A windy but thankfully dry day set the backdrop for ESCA ‘s final time trial of the season in the form of the fearsome hill climb at Firle Beacon.
Riders lined up nervously at the start, anticipating with justifiable trepidation the pain that awaits. The climb only last for around five minutes, but those five minutes seem to stretch into a haze induced eternity, the unforgiving clock ticking slower and slower as the climb ramps up to reveal a long straight climb to the welcome refuge of the finishing line.
A large crowd had braved the windswept summit to cheer the riders home, in this the most brutal examination of riders resolve and determination. Seasoned hill climb specialist Pete Tadros reclaimed his title for the In-Gear team in a fine time of 4:00.4, with the Wanderers, Patrick Hough claiming the runners up spot in a time of 4:11.5. Tamar Vanderhaas had a storming ride and captured the Ladies’ crown in a fast time of 5:34.9. Patrick and Tamar teamed up with Tom Glandfield (5:01.0) to win the team prize. Dominic Lowden won his age category in a time of 5:41.5, with the game Darren Brockhurst completing the Lewes line up with a fighting time of 5:51.8.
This Saturday the Wanderers are promoting their annual cycle jumble at Chailey Village Hall, with doors opening at 9am. More details of this promotion and other club activities can be found at www.leweswanderers.co.uk