Report – May 6th, 2011

Royal wedding day was a good reason for a long ride

April 22nd – Birkenhead 28-mile Hilly TT at Farndon

Two laps of the 24-Hour Finishing Circuit (Farndon – Broxton – Handley) in sunny and warm but breezy conditions. We had just 2 riders; with Alf Hilton taking 2nd place with a 1.4.21 behind Andy Wilkinson who did 59.20. (how is 5 minute gap in 1 hour possible?). Karl Austin managed a 1.12.41 which is a 2 min improvement for this event. Wilkinson was doing 50mph at one point! 

April 23rd – MDTTA “25? on J2/9
Another good Team performance and individual 2011 improvements: Alf Hilton, 2nd place with 54.47; Neil Skellern, 7th place with 56.42 and Karl Austin, 31st with 59.27 – secured 3rd Team position behind Wills Wheels and Manchester Wheelers. The winner was Simon Bridge of Leigh Premier with 54.17. Our older riders also improved: Peter Hayhurst recorded 1.14.42 and Peter Nelson 1.17.05. 

April 24th

– Mid-Shropshire Wheelers “25? on D25/8E
Karl Austin posted another “59? – 59.57. This was his 3rd competition in 3 days. The Event was won by Andy Bason in 52.27.

Abbotsford Park “10? on J2/1
Alf Hilton missed 2nd place by 1 sec and 1st place by only 6 secs, with 21.31 to Jack Green’s 21.30. The winner was Adam Duggleby of SiS, with 21.25. Peter Hayhurst improved to 28.49. 

– Club Run Red House Farm at Dunham Massey

There were 5 out on a fine day: Georgina and Bob Norton, Bob Banner, Stephen Kane  and Doug Taylor. The ride was about 55 miles and rode out via Jodrell Bank, Marthall, Mobberly Ashley and Hale, returning via Little Bollington, Bucklow Hill, Tatton Park, Knutsford and Goostrey. 

April 29th / 30th – Touring

– “Winter Solace”, 202K AUDAX, from Stockport to Farndon

Royal wedding day seemed a good reason for a long ride, so Georgina and Bob Norton rode the 202 km AUDAX, which was originally called the “Winter Solstice” and should have taken place on the shortest day, last December. However at that time only 2 riders completed it because the weather was so bad. On the day, the weather was good although rather windy. About 40 riders took part, with others doing a shorter 155 km route. The Nortons were pleased to finish their first 2011 ride at the distance, in 10 hours. Start (& Finish) in Bredbury (Stockport) and then via

Wilmslow, Ollerton, Whitegate, Gatesheath, to the Welsh border at Farndon and returning via Malpas, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Audlem, Nantwich, Church Minshull, Middlewich, Goostrey, Alderley Edge and Marple.  

– Wilderhope YH Tour

Mary Renshaw reported: “We had a lovely ride down to Wilderhope with Denise Hurst and Gerry & Neil Goldsmith. The route went via Audlem where we stopped off at the Priest House in Audlem for coffee, then through the back lanes to Cruddington, ending up in Much Wenlock for a sandwich, which we ate at a wonderful viewpoint on Wenlock Edge. We had a super following wind and arrived at the hostel at around 6pm. The evening meal and 2 bottles of wine went down very well and we woke up to beautiful weather again. We soon discovered that the wind had picked up, so the homeward journey was quite tough but enjoyable. We left Wilderhope and worked our way through a network of tiny lanes to Bridgenorth via Ditton Priors where we encountered a challenging 10 percenter which went on for some considerable time. 

After Bridgenorth we took up the Club reliability route hoping to stop at the Spiders Web at Cosford only to find yet another cafe closed! However after speaking to some locals we found a nice pub for lunch. We rode on through Gnosall and from Stone to Werrington, Endon and Brown Edge. We were tired due to the strong headwind encountered but were grateful for a really nice tour.” 

April 30th

– Glossop Kinder Velo 2-Up “25” TT on J2/9

Kelvin Milward and Duncan Poole, our sole Team in this event, were satisfied with their time of 1.04.49 considering the windy conditions. The event was won by Nige Wood of Wills Wheels who was partnered by Alastair Rutherford of SiS – in 53.20. 

– VTTA “25” TT at Newark-on-Trent

Peter Hayhurst and Peter Nelson enjoyed the drive to Newark and back in sunny but windy conditions. Everything about the event was excellent apart from two important exceptions: the mechanical problems which prevented Nelson from completing the ride and the strong wind which resulted in a slow ride for Hayhurst (1.15.15). 

May 1st – Club-Run to Lock Café at Beeston.

Ten Members: Denise and David Hurst, Georgina and Bob Norton, Bob Banner, Roy Hayhurst, Stephen Kane, David McVitie, Peter Nelson and Rob Waghorn, enjoyed a windy but bright sunny day, for the ride to Beeston. The route was via Brereton, Church Minshull, Bunbury, Bickerton and Beeston Castle, returning via Eaton, Little Budworth, Whitegate, Davenham, Lach Denis and Goostrey; a total of 65 miles. 

May 4th – Club “10” TT on Gawsworth course:

A good turnout of 16 Congleton riders plus 7 from other clubs took part in this week’s race. Times for most riders were very similar to the previous week with Wayne Jackson again the winner in a time of 22:54 (1 second better than last week!). Members’ results:

Wayne Jackson – 22:54,  Karl Austin – 23:22,  Kelvin Milward – 25:12,  Darren Nicholls – 26:51,  Andy Malbon – 26:58,  Stephen Kane – 27:06,  Tony Elliott – 27:33,  Duncan Poole –  Mick Byrne – 28:19,  Edgar Reynolds – 28:50,  Bob Norton – 29:42,  Andrew Thomas – 29:43,  Peter Hayhurst – 30:32, Peter Nelson – 30:36,  David Hurst – 34:18. 

Future Fixtures

Tuesday, 10th May, Club 10-mile TT on J2/1 – Monks Heath.

Meet at Club Astra Zeneca at 6.45pm for 7.15pm start. 

Our newest website is in development and can be viewed on:

The Club meets every Thursday at 8.30pm at the Rugby Club, Park Street and welcomes anyone who would like to swap ideas and stories on all cycling topics. 

Added Later:

Mike Harrison managed 13th overall in the Tour of the North in N.Ireland at Easter (with 2 top ten finishes on Stage 3 and 4). The Tour of the North is a four day stage race based in Ballymena this year but with stages all over the province from the prologue at Stormont Castle, Dublin to the wilds of County Antrim. Mike reported that his best finishes were 10th on the hilly 3rd stage at Lisdounvarna and 8th in a bunch finish on the fourth and final stage.

– Wilderhope YH Tour photo of Gerry & Ian, Denise & Mary