A dank drizzly morning set the watery backdrop for the running of the ESCA Two-up time trial based around an undulating course centred at Laughton.
A two-up ride demands a sympathetic symbiotic understanding between pairings, ideally partners should be evenly matched in ability to maximise the potential of each rider.
The pair should take equal turns at the front giving both riders an opportunity to recover whilst benefitting from the slipstream of the other. Good communication and an empathy for the other rider’s condition are prerequisites for success.
Rob Rollings and Tom Glandfield executed these principles expertly to finish overall winners in a fast time of 53:07. Rob’s star is certainly in the ascendancy and is one to watch out for in the forthcoming season. Lewes other star pairing, Nick Dwyer and Rob Pelham, were powering around the course before disaster struck when Nick clipped a pothole catapulting him from his bike to land heavily. Rob, unable to avoid Nick, slid off which resulted in a premature end to their race. Nick’s fall resulted in a nasty break to his clavicle, whilst Rob received a painful injury to his elbow. This is rotten luck for this talented pairing and the club extends their wishes for a rapid and full recovery.
Matt Coombs and James Ryan had an excellent ride and finished fourth in a very fast time of 56:21.Chris Martin and Tony Sinnett completed the Lewes pairings and completed the course in a respectable time of 1:06:51. Michael Turner and Michael Valks rode the circuit as solo entrants and completed their rides in times of 1:00:56 and 1:00:29 respectively.
Simon Yates was the only Lewes representative at the Redmond 25. Simon entered the mysteriously titled “Tin Can event” and finished fourth out of six riders posting a time of 1:27:06.
This Sunday marks the running of Lewes Wanderers second club event of the season, the fearsome Circuit of Danehill featuring the long climb up to Nutley and beyond. First rider off is at 8:30 a.m. with last time for signing on being 8:15 at the HQ at Chelwood Gate village hall.
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