Glorious summer weather set a sweltering backdrop for the East Sussex CA 50 mile time trial around a rolling course centred around East Hoathly.
Lewes Wanderers fielded a strong team and swept the honours board, with Nick Dwyer being the first Wanderer home in a time of 1:52:07, fast enough to secure him second spot behind this season’s sensation, Steve Kane of Brighton Excelsior, who stormed round the course in a staggering time of 1:48:59.
Nick teamed up with Phil Allen, who had a strong ride finishing in 1:52:43, and Pete Morris (1.54:18) to grab the overall team honours for the best three riders from any club. Nick, along with Tom Glandfield (1:55:10) and a back to form Peter Baker (2:04:53) joined forces to claim medals for Surrey and Sussex VTTA championship, with Dwyer being crowned as the association’s top rider on the day.
Some other Lewes riders had performances worthy of note, including Rob Rollings, who powered to a PB time of 1:54:25, Matt Coombs who dipped just under the two hour mark for the first time, and Tony Sinnett, whose 2:12:24 sliced a considerable time off of his previous fastest ride at the distance.
Earlier in the week, ten Wanderers headed out to Pevensey to take part in the return leg of the inter-club challenge with Eastbourne Rovers. In the first (home) leg the Wanderers top six riders edged out the Rovers to claim overall victory on the night. The return leg saw home advantage count with the Rovers squad outperforming the Wanderers by just over two-minutes on aggregate time. The combined results of the two nights saw the Wanderers claim outright victory. Both clubs enjoyed the friendly rivalry of the events and hope to make this a permanent fixture on their racing calendars in future years.
More details of all these events and further club activities can be found at www.leweswanderers.co.uk
Report by Alan Lloyd - send in your sports news to firstname.lastname@example.org