CYCLING Hardy riders take part in severe examination

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SIX hardy members of the Lewes Wanderers Cycling club headed out to Broadbridge Heath on Sunday to compete in the Addiscombe CC-promoted 25-mile time trial.

The event had attracted a class field with well over half the entrants having dipped below the magical hour mark, and an amazing nine riders under the 53-minute standard.

The keenly anticipated battle for honours was rather spoiled by the ferocious weather that battered the drought-designated wasteland on Sunday morning.

With driving rain lashed into a frenzy by fierce winds the running of the event was touch and go.

Many riders, having seen the forecast, opted for a duvet day and only a hardy contingent of 45 riders out of the full field of 100 completed the course.

The weather on the day offered a severe examination of the riders’ grit and determination, not withstanding the considerable technical difficulties presented in such dire conditions. Spray, standing water, poor visibility, lack of grip and battling with fierce winds all added to the problems. Agonisingly, riders reported the worse part of the race was reserved for the last half mile where the blocking headwind forced riders to a crawl on what is normally a fast part of the course.

Considering the conditions, it was remarkable to see so many fast times posted. There was an audible gasp at the HQ as competitors read the winning time of London Dynamo rider Richard Simmonds, who posted an astounding time of 52.35.

This would be a staggering time on a ‘float day’; to post it on such a foul day deserves fulsome praise indeed.

All the Wanderers had splendid outings, headlined by Nick Dwyer who aquaplaned around the course in 56.20 to capture third spot. Nick teamed up with Pete Morris (58.39) and Rob Pelham (59:53) to capture the second team prize.

Other notable performers on this rain-sodden day were: Colin Harris 1:02:13, Dominic Lowden (pictured) 1.02.18 and Micky Turner who clocked in at 1.04.22.

More details of all these rides and other club activities can be found at the club website www.leweswanderers.co.uk