The opening salvo in the Lewes Wanderers time trialling calendar the Circuit of Laughton kicked off in spectacular fashion on a glorious spring day.
Double digit temperatures encouraged a big turnout of well over forty riders to test themselves around the challenging 12.4 mile Laughton circuit.
The push off takes place halfway up Shortgate Lane, to be followed by a roller coast ride down the Broyle to turn at Kennel Corner and the return to Laughton for another lap of the course. Conditions looked ideal, but on such an exposed course the merest zephyr of wind takes on disproportionate significance, especially after the turn at Kennel Corner.
The race itself proved to be a ding dong battle between the two main protagonists Nick Dwyer and Tom Glandfield. The final result saw Nick (28:20) beating Tom by a narrow six second margin. Rob Rollings, one of the pre-race favourites, struck disaster at the start where his bars snapped forcing him to pull out of the race. James Ryan had a splendid outing claiming the third podium spot with a time of 29:35.
In the Veterans competition, Nick Dwyer finished top dog followed by Dominic Lowden (30:48) with the evergreen John Mankelow (34:55) claiming third spot. The battle for the handicap rankings saw Keith Walker rising to the top. Time trialling is often accused of being an elitist sport requiring expensive equipment to do well. This is not always the case as proved by Keith who christened his new bike (expertly assembled by bike guru Adrian Hill) which was based on a frame rescued from a refuse dump in Hailsham! The other two handicap places went to Mark Stuart Walker (44:55) and David Brown (34:16) respectively. Top lady on the day was Tamar Vanderhass who completed her ride in a new female course record time of 33:05.
All in all this was splendid launch to the season and the club would like to extend their thanks to organiser Martyn Crawford and his band of willing helpers.
This Sunday a large contingent of Wanderers will be battling for honours in a quality field at the tough ESCA Hardriders event based at Bodle Street Green.
More information of all club activities and events can be found at www.leweswanderers.co.uk