Report – June 3rd, 2011

Congleton Cycling Club’s Chain of Events

Pete Tatton recently returned from a sporting holiday at Club La Santa on Lanzarote, the home of the hardest Ironman Triathlon, bar Hawaii, due to the hills and wind. He reported that the weather was great and the facilities even better. He entered his first Duathlon: 2.4k run, 15k ride, 2.4 k run and also Mini Triathlon: 400m swim, 15k ride and 4.4k run and managed mid-position in both events, with running being his weakness. In the Duathlon, he came 7th out of 16 in 58.45 and the winner managed 48.32.  In the Triathlon, he came 19th out of 34 in 1hr 6 compared to the winner’s 51.34. 

May 17th Club 10-mile TT on Gawsworth course

Another good turnout of 12 Congleton riders plus 5 from other clubs, took part in this week’s race which was held in mild, dry and less windy conditions than previous events. Steve Hulme had a commanding margin with 22.22 followed by Karl Austin – 23:02, Jamie Willetts – 24.45, Duncan Poole – 25.43, Andy Malbon – 26.27, Stephen Kane – 26.29, Darren Nicholls – 26.40, Tony Elliott – 27:34, Mick Byrne – 27.44, Chris Foster – 28.15, Edgar Reynolds – 29:42 and Peter Nelson – 30.56. The overall fastest was Alex Royle (SiS) with 21.32, closely followed by Mark Lovatt (Planet-X) with 21.42.

Timekeepers: Bill Boynton, Jill Elliott.
Marshals: Steve Sladin, Brendan McLaughlin, Peter Hayhurst, Kelvin Milward. 

May 21st / 22nd

– Saturday Social Ride to Plantation Garden Centre at Plumley

There were three Members on the Saturday short club run – Georgina Norton, Bob Banner and Rob Waghorn. They rode via Brereton, Middlewich and Byley.and returned via Goostrey, Twemlow (stopping to watch a bit of the time trial), and Radnor Bank  All-in-all, a pleasant trouble free ride in sunshine and wind. 

Warrington R.C. 50-mile TT on Chelford course

In very windy conditions, our Club claimed another fine Team Victory! Alf Hilton recorded 1.57.22 for 4th place overall; Neil Skellern did 2.00.16 for 8th place and Karl Austin did 2.10.40, having lost time when his chain came off. Peter Hayhurst did 2.42.02 to win the 70-79 year category and Peter Nelson did 2.57.01. The overall winner was non-other than Andy Wilkinson, with an impressive 1.51.32. The emergency course (due to tree-felling near Knutsford) turned out to be just over 51 miles so the “corrected” times would be 2 minutes shorter for top riders and 3 minutes shorter for our slower riders. 

Rhyl 37-Mile Mountain TT

The conditions were very difficult due to the gusting wind and blinding rain towards the end, especially on the descents. Karl Austin managed 1.54.04 but Andy Wilkinson won again with 1.30.47, missing Chris Boardman’s course record by only 50 seconds.

May 24th Club 10-mile TT on Holmes Chapel Circuit

Another good turnout of 15 Congleton riders plus 4 from other clubs took part in this week’s race which was held in mild, dry and less windy conditions than previous events. Wayne Jackson had a commanding margin with 24.19, followed by Karl Austin – 24:45, Kelvin Milward – 25.13, Jamie Willetts – 25.31, Brendan McLaughlin – 25.49, Stephen Kane – 26.54, Pete Tatton – 27.03, Jon Leigh – 27.38, Andy Malbon – 27.58, Darren Nicholls – 27.58, Tony Elliott – 28:06, Chris Foster – 28.32, Mick Byrne – 28.41, Edgar Reynolds – 29:45 and David Hurst – 35.35. The overall fastest was Mark Lovatt (Planet-X) with 22.31.

Timekeepers: Jill Elliott, Bill Boynton. Pusher: Steve Sladin. Marshals: Denise Hurst, Georgina Norton, Mary Renshaw, Gordon Dale, Peter Hayhurst, Dave McVitie, Peter Nelson. Refreshments: Joyce Austin. 

May 28th / 29th / 30th

Newport (Shropshire) C.C. 10-Mile TT at Ternhill

Kelvin Milward managed 24.44 for 21st place, the last uphill drag from Espley Island into the wind being very tough, but it did make a nice change from the usual Chelford course. The winner was Andy Wilkinson with 20.40, followed by Andy Bason with 20.59. 

Manchester Wheelers 50-mile TT on Uttoxeter course

Six Members competed in dry but very windy conditions: a fine 7th place and 3rd in 40-49 Cat.: for Neil Skellern – 1.46.29; 12th place and 8th in 40-49 Cat.: Alf Hilton – 1.48.32; Karl Austin – 1.59.27; Dave Mulroy – 2.12.55; 2nd and 3rd places in 70+ Cat.: Peter Hayhurst – 2.29.39 and Peter Nelson – 2.35.45. Overall winner was Julian Jenkinson (UTAG-Yamaha) with 1.43.15. 

Anfield B.C. 100-Mile TT at Prees

Probably the worst conditions of 2011 – the riders being wet and cold before they even started at 6 a.m., which caused our top riders as well as Andy Wilkinson to “DNF”. Karl Austin, our “hot-bloodied” long distance specialist put in a very worthy performance with 4.16.02 for 11th place. The miserable conditions did not prevent Andy Bason (Team Pedal Revolution) breaking the course record with a superb 3.41.07, with 20-year-old Richard Handley (Team Raleigh) being the only other rider to beat 4 hours, with 3.48.47! 

May 31st Club 10-mile TT on Gawsworth Course

Another fine evening saw 22 riders (12 Congleton + 10 guests) competing on the Gawsworth course. Two riders got under 22 minutes: Mike Cuming (Orbea) with 21.25 and last week’s winner Mark Lovatt (Planet X) with 21.52. Of our Club Members, Steve Hulme had a commanding margin with 22.06, followed by Karl Austin – 23:40 (not quite recovered from the “Anfield” on the previous day), Kelvin Milward – 23.47, Jamie Willetts – 24.26, Brendan McLaughlin – 24.41, Duncan Poole – 25.51, Pete Tatton – 25.55, Tony Elliott – 26.25, Mick Byrne – 27.07, Darren Nicholls – 27.13, Chris Foster – 28.25, and Peter Nelson – 30.45.

Timekeeper: Joyce Austin. Pusher: Bob Dale. Marshals: Peter Hayhurst, Steve Sladin.

Future Fixtures

Tuesday, 14th June, Club 10-mile TT Gawsworth course. Meet at Rising Sun P.H. at 7pm for 7.30pm start. 

Saturday, 18th June, Short Clubrun with café stop. Meet at Unicorn P.H., Holmes Chapel Road, West Heath at 10 a.m. 

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