THE Sussex Cycling Association hosted their annual prize award at Dial Post in West Sussex last Sunday.
Before the ceremony, East Grinstead’s Steve Dennis had organised a three-hour ride around Billingshurst, giving riders from different clubs an opportunity to meet up and exchange stories of the racing season. With Dennis leading the ride, accompanied by Lewes fast man Rob Pelham, an increasingly brisk pace ensued, meaning riders had little time for conversation as they strived to hang on to the tails of these two strong riders.
The following presentation ceremony was well attended as clubs throughout East and West Sussex joined to celebrate the achievements of individual riders over the season.
Lewes Wanderers pulled off an amazing array of medals, trophies and awards, marking yet another successful season for the club. The three-star men for the Wanderers were Tom Glandfield, Nick Dwyer and Rob Pelham. Glandfield scooped the individual points competition, and first place in the 50-mile and 12-hour events.
Dwyer picked up a host of awards on the day including a great win in the 10-mile event, second in the point’s competition and 100-mile events.
The third star man was Pelham, with his 100-mile victory being one of the outstanding achievements of the season.
As individuals these three talented riders are outstanding, put them together as a team they are a force to be reckoned with. The trio picked up the team award for the Points competition, a fantastic achievement for the boys. Pete Morris joined Pelham and Dwyer to add the 100-mile team award to the trophy count.
To underline the strength of the Wanderers, there were many other club members who featured on the honours board. Helen Millier was the 50 miles ladies champion, with Jamie Lowden teaming up with Glandfield and James Ryan to win the 50-mile team championship trophy.
The vets had a fantastic season with Dwyer, Oliver Tuckley and your correspondent beating close friends and rivals Eastbourne Rovers to capture the team award in the Vets and SPOCO categories.
I sneaked third Vets spot in the 50-mile event and joined Peter Baker and the mighty Glandfield to win the team award for the 12-hour ride.
Robin Johnson organised a fantastic day and his efforts were certainly appreciated by all those present.
Following the presentation attendees tucked into a sumptuous spread, very much needed fuel for some of the Lewes riders who rounded off their day by riding back, with some riders arriving home in the dark having clocked up more than 100 miles for the day.
More on all these events and other club activities can be found on the club’s website at www.leweswanderers.co.uk
ABOVE: Alan Lloyd, Rob Pelham, Tom Glandfield, Nick Dwyer and Oliver Tuckley at the awards lunch.