Former Lewes Wanderer Jamie returns to show how it’s done

Katie Mankelow. Picture by Lawrence Watts

Katie Mankelow. Picture by Lawrence Watts

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It was a family affair at Round 10 of Lewes Wanderers Evening 10 mile time trials on Monday 6th July.

Former Wanderer, but now representing Neon Velo Jamie Lowden returned to show them how it’s done by winning in the fastest time of the series of 20 minutes and 45 seconds, albeit a mere 4 seconds ahead of Keith Lea (Paceline RT) who was marginally delayed by a tractor on his way out. Quickest rider from the host club was Tom Glandfield in 21:53 closely followed by Mark Frost 22:07. After some down time due to back trouble Darren Brockhurst returned with a vengeance and a new sub 23 minute personal best of 22:44 for 5th place, just ahead of Jamie’s father Dom in 22:47.

Darren’s wife Ali also lowered her best mark to 27:21 on the night and with Lisa Davis following suit (26:21) plus Kate Mankelow posting 28:50 the club record for a team of three ladies was broken once more.

Elsewhere Gareth Keevil (24:34) broke 25 minutes for the first, but not the last time and new Wanderer Barry Mitchell (27:51) made a gain of over a minute.

Lewes Wanderers went into the return leg of their inter-club 10 mile time-trial competition against Eastbourne Rovers CC on the balmy evening of Thursday 9th July defending a narrow 37 second advantage from their home leg along the A22 just 10 days earlier.

On Eastbourne’s Pevensey based A27 course however it was a very different story as only Tom Glandfield (4th in 22:01) broke the hosts domination of top five placings. The visitors sent a team of 15 riders, but were missing a few of their best over this discipline and despite Rob Pelham (22:21), Matt Coombs (22:31), Mark Frost (22:48) and Dominic Lowden (22:54) all beating 23 minutes the club’s 6 fastest times were eclipsed by those of their opponent’s best half-dozen by nearly 4 minutes on the night for a comprehensive overall victory. Talks are already underway to perhaps revise the competition for next year to encourage as many riders out as possible and better reward strength in depth and the demographic breadth of each club’s large memberships.

Any disappointment the club may have felt was soon overcome as a strong contingent of 20 riders amongst a field of 68 entrants turned out for the East Sussex cycling Association 50 mile time trial early on a grey Sunday morning and came away with no little success.

Nick Dwyer proved fastest in 1 hour 51 minutes and 58 seconds, closely followed by Tom Glandfield in 1:53:51. With Rob Pelham 10th in 1:58:13 the trio beat Eastbourne Rovers to the team prize by 1 minute and 40 seconds. Lewes riders also bagged the top two places amongst the women as Tamar Vanderhaas finished 30th overall in 2:11:13, beating her club-mate Gina McGeever into second by a scant 27 seconds.

For more info on all club activities see www.leweswanderers.co.uk

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