Report 17th June 2012

Congleton Cycling Club – Splendid Rides in Bad Conditions for Cyclists

02/06/12 Glentress 7 – 7 hour MTB Enduro Race 

Jamie Willets reports: “Based on a mixture of the existing trail centre trails and fresh cut single-track through the woods it made for a fun but technical ride. The course involved a LOT of climbing with about 1200ft of climbing per 6.5 mile lap. I was glad that I had brought my climbing legs with me, as the course was using several red and one black graded section, in reverse. Climbing these technical sections wasn’t quite as much fun as descending them would have been! I was struggling with some of the descending and losing a significant amount of time on the final descent of the lap – an off camber rooty section which on the first lap had a distinct smell of overheating brake pads by the bottom. Overall I was happy with my finishing result – 35th out of 134 solos.” 

05/06/2012 – Inter-Club 25-mile TT on Chelford Circuit 

This event is in conjunction with Macclesfield Wheelers. The Winner was Chris Quinn, Macclesfield Wheelers, 00:57:27, followed by:

Martin Parish, Crewe Clarion, 00:57:29; Adam Bailey, Macclesfield Wheelers, 00:58:08; Nick Bowden, Glossop, 01:00:13; Will Thomas, Velocity RC ,01:00:29; Andy Malbon, Congleton CC, 01:03:54; Kelvin Milward, Congleton CC, 01:04:50; Paul Quinn, Manchester Wheelers, 01:04:57; Graham Trevina, Macclesfield Wheelers, 01:05:30; Steve Jackson, Macclesfield Wheelers, 01:06:32; Wayne Powell, Congleton CC, 01:06:40; Mike Jones, Congleton CC, 01:08:03; Nick Hockenhull, Manchester Wheelers, 01:08:15; Mike Line, Congleton CC, 01:08:53; Fred Wardle, Macclesfield Wheelers, 01:13:03; Jeff Sherrin, Man. Tri. Club, 01:15:13; Alistair Rainsbury, Man. Tri. Club, 01:18:18; Jill Welsey, Macclesfield Wheelers, 01:19:20; Peter Nelson, Congleton CC, 01:21:01; John Broadbent, Congleton CC, 01:21:54;David Hurst, Congleton CC, 01:29:10; Phil Gayes, Leek CC, DNF.

Timekeeper: Rob Waghorn; Pusher off: Steve Sladin

Helpers/Marshalls: Bob+Georgina Norton, Peter Hayhurst, Denise Hurst, Brendan McLaughlin, David McVitie, Andrew Thomas, Ruth Goreham +John Green (Leek CC).

06/06/12 TLI Oulton Park Series, Race 1

Here is Mike Line’s report of his criterium race: “Arriving at Oulton Park the weather was not ideal for my first circuit race. Due to the large entry of 150 riders, two events were run, each of 32 miles. The circuit was very lumpy with an uphill sprint to the finish. When I arrived it was pouring it down with rain but fortunately it eased off and parts of it began to dry out just before the race started. With the race being run by TLI there was a wide range of abilities in the under 50’s, from beginners right up to elite riders, this meant the pace was kept very high for the entire race. Ryan Mullen of Planet X led a break off the front and managed to stay away for most of the race until just at the end when Martin Ford of In-Gear RT took the win. I managed to finish mid peloton which I was quite happy with for my first try. This was a good, well run race and I am lookjng forward to the next one.”

Weekend of 7th to 10th June 

Club “Come-And-Try-It” 2.5 mile TT on Brereton Heath Circuit

On Thursday Evening June 7th, the club promoted a Come and Try It Time Trial at Brereton Heath. The event was supported by Team Congleton and was part of the towns Olympic Celebrations. The course was a 2.5 mile circuit based at Brereton Heath Country Park.
Despite very wet and windy conditions, three Gold Medals were presented.
Bethany Eardley took Gold in the U18 girl’s category in 8 minutes and 10 seconds.
Adam Burgess took Gold in the U18 boy’s category in 9:12.
James Cardwell took Gold in the U15 boy’s category in 9:17.
These were splendid rides in bad conditions. Club chairman Bob Norton thanks all the helpers and the riders and said we will look at repeating the event later in the “summer”

Congleton Peddlers in It’s A Knockout Competition and Cycle Skills Event

As reported in last week’s Chronicle, the Club had a team in Team Congleton’s Olympic Celebration “It’s a Knockout” Competition in Congleton Park. The team of Kate and Dave Mulroy, Andy Malbon, Wayne Powell (team captain), Mary Renshaw, Edgar Reynolds, and Rob and Mandy Sharrock had a great time and acquitted themselves very well by finishing 4th in their heat. The competition was based on the popular TV game show which did come to Congleton in 1973. Team manager, Georgina Norton, said “They literally threw themselves into the knockout competition. They were wonderful.”

The club also ran a cycle skills event for youngsters led by our new trainee coach, Denise Hurst, assisted by David Hurst and Bob Norton.

VTTA 50-mile TT on Chelford Course

Riders and Helpers were relieved to experience good, if cool, conditions. Two Members were satisfied with their performances; Wayne Powell recording 02:23:57 and Peter Nelson, 02:45:15, which placed him 1st in the Over-70 Category! The winner was Charles Taylor, South Pennine C.C. with a very fast 01:50:48. The event was organised by Peter Hayhurst, supported by 22 Officials / Helpers, including Club Members, Roy Hayhurst and Kelvin Milward.

Club 10-mile TT on Gawsworth Course on 12th June

Steve Hulme was fastest of the field of 20 riders with a time of 22:46. Keith Dutton (Wills Wheels) was second with 23:26. Two new riders deserve special mention: Nick Dekker riding in his first ever race recorded the superb time of 23:55, and junior Bethany Eardley riding her mountain bike recorded a time of 33:00 (which is almost exactly four times her winning time in the 2.5 mile Come and Try It Time Trial last week!). Her Mum & Dad are both cyclists and over the last 4 years as a family they have completed a Coast to Coast ride each year. We are eager to see what she achieves when she rides a road bike in her next time trial.

Full Result (G=Guest): Steve Hulme 22:46, Keith Dutton (G) 23:26, Brendan McLaughlin 23:41, Pete Smith 23:47, Andy Malbon 23:51, Phil Gayes (G) 23:52, Nick Dekker 23:55, Pete Tatton 24:02, Stephen Jackson 24:04, Wayne Powell 25:05, Mike Jones 25:24, Duncan Poole 26:07, Kelvin Milward 26:37, Tony Elliott 26:37, John Green (G) 28:26, Denise Hurst 28:53, John Broadbent 29:14, Angelo DeAngelis 29:31, David Hurst 32:23, Bethany Eardley (G) 33:00.

Weekend of 15th / 17th June 

Janus R.C. 25-mile TT on Chelford Course

Another cool, damp and very windy afternoon in Cheshire! Our two “regulars” survived the conditions with Kelvin Milward recording 01:04:04 and Peter Nelson 01:19:51. The winner was Simon Bridge, Manchester Wheelers, 00:53:02, with lady Para-Olympian, Sarah Storey, in 2nd place!

Future Events:

Club Social Ride has been re-scheduled to Saturday, 23rd June. Meet at Unicorn P.H., Holmes Chapel Road, West Heath at 10 a.m.

Team Congleton Olympic Event – No. 2, “Come-And-Try-It Time-Trial”Date to be advised. Distance – 2.5 miles. Meet at 6.30 p.m. – Brereton Country Park Visitor Centre. This is for all cyclists – of 12 years and more – and especially novices. Riders will start at one minute intervals and the course around Brereton Heath, Somerford and A54, will be well signed and well marshalled. The Awards will include many Age Categories.

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