SUNDAY marked the running of Lewes Wanderers Open 30-mile event. The 30-mile option is one seldom used, with 25-miles being the preferred racing distance for most testers.
The 30-mile option is one seldom used, with 25-miles being the preferred racing distance for most testers.
The novelty of the distance sets its own problems with the extra five miles making pace judgement difficult. Most riders set off in dull conditions, but midway through the ride the heavens opened and this made riding conditions extremely tough.
There were some superb performances on the day, culminating in team victory for the fastest team of three riders, which was awarded to the Lewes trio of Nick Dwyer, Pete Morris and Rob Pelham.
Dwyer continued his blazing run of form, powering round the course in a stunning time of 1:06:38, a time fast enough to secure him the La Valletta Cup as winner of the LWCC 30-mile Championship, along with second place overall in both the General Classification and in the Vet’s event.
The fast times of Morris (1:07:27) and Pelham (1:07:30) when combined with Dwyer’s time were enough to smash the longstanding club record, by over two minutes, which had remained on the record books since 1984. The familiar name of Steve Dennis of East Grinstead Cycling Club was the first man home in a rapid time of 1:05:54.
There were several notable performances by members of the Lewes squad.
Michael Turner (pictured by Lawrence Watts) had a super ride and his time of 1:13:39 represented a six-minute improvement over last year’s ride, a time which earned him a new racing jersey as a prize for being the most improved Wanderer.
See this week’s Sussex Express for much more on Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club.