A pleasant spring morning greeted members of the Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club as they prepared for the Worthing Excelsior 25 mile time trial centred at Broadbridge Heath.
Unexpected road-works had put the event in doubt, but resourceful actions by the organisers ensured the event could run. The increasingly warm conditions ensured that some fast times were set on the day, with a significant number of the field dipping under the magic hour mark. Top performer sporting Lewes colours was the powerful Tom Glandfield whose fine time of 55:49 earned him fourth overall. Other Lewes times were Duncan Fuller 59:02, Mark Paton 59:13, Dominic Lowden 1:00:07, Michael Valks 1:00:54, Alan Lloyd 1:02:58 and Stephen Gaston 1:07:50. The overall winner was Sean Scott riding for In-Gear with a remarkable time of 52:53.
Five Wanderers elected to ride in the Elite South Downs Sportive, a testing 85 mile circular route starting at Plumpton race course. The route takes in a leg sapping 5193 feet of climbing as it threads it way through some stunning East Sussex scenery. Dave Hodgson, Darren and Ali Brockhurst, and Brett and Lisa Davis all successfully completed their ride.
The Wanderers Evening Ten series, run on a Monday night from East Hoathly, is in full swing. There have already been some notable rides with Rob Rollings in fine early season form taking the honours for the first two rounds. The best improver award must surely go to Darren Brockhurst who already this season has knocked over a minute of his Personal Best time.
The Wanderers would like to wish Rob Pelham all the best with his new bike shop, Propel Bikes, which opens for business in Uckfield on the 24th May.
More information of all club activities and events can be found at www.leweswanderers.co.uk
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