LAST weekend saw a full racing programme for members of the Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club, climaxing with the running of the RTTC National 10 championships at Sawtry in Cambridgeshire.
On Saturday, Nick and Kaye Dwyer rode the sprint SCCU ten event on the fast Broadbridge Heath course.
Nick put in a stunning ride and his time of 20:36 was fast enough to claim overall victory in a class field of riders.
Kaye had a good ride and finished in a time of 28:06.
Father and son duo Pete and Tom Baker teamed up in family harmony to ride the tandem event in the Sotonia 25 mile event ridden near Bognor.
TOM’S TENDER YEARS
The pair, who are now seasoned Tandem riders despite Tom’s tender years, oozed class as they cruised around the course in an impressive time of 55:21, which was fast enough to secure first position on the day in the Tandem event.
The following day a strong Lewes squad headed out to the familiar surroundings of Broadbridge Heath to ride in the Worthing Excelsior 25 mile race.
The course traces a bewildering route along the A24 taking in some 20 or so roundabouts en route.
The day itself was mercifully dry, although a nagging wind meant there was a cold edge to the morning as riders lined up to take the start.
Duncan Fuller continued to rewrite his own record book with a splendid personal best time of 58:24, fast enough to secure a top ten place.
Colin Harris, the comeback kid, reminded us of his class by posting a sub hour time of 59:23.
Michael Valks, a recent Wanderers convert, showed that he is edging towards his racing form with a fine ride of 1:00:22.
Oliver Tuckley had a steady ride of 1:04:46, somewhat below his best due to his long spell of inactivity due to a nasty fall in the winter.
Natasha Fuller continues her run of fine times posting 1:04:57.
Overall winner was East Grinstead star rider Steve Dennis whose incredible time of 52.56 is even more remarkable in light of his recent spate of injuries.
The major event of the weekend was the National 10 event run over the A1 at Sawtry in Cambridgeshire.
Being a National event, entries are limited to the premier 120 riders in the country.
Nick Dwyer’s times were fast enough for him to be entered and, in light of Nick’s stunning form of late, prospects of him posting a fast time looked promising.
Unfortunatey, Nick had been nursing a knee injury, which frustratingly decided to flare up on the day.
A lot of riders would have shrugged their shoulders and withdrawn, but Nick gamely elected to battle through the pain barrier, despite knowing that an ultra fast time would be beyond him on the day.
A cold blustery day on a dead road surface resulted in tough conditions, but, despite these difficulties, Nick still managed to post a fast time of 22:14 to place him in 55th position and in third place for his age group.
It is easy to speculate, but, had Nick’s knee held up and he was able to replicate his ride of the previous day, he would have been in the top five of some of the premier testers in the country.
The overall winner was the classy Michael Hutchinson, who made light of the conditions by posting a rapid time of 19:40.
Last Monday, nine hardy souls rode the second round of the club’s evening ten series.
Most riders elected to stay at home rather than subject themselves to the cold weather, which was interlaced with outbursts of intermittent deluges, striking randomly and without warning.
The top three riders on the evening were Dominic Lowden (23:37), Sam Ramsey, setting a remarkable personal best of 23:56 and your correspondent with a time of 25:07.
Details of club runs and activities can be found at the club website by visiting www.leweswanderers.co.uk