Report – January 30th 2011

News from Congleton Cycling Club 

8th Jan – CTT B.A.R. Prize Presentation (Champions Night) in Nottingham

Neil Skellern and wife Lynne enjoyed the dinner table company of the Twickenham 24-hour riders and the speeches and banter by Guest of Honour, Magnus Backstedt and compère, David Harmon. Skellern, plus Alf Hilton, were honoured for their 10th and 9th placings respectively, in the CTT 2010 Best All-Rounder Competition based on 50- and 100-miles and 12-Hours, plus the 3rd Team placing, together with Karl Austin, behind two sponsored clubs – i.e. 1st of the non-sponsored clubs. For Skellern, this was his 6th invitation due to achieving a Top-12 position each year (and 7th in total due to winning a Team Medal one year). 

9th Jan – Clubrun to Delamere Station Café

Denise Hurst, Georgina and Bob Norton, Chris Foster, Stephen Jackson, Stephen Kane and Peter Nelson enjoyed the un-seasonal, mildish weather on this 60-mile outing. 

12th Jan – Beartown Brewery Tour

Thirteen Members were guided by owner, Ian Burns (former Club Member) through the company history and the brewing process which including sampling of various brews and their malts. This was followed by a buffet and beers in his Beartown Tap. Naturally, a game of darts could not be missed – so a Good (and Informative) Time was enjoyed by one-and-all. 

16th Jan – Club-Run to High Legh Garden Centre

Denise and David Hurst, Georgina and Bob Norton, Stephen Kane, Peter Nelson had a dry ride via Radnor Bank and Plumley but as soon as they reached the lunch stop the heavy rain commenced so they had to brave the very wet conditions for the return ride via Knutsford, Bate Mill and Radnor Bank. 

20th Jan – Club-Night Quiz

27 Members and Friends had another fun evening with John Dean’s quiz – full of interesting, non-cycling, questions which was made even more sociable with the tasty buffet prepared by our Social Secretary, Georgina Norton, supported by Beryl Swash. –  plus, the well-supported Rugby Club bar. The overall winners of the three sets of questions were The Stragglers, closely followed by a tie between Elworth Eagles and Tony & Co. We want more quiz nights! 

23rd Jan – 1st Reliability Ride of 49-miles

How lucky we were with the weather – calm and cool and dry! 31 riders successfully completed the ride (with only 1 puncture reported) via Bosley, Gawsworth, Broken Cross, Alderley, Ollerton, Middlewich, Crewe, Haslington, Hassall Green and Astbury: 19 from our Congleton Club, 10 from Leek, 1 from Lyme and 1 from Sandbach. The leading group, with Neil Skellern at the front, completed the route in 2 hours 40 minutes. We all enjoyed Joyce Austin’s refreshments at the end and expressed our thanks to her for the professional organisation (as usual). 

30th Jan – MDTTA Prize Presentation – Top Honours for our Club

Following a short clubrun, in deceptively chilly conditions, 12 Members were glad of the warmth of Middlewich Masonic Hall for this great social occasion and the annual hot-pot lunch – which was as good as ever! The MDTTA covers all Time Trial events in Greater Manchester, The Potteries, Cheshire, Lancashire south and Derbyshire west. Thanks to our top riders – Alf Hilton, Neil Skellern, Karl Austin and Denise Hurst – our Club was awarded the vast majority of the main prizes! Fortunately, two of our Members came in their cars, which were then filled to the roof with Trophies and Shields. 

Future Fixtures

Sunday, 6th February: Reliability Ride – 65 miles. 9.15 for 9.30 start at the Rugby Club.

Saturday, 19th February: Social Ride with café stop. 10.00 at West Heath Shopping Centre, Holmes Chapel Road entrance. 

Please note our new web-address: 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.