Wanderers take on the tough Hardriders event

Micky Turner, Neil Midgley, Rob Pelham, Tom Glandfield, James Ryan & Rob Rollings. Picture by Tom Glandfield
Micky Turner, Neil Midgley, Rob Pelham, Tom Glandfield, James Ryan & Rob Rollings. Picture by Tom Glandfield

A strong six man Lewes Wanderers cycling squad took part in the tough Sussex CA Hardriders 22.8 mile event based around a hilly circuit centred at Handcross.

The first day of spring saw mild conditions for the riders with a helpful following wind for much of the circuit. The Hardrider title of the race gives a clue to the nature of the course, it is hard! The ride kicks off with a stiff climb up to Handcross which sees heart monitors plaintively bleeping in protest as competitors push themselves dangerously into the red zone. Thereafter follows a white knuckle ride as the cyclists sweep down towards Lower Beeding at speeds approaching a jaw dropping forty miles per hour. The course then takes in some nasty little climbs including a brutal drag up to Ansty. By this point the Lactic acid is starting to burn the legs, a foretaste of the pain awaiting. Sweeping through Cuckfield riders alternate been euphoria and despair as the roller coaster profile continues, culminating in a leg sapping grovel up the final cruel ascent towards Balcombe. Heading for home they have to contend with pock marked rain soaked roads, a tricky proposition as tired combatants head at breakneck speeds towards the sanctuary of the finish line.

The Lewes boys reaped rewards for their collective efforts scooping up the team prize at the first major time trial on the local calendar. A special mention should go to Rob Rollings whose time of 56:38 placed him well up the rankings. Other Lewes times where Tom Glandfield 57:27, James Ryan 1:00:59, Neil Midgley 1:03:03 and Micky Turner 1:06:29. The event was won by Conal Yates of the In-Gear team in a time of 52:27.

This Sunday sees the opening salvo in the club’s circuit events with the 12.46 mile Circuit of Laughton. The first rider is off at 9:00am and riders must sign in at the Headquarters at Laughton Village hall by 8:45 at the very latest.

More information of all club activities and events can be found at www.leweswanderers.co.uk