Report – March 27th, 2011

18th – 20th March
Gerry (Geraldine) Goldsmith and Bob Norton attended the CTC Holidays and Tours tour leaders’ weekend at Swanwick, near Alfreton. This involved a ride, in beautiful weather, from Cheshire across the southern Peak District via Leek, Ashbourne, Wirksworth and Crich. The conference day was used to rest legs before returning via Matlock, Hartington, and Meerbrook on Sunday.

19th March 2011.
– Social Ride to Hopley House, Wimboldsley
There were 10 members and 1 guest on this monthly Saturday ride – a record turnout! These were Georgina Norton, Linda and Joyce Austin, Bev Hambleton, Rob Waghorn, Peter Nelson, Doug Taylor, Bob Banner, David McVitie, Kelvin Milward and lady guest, Marley. They met in lovely spring sunshine and rode out via Smallwood, Hassall Green and Warmingham to Hopley House for coffee and a natter. The ride back to West Heath was by way of Middlewich and Brereton Heath. They all enjoyed a good social ride, with the emphasis on social, of 30 miles.

– MDTTA 10-mile TT on Twemlow – Chelford Course
The very pleasant conditions (for mid-March) made this slow course seem easier than usual. Karl Austin posted 25.11 and Peter Hayhurst recorded 31.54. The winner was Richard Handley in 21.08.

20th March
 – Reliability Ride – Ludlowand Back – 150-miles
Seven Members and one Guest: Denise Hurst, Karl Austin, Edgar Reynolds, Neil Skellern and 3 x Jackson (2 x Stephen and 1 x Wayne), plus Paul from Leek C.C. completed this ride in dry conditions and with only two punctures. After a 7 a.m. start, then a good “Sunday Lunch” in Ludlow, the return leg was aided by a light tailwind, so the ride was completed by 8.15 p.m.

– Clubrun to Rose Farm Nursery at Utkinton
Doug Taylor, David Hurst, Stephen Kane and Georgina Norton set off in the rain for Rose Farm Utkinton. Although the rain was heavy it didn’t dampen the spirits as we rode via Radnor Bank, Goostrey, Lach Denis and Vale Royal track. By the time they reached Rose Farm it had stopped raining and was altogether a different day. The ride home was via Cotebrook, Wettenhall and Church Minshull. Unfortunately, Georgina had a puncture, but with 3 gentlemen, this was soon fixed and a pleasant day was had by all, with a total of 53 miles.

26th March
– Altrincham Ravens 25-mile TT on Chelford-Ollerton-Cranage-Twemlow Circuit
In dry, cool conditions and with a NE breeze making it hard going up Twemlow Lane but compensated by support from Steve Sladin, Karl Austin surprised himself with a splendid 1.01.26 and Peter Hayhurst was satisfied with his 1.17.08. The winner was Adam Duggleby of ScienceInSport, in 53.40.

– West Pennine 14-mile Hilly TT
In spite of “away-days” for work plus health problems which both caused interruption of training, Alf Hilton still managed 10th overall and 2nd Over-40.

27th March
– “Motorised” Clubrun to Abergele
The Sunday club run was a car-assisted one, starting from the sea front by Abergele railway station. The ride proceeded to Llanrwst via Llanfair Talhaiarn on the beautifully surfaced and very quiet A548. A coffee break at the railway carriage buffet in Bettws-y-Coed was followed by a ride to Conwy along the west side of the estuary. From there the ride went to Llandudno, and a circuit of the Great Orme with lunch at the cafe on the promontory. Once back in Llandudno the return to Abergele was via the North Wales Coastal Path. The distance was 60 miles with about 1000 metres of vertical climb. After a grey start, the afternoon was a lovely bright sunny one. Unfortunately, only Georgina and Bob Norton took advantage of this organised ride. 

– Cheshire Cat 100-mile Sportive
Of the three routes on offer, Stephen Jackson and Mark Tilstone rode the 100-miler which included the Mow Cop “Killer Mile” and many more steep climbs in East Cheshire.
Stephen Jackson reported: “The ride went well, in good weather, so was an enjoyable challenge and was completed in about 5 hrs 30 mins.”
“Not an entirely good day out for me” – reported Mark Tilstone: “Chain broke after 4.5 miles.
Four phone calls and one hour later, picked up at roadside (no sign of Mavic support crew) Taken back to start; picked up car and drove home; swapped bike; rode through Congleton to Warren and completed 100-mile route from there but then tackled the Killer Mile one my way home!”.

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