Report – June 10th 2011

Congleton Cycling Club 

June 4th / 5th

– Dukinfield 25-Mile TT on Chelford Circuit

At last, under “normal” conditions, Neil Skellern recorded his fastest ever on Cheshire with – 55:07; followed by Kelvin Milward – 59:59, Peter Hayhurst – 1:13:38 and Peter Nelson – 1:18:20. Alf Hilton, stopped to give medical assistance to another rider, otherwise our Club would have won the Team Prize – which was awarded to Warrington R.C.  

– Club-Run to Roaches Tea Room, Upper Hulme

With many Members participating in organised events, only Georgina Norton, Bob Banner and Dave McVitie rode out into the head-wind via Gawsworth, Sutton, Wincle, Gun Hill and Meerbrook, then up the steep lane to The Roaches Tea Room where they had a good lunch in order to load calories ready for the tough but wind-assisted return ride via Hulme End, Tittesworth, Rudyard, Hatton and Biddulph Moor. 

– Polka Dot Challenge 105 / 54-mile Charity Rides

Stephen Kane and Bob Norton completed the 105-mile ride in less than 9 hours and Peter Hayhurst managed the 54-miler in 4 hours 40 minutes. Stephen Kane reported that the wind was blustery but the rain held off until the Cat &Fiddle (20 miles from the Finish) and the sun even put in a few appearances. As the name suggests, this was a very hilly ride, starting with Brickworks, then Windgather, Goyt Valley, Allgreave to Gradbach, then Flash followed by the lumpy roads to Longnor and the steep climb through Crowdecote, to the first feed stop where crowds enjoyed home-made cakes, fruit and energy drinks provided by the many helpers. This was Decision Time! Two of us chose the longer route and our older rider chose the shorter route. I came to curse that decision, as, after the climbs around Hartington, Warslow, Waterhouses, Thorpe and Longcliffe, I hit a bad patch 15 miles before the next feed station between Youlgreave and Monyash. Luckily Bob Norton’s spare bottle came to the rescue. We made it round eventually and all aches and pains were suddenly forgotten as we had our post ride biccy and cup of tea at the Woodford HQ and feeling quite pleased with ourselves to have completed 105 miles that involved 10 000 ft of climbing at an expense of 5400 Kcal. We spotted a fellow Congletonian from the club, Denise Hurst, who was just about to complete a 600km AUDAX event (from Hazel Grove to Aberystwyth and back). 

– V.C. Cumbria 50-Mile TT on Bassenthwaite Circuit

Our sole entrant, Karl Austin, recorded 2:03:19 in windy conditions. The event was won by a large margin by Derek Parkinson (Cleveley’s R.C.) with 1:44:08. 

– 600K AUDAX from Hazel Grove to Aberystwyth and back

In the last of her P-B-P qualifying rides, Denise Hurst successfully completed this gruelling 600K, in spite of sickness which caused her to restrict her eating and drinking – but fortunately, encouragement from Jim Gresty and support from husband David saw her through. The outward 290K started at 6 a.m. on Saturday and went via Wem, Long Mynd, Church Stretton, Clun, Montgomery, Builth Wells – in fine weather and a tailwind – arriving in Aberystwyth at 8 p.m. The return leg of 310K was very hard, due to the distance, the rain and the headwind! The 40-odd riders fought their way over the Gurig Pass to Llanidloes, then through Montgomery, Shrewsbury, Ironbridge, Cannock, Eccleshall, Market Drayton, Whitchurch, Wrenbury and Middlewich to the Hazel Grove finish, around 5 p.m. Sunday. Roll-On P-B-P in August! 

June 7th Inter-Club 25-Mile TT on Chelford Circuit

The conditions were good for the 28 riders, apart from the chilly evening breeze. Our Steve Hulme, in his first “25” this year, was fastest overall with a fine 58.02! Other Members’ times: Karl Austin – 01:01:58, Kelvin Milward – 01:02:30, Jamie Willetts – 01:04:22, Stephen Jackson – 01:08:08, Darren Nicholls – 01:09:44, Tony Elliott – 01:13:17, Edgar Reynolds – 01:17:09, Peter Hayhurst – 01:17:16, Peter Nelson – 01:19:49 and David Hurst – 01:27:17. Pete Tatton was “DNF”. 

Future Fixtures

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

Tuesday, 21st June, Inter-Club 25-mile TT on Chelford course. Meet at Club AZ, Monks Heath at 7pm for 7.30pm start. This event is responsibility of our Club – so a good turn-out of Officials / Marshals required! 

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