Report – 1st October 2012

Congleton Cycling Club’s Chain of Events 

Near-Future Activities (in addition to Sunday Clubruns) 

Social Evening (Georgina & Bob Norton) at Rugby Club on Thursday, 4th October at 8 p.m.

The objective of the evening is to welcome new members (and the not so new) and to provide a forum for anyone to ask any questions about any aspect of Club life or the wider cycling world.

Chaingang Training ride (Pete Smith) on Saturday, 6th October at 9.30 a.m.

See format from previous ride (below) 

AUDAX promotion (Denise Hurst) on Sunday, 14th October at 8 a.m.

210 km ride to the Horseshoe Pass or 168 km ride to the Chirk Aqueduct near Llangollen. Enter 210km or 168 km by down-loading entry forms a.s.a.p. from AUDAX UK.

Short Clubrun (Social Ride) on Saturday, 20th October at 10 a.m.

Meet at Unicorn P.H., Holmes Chapel Road at 10 a.m. 15 mile ride to café and return on different route – at the pace of the slowest rider.

Late September Activities 

Club “Chaingang” Test Ride – 38 miles

Seven Members participated in this first-of- many such training rides during the “off-season”. Peter Smith, the organiser / leader, was joined by Bob Norton, Paul Kennington, David Mulroy, Tristan Roberts and Ed Wright. They rode from Hoods, Lower Heath, to Lower Withington to commence three circuits of Siddington, Chelford Church, Twemlow, Lower Withington.

Seamons CC 25-mile TT on Chelford Circuit

Kelvin Milward was our sole representative in this last event of the local TT season and on a cold but bright morning, was pleased with his 1:02:07. The winner was Simon Bridge, Manchester Wheelers, with a very fast 51:43.

Weaver Valley CC Cat&Fiddle 6-mile Hill Climb TT

Kelvin Milward was yet again our sole representative. He rides this each year in memory of a close friend, although his physique is not suited to hill climbs but in spite of a tough headwind, recorded 31:07. The top riders were of National status and the winner was Tejvan Pettinger of Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team with 21.02.

Clubrun to Fire Station Café, Tarporley – 57 miles

Six Members: Georgina & Bob Norton, Sue Blake, Sue Collins, David Hurst and Stephen Kane enjoyed their ride via Goostrey, Whitegate, returning via Eaten, Wettenhall and Church Minshull.

Maintenance of Adapted Bikes at Congleton Leisure Centre

Nine Members have volunteered to help with the 16 adapted bikes at Congleton Leisure Centre. Bob Norton and Pete Smith slotted a 2-hour session within their tight schedules (supported by Peter Hayhurst – within his loose schedule) and met with Andy Molynieux and Nasar Riaz at the Leisure centre. Most of the bikes are used on a weekly basis, with a larger usage on the monthly events. The servicing was mainly around tyre pressures, gear and brake adjustment plus identifying breakages – one weak brake lever. Date of next session to be arranged.

Club Hill Climb – Ganney Bank, 1-mile

In spite of dull and windy conditions – turning to rain, 16 riders (11 Members and 5 Guests) plus 11 supporters / helpers made this annual event a success! The top three did sub-seven minute rides; the winner being Alex McNicol (VC Moulin – but based in Alsager) in 06:26; second and fastest Congleton rider was Nick Decker in 06:44; third was Mike Line in 06:51.
Full Result:

Alex McNicol (G) 06:26, Nick Decker 06:44, Mike Line 06:57, Mike Jones 07:01, Pete Tatton 07:07, John Green (G) 07:38, Robert Kerr (G) 07:51, Andy Malbon 08:00, Tristan Roberts 08:05, Duncan Poole 09:07, John Eardley (G) 09:29, Sue Blake (G) 10:05, Bethany Eardley 10:16, Tony Elliott 10:29, David Hurst 11:09, Angelo deAngelis 11:43.

Timekeepers: Bob & Georgina Norton.

Club Events – Bob Job Memorial Points Table

With 29 counting events completed and only the two AUDAX rides remaining, there is a definite winner in Pete Smith, with 167 points – a tremendous achievement in his first year of competitive cycling. Second and third places are still hotly contested as Andy Malbon and Pete Tatton are now level on 147 points! Placings fourth to seventh can also change completely. 46 Members have accumulated points, of which 22 achieved 50 points or more.

MDTTA  2012 Cheshire Points Competition

This series of 20 local, Open Time Trials (of which up to 10 results count), saw success for our Club in the 70+ Category with Peter Nelson achieving 1st place, followed by Peter Hayhurst in 2nd place. This should inspire younger riders to aim for other Age Category awards next year.

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The Club meets every Thursday at 8.30 p.m. (usually) at the Rugby Club, Park Street, except for the first Thursday of the month where the venue is Beartown Tap. Anyone who would like to swap ideas and stories on all cycling topics is welcome to attend.