Report – 26th April 2013

Congleton Cycling Club’s Chain of Events

Week of 20th to 27th April

Saturday / Sunday, 20th / 21st April

Club Social Ride to Jodrell Bank

The day was bright and reasonably warm. This may explain the huge turnout for the monthly Social Ride. There were 20 riders waiting to start from the Unicorn at West heath, to go on a 32 mile ride with a stop at Jodrell Bank. The participants were Bob and Georgina Norton, David McVitie, Joseph Langford, Oliver Davenport, Mark Allen, Rob and Avril Waghorn, Bill Boynton, Les Lancaster, Jim Cook, Rowland Bainbridge, Peter Nelson, Paul and Alistair Kennington, Bob Banner, Heather Joseph and Rosie Pearce and Stephanie Cooke. Ages ranged from 12 to 80 years old. For safety, the group was split into two with the instruction to keep a 200 yard gap between them to help passing traffic. The route followed was via Brereton Heath, Cledford, Middlewich (back streets) and then on down Croxton Lane, and through Byley and Goostrey before a refreshment stop at Jodrell ban Visitor Centre where itb was possible to sit outside in the sunshine. (Photo). Returning to West Heath, the group followed lanes through Lower Withington and Newsbank, with a climb of Radnor Bank as the sting in the tail.

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M&DTTA 25-mile TT Championship on Chelford Course

Another record? Five CCC Members in same event and two Prize Winners! Pete Smith was our clear leader with a P.B. of 1:01:06 but our next three were within 15 secs of each other: Mike Jones, 1:03:07; Wayne Powell, 1:03:14 and Kelvin Milward, 1:03:22! Four Members to cover a 3-man Team is ideal! Peter Hayhurst managed to improve a little, to 1:25:41 – due to the better conditions compared to the previous week. The winner was Simon Bridge (Manchester Wheelers) with 53:22 but the top Handicap positions were taken by Wayne Powell (42:42) and Mike Jones (43:12). 

L to R: Peter Hayhurst, Mike Jones, Kelvin Milward, Wayne Powell, Pete Smith
L to R: Peter Hayhurst, Mike Jones, Kelvin Milward, Wayne Powell, Pete Smith

L to R: Peter Hayhurst, Mike Jones, Kelvin Milward, Wayne Powell, Pete Smith

AUDAX 310K, The Plains, from Poynton to Newport and back

Rob Waghorn reports: “The start was at 23:00 on Saturday in Poynton and the weather was quite cold during the night and through to Sunday lunchtime when showers of rain started and carried on to the finish late afternoon. With a slight navigational error I did 314K and was pleased with it as an event.

The outward ride was through Wem, Ford and Montgomery to Newtown. The route was the same both ways from just above Wem but on the return back through Prees and the lanes past Crewe, skirting Congleton via Radnor Bank and across to Birtles Lane near Monks Heath before joining the original route at Mottram and back to Poynton. I got back at 16:25, with no doze stops, well within time limit by over 3 hours. There were 5 stops. On the way down: Whitchurch, Dinky’s Dinner near Ford and Newtown before returning to Dinky’s, Radway Green Garden Centre Café and the finish. There were approx 40 riders and I had some company most of the time.”

Sunday Clubrun to Tittesworth via Roaches (Hulme End)

The runs list destination for the day was Tittesworth Reservoir Visitor Centre, a short but hilly ride. This time there were 8 riders who left the Rugby Club and headed up through Buglawton. These were Sue Blake, Pete Smith, Steve Kirkham, Sam French, Stephen Kane, John Broadbent, Jim Cook and Bob Norton, these last two out for a second day of the weekend. We were all hoping that Pete’s legs might still be recovering from his PB ride of 1:01:06 in Saturdays M&DTTA 25 Championships, but no such luck! Guided by Bob Norton the route took the group to Sutton by way of Fools Nook, to start the more serious climbing up to Cluelow Cross. Bobs bike suffered an inconvenient failure in Sutton. The rear gear cable snapped, forcing him down to just three gears on the front changer, and ensured a hard ride. Continuing through Algreave to Gradbach and then turning up towards Royal Cottage, before turning again to go over Hulme End and down past the Roaches to Tittesworth. Here we met Bill Boynton who had ridden out to meet us. The Peak district scenery was magnificent, as ever.

Suitably refreshed, the vote was to go over Gunn Hill. It used to be on a local road race circuit, around which it is said that Potteries legend Les West never lost a race. Most recently it was on the route of the 2012 Tour of Britain race. From the top a swift descent brought us down to Rushton Spencer, to be faced with a final climb up the Bridestones and back around Cloud End, to finish with a mere 34 miles, but having climbed over 3500 feet.


Clubrun to Meerbrook via Roaches
Clubrun to Meerbrook via Roaches

Clubrun to Meerbrook via Roaches

Club 10-mile Time Trial on Gawsworth Course on Tuesday, 23rd April

Another double record – 40 riders, of which 25 were Club Members! The results – Winner and Club Members: James Tucker (G) 20:46, Pete Smith 23:16, Pete Tatton 23:54, Wayne Powell 23:57, Charlie Evans 24:02, Nick Decker 24:07, Jamie Willetts 24:08, Mike Jones 24:13, Kelvin Milward 24:54, James Bailey 25:04, Paul Dentith 25:43, Duncan Poole 26:04, Paul Turner 26:27, Mike Line 26:28, Ed Wright 26:34, Tony Elliott 27:38, Tom Cowan 28:30, Sam French 28:52, Joe Langford 29:25, John Broadbent 30:38, Mark Allen 30:46, Sue Blake 31:30, Beth Eardley 32:03, Peter Hayhurst 33:04, David Hurst 33:14, Peter Nelson 39:18.

Thanks to all Officials / Marshals / Helpers: Sign on/Refreshments, Georgina Norton; Signing/Timekeeper Rob Waghorn; Sign on Timekeeper Bob Norton; Pusher-off Richard Cowan; Marshals: David McVitie, Roy Hayhurst, Denise Hurst, Phil Gayes (Leek CC); Timekeeper assistant  at finish, Rob Langford. 

Club Quiz Night, Thursday 25th April

Roy Hayhurst, Quiz Master, was complimented by the 20 Members and Guests, on his hard work and excellent visual (Powerpoint) presentation of a wide variety of questions on Cycling and Non-Cycling topics, plus the presentation of the answers, which included impressive video clips. Isn’t it amazing what can be achieved via the Internet!? Georgina and Bob Norton were also thanked for their home-made and very tasty refreshments and Peter Hayhurst was pleased that much of his old (but useful) cycling accessories were given a new home.

The Club meets every Thursday at 8.30 p.m. 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.