Lewes Wanderers pulled off another amazing trophy haul when the Sussex Cycling Association hosted their annual awards at Dial Post, writes Alan Lloyd.
Rob Pelham was again top performer, with an impressive array of awards including first in the Long Distance Bar and in the 100 mile event, where he beat his nearest rival and team-mate Pete Morris by a sizeable eleven minute margin.
Classy Nick Dwyer had an impressive season, claiming second place in the 10 and 25-mile events, whilst Pete Morris underlined his exponential rise by finishing second in the Points competition and winning the 12 Hour award.
With such strong representation it was inevitable that the squad would pick up many team awards which included the 12-hour team prize (Morris, Matt Coombs and Michael Turner), the Points Competition (Morris, Pelham and Tom Glandfield), the Long Distance BAR (Pelham, Glandfield and Sam Ramsey), the Middle Distance award (Pelham, Glandfield and Peter Baker), and the VET’s Team award for the long distance BAR (Baker, Ramsey and your correspondent).
The final icing on the cake was the award for overall winner of the point’s competition, where the Wanderers piped local rivals In-Gear to finish on top of the leader board.
To underline the diversity in the club, Natasha Fuller was first lady in the 100-mile event, with promising Junior, Dan Gardner winning the junior award for the 25-mile event along with an outstanding second place overall in the Hill Climb event. Your correspondent was third placed Vet in the long distance BAR.
Before the ceremony, East Grinstead’s Steve Dennis had organised a three-hour ride around Handcross.
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 arriving home in the dark having clocked up over a hundred miles in total.
More details of all these events and other club activities can be found on the club’s web site: www.leweswanderers.co.uk