Lewes Wanderers compete at infamous Devil’s Dyke

Jamie Lowden
Jamie Lowden

Putting aside customary Bank Holiday activities, four Lewes Wanderers opted to ride in Robin Johnson’s Hilly 25-mile event, which starts and ends near the infamous Devil’s Dyke.

The ride demands caution as riders thread their way through twisty country lanes and fast descents. The sting in the tail lies in the last mile where riders have to ascend the long 13 per cent climb to finish near the Waterhole Golf course. This hilly course, which includes 1,304 feet of climbing, is certainly one of the most challenging on Sussex’s time trialling calendar.

Pete Morris was Wanderers’ top dog on the day in a time of 1:03:02, followed by Jamie Lowden, no doubt affected by his road racing heroics earlier that weekend, with 1:05:52. Jamie’s dad, Dominic, had a solid outing notching up a time of 1:11:52. The event was won by In-Gear’s hill climbing legend, Pete Tadros in a fast time of 59:19.

Last Sunday saw the running of the Sussex CA Two-up event. The two-lap course is an eclectic mixture of features which include rolling sections around Partridge Green and faster drags along the busy A24. Pre-race favourites and current champions, the Lewes pairing of Rob Pelham and Nick Dwyer’s hopes of retaining their title cruelly evaporated within two minutes of the start, when Nick punctured and was unable to complete his ride. Wanderers fast man Pete Morris teamed up with Steve Kane of Brighton Excelsior to finish in second spot in a time of 1:02:20, finishing behind the winning team of Chris McNamara and Roger Smith.

On the same day, three Wanderers competed in the Redmond CC 25 near Horsham. The testing course’s undulating terrain, coupled with near freezing weather, precluded the possibility of fast times. First Lewes man home was Duncan Fuller in a time of 59:56, followed by the unlucky Steve Gaston who was plagued with a slipping chain and did well to complete his ride in 1:14:23. Simon Yates choose to make the lumpy profile of the course more challenging by opting to ride on a bike with only three gears, manfully completing in 1:26:12. The event was won by Elliot Porter of Rapha Condor in a rapid time of 54:01.

This Sunday sees the second race on the Lewes Wanderers time trialling calendar over the tough Danehill course, starting at 8.30am with Headquarters at Chelwood Gate Village Hall.