Clutch of medals for Lewes cyclists

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Lewes Wanderers cyclists grabbed a glittering array of prizes at the Southern Counties Cycling Union annual prize giving awards ceremony at Rowfant, near Crawley.

The prizes, as pictured, included what surely must be some of the largest cups and trophies awarded to amateur sportsmen in the country.

Talented rider Rob Pelham featured heavily on the honours list, winning the Tom Smith Trophy for the hundred mile event along with the prestigious Claud Butler cup awarded to the winner of the BAR event, a trophy Rob had set his heart on winning this year.

The BAR competition averages times over, in this instance, the 25, 50 and 100 mile disciplines, celebrating the most talented all-round rider in the Southern Region.

The Wanderers also dominated the team awards, winning the Roberts Shield for the 50 mile event (Rob Pelham, Tom Glandfield, and Dom Lowden), the Sid Gray Shield for the 100 (Rob Pelham, Peter Morris, and Tom Glandfield), and the Claud Butler Cup BAR (Rob Pelham, Tom Glandfield and Alan Lloyd). Other individual awards went to Tom Glandfield (2nd BAR) and Alan Lloyd 2nd Vet.

These performances, against some of the best riders in the South East represent a fantastic achievement for both the individuals involved and the club in general.

The trophy which best represent the ethos of the Wanderers was the Rawson Shield, an award given to the club with most representatives at races in the year.

Three Wanderers rode in the second round of the Mosquito London/SE Cross League cyclo-cross event at Stanmer Park.

The Lewes riders thoroughly enjoyed their sticky excursions in heavy conditions with Steven Burgess being top Lewes rider of the day finishing in 75 position. Sam Ramsey was hard on his heels in 83rd place, whilst talented triallist Nick Dwyer dipped his toe into the cyclo-cross world and finished in a unaccustomed 104th position. The event was won by Darren Barclay (Arctic Premier).

This Sunday sees the running of the first event in the keenly contested Reg Porter Trophy, which involves a treasure trail type activity, where riders have to navigate around a prescribed course answering questions at set locations. This is always a fun event, though it is a slight worry that hill aficionado Paul Gibbons has set the route. It will not be a flat easy ride. Visit www.leweswanderers.co.uk for more club news.