EXCITING news for the Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club arrived this week with confirmation that star rider Tom Glandfield finished in first position in the prestigious 24 Hour Fellowship Long Distance BAR competition.
Tom beat off strong competition from some of the premier riders from around the country to claim a well-deserved victory.
The national award celebrates the rider who achieves the highest average speed ranging from the hundred-mile event to the marathon 24-hour ride.
For the record, Tom’s historic achievement reads as follows; 100 miles in 4:05, while in the 12 hour event, on a taxing Kent course and on a miserable windy day, he clocked up a stunning 257 miles.
Tom’s severest examination came in the National 24 hour epic, run on local East Sussex roads, where he completed 434 miles in the allocated time, giving him an incredible average speed for the combined events of 21.32 mph.
Tom was honoured and thrilled to be crowned National Champion and this is undoubtedly one of the greatest achievements by any Wanderer sine the inception of the club.
Last Sunday, 20 or so riders headed out to Stamner Park on the weekly club run, having to conquer the always testing Ditchling Beacon before meeting up for a convivial café stop to recharge depleted batteries and then completing the return leg to Lewes and Uckfield.
They were joined by some of the club’s mountain bike men, who’d headed out from Lewes across the Downs and arrived suitably covered in mud.
More details of all LWCC activities can be found on the club’s website at www.leweswanderers.co.uk