Report – June 24th 2011

Congleton Cycling Club – Chain of Events

 June 11th / 12th

Club-Run to Dagfields at Hatherton

Denise and David Hurst, Bob Banner and Doug Taylor ventured out, in spite of the poor forecast but only got as far as Alsager before the drizzle set in. After Betley and Wybunbury, they were glad of a friendly towel at Dagfields. The warming lunch prepared them for the wet return via Hough and Englesea Brook, to complete 55 miles.

 Phoenix 10-Mile TT at Rainford

Peter Nelson managed 30:52 on a breezy afternoon.

 Fusion CC Dronfield 10-Mile TT at Hatfield Woodhouse

Graham Barker – 25:40. Winner was Julian Ramsbottom – 20:52.

 Redditch R&P 10-Mile TT

Karl Austin – 23:38. Winner was J. Simpkins of Drag2Zero with 20:38.

 Shirley R.C. 50-Mile TT at Alcester

Karl Austin – 2:06:34. The winner was Andy Wilkinson (again) with 1:47:30.

 June 14th

Club 10-Mile TT on Gawsworth Circuit

Superb, warm, sunny evening saw 6 of the 22 riders record personal bests on the Gawsworth course. Karl Austin was fastest of the Congleton riders with a time of 23:20, but clear winner was Mark Lovatt (Planet X) in a time of 21:36. Other Members results: Kelvin Milward – 23:43, Brendan McLaughlin – 23:56, Andy Malbon – 25:31, Stephen Kane – 25:37, Edgar Reynolds – 26:08, Jon Leigh – 26:09, Darren Nicholls – 26:33, Tony Elliot – 26:39, Mick Byrne – 26:50, Peter Hayhurst – 27:29, Steve Sladin – 28:32, Dave McVitie (first TT ever) 29:24, Peter Nelson – 30:44.

Timekeepers: Joyce Austin, Bob Dale. Marshals: Bob Norton, Jill Elliott

 June 18th  / 19th

Original Source Mountain Mayhem, 24hr Mountain Bike Race. Malvern Hills

 Wayne Jackson is having a Great Year and this is his abbreviated report:

“Now the biggest MTB endurance event in the UK and celebrating its 14th year since the first Mountain Mayhem took place at Trentham Gardens in 1998. I journeyed down to the larger venue of Eastnor Castle near Ledbury in the Malvern Hills with my camping gear packed, two mountain bikes, plenty of food, clothing and a sense of trepidation. Around 2700 entrants in all, battling it out for position whilst climbing 1500ft for every 10 mile lap. Overall team winners were the Expert mixed team of Hope Technology who drafted in British Olympic mountain bike hopeful Liam Kileen completing 29 laps in a time of 24hr:16mins:51s. The Solo race was hotly contested amongst the top 2 with Ant White defending his 2010 title completing an impressive 21 laps with reportedly only 5 minutes spent off the bike.  

I battled on and with only 3 hours or so remaining having completed my 14th lap I had started to workout how many laps I could fit in. I realised with my slowing and erratic pace that I had to settle for either 16 or 17. Completing the 15th lap and feeling bad again I ate and rested, keeping an eye on the clock. I finished Mountain Mayhem with 17 laps in 25hrs:10mins:38s in 9th place and well chuffed with finishing in the top ten in this event.”

 – Short Club-Run to Minshull’s Garden Centre, Crewe

On today’s ride there were 6 Members: Georgina and Bob Norton, Joyce and Linda Austin, David McVitie and Sue Collins. They rode to Minshulls Garden Centre near Leighton Hospital via Brownlow, Hassell Green and Coppenhall . While they were inside the heavens opened but the sun shines on the righteous and it stopped before we left. The return was via Wimboldsley, Middlewich and Brereton Heath.  A good, sociable ride enjoyed by all !

 – Janus R.C. 25-Mile TT on Chelford Circuit

Most riders were caught by heavy showers and the times were generally slower than in recent events. Alf Hilton recorded 55:15 for 4th place (and 2nd Over-40), Neil Skellern – 56:13 for 8th place, Kelvin Milward – 1:02:15, which achieved 3rd Team Award, behind Leigh Premier and Wills Wheels. Peter Hayhurst – 1:15:24. The winner was Simon Bridge (Leigh Premier) with 54:11.

 – VTTA (N. Mids.) 25-Mile TT at Markham Moor

Karl Austin – 1:00:28, Graham Barker – 1:03:08, Peter Nelson – 1:18:27. Winner was Ian Cammish with 51:27.

 Mercia 25-Mile TT near Burton-on-Trent

Karl Austin – 1:01:15. The winner was Scott Westward with 53:20.

 – Prescot Eagle 84-mile Tourist Trail from Eureka Café, Two Mills + Club-Run

Georgina and Bob Norton rove to the Eureka and joined hundreds of Merseyside cyclist for an exploration of the Cheshire lanes from a western aspect. The outward ride was via Waverton, Dutton, Beeston, to the lunch stop at Tattenhall Ice Cream Farm where they met 2 Club pairs, Sue Colloins and Mark Tilstone and also Denise Hurst and Doug Taylor and their rides from Congleton. The return leg of the Tourist Trail was via Farndon and Holt, Rossett, Kinnerton and the Dee towpath.

 – Cotswold Outing 100k AUDAX from Wythall ( B’ham)

Bob Banner enjoys these annual rides which encircle Stratford on Avon, with controls / refreshment stops at Welford and Charlecote

 – Tom Simpson Memorial RR, 100K at Harworth

Mike Harrison finally registered a victory after an eight year gap! He just managed to win the 6-up sprint after 10 laps, based on the Harworth circuit, Simpson’s home town. As usual, he missed the early move when a six man break gained a minute by lap three. This stabilised over the next four laps as the bunch was whittled down by the wind and the climb up to the finish each lap. With two laps to go he attacked and gained half a minute on the bunch before being caught by three other riders. They worked well and caught four of the six breakaway riders quite quickly, leaving two out front approx 20-30 secs in front. With three miles to go he eventually got up to the final two, leaving a six man sprint to the line

1st  Mike Harrison – 2n John Brown (Active Cycles RT) – 3  Paul Bethel  (Team Elite).

 June 21st

Inter-Club 25-Mile TT on Chelford Circuit

The conditions breezy but mild for the 19 riders but this did not prevent our Steve Hulme, in his second “25” this year, posting a very fast and winning 57.26! Other Members’ times: Karl Austin – 01:00:44, Jamie Willetts – 01:03:32, Jon Leigh – 1:08:16, Pete Tatton – 1:08:24, Edgar Reynolds – 01:10:05 and new member / novice, Chris Clowes – 1:11:10.

Future Fixtures

Saturday, 16th July, Short Club-run with café stop. Meet at Unicorn P.H., Holmes Chapel Road, West Heath at 10 a.m.

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