Chronicle Report for 29th May 2014

Club news

The club continues to go from strength to strength, with more new members in the last 3 weeks – new members are always welcome, please see the website for details Club runs are every Sunday morning, with social rides every other Saturday morning. Why not come along and meet a few of the members?

Our Facebook page is also back up and running, with regular updates on activities and results. Link via the website.

Charity Fundraising

Sam French, aged 16, of Congleton Cycling Club with his two friends Joe Swinnerton and James Duncalf, both 14 and members of Lyme Racing Club completed the challenge of climbing the Killer Mile ten times nonstop on May Day Bank Holiday. A small group of supporters stood on the 25% slope past the Cheshire View to witness the feat and shout encouragement.


Steve and the teenagers after the challenge


Sam French on the steepest section of the Killer Mile

The group of teenagers who all attend Alsager School, have raised over £600 so far, for the Donna Louise Trust hospice in Trentham, which assists terminally Ill young people. Further donations are welcome. Contact

Another Congleton Club Member also rode the challenge. Steve Sladin, who had only gone to make a donation, ended by riding the climb ten times as well.  This was good training because the following weekend Steve rode the Fred Whitton Challenge which is a 112 mile loop of the Lake District, taking in all the major Passes with nearly 12,000 feet of climbing.  Steve used this event to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

Elsewhere junior members Mark Allen and Joe Langford rode the 50 mile route of the Dougie Mac Bike Ride on may the 18th for Douglas Macmillan Hospice, while senior member Richard Cowan rode the 110 mile event to Llangollen.

Time Trialling

For Tuesday May 6th, the threat of rain kept some away. Never the less 32 club members and 10 visitors braved the elements. In the event the roads at the start finish were wet, but strangely, were actually dry at the western end of the course.
In the conditions, most were slower than the previous week. Ben Norbury, 22:19, got back in front of Steve Hulme, 22:39, with Mike Stretch of Macclesfield Wheelers third in 22:46. Third place points in the league went to Pete Smith in 23:11. Ben is league leader with 149 points Steve second (146) and Pete Tatton third (131). Steve is leading the veteran league table.
In the ladies competition Denise Hurst again took maximum points with 28:45 but Sharon May was only 10 seconds behind in 28:55. Sue Blake retains the lead in the Ladies League.
Sam French was fastest club junior in 26:01, just a day after his charity challenge of 10 ascents of the Killer Mile to Mow Cop nonstop. He retains his league lead but has now been pushed into second place in the Handicap League by Angelo DeAngelis.

The following week, 13th May, conditions were cool with a stiff breeze against on the return leg of the JC/5 course. Competition was tough but friendly as always. Steve Hulme took top spot in 22:03 from Ben Norbury in 22:15 and regular visitor, junior Alex Braybrooke 22:19.
The full results can be seen on the website.

The Handicap competition is developing into an interesting one. Rob dale took top points on the night with an improvement to 23:47, but second place points went to Joe Langford with a new PB of 27:28 and now moves up to third in the league behind Angelo DeAngelis and Ben Norbury.

A wet night welcomed the 33 competitors to the start line on May 20th, on a new 10 mile time trial course on the Congleton to Holmes Chapel road.

Ex member Mark Lovatt (Planet X) cycles set the best time in 22:07 from Ben Norbury 22:23 and Steve Hulme 22:42, with Pete Smith taking third place points in the clubs TT competition with 23:18.

Sam French was best of the clubs juniors in 26:01 from Joe Langford 27:53. Both commiserated with Mark Allen who suffered a double puncture a mile after the start.

In the Ladies competition Denise Hurst came out top with 29:24 from Sharon may 29:35 and Sue Blake 29:57. Making a comeback after 30 years, was former ladies junior national 10 mile champion Karen Line, who on this occasion was somewhat slower than her 23 minute personal best.

Graham Mitchell managed a PB 29:22 to take top handicap points from Mike Line 25:09 and Rob Dale 23:47.

As always full results are available on the clubs website.

Congleton Cycling Campaign

Congleton Cycling Campaign’s Pedalling Picnic for new and returning cyclists starts at 10.30 from Congleton Town Hall on Sunday 15 June at the start of the Food Festival.

The ride is approximately 12 miles return to Biddulph Grange Country Park, get back to Food Festival at about 13.30.

Bring your own picnic. Toilets available.

Some noteable achievements

Bill Boynton competed in the Stockton Duathlon on Sunday 27 April, the final UK qualifier for the World Age-Group Duathlon Championships next month.  Over the Standard (Olympic) distance of 10k run, 40k bike, and 5k run, Bill, who was the second oldest competitor, finished 135th from 248 competitors in a time of 2:28:51. He was the leading over 60 veteran, but more importantly qualified for World Duathlon event in Pontevedra, Spain, next month.

Jamie Willetts competed in the Erlestoke 12 MTB event – his first endurance event of the year was meant to be a fun intro back into racing, but the bank holiday weather put pay to that. The heavy rain which hit the course in the hours in the run up to the start left what would be a fantastic (dry) course to be a somewhat shortened mudfest.

The race set off at midday and the pattern for the day was set – slippy grassy climbs and descents and deep muddy single track. The first lap wasn’t too bad as the mud was still runny, but as the sun came out, more time was spent pulling huge amounts of mud off the bike to keep it moving. Towards the end of his fourth lap Jamie’s rear mech seized leading to a very big gear to try and single speed! Despite his best efforts to clean and get it moving again his race ended at about 5 hours and four laps completed. Jamie still finished 12th from 40, despite his mechanical problems.

Two weeks ago Steve Sladin did the Fred Whitton Challenge on the 11th of May, 111 miles and 11,200ft of climbing including Hardknott pass with gradients of 30% at around 96miles in the lake district raising money for Macmillan Cancer  Care in memory of his Dad…

Asked for a comment on his day, Steve said ‘Two words…never again !!’ but he was very pleased with his time of 8hrs 34mins.