Last Sunday Tom Glandfield was the sole Lewes Wanderers representative to compete in the challenging 34 km Southdown Time Trial centred around Storrington.
The tough course attracted a class field, no doubt persuaded out of winter hibernation by the generous prizes on offer. To compete in a time trial so early in the season is a rude awakening, but thankfully conditions on the day eased to make the experience slightly more pleasant than anticipated. Planners of the time trial calendar are somewhat perverse in favouring tough hilly courses at the start of the season. This circuit is decidedly lumpy in nature with a particularly fierce climb near Amberley with a gradient climbing to a bone crunching 20% in places. Tom reaped the rewards of some hard winter training by finishing in fifth position, no mean achievement in face of some stiff competition. Peter Morris of ASL won the event in a time of 50.32.
Several members of the club headed out to Rowfant to enjoy a pleasant afternoon at the VTTA annual prize giving awards. There were several notable awards that went the Wanderers way, including the Pound Hill Trophy for the team 25 (Nick Dwyer, Peter Baker & Alan Lloyd) and Medals for the team hundred (Tom Glandfield, Michael Turner & Alan Lloyd) and team 30 event (Nick Dwyer, Peter Baker & Alan Lloyd). Mickey Turner received a medal for being top Vet in the 12 events, whilst Alan Lloyd and Stephen Gaston received performance related certificates for improvements made in varying distances. Nick Dwyer scooped the prestigious Aldershot Cup for the best ride by a member in the 50-mile distance.
Next week sees the final round of the Reg Porter Trophy; with the top three places being closely contested. The object of the final round is encircling a prescribed course maintaining a speed as close as possible to a set target speed. This deceptively sounding task, done without the aid of any cycling computer, is despite protestations to the contrary, something of a lottery on the day!
More information of all club activities and events can be found at www.leweswanderers.co.uk