Diverse variety of events for Lewes Wanderers

Darren & Ali Brockhurst taken at the Gents GP. Picture by Lawrence Watts
Darren & Ali Brockhurst taken at the Gents GP. Picture by Lawrence Watts

Last weekend saw members of the Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club compete in a diverse variety of events.

Tom Glandfield promoted the Gents’ Grand Prix, a novel event in which at least one rider must be a Veteran (over 40). The Vet is towed round the course by his partner and is not allowed to overtake until the final 200 yards. The course traces an undulating profile around Laughton, with some stinging climbs thrown in to test the riders resolve and stamina. On a pleasant but distinctly chilly morning some splendid times were set, particularly by the outright winners, brothers Conall and Christian Yates, who posted a plus 9:58 time on Standard. Rob Pelham and Dominic Lowden elected to ride on road bikes and completed a remarkable ride coming home in third place with a plus of 6:07, with Peter Baker partnering John Mankelow to come home in fifth place with a plus of 4:38. Lewes teams swept the honours board in the final two categories with Tamar Vanderhaas teaming up with Gina McGeever to claim the Women team award, with Darren and Ali Brockhurst winning the Family team award (+2:28).

The end of the season is celebrated by a flurry of brutal hill climbs, a short and explosive form of torture. The first of these was the SCA climb which is run on the vertigo inducing Bostal Beacon, a truly horrible climb which even seasoned hill climber’s fear. The hill was made even more unpleasant by a liberal sprinkling of horse manure which had been smeared on the road by an over filled trailer! Tamar Vanderhaas was the only Wanderer brave enough to ride this event and was rewarded for her efforts winning the Ladies’ award covering the climb in 5:35.4. The event was won by Colin McNamara of Pedal Heaven in a time of 4:11.7.

The breaking news of the week goes the way of Jamie Lowden who broke Nick Dwyers’ club 25 mile record, posting a fantastic time of 50:26 in the a3crg 25, a mere seven seconds behind winner Kevin Tye of Velo Refined who set a new course record in the process.

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