Report – February 27th, 2011

News from Congleton Cycling Club

6th Feb – 2nd Reliability Ride – 65-miles

12 Members: Georgina & Bob Norton, Denise & David Hurst, Heather Pearce, Karl Austin, Tony Elliott, Wayne Jackson, Stephen Kane, Edgar Reynolds, Neil Skellern and Mark Tilstone, plus 14 Guests, tackled the Cheshire lanes via Middlewich, Church Minshull, Cotebrook, Willington to the turn beyond Tarvin. Avoiding the temptation of a refreshment stop at Elvis’s Café, they continued through Delamere Forest, Norley, Acton Bridge, Great Budworth and Tabley. The final leg proved tough for most riders, as it was into a headwind; via Knutsford, Over Peover, Bate Mill, Lower Withington and Giantswood Lane. They all enjoyed Joyce Austin’s refreshments at the end and expressed their thanks to her for her professional organisation (as usual). 

20th Feb – 3rd Reliability Ride – 100-miles

11 Members and 3 Guests completed this tough ride, which included the hilly section after Madeley and then the muddy lanes to Hodnet. The 8 o’clock Group, consisting of Georgina & Bob Norton, Peter Hayhurst, Stephen Jackson, Edgar Reynolds and Mark Tilstone managed to clear Joyce Austin’s and Beryl Swash’s refreshment stop in Eccleshall and had almost finished their lunch stop at the Raven Café in Prees before the 9 o’clock group arrived. However, this group, consisting of Denise Hurst, Karl Austin, Chris Foster, James Pearce and Neil Skellern, plus 3 Guests, joined up briefly at the Burford refreshment stop and then on the cold, headwind return via Church Minshull, Middlewich, passed the struggling tail-enders of the 8 o’clock group at Brereton. They all enjoyed more tea and cakes at the Rugby Club. It had been a long, hard day for the riders and for Joyce Austin and Beryl Swash – without whose help, some of us would not have attempted this distance, at this time of year. 

24th February – Club-Night with Rob Waghorn’s Andes Slide Show

20 Members enjoyed a special Club Night! Not only was Rob Waghorn’s Slide Show well presented but the atmosphere of his Andes Tour, through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile, by mountain bike, was enhanced with the offer of Chilean drinks of wine, beer and cider, served by Avril Waghorn. In addition to the stunning views of mountains / valleys / rivers / lakes / roads / tracks, we gained an interesting insight into the tough riding conditions up to 4000 m altitude, as well as the living conditions and eating habits of the riders and of the local people. 

27th February – Chester Road Club Hilly Time Trial

Congratulations to two of our Members. The first Time Trial of the 2011 Season, the 14-mile Hilly on the Broxton / Farndon Circuit, was won by our Alf Hilton in 32 mins 18 secs, with Karl Austin recording 38 mins 24 secs for 15th place. The windy conditions meant that the riders had also to endure a high chill factor. 

Future Fixtures

Sunday, 6th March: Hilly Reliability Ride – 34 miles. 9.15 for 9.30 start at the Rugby Club. 

Saturday, 19th March: Social Ride with café stop. 10.00 at West Heath Shopping Centre, Holmes Chapel Road entrance. 

Sunday, 20th March: Long Reliability Ride – 150 miles. (Ludlow and back) 6.45 for 7.00 start at the Rugby Club. 

Please note our new web-address: 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.