Four members of Lewes Wanderers rode the ‘Mad Jack’ Audax event on Saturday.
The ride covers some of the most stunning scenery offered by the High Weald, however riders have to pay for the privilege of stunning vistas by investing heavily in sweat and toil by ascending a total of 2,506 metres on the circular route through Burwash, Brightling and the Fairlight Country Park, before a tortuous return leg to Hailsham.
Later that evening, more than 50 club members and guests attended the annual prize-giving awards evening, ably hosted by club chairman Chris Martin. Peter Morris was recognised for his outstanding season which saw him claim both the Senior and Short Distance BAR awards, along with the season long Classic League competition.
Peter’s most outstanding moment of the season was undoubtedly his success in the prestigious Lewes Crits road race series, where he was crowned overall winner.
Other winners on the night were David Beale, who received the Middlemarkers trophy, your correspondent Alan Lloyd for the Points competition, and Vet’s BAR award and Junior talent Dan Gardner, who claimed the Junior BAR award to round off a fabulous season of racing. Nick Dwyer had another record-breaking season, lowering the club 10 and 25 records, while Rob Pelham proved his mastery of the 100-mile event by winning both the ESCA and SCCU events in sub four hour times.
Peter Baker, John Mankelow and I were awarded medals for being the top National VET’s team in this year’s 100-mile competition.
Natasha Fuller (pictured) swept all before her and claimed the Ladies BAR, her stunning season also saw her notch up 10 new club records.
Doug Gardner deservedly received the Zonca Bradshaw trophy, awarded for the rider who has a big heart and shows real commitment to the club.
See this week’s Sussex Express – out today (Friday February 22) – for more by Alan Lloyd.