Two days of intensive racing for Wanderers

Rob Rollings by Mike Anton
Rob Rollings by Mike Anton
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Last weekend saw an intensive two days of racing in the ESCA 10 and 25 mile time trials.

Saturday’s 10 event was run on a cold windy and rainy morning. Nearly half of the field opted for a duvet day leaving only the hardy to compete. This ride, run over a rolling course from East Hoathly to the Boship roundabout and back, is an explosive event which tests riders to their limits. Due to the adverse conditions times were generally down on the day, with some notable exceptions from some of the faster riders such as the outright winner Chris McNamara of Pedal Heaven RT who posted a rapid time of 21:18. Lewes up and coming Rob Rollings put in a storming ride to finish in a splendid second spot in 22:02. Further honours came the Wanderers with Tom Glandfield (22:22) and Matt Coombs (23:18) joining Rollings to claim second team prize. Sam Ramsey (24:48) and Oliver Tuckley (26:50) were worthy winners in their respective age categories.

Some twenty four hours later riders prepared for the longer 25 mile ride, starting near Maresfield to return via the Boship roundabout. A brief respite in the rain eased conditions but a stiff headwind on the outward leg made the first half of the ride an unremitting slog, though riders were rewarded for their endeavours by being swept home by the helpful tailwind. The Lewes Wanderers 25 mile Championship is incorporated into the main ESCA event and it was won by Rob Rollings in a fast time of 56:01 with Tom Glandfield (56:38) and James Ryan (57:23) claiming second and third places respectively. The Vet’s event saw Peter Baker in first place followed by Alan Lloyd and Sam Ramsey. In the main event, Peter Morris of ASL360 won in a rapid time of 54:13. Lewes honours included age group winners in the form of Glandfield and David Beale (1:12:47). Tamar Vanderhaas had another storming ride in Lewes colours claiming second in the Ladies’ competition in a fast time of 1:05:48.

Father and son pairing Peter and Tom Baker were certainly in close harmony as the rode Saturday’s Liphook 10 on their Tandem. In the face of a stiff South Easterly wind the Baker boys swept around the course in a slightly terrifying time of 20:27 to claim victory in the tandem event.

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