Wanderers make good use of Bank Holiday weekend

Lewes Wanderers at Box Hill ring
Lewes Wanderers at Box Hill ring

MEMBERS of Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club made good use of the Bank Holiday weekend riding in a variety of events.

The action started on the Saturday with the running of the Sussex CA Ten based around Loxwood.

The course is an eclectic mixture of narrow country lanes interspersed with technical twisting sections and hair raising plummeting descents.

Oliver Tuckley made a welcome return to racing after a long lay off and was pleased to have clocked 27:06 on such a blustery day.

Dominic Lowden had a fine ride posting a time of 24:10.

The event was won by East Grinstead’s star rider, Steve Dennis in 22:10.

Away from the rigours of time trialling, ten or so Wanderers set off from Uckfield to ride the club’s annual jolly out to Box Hill near Dorking.

After a 45-mile journey the riders faced the climb up to Box Hill, which formed part of the recent Olympic road race circuit.

Breaking off for the obligatory tea stop gave the Wanderers a chance to mingle with the large number of clubs before setting home, via breathtaking vistas, to complete a tiring but memorable 85-mile trip.

The challenge of this ride was not testing enough for a quartet of senior riders in the club who opted to ride a tough 120km Audax ride starting from Edenbridge.

Chris Hough, Peter Price, Tony Gale and Ian Landless rode in the event which featured some tough climbs, including the legendary Kidds Hill and the long testing climb up Toys Hill.

This Sunday sees the running of the Kent 12 Hour event.

Five Wanderers appear on the start sheet including the powerful Tom Glandfield who was runner up last year.

Three riders are riding the distance for the first time, namely Pete Morris, Matt Coombs and Micky Turner, with your correspondent completing the LWCC line up.

The battle for the Team prize looks to be interesting with the Wanderers hoping to improve on their runners up spot from last year.

The club record for both the individual and team event has remained stubbornly on the record books for many years, but there is a real possibility that they may be broken on Sunday.

Tom Glandfield narrowly missed out on the individual record last year and is striving to cover a few more miles necessary to break the record.

The team of three looking most likely to break the club record are Glandfield, and fast men Morris and Coombs, though predicting anything in such a long race, where physical collapse and mechanical breakdowns are an ever-present threat, is a risky business.

More details of these rides and all club activities can be found at www.leweswanderers.co.uk

ABOVE: this fantastic picture of Lewes Wanderers members posing in front of the impressive Olympic rings at Box Hill was taken by Sam Ramsey.