Night rider Yates completes London to Bognor ride

Tamar Vanderhaas
Tamar Vanderhaas

He and 24 other likeminded cyclists assembled beneath Wellington’s statue atop Constitution Arch at Hyde Park Corner shortly before midnight on Friday 17th April for a 73 mile night ride to Bognor Regis.

Temperatures may well be lower at that time of day (night), but the relative lack of traffic made it easier to take in what sights could be seen and at the same not worry so much about being knocked off as the bunch made their way out of London with one appointed rider hanging at the back ensuring nobody got left behind.

By his own admission Simon is not a natural climber, but found the ascent of north face of Reigate Hill welcomingly warming in the wee small hours.

After a stop for refreshments at Gatwick Airport of all places it was back into the night lest they miss sunrise in the picturesque surroundings of Arundel and a well earned seaside breakfast to finish a ride with a difference.

Back in the fast lane on Sunday 19th April when there were 8 Wanderers among those giving it their all in the Southern Counties Cycling Union 25 mile time trial held along the A-roads and dual-carriageways between Horsham and Crawley.

Being relatively flat, albeit encompassing a mind-boggling 31 roundabouts in total, this course should lend itself to fast times, but a strong north-westerly wind and a chilly morning put a premium on personal bests.

Not that the Lewes contingent were without success; Tamar Vanderhaas proving fastest of the 7 female entrants with a time of 1:05:55 whilst Tom Glandfield (54 minutes 37 seconds) and Nick Dwyer (55:23) placed 4th and 5th overall behind winner Pete Tadros (In-Gear) who completed the two lap circuit in 53:49.

Dom Lowden and Rob Pelham each beat the hour with times of 58:58 and 59:17 respectively whilst Michael Valks ambitions of following suit were compromised by electronic gear-shifting issues leaving him with only his largest gear available and a time 1 minute 32 seconds outside the 60.

His 71 year old father Paul rode a fine 1:15:39 while Stephen Gaston avoided punctures to finish in 1:08:27.

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