Report – 15th July 2013

Congleton Cycling Club’s Chain of Events 

Weeks of 28th June to 14th July 

Saturday – M&DTTA 50-mile TT on Chelford Course

Mike Jones, 2:08:01; Pete Tatton, 2:08:52; Kelvin Milward, 2:09:44. Winner was Charlie Taylor, South Pennine CC, with 1:47:43.

Tuesday – Club 10-mile TT on Chelford Course

This week’s club 10 on the J2/1 was a very wet one. The rain started soon after the first rider. The fastest time was set by sixteen year old Joe Evans, a visitor from Hargrove Cycles R.T. with 21:33. Joe is the current GHS schoolboy 10 mile champion. Once again Pete Smith took maximum points in the club competition with 23:38 to move level with Wayne Powell 24:43 in the season long series. Pete Tatton was 2nd club rider on the night with 24:25 and is now a close 3rd on points. Fastest of the club teenagers this week was Mark Allen who beat Joe Langford by a single second.

The poor conditions made for slippery roads and two riders slid off, with Ben Norbury coming down at Booths Hall roundabout and Paul Turner falling on the return through Chelford Island. Both got up to finish. Ben was on a new bike. Hope it’s OK!

Saturday – Short Clubrun – to Plantation Garden Centre, Lower Peover

From this month the club has added an extra Saturday Short Club Run ride each month. In addition to the regular ride on the third Saturday of each month there will now be a ride on the first Saturday of the month. The inaugural first Saturday ride attracted 5 riders out on a fine summer’s day for a 30 mile circuit with a refreshment stop at the Plantation at Lower Peover. The riders were Bob and Georgina Norton, Sue Collins, Bev Hambleton and Mark Allen they followed a route through Brereton Heath and on to Middlewich by way of Cledford Bridge before going though Allostock to Lower Peover. the return was by way of Goostrey and Swettenham.

Saturday – M&DTTA 100-mile TT on Emergency Course

Five Members rode this annual event: Mike Jones, Wayne Powell, Pete Smith, Pete Tatton and Jamie Willetts and seven Members assisted: Georgina & Bob Norton, Denise Hurst, Roy Hayhurst, Peter Nelson and Peter Hayhurst (Event Organiser). All our Members performed well, with the exception of Pete Smith who punctured before 50 miles. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, there is no official result due to a last-minute Emergency Course being used. This was caused by having to avoid temporary traffic lights at Jodrell Bank, due to predicted heavy traffic heading for a concert. 

Sunday – Clubrun in Trough of Bowland – 63 miles

On Sunday 7th of July the scheduled club run started at Chipping in Lancashire and travelled via Slaidburn over Catlow Fell and Tatham Fell to High Bentham and on the Ingleton for lunch, where we were joined by Phil Allen. It was an absolutely glorious day with temperatures in the mid 20’s. The riders were Mark Allen, Bill Boynton, Stephen Kane and Bob Norton. After lunch a slightly flatter stretch took the group west though Wray before turning south at Quernmore to climb over to the Trough of Bowland. There were magnificent views over Morecombe Bay. We had a brief stop at the top of the pass on the way out of the Trough to pay homage to Bill Bradley, winner of the Tour of Britain in 1959 and 60, who has a memorial stone there. We arrived back in Chipping via Dunsop Bridge after a strenuous but enjoyable day of about 63 miles with about 5500 feet of vertical ascent. The photographs show the group on Tatham fell with a vista of North Yorkshires 3 peaks Ingleborough, Penygent and Whernside as a back drop. 

Sunday – Alternative Clubrun to Blaze Farm – 45 miles

Jim Cook led this “Alternative” and was joined by Sue Collins, John Braodbent, Roy Hayhurst (training for Mont Ventoux!) and David McVitie. They rode an undulating (i.e. very hilly!) route via Bosley, Prestbury, Bollington, Old Brickwrks, Lamaload, Crag Hall, Wilboarclough to enjoy a welcome rest and recovery, in the sunshine, before returning via Macc Forest, Langley, Fools Nook and Gawsworth.

Tuesday – Club 10-mile TT on Gawsworth Course

This week,s club 10 on Tuesday took place in very warm and somewhat airless conditions. Thirty nine riders took the start, twenty three from the club and sixteen visitors. Fastest time was 22:29 done by Ed Moss visiting from Beacon R.C.C. Ed was a club member back in the 80’s. He beat our own Pete Smith by 10 seconds into second place. Next club finishers were Pete Tatton 23:18 and Wayne Powell 23:22, continuing their battle in the season long Bob Job Point competition, which Pete Smith now leads.

Amongst the juniors, Tristan Roberts riding only his second 10 of the season improved to 28:28 beating Joe Langford by 3 seconds with Mark Allen 29:21 and Harry Akers Smith riding for the first time this year fourth. For full details (including list of Officials / Helpers) see website. 

Riders before the start

Riders before the start

Saturday – NOVA 25-mile TT on Chelford Course

On another real Summer day (mustn’t complain!), three Members rode this event. Kelvin Milward was our fastest, in 1:02:28; Duncan Poole, 1:09:23 and Peter Hayhurst, 1:20:55. The winner was Darren Maironis, Withington Whs, 54.12, beating Scott Burns, Manchester  Wheelers, by 1 second! 

Sunday – Clubrun to Tattenhall Ice Cream Farm – 73 / 70 miles

This day marked the launch of a second Sunday Club Run. For the rest of the summer at least there will now be two groups each Sunday, with the B group continuing at the traditional pace, and the new A group a couple of miles per hour faster. Both rides will make the same cafe stop with the A group perhaps doing an extra detour on the way. Last Sunday’s ride destination, in fantastic cycling weather, was the Ice Cream Farm at Tattenhall, who have always welcomed cyclists with a 10% reduction on food and drink for those arriving by bike. Eight riders met at 09:30 outside the Rugby Club, with the A/B split being three and five. Bill Boynton, Joe Langford and Sue Blake formed the A ride and made their way to Tattenhall though Goostrey, Lach Denis, Whitegate, Little Budworth, Tarporley and Huxley. The B riders were Bob and Georgina Norton, Jim Cook, Tristan Roberts, and David McVitie. They took a more southerly route through Church Minshull, Cholmondeston, Bar Bridge, Cholmondley, Bickerton and Harthill. Both groups arrived within minutes of each other, with respectively 42 and 39 miles clocked up, so the plan worked well. Suitably refreshed, both groups returned by the same route, past Beeston Castle to Bunbury, Wettenhall, Church Minshull, and back through Brereton Heath for a total ride distance of 70 miles (or 73).

There were two other members at the cafe. Sue Collins and Mark Tilstone had made their own way there. Mark is just back from the French Alps having completed his 13th successive Etape du Tour which is a ride of a mountainous stage of the year’s Tour de France race. This year was the 125 km Annecy- Annecy Semnoz stage to be raced on the final Saturday of the race July 20th). It included six categorised climbs and totalling 3500 metres of vertical ascent. Cheshire is thankfully flatter!

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.