Congleton Cycling Club’s Olympic Celebrations (Recent + Future)
This section normally appears at the end of the report but the following events now need to be highlighted, especially our 2nd “Come-And-Try-It Time Trial”, as the first one, in June, was a success but due to the very bad weather, there were only 3 riders. We hope that these 3 plus many more will participate – see details below.
Club Social Ride on Saturday, 25th August
Meet at Unicorn P.H., Holmes Chapel Road, West Heath at 10 a.m. 15 mile ride to café and 15 mile return – at pace of slowest rider – and not only for Club Members.
Team Congleton Olympic Event – No. 2, “Come-And-Try-It Time-Trial” – Thursday, 30th August.
Distance – 2.5 miles. Meet at 6.30 p.m. – Brereton Country Park Visitor Centre. This is for all cyclists – of 12 years and over – 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.
AUDAX promotion (Denise Hurst) on October 14th
24th July – Club Evening TT on Chelford Course
Great turnout of 31 riders (21 Club riders + 10 guests) for the last 10-miler of the year on the Chelford course. Winner was Paul McAllister (Seamons CC) with a time of 22:28; second was Pete Tatton with 23:25 narrowly beating Pete Smith with 23:28. The 2 youngest riders both recorded PB’s: Bethany Eardley with 31:03 and Harry Akers Smith with 32:30.
Full Result: Paul McAllister (G) 22:28, Pete Tatton 23:25, Pete Smith 23:28, Brendan McLaughlin 23:59, Alan Burton (G) 24:01, Keith Dutton (G) 24:02, Andy Malbon 24:05, Stephen Jackson 24:27, Kelvin Milward 24:42, Jamie Willetts 24:45, Paul Kirman (G) 24:51, Wayne Powell 25:11, Jonathan Beever (G) 25:28, Mike Jones 26:06, Warren Jackson (G) 26:37, Sheldon Starkey 26:47, Duncan Poole 27:05, Tony Elliott 27:37, John Green (G) 27:43, Jon Leigh 27:51, Nick Wood 28:30, Richard Hunt (G) 29:00, Angelo DeAngelis 29:03, John Broadbent 29:19, Peter Nelson 30:36, Bethany Eardley 31:03, Harry Akers Smith 32:30, David Hurst 33:08, Claire Thomson (G) 33:24, Phil Gayes (G) DNF(P), Steve Hulme DNF(P).
31st July – Club Evening 10-mile TT on Gawsworth Course
One second separated the top two riders this evening: winner was Nige Wood (Wills Wheels) with a time of 22:17; second was Martin Parish (Crewe Clarion) with a time of 22:18. Fastest Congleton rider was Pete Tatton with a personal best time of 23:08.
Full Result: Nige Wood (G) 22:17, Martin Parish (G) 22:18, Pete Tatton 23:08, Keith Dutton (G) 23:11, Pete Smith 23:13, Andy Malbon 23:39, Chris Guest (G) 23:53, Phil Gayes (G) 24:17, Dave Croft (G) 24:19, Kelvin Milward 24:49, Mike Jones 25:39, Dave Farmer (G) 25:42, Sheldon Starkey 25:54, Duncan Poole 26:50, Nick Wood 27:46, Tony Elliott 28:12, John Broadbent 28:38, John Swinnerton (G) 30:59, Claire Thomson 31:47, David Hurst 32:34.
W/E 4th – 5th August
Withington Wheelers 10-mile TT on Chelford Course
Our Club had 4 riders: Kelvin Milward was our fastest with 24:13, followed by Duncan Poole, 26:44, then Peter Nelson, 30:56 and Peter Hayhurst, 32:05. The top 8 riders were all from 100% ME (Development Squad youngsters), the slowest of which recorded 20:51, the fastest (winner) being Sam Harrison with a very fast 19:32.
Chain Reaction MTB Marathon, Abergavenny
Jamie Willets reports: “A nice ride, out and about around the Black mountains and the edge of the Brecon Beacons, entailing 78km of riding and approximately 6000ft of climbing. With a massed start with about 600 riders, I took it easy and didn’t run off with the leaders but sat comfortably in the top third so not to get held up on the first off-road sections. The course
had about 8km of riding on the roads before hitting the trails which gave plenty of time for things to spread out. The first 30km were great with bright sunshine and masses of single and double track riding. After the second feed station, the 2 shorter rides peeled off left, and another short road section led to the biggest climb of the day. At around 1900ft of climbing and taking 45mins to climb we were rewarded with a cracking descent. Sadly the weather turned nasty soon after this. I was glad I packed my waterproof as a torrential rain storm came through. A lot of the track became so churned and ended up having to be walked. Once we got riding again the mud was a classic grinding paste and on the final few descents life became sketchy with minimal brakes. I was happy to finish the ride comfortably in under 6 hours with plenty left in my legs.”
7th August – Club Evening 10-mile TT on Gawsworth course
The warm evening attracted 28 riders so some fast times were recorded. Winner was Jack Green (VC St Raphael) with 21:10; second was Nige Wood (Wills Wheels) on his trademark fixed gear with 21:31; third and fastest of the Congleton riders was Steve Hulme with 22:16.
Full Result: Jack Green (G) 21:10, Nige Wood (G) 21:31, Steve Hulme 22:16, Pete Smith 22:40, Pete Tatton 22:50, Keith Dutton (G) 22:55, Anthony Alan (G) 23:37, Phil Gayes (G) 23:37, Andy Malbon 23:40, Dave Croft (G) 23:42, Kelvin Milward 24:37, Wayne Powell 24:37, Mike Jones 24:52, Sheldon Starkey 25:20, Andrew Doorbar (G) 25:37, Tony Elliott 26:09, Warren Jackson (G) 26:09, Duncan Poole 26:17, Jon Leigh 26:55, John Green (G) 27:30, Nick Wood 27:31, Denise Hurst 27:34, John Broadbent 28:35, Angelo DeAngelis 28:47, Claire Thompson 29:28, Bethany Eardley 29:54, Peter Nelson 30:27, David Hurst 31:51.
West Cheshire 12-hour TT on Shropshire Course
Denise Hurst was our sole representative in this qualifying event for the MDTTA Best All-Rounder competition. After a morning soaking, the sun returned but the wind force increased – and a hard day was made even worse, as with only half an hour left, she had an accident which necessitated an ambulance ride to hospital and a patch-up job. Typically, she was concerned about being credited with a “distance” and was some-what relieved to learn that she had completed 187 miles. Get Well Soon Denise! (see Photo by Simon Evans)
Club-Run to Delamere Station Café – 68 miles
Georgina Norton, Peter Nelson and Doug Taylor formed the B run and the faster riders, Sue Collins, Richard and Tom Cowan, Steve Kirkham and Pete Smith, formed the A run, so as to ride at 2 speeds but all met at the Station café. It worked well and everyone was happy! After lunch the 2 groups set off separately. The B group came back through the lanes and had a second stop at Minshuls Garden Centre, finishing with 68 miles. The A group did more main road and were faster but did 5 miles less – so honours even.
14th August – Club Evening 10-mile TT on Holmes Chapel circuit
Another fine warm evening for the last time trial of the year attracted 28 riders including 6 newcomers riding their first race (no doubt inspired by the Olympics!). Clear winner was James Tucker (Pennine RC) with a stunning time of 20:58 for this course; second was Steve Hulme with 22:51.
Full Result: James Tucker (G) 20:58, Steve Hulme 22:51, Pete Smith 23:43, Pete Tatton 24:02, John Swinnerton G) 24:36, Jamie Willetts 24:41, Phil Gayes (G) 24:53, Nick Decker 24:59, Stephen Jackson 25:17, Andy Malbon 25:28, Kelvin Milward 25:58, Mike Jones 26:04, David Clark (G) 26:08, Sheldon Starkey 26:39, Bill Green (G) 26:48, Robert Kerr (G) 27:11, Jon Leigh 27:38, Andy Green (G) 27:44, Tony Elliott 27:55, Chris Bottomley (G) 28:20, Niige Wood 28:32, John Green (G) 28:33, Fred Green (G) 8:46, Angelo DeAngelis 29:34, Tom Cowan (G) 29:53, David McVitie 30:07, Claire Thompson 31:13, Peter Nelson 32:53.
W/E 18th / 19th August
Congleton CC 50-mile TT on Chelford Course
This annual open event was organised by Kelvin Milward and was extremely well supported by Members, including 7 of the 69 entries plus 19 helpers (including family / friends). Unfortunately, our Club Secretary, Denise Hurst, was unable to start as she is still recovering from her fall in last week’s 12-hour TT. The conditions were excellent, with warm sunshine and a light breeze – so riders and marshals were well-pleased. The winner was Simon Bridge, Manchester Wheelers, with 01:47:38. Members’ times: Pete Smith, 02:07:51; Pete Tatton, 02:10:09; Andy Malbon, 02:11:28, Wayne Powell, 02:17:57; Peter Nelson, 02:58:29 (Over-70 winner), Peter Hayhurst, 03:04:26; David Hurst, 03:07:26.
Helpers: Bob & Georgina Norton, Rob & Avril Waghorn, Pat & Peter Hayhurst, Linda Scragg, Mary Renshaw, Stephen Kane, David McVitie, Jean Lester, Les Lancaster, Angelo de Angelis, Sheldon Starkey, Nick Decker, Duncan Poole, Colin Mason, Bill Boynton, Roy Hayhurst.
Clubrun to Bunbury
Bob Norton reports: “There were 8 of us. Myself and Georgina Norton, Mary Renshaw, Doug Taylor, Sue Collins and 3 prospective new members: Tom Cowan, Steve Kirkham (was a member back in the 90’s) and Steve Smith. We went out via Malkins Bank, Crewe (Leighton) Nantwich. We then got a bit lost in the lanes, and eventually got to Bunbury having done 42 miles from Congleton. It rained just as we got there and luckily, had stopped before we left. The return was by popular request, more direct. Leaving Bunbury we went through Tilstone Bank and headed for Wettenhall and Church Minshull, then Cledford Bridge, through to Brereton Heath and back to Congleton for a round trip of 65 miles.”
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