Varied weekend of racing for Lewes Wanderers

A SPECTACULAR and varied weekend of racing resulted in more honours falling at the feet of Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club.

Saturday saw the running of the West London CA 30-mile event. This fast course attracted a quality field and Lewes star Nick Dwyer did well to finish in fourth place overall, posting a fast time of 1:03:32.

Plucky Natasha Fuller made light of a troublesome hamstring injury to power around the course in 1:19:57, fast enough to capture the club record for fastest Lady over this testing distance.

Natasha will now be aiming to add her name to the 25-mile record, but this is probably the toughest one to beat as she will have to better the very fast time of 1:02:38 set by Ruth Elliot in 2005.

Nearer to home two Wanderers took part Surrey and Sussex VTTA 10 event on the familiar East Hoathly course. Tom Glandfield had a splendid outing with his time of 22:07, fast enough to secure him second place; only 13 seconds behind In-Gear’s Richard Gifford. Steve Gaston had a solid ride recording a time of 26.16.

Against a backdrop of dank miserable weather, seven Lewes riders prepared nervously to face the challenging Sunday Crawley Wheelers 41.9-mile event.

The greasy roads, coupled with an eclectic mixture of technical turns, hills and meandering country, made for a thrilling and challenging ride. The Wanderers fielded a strong team and were clear winners in the team event.

Pete Morris (third overall in a time 1:38:35) teamed up with Rob Pelham (1:39:23, fourth place) and Tom Glandfield (1:42:19) to grab the team honours. Other Lewes times: James Ryan 1:46:01, Micky Turner 1:48:03, Alan Lloyd 1:53:01 and Oliver Tuckley 1:57:06.

Overall winner was the exotically-named Wouter Sybrandy (a name to cause meltdown in any spellchecker!) of Team IG-Sigma Sport, who clocked a world class course record-breaking time of 1:32:21.

Earlier in the week, Nick Dwyer was in sparkling form in the club’s weekly evening ten event. With the baking sun on his back Nick flew around the course in an astonishing time of 20:12 to slice 16 seconds off his own club record.

The Wanderers are promoting their Evening Criterium Series consisting of three 50km road races, racing on the Thursday of June 7, 14 and 21.

Known as the Lewes Crits, the race is based at the Roebuck Inn pub in Laughton, with racing staring at 7:15pm. The event consists of five laps of a circuit up Shortgate Lane, left and down the Broyle to Ringmer, then tight left at Kennel corner and back up to Laughton to complete the lap.

Along with the competition for overall glory, there is a sprint race point prime competition on each lap on Shortage Lane.

For the sixth consecutive year the Tri Store in Eastbourne are providing generous sponsorship of the prize fund. Event promoter Chris Hough is delighted to report he has a full field for the series with more than 50 competitors signing on to ride, and the scene is set for some thrilling racing over the coming weeks.