Lewes Wanderers sweep the honours board

Peter Baker by Lawrence Watts
Peter Baker by Lawrence Watts

Lewes Wanderers cycling club swept the honours board for the ESCA 50 mile time trial ably organised by Simon Yates along with a host of willing helpers.

A dank morning greeted the riders as they set off on the tough rolling course based around East Hoathly.Early starters had to contend with heavy rain making riding conditions tricky.Riders found the last five miles of the course very challenging with a series of leg sapping climbs draining the last vestiges of energy from weary bodies as the finishing line approached.

Lewes up and coming star rider Phil Allen had a stunning ride smashing his personal best in a time of 1:51:03 making him clear winner on the day.Phil teamed up with Tom Glandfield (1:54:49) and Rob Rollings(1:56:57)to claim the team award.There were age category wins for Matt Coombs(2:01:06),Alan Lloyd(2:11:07) and John Mankelow (2:16:16).Tamar Vanderhaas continued her rich vein of form by posting a super fast time of 2:09:34 which placed her as second Lady,smashing the Ladies’ club record in the process.The fifty also incorporated the VTTA championship where the Wanderers captured the team prize with Tom Glandfield teaming up with Peter Baker (2:01:26 ) and Sam Ramsey (2:03:54).In the club championship the Handicap award went to Tamar Vanderhaas with Oliver Tuckley (2:15:55) runner up.The VET’s award went to Peter Baker with Alan Lloyd in second place.

The return leg of the inter club event between the Wanderers and Eastbourne Rovers took place on Thursday.Uncertain weather conditions resulted in a low turnout on the night.Rovers emerged as top dogs on the day,pipping the Wanderers by a minute for the best six rides,and thus ensured a deserved victory in the enjoyable two legged battle.

More details of these rides and further club activities can be found at www.leweswanderers.co.uk.