After an arduous time trialling season only a handful of Lewes Wanderers took part in one of the last events of the season, the Brighton Mitre 25, writes Alan Lloyd.
A raw autumnal morning combined with the rolling course around Stenying precluded the possibility of fast times, though winner Adam Topham of High Wycombe made light of the conditions cruising around in a time of 53min 58sec.
Time trialling Wanderers rookie Clint Allen sliced over a minute off his previous best time and his ride in 1hr 11min 18sec was fast enough to capture the prize for the most improved rider on the day. Only two other Lewes riders made the start line. John Mankelow was a DNF while Duncan Fuller rounded off a fine season by posting a fast time of 1hr 00min 20sec.
The mellow autumn months give an opportunity for riders to reflect on the season past and to plan for the next. For most riders this will entail gentle training to give depleted bodies the opportunity to recover. That said, there is ample opportunity for riders to participate in varied events offered by the club, such as cyclo-cross and off-road riding along with traditional Audax and Reliability rides, which feature heavily over the Winter months.
The club has regular Sunday morning club runs, which set off from Uckfield at 9am from outside Boots the Chemist. New riders are welcome to join the rides, which vary between 40 and 60 miles, with an obligatory tea stop at the halfway stage.
Details of club runs and activities can be found at www.leweswanderers.co.uk