ON Sunday six members of the Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club headed out to Steyning to compete in the Brighton Mitre CC 25-mile time trail.
The undulating course is testing and not renowned for fast times. Thankfully the cold snap had eased slightly, though a blustery wind precluded the likelihood of setting fast times on the day.
Nick Dwyer, with a time of 54:18, was the top Lewes performer, a time fast enough to claim fourth spot. Mark Frost was awarded the second best improver’s position by posting a splendid time of 58.58.
The remaining two Lewes solo riders – Micky Turner and John Gallsworthy – recorded times of 1:07:00 and 1:22:20 respectively.
The ever-dependable Steve Dennis of East Grinstead CC rounded off his brilliant season recording a time of 53:19 to win the event convincingly.
In a closely-contested Tandem event, run concurrently with the main race, Lewes father and son pairing of Pete and Tom Baker continued their impressive winning streak by storming around the course in a very fast time of 55:39 to secure victory by a narrow 30-second margin over their the GS Stella rivals.
This event heralds the end of the time trailing season for most riders, and the slightly slower times recorded reflect the fact that most riders are starting to feel the effects of a long and tiring season.
With the conclusion of the racing season, most riders will take a well-earned rest before starting on their winter training in preparation for next year.
Several riders will use Audax events to help them build up base miles, and one such event took place two Saturdays ago with the running of the 108km Mid Sussex Hillier. Audax events are where riders are given route directions and have to navigate around a set course. These events are more social in nature as they are non competitive, with racing being non rigueur.
Four hardy Wanderers, Chris Martin, Tony Gale, Peter Price and Sam Ramsey successfully completed the challenging route, which took in sharp climbs such as Ditchling Beacon and Cobb Lane, considered by seasoned cyclists to be the toughest single climb in East Sussex. The 25 per cent gradient, accompanied by a coating of lethally slippy autumn leaves, made this a brute of a climb to master.
Thirteen riders set off from Uckfield for a pleasant Sunday Club ride across the marshes to Pevensey for the obligatory café stop.
The Lewes “posse” arrived separately and, after a refreshing interlude, the 20 or so riders joined forces for a brisk ride home, to round off a satisfying 50-mile round trip on a mild autumnal day.
More details of all club activities, including a list of winter club runs, can be found at www.leweswanderers.co.uk