The lure of the Tour de France attracted a large following from the Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club who made the long trek up to Yorkshire to experience the thrills and spills associated with this classic event.
As a result of this there was only a scattering of Lewes members left to compete in local time trials, where events conspired against the riders. Peter Baker withdrew from the South Eastern10 due to unfavourable weather conditions and the Lewes target of winning the Veterans team award in the BEC 25 was thwarted due to a last minute cancellation which was down to unexpected road-works.
The Wanderers staged the third of their circuit races, the Circuit of Earwig, around a testing course including a stinging climb from Earwig Corner up to Ringmer followed by a rolling finish up the Broyle. Phil Allen continued his sparkling form and was clear winner in a rapid time of 38:44, agonisingly close to Nick Dwyer’s course record time. Second finisher was Matt Coombs (41:11) who raced with a separated shoulder (similar to Mark Cavendish’s injury) which Matt sustained in a high speed tumble whilst riding in America. Tom Baker completed the podium with a strong ride (42:45) to claim third spot. The handicap award went to fast improving Clint Allen followed by Tom Baker and Dave Brown. In a closely fought Vet’s contest Dominic Lowden pulled off a sensational ride to claim first place ahead of Alan Lloyd and Peter Baker. Tamar Vanderhaas smashed the ladies club record for this challenging course with a sensational time of 45:20.
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Full report in Friday’s Sussex Express