Wanderers take on two gruelling Bank Holiday events

Tom Glandfield. Picture by Mike Anton
Tom Glandfield. Picture by Mike Anton

Several members of the Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club put aside Easter indulgences to compete in two gruelling events straddling the Bank Holiday weekend.

The first event was the demanding Good Friday Crawley Wheelers 42 mile hilly time trial centred around Handcross.

There was a distinct chill in the air as riders set off on the ski slope start, a test of both nerve and technique so early into the ride. The remainder of the course meanders around Partridge Green and Henfield over rolling terrain before riders face an exponentially uphill slog back towards Handcross, culminating in the leg sapping ascent of the start hill.

Tom Glandfield was the top Lewes performer on the day clocking up a splendid time of 1:41:28. James Ryan, Callum Middleton and Tony Sinnett were the other Lewes representatives all of whom had solid outings. The outright winner was the consistent Steve Dennis of East Grinstead Cycling Club who posted a fast time of 1:37:12.

Brighton Mitre hosted their traditional Easter Monday event based around a hilly course near the Devil’s Dyke in Brighton.

This course is technically very challenging featuring some white knuckled descents interlaced with twisty Sussex lanes before finishing with the tough finishing climb back up the Dyke. Tom Glandfield continued his sparkling start to the season by claiming fifth spot in a time of 1:02:18. Tamar Vanderhaas won the women’s competition with a very good time of 1:13:12 with Stephen Gaston completing the Lewes line-up and coming home in a time of 1:17:43. Peter Tadros of the In-Gear team won the event in a time of 57:30.

More information of all club activities and events can be found at www.leweswanderers.co.uk