Report – 3rd December 2012

Congleton Cycling Club’s Chain of Events 

Up-Coming Event:

Social Ride on Saturday, 15th December at 10 a.m.

Meet outside Unicorn P.H. on Holmes Chapel Road for a 15 mile ride to a favourite café for a drink / eat / chat then return on different lanes – at the pace of the slowest rider. All cyclists welcome.

Recent Activities:

13th November

Tuesday’s chain gang was in much more clement weather than the previous week’s. It was dry, which is the nicest part, unseasonably warm, which comes a close second, and with hardly any wind. So no excuses for staying at home watching a bunch of ‘z’ list celebrities and naughty politicians attempting to eat parts of kangaroos that most Aborigines wouldn’t touch with a barge pole!

Five club members; myself, Stephen Jackson, Mike Jones, Mike Line and Ed Wright rode down to Lymedale Business Park for an hour of chain ganging on our quiet industrial estate circuit. The first 1/2hr was spent keeping the whole group together, then the shackles were released and the pace upped for the second half. This culminated in a final lap with the group acting as a lead out train for Mike Line who was this week’s nominated ‘sprinter’ and took the ‘King of the Mountain’ title for fastest lap time on the popular GPS route logging application Strava. (See A good bit of fun to finish off a fast paced hour of training. The group then rode back to Congleton via Biddulph, Mike Line trying hard to hold onto his dinner for the first 5 minutes!

17th November

Social Ride to Jodrell Bank – 42 miles

Georgina & Bob Norton, Bev Hambleton, Laura Beattie, Bob Banner, Kelvin Milward, Peter Nelson and Harry Smith are used to cool and damp conditions but had to endure very muddy lanes (tractors from fields) via Brereton, Middlewich and Goostrey before they could enjoy warm drinks and food in this popular café. Their return ride was the shortest route, via Lower Withington and Hulme Walfield.


27th November

Pete Smith reports: Regarding last night’s chain gang, just four club members attended in cold, wet conditions. They are now the ‘regulars’ each Tuesday, being myself, Mike Jones, Mike Line and Ed Wright. The roads were wet and certain corners on our circuit had the smell of diesel so this lead to cautious riding for 45 minutes before heading home. 

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