Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club held their final club race of the year at the Circuit of Chailey.
This course, euphemistically labelled sporting, is a real tester as it mixes steep climbs interlaced with faster sections on a twisty technical loop.
The start at Cinder Hill forces riders to dig in deep on a long testing climb which is a brutal introduction to the pain ahead. The route now traces a switchback profile on the most inappropriately named Resting Oak Hill to the Rainbow Inn where the competitors face two tricky climbs up the more aptly named Deadman Tree Hill, to re-join the circuit at Marstrake Lane. Riders experience an uncomfortable sensation of déjà vu as they retrace the circuit for one last time with an exponential increase in pain levels as they edge towards the elusive finishing line.
With ideal conditions there was the prospect of some fast times on the day, with the only fly in the ointment being temporary traffic lights on the course.
Club winner was powerhouse Tom Glandfield who made light of the hilly course in a splendid time of 41:46, a time fast enough to earn him third spot on standard. Second place went to Rob Rollings (42:08) with Tom Baker coming third in a time of 43:47. The vets award went the way of Dominic Lowden (43:56) with Peter Baker continuing his consistent run claiming second spot in a time of 44:51. There were some new names featuring on the handicap awards, won by Matthew Spencer followed by Gareth Keevil and Dan Street. Fastest lady on the day was Lisa Davis in a fine time of 54:57. Second claim Lewes rider Pete Morris was the fastest on the day posting an impressive time of 40:24.
Club events like these could not be run without the help and support given by a host of selfless helpers who regularly turn out in all weathers. At the end of a long hard season these are the real heroes in the club and deserve undiluted praise and gratitude for all their efforts over the year.
More information of all club activities and events can be found at www.leweswanderers.co.uk