Wanderers have to slice through thicker air as the mercury drops

Peter Baker by Lawrence Watts
Peter Baker by Lawrence Watts

Sunday saw a chilly running of the VTTA 25-mile time trial based around Maresfield.

For most of the riders this was their last competitive outing of a long and gruelling season.

The weather was an echo of chilly early season March days with the thermometer struggling to climb over the two degrees mark.

Cold weather is the enemy of the time triallist, not simply because it is unpleasant, but primarily because the body will not respond to the demands placed on it in low temperatures. An additional factor is that air density is inversely proportional to temperature, meaning that riders have to slice through ‘thicker’ air in colder temperatures.

As a consequence most riders on the day were a good minute down on times set a few weeks ago on the same course.

But Lewes star man Nick Dwyer seems not to obey the laws of physics as his phenomenal time of 53:55 was only marginally slower than his previous time.

Nick’s stellar ride gained him first overall and first on Standard, for which he received the Robin Buchan Trophy in recognition of him being the fastest Surrey and Sussex Vet.

Over the last five years LWCC have been striving to capture the Vet’s Surrey and Sussex team trophy and their collective perseverance finally paid off as the team of Nick, your correspondent (1:03:26) and Peter Baker (1:02:28) posted aggregate times fast enough to capture the Pound Hill Trophy.

Other Lewes times on the day were Michael Valks (1:00:16), Micky Turner (1:03:42), Oliver Tuckley (1:06:12), Stephen Gaston (1:07:49), Kaye Dwyer (1:17:40), Horry Hemsley (1:31:01) and John Mankelow (DNF).

Sunday saw three Lewes members head to Brighton for the third round of this season’s Sussex Cyclo-Cross League.

Cyclo-Cross is a discipline run over a grass circuit and is a hybrid of pure road racing and off-course mountain biking.