CYCLING: Wanderers pair Rob and Matt take off to Surrey

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LEWES WANDERERS pair Rob Pelham and Matt Townsend took part in the Surrey League third category fifty one mile road race at Dunsfold Last weekend.

The course is based on roads encircling the Dunsfold racing track circuit in a seven-mile loop.

Incidentally, the actual racetrack is the setting for Top Gear’s test track, though there was no sign of the mysterious helmeted Stig infiltrating the 50 entrants on the starting grid.

The course was reasonably flat, though the pock-ridden roads demanded close attention as riders weaved around the numerous potholes peppering the course.

On the first lap Matt broke away with four other riders to form a breakaway group from the main peloton.

After a few laps Rob put in a determined effort to bridge the gap and the five riders held on to their lead until the final circuit.

As is often the case in road racing, the final lap saw the peloton consume the breakaway, which ended up in a mass sprint for the line.

The final results of the race are yet to be confirmed but both Rob and Matt were pleased to have finished well up in the final dash for the line.

This Saturday several Wanderers will be riding in a Surrey League race around the village of Barcombe.

This is likely to be a very closely contested contest with Cat 2 & 3 riders eligible to ride. The race sets off at 9.30am and promises some thrilling action as riders battle for position around the tight windy lanes around the 60-mile circuit.

Sunday sees torture of a different kind as rider’s battle around the ESCA Hardriders course centred on Boodle Street.

The nature of the ride is as in the title – it is hard. The hilly circuit takes in some tough climbs and the technical demands of the course over the cratered roads test riders’ nerves and skill to the extreme. In a quality field of 61 the Wanderers have a strong representation of 23 riders.

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