Wheelers set up win over rivals
WITH the cycling season in full swing, it’s been a busy period for Macc Wheelers.
The first leg of the annual Karl Austin interclub 25-mile Championship saw them take on local rivals Congleton CC. After Congleton’s runaway victory in last year’s competition, the Wheelers had something to prove.
The competition is decided on the basis of the aggregate time for the first six riders from the two clubs over the two legs.
Conditions were very poor with strong winds but, despite this, Chris Quin took overall victory in the event with an extremely impressive time of 56.56.
Dave Hughes, Alex Taylor, Roger Wrenn, Oliver Johnstone and Ant Allan were the other counters, giving the Wheelers an aggregate of 6.11.56, against Congle- ton’s 6.20.08, to take into the second leg.
Thursday evening saw Dave Hughes and James Russell compete in the Manchester Bicycle Club’s Mountain Time Trial on a course that went from the Cat and Fiddle to Allgreave and Flash, before returning to the Cat and Fiddle.
Thankfully the weather was much better than two days earlier and both Wheelers finished in the top twenty, with Russell finishing in second place in his age category.
The wind had returned with a vengeance by the weekend and the Warrington RC 50 mile time trial was held in near gale force winds.
Despite this, Fred Wardle took more than five minutes off his previous best time at this distance to win the Handicap Competition.
Mike Knudsen missed the worst of the wind by travelling to Peterborough to take part in the inaugural Tour of Cambridgeshire.
This was a qualifying event for this year’s World Masters Championship to be held in Knudsen’s home country, Denmark.
Knudsen continued his current good form by finishing sixth in the time trial and fourth in the road section and easily qualified for the Championships.
The weekend also saw two epic rides by members of the Club. Pride of place must go to Phil Cunningham and John Jackson who both rode a 376 mile Audax event which started in Poynton and headed out to Hull before turning south through Lincoln to Boston and then returning to Poynton via Derby and Market Drayton. Cunningham completed the ride in just under 24 hours of riding with a total of four hours of sleep.
Jackson was slightly slower having decided to spend more time resting and ensure his qualification for the 750 mile ParisBrest-Paris later this year.
Paul Dean and Moray MacNee travelled to Port Talbot for the Dragon Ride Sportive, one of the most popular – and hardest – events in the calendar with 142 miles of riding and 11,500 feet of climbing.
●● Tytherington Juniors under 11s with the Failsworth Villa Tournament trophy
●● James Russell