Report – September 2nd 2011

Congleton Cycling Club’s – Wheely Successful August!

 This Report highlights the recent successes of Denise Hurst, Mary Renshaw, Mike Harrison and Neil Skellern

 17th to 21st August

Our Members took advantage of another weekend of good cycling weather, i.e. dry, sunny, light breeze and not too hot:

 White Peak 110 km AUDAX from / to Marple.

Bob Norton rode with approx 80 riders from Marple via Hayfield, Chinley, Peakdale, Tideswell, Monsal Head, Youlgrave, Biggin, Monyash, Taddington, Millersdale, Wormhill, Peakdale, Chapel en le Frith, New Mills, back to Marple for a total of 2200 metres of ascent. It was a fine, dry day. He finished in 6 hours 15 minutes.

 – Social Ride to Goostrey Craft Centre

Georgina and Bob Norton, Bev Hambleton and Bob Banner kept to the local lanes, enjoying the pleasant weather. After lunch, they then assisted at the next event.

 – Congleton C.C. Open 50-mile TT on Chelford Course

Mary Renshaw was The Organiser of this annual event – for which we were all grateful.

Winner: Charles Taylor (South Pennine C.C.) – 1.48.40

Members Results: Peter Hayhurst – 2.27.07; then our two “50” Novices (encouraged by Karl Austin) Darren Nicholls – 2.39.55, David Hurst– 3.13.12.

 Marshals: Bob Norton, Bill Boynton, Gordon Dale, Rob Waghorn, Richard Thomas, David McVitie, Roy Hayhurst, Peter Nelson and Carol and John Pardoe.

Helpers / Officials: Kelvin Milward, Steve Sladin, Audrey Waddilove, Karen Blenkinsopp, Kath Biddulph, Beryl Swash, Georgina Norton

Signs: Peter Hayhurst and Kelvin Milward

 Mary Renshaw thanks all concerned and remarked: “Having such a willing bunch of volunteers / helpers is testament to what a well organised and enthusiastic club we are! The event went well and it was a good opportunity for Bob Norton to speak about Karl for those who weren’t able to attend his funeral”.

 We are now looking for someone to organise next year’s event and Mary Renshaw will gladly mentor anyone who is new to this job.

 – Macclesfield Whs “Parkinson Memorial” 55-mile TLI Road Race on Siddington Circuit

This was Steve Hulme’s first Road Race in six years. Although he and others attacked many times through Marton and up Siddington Bank, the race ended in a bunch sprint where he managed to finish in 9th place in the “A” Category.

 – Club-Run to Priest House Café in Audlem

Georgina and Bob Norton, Dave McVitie, Peter Nelson and Doug Taylor rode via Madeley and Barr Hill to this popular place and returned via Betley and Alsager.

 22nd – 26th August:

West Peak 103km AUDAX from / to Marple

Bob Norton rode another of these mid-week events along with approx. 50 riders. In overcast and quite windy conditions. They started, as usual in Marple and then rode via Pott Shrigley, Langley, Macclesfield Forest, Wildboarclough, Wincle, Danebridge, Meerbrook, Thorncliffe, Warslow, Longnor, Flash Bar, Buxton, Goyt Valley, Kettleshulme, Higher Disley back to Marple. The 103km included 2400 metres ascent which he covered in 6 hours 25 minutes.

 – End-of-Club Event-Season Get-Together at Cheshire Tavern

With only the Club Hill Climb remaining – on Ganney Bank on 2nd October – this annual get-together, which was attended by 25 Members, should have been a totally happy occasion. Our Chairman, Bob Norton, gave a summary of the Bob Job Points Series for Club Time Trials which was celebrated but with an air of sadness due to multi-year Winner, Karl Austin, with 130 points, being no longer with us. The Hill Climb can still affect places 2 to 5 as the current standings are: Kelvin Milward – 93, Steve Hulme – 90, Edgar Reynolds – 88 and Tony Elliott – 86 points!

 – Paris-Brest-Paris, 1230km AUDAX

Denise Hurst completed this prestigious event in 88 hours 46 minutes – just 1 hour 14 minutes inside the time limit of 90 hours.

She commented: “At the finish, I was very, very tired but extremely elated and very proud of my achievement; spurred on by so many people at the Controls and all the way along the route. I am very grateful for the support from fellow riders, such as five from the Midlands, including Jim Hopper – Derby Mercury (on his Trike and succeeding in his 8th successive and successful ride, over the span of 32 years!). Also, three German lads who guided me down steep hills in total darkness, when my front light batteries were running down and needing to get to the next Control to fit fresh batteries. I had no other mechanical problems and no problems eating and drinking and the mainly side wind did not bother me too much either but I could just not get any sleep during the 3 nights(!!). Fortunately the weather was good – warm and with only one thunderstorm – so I finally made it to the Finish within the time limit”.


She is a “CLUB FIRST” as Gerry Goldsmith and Edgar Reynolds have each done P-B-P twice – but prior to joining our Club.

To cap it all, she and her friends rode the 200+ km from Paris to catch the ferry at Caen! Is that DEDICATION or WHAT?!

Caption: Denise Hurst still smiling, after 24hrs and 400km, between Tinteniac and Loudeac.

 – Masters World Cup + Championship Road Races + Hill Climb in St. Johann, Austria

In these annual events, Mike Harrison achieved three top placings in his Age Category in a field of international riders, including many from USA:

– World Cup Road Race, 112km – 12th, only 55 seconds behind the leading 10 riders

– Hill Climb, 11.5 km – 5th, only 12 seconds slower than the winner.

– World Championship Road Race, 112km – 4th  – in 15-man sprint from 135 starters but only 26 finishers, due to heavy rain for the duration of the race.

Caption: Mike Harrison sprints to Age Category 4th place in the Masters World Cup Road Race in Austria.

 27th – 29th August

– Club-Run to Tatton Park – Gentle with Sting-in-the-Tail

Peter Hayhurst and Stephen Kane waited at the Rugby Club but no-one else turned up (racing / touring / holidays / commitments / rain?) so they headed off towards Hulme Walfield, where the rain stopped – so the rest of the ride, via Bate Mill, Mobberley and Ashley, to Tatton Park was only into a headwind. After an elevenses cuppa and a chat with Dave at D&G Bike Hire (an excellent facility, opposite the restaurant), they continued with a nice tailwind, via Knutsford and the back lanes around Plumley and Peover to Goostrey and then Swettenham to Astbury, after which they tackled Ganney Bank – purely as a test for Kane’s big Sportive, near Inverness, next week. Their times up the Ganney Bank Mile are a big secret!

 – Team Swift 10-mile TT at Hull

Neil Skellern was aiming for another Club Record to add to the three which he had already broken this year at various distances – and he achieved it! His 20.17 was not only an improvement of 33 secs but was good enough for 11th place out of 270 riders (3 events on same course). The overall winner was the National Champion, Michael Hutchinson whose 18.38 put him over a minute clear of 2nd place rider.

 – Pembrokeshire Velo Weekend: Hill Climb + Time Trials

Steve Hulme made his annual Bank Holiday trip to Pembrokeshire and enjoyed the good weather and the camaraderie of the regular locals and visitors and some success, even against the younger riders. On Sunday, he placed 5th in each of two events: the Hill Climb; recording 4 mins 15 sec compared to David Griffiths’ (Tenby Aces) 3 mins 59 secs., followed by the 10-mile Time Trial; recording 23.27 compared to Kieron Davies’ (Bynea C.C.) 21.18. On Monday, in the 15-mile Time Trial (replacing the 25-mile event due to road works), he recorded 35.40 compared to Kieron Davies’ 32.53. If a “General Classification” award is made then Hulme will have achieved 3rd place!

 – MDTTA Cheshire Points Series 2011

With only two events remaining (out of 20, with best 10 counting), Neil Skellern can still grab the Individual Title and our Club can still hold on to 3rd place in the Team Competition.

Skellern has amassed 260 points, with one more event to count. He is currently 8 points adrift of Nige Wood (Wills Wheels) and 1 point ahead of Simon Bridge (Leigh Premier) but they have already ridden 10 events and need improved placings to add points.

Our Club is in 3rd place in the Team Competition, with 578 points (Alf Hilton – 230 and Peter Hayhurst – 88) but Warrington R.C. and Wills Wheels have a big advantage, with 638 and 614 points, respectively.

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