Report – September 26th, 2011

Congleton Cycling Club

 3rd – 4th September

BDCA “100” TT on Etwall – Uttoxeter Course

What a great season for Neil Skellern! He broke yet another Club Record with 3.34.05 for 6th place out of a full field of top-class riders. This was a 7 minute improvement over his recent ride in the National Championship. The winner was Julian Jenkinson ( with 3.28.41. Skellern now lies in 7th place in the National Best All-Rounder Competition.

 Bealach Mor Sportive, 90 miles, at Applecross, Inverness

Bealach Na Ba is the UK’s biggest road climb at 2053ft (626m) from sea level in just 6 miles (10k). It is set in a fabulous unspoilt landscape with outstanding views of the sea and the hills over to the Isle of Skye. The Applecross Peninsula is renowned as a gem in Scotland’s crown of natural wonders, situated over 100 miles north of Fort William. Stephen Kane rode this event and reported:

 “It was a locally organised, non-profit event to raise funds for the local community for playing fields and supporting the upkeep of village halls. Whole villages turned out to support the riders which created a nice welcoming atmosphere for the 600 riders. Organisers also closed the road for the infamous Bealach Na Ba climb. The gradient started gently enough but soon climbed to between 10 to 15%, with a real sting in the tail; a set of alpine switchbacks and the gradient increasing to 21%. The weather was typically Scottish, with heavy rain, mist and sun all within a space of a couple of hours. Worse than any rain, were the midges. Seeing the locals walking about with nets on their heads, was an ominous warning of what was to come. Whenever we stopped for a breather or at a food station we were instantly swarmed by clouds of the beasties, where we became their lunch.

The following day, we switched to the Scottish North East Coast and cycled around the Black Isle and the Cromarty and Dornoch Firths.  Riding here was more relaxed and blissfully, midgie free. We saw pods of dolphins and seals basking on the rocks as we cycled along the coastal routes. We were also greeted by the amazing and surreal site of the newly commissioned Queen Elizabeth liner amongst the oil rigs lying in Nigg Bay, where it was having an impromptu repair to its propeller.”

 Club-Run to Shire Horse Café at Cotebrook – 62 miles

Denise Hurst, Georgina Norton, Dave McVitie, Peter Nelson and Doug Taylor had a fair-weather ride via Church Minshull to Cotebrook for an enjoyable lunch and returned via Whitegate, Vale Royal, Davenham, Lach Dennis, Plumley, Goostrey then made a slight detour in order to savour a beer at the Bears Head at Brereton before returning via Smallwood and Brownlow.

 10th – 11th September

ABC Centreville “25” TT on Chelford Course

On a very windy morning, Kelvin Milward recorded 1.01.49. The Winner was Robin Brennan (Preston C.C.) with 55.53.

 J.E.James “25” TT at Ranby

On a very windy afternoon, Peter Hayhurst recorded 1.15.16. The winner was Scott Burns (Manchester Wheelers) with 53.10.

 Buxton C.C. 5-Mile Hill Climb TT on Long Hill

Neil Skellern placed 14th Overall and 3rd Over-40, with 15min 30sec. The fastest time was recorded by Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy C.T.) with 13min 49sec.

 Club-Run to Dones Green Café – 65 miles

Georgina Norton, Stephen Kane, Doug Taylor and Rob Waghorn profited from the late summer sunshine on their 65-mile ride via Little Budworth to Dones Green and back via Weaverham.

 17th – 18th September

Club Social Ride to Minshull’s Garden Centre, Crewe – 35 miles

Georgina Norton, Bob Banner, Peter Hayhurst and Peter Nelson were fortunate on the outward ride, to avoid the showers by taking the lanes through Brownlow, Hassall Green, Winterley and Warmingham and then enjoyed “elevenses” coffee and sandwiches (lovely thick toast) but then had to contend with showers on their return via Minshull Vernon, Middlewich and Brereton.  

 Stone Wheelers “25” TT on Uttoxeter Course

Neil Skellern produced another excellent ride, a P.B. of 51.58 for 9th place Overall and 5th Over-40. Kelvin Milward recorded 59.29, in spite of work-reduced training (and rain and the up-hill, head-wind finish). The fastest time was recorded by James Ratcliffe (Fred Williams R.T.) with 50.02.

 Club-Run to Priest House Café, Audlem – 50 miles

Bev Hambleton, Stephen Kane and Doug Taylor explored the lanes around Alsager and Oakhanger before taking to the roads through Betley and Checkley. The return route was via Walgherton, Wybunbury, Hough, Weston and Haslington. Rain-free and enjoyable!

 24th – 25th September

Seamons C.C. “25” TT on Chelford Course

In surprisingly pleasant conditions, Neil Skellern rode a steady 57.04 for 6th place, as he needed to conserve energy for his main event the following day. Kelvin Milward recorded 1.1.45 and Peter Hayhurst improved to 1.11.30. The winner was Simon Bridge (Leigh Premier) with 53.19.

This was the last counting event for the 2011 Cheshire Points Competition, so we were all keen to  guess the outcome – see Result below.

 Weaver Valley, Cat & Fiddle, 6m TT Hill Climb

The 100+ riders had to endure windy and damp conditions. Neil Skellern put in another fine performance with 21.28 for 4th place. Kelvin Milward admits that hill-climbs are not his forte but makes the effort each year in memory of a friend and posted a worthy 29.17. The winner was Gunnar Gronlund (RST Racing Team – Trigon) with 19.44, followed by Mark Lovatt (Planet-X) with 21.00, then Lee Baldwin (Buxton C.C.)  with 21.04.

 Club-Run to Old Fire Station Café, Tarporley – 56 miles

The morning was cool and damp but the afternoon was warm and sunny for Georgina and Bob Norton, Dave McVitie, Peter Nelson and Doug Taylor. They rode the Whitegate Way from Winsford towards Little Budworth and then took to the lanes to the Tarporley lunch stop which was a new venue for our Club – and well worth-while. They returned via Church Minshull and Middlewich, in the heat and with a tail wind, for a total of 56 miles

 MDTTA Cheshire Points Competition – 2011 Result

Another year and another well-deserved but hard-fought Individual victory for Neil Skellern and a satisfying 3rd Team placing for our Club (Alf Hilton – 230pts and Peter Hayhurst – 88 pts)

More than 300 riders and 28 clubs competed.


1 Neil Skellern Congleton CC 282 pts
2 Nige Wood Wills Wheels CC 274 pts
3 Simon Bridge Leigh Premier RC 271 pts


1 Warrington RC 656 pts
2 Wills Wheels CC 620 pts
3 Congleton CC 600 pts

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