LAST Sunday, 13 Lewes Wanderers rode the 65-mile Audax event with the festive title of the ‘Mince Pie and Stollen’.
The ride celebrates its roots with organiser Dave Hudson providing riders with a sumptuous calorie-ridden feast at the mid-point, where the aforementioned items of Christmas fayre are served out in industrial-size quantities.
The day started off in damp conditions, with the persistent rain making the first three hours tough and rather miserable going.
The 65-mile course traces some of the remotest byways in Sussex in a circular route from Hailsham via Heathfield and Hastings. The first half of the route is the toughest as the terrain becomes hillier around Etchingham, before heading cross-country from Robertsbridge to Winchelsea where everyone enjoyed the much needed feed stop.
After refuelling the cyclists took a rolling and rural route to Hastings and then battled the fierce winds blowing off the wild seas as they hugged the coast route to Bexhill.
The last section lay ahead riding past the splendour of the De La Warr pavilion at Bexhill and across the marshes from Norman’s Bay, before reaching the welcome sanctuary of the finishing line at Hailsham.
All had a splendid day, and the Wanderers are eagerly anticipating the remaining events on the local Audax calendar, which tellingly become tougher as the winter season progresses.
Whilst their team mates were pounding round the Audax event, the Sunday club run out of Uckfield visited the Lavender line at Isfield. This Sunday the club run regulars meet for pre Christmas elevenses at Oast Farm in Buxted.