course. Meet at Rising Sun P.H. at 6.45pm for 7.15pm start.
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