Report – 29th June 2013

 Congleton Cycling Club’s Chain of Events

 Weeks of 14th to 28th June


Club Social Ride to Minshulls – 30 miles

On a fine Saturday on which the forecast rain never appeared 10 riders enjoyed a leisurely social 30 mile ride with a stop at Minshulls Garden Centre near Leighton Hospital. The route went via Hassall Green, Winterley and Sydney and returned through Wimboldsley, Middlewich and Brereton Heath. The riders were Georgina and Bob Norton, Paul and Amanda Turner, Stephanie Cooke, Bev Hambleton, Paul and Alastair Kennington, and Heather and Joseph Pearce. Bob did not stop at the cafe, but continued to Congleton Leisure centre where he (and later Georgina) helped Cheshire East Coaches with their Carers Week Disability Cycling session. 

Janus 25-mile TT on Chelford Course

Two Members rode in blustery but warm conditions: Peter Hayhurst, 1:23:05; Dave Hurst, 1:26:50 for 3rd on Handicap. The winner was Daniel Maironis, Withington Wheelers with 54.27.

Tuesday – Club 10-mile TT on Gawsworth course

Another good evening for a fast 10 mile ride. Thirty two riders participated, of whom 21 were Congleton Club members. The fastest club rider was once again Pete Smith in 22:34, with Wayne Powell 23:20 just beating Pete Tatton and Mike Jones who both recorded 23:22 to second place. Mark Allen was the fastest junior with a PB time of 27:27 ahead of Sam French and Joe Langford, both doing PB’s as well. The fastest time set was 21:58 by Steve Burke of Macclesfield Wheelers.

Members Results: Pete Smith, 22:34; Alex McNicol, 22:36; Wayne Powell, 23:20; Mike Jones, 23:22; Pete Tatton, 23:22; Nick Decker. 23:31; Stephen Jackson, 23:55; Kelvin Milward, 23:56; Ben Norbury, 23:56; Paul Dentith, 24:18; Paul Turner, 24:46; Duncan Poole, 25:41; John Ratcliffe, 26:24; Bill Boynton, 26:31; Mark Allen, 27:27; Sam French, 27:41; John Broadbent, 28:18; Joe Langford, 28:23; Sue Blake, 29:06; David Hurst, 32:22.

Saturday – VTTA 30-mile TT on Chelford Course

Three Members rode this event in warm and dry but windy conditions. Peter Smith recorded 1:12:42 for 10th place (his first ride at this distance); Kelvin Milward produced a sound 1:17:06 and Duncan Poole struggled to 1:26:45. The fastest on actual time was John Payne (Leigh Premier) with 1:09:01 and winner on VTTA Standard was Mike Cotgreave (Westmead Team 88) with +15:44. Denise Hurst, Mary Renshaw were Marshals and Peter Hayhurst projected the results.

Tuesday – inter club 25 mile TT replaced by 13.3 mile course

The second leg of our inter club 25 mile TT with Macclesfield Wheelers took place yesterday, on a mild but overcast evening. The 25 had to be abandoned because of road works in Chelford. the event was switched to a 13.3 mile course from Monks Heath to Congleton and back. Macclesfield Wheelers were carrying lead of 14:42 from the first leg and once again came out on top, but this time the margin was only 3:59.

Individually the top two positions went to Macclesfield Wheelers with Adam Bailey recording 29:37 and Steve Burke 30:09. Pete Smith was our first counter in 31:30 for fourth place. The aggregate times for each clubs best 6 riders were Macclesfield Wheelers 3:11:51 with Congleton C.C 3:15:50.

There was an excellent turn out of both riders and event volunteers. There were 38 competitors, 20 Congleton, 10 Macclesfield and 8 visitors.The  club must thank 13 volunteers who helped the event run smoothly and safely.

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.