The Easter weekend is always something to look forward to for those whose religion is cycling and Lewes Wanderers were certainly out in force.
Sadly it was far from a Good Friday weather-wise for those who’d travelled out to Handcross to compete in the Crawley Wheelers Classic as thick mist and low visibility left the organisers with no option but to call the event off at the last minute in the interests of rider safety.
Conditions were far better come Saturday afternoon when Gina McGeever was our lone entry in the Brighton Mitre Hilly 10.
It was third time lucky for Gina as she completed the course in 15 seconds over the half hour for 37th place overall and 5th best female.
She was back in action again on a beautiful Easter Sunday morning when she and Claire Leonard of Southdowns Bikes were over 5 minutes quicker than the next fastest all-female pairing when completing the 23.92 mile ESCA 2up course in 1:06:20.
Tom Glandfield and Rob Rollings whose time of 52:06 may technically have been beaten by 23 seconds by Chris McNamara (Pedal Heaven) and Richard Cartland (Southdowns Bikes), but scooped the top prize on the day. Also in the money were father and son duo Paul and Michael Valks who proved fastest in the category for teams with an average age over 55 when posting 1:14:03.
Respect to Dom Lowden and Rob Pelham who may have only finished 15th overall, but beat the hour on road bikes with not a pointy hat nor a tri-bar between them. Honourable mentions too for Wanderers Mark Frost whose intended partner couldn’t make it, but who was only 4 seconds slower than Dom and Rob in 58:51 despite riding solo and to debutant duo Darren Brockhurst and Brett Davis who may have just missed the hour, but finished a highly promising 22nd.
Rob Pelham was back out again on Monday 6th seeking new challenges. As such this time he reverted to his time-trial machine despite having to tackle the Brighton Mitre Hilly 25 which is not only hilly, but at least starts on the outskirts of Brighton near Devils Dyke before heading out to Henfield and back.
Despite his best efforts Rob could do no better than his 15th place finish of the day before, not that a time of 1:07:13 is to be ashamed of and at least he finished unlike club mate Stephen Gaston who succumbed to a puncture.