Short but sweet: Lewes Wanderers cycling season ends on a high

Lewes Wanderers’ truncated race programme for 2020 concluded with the Circuit of Chailey time-trial.
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Thankfully for the 29 entrants to tackle such a rolling technical route the weather was dry if cloudy and cool and a stiff tailwind to be enjoyed down the A275.

Winner in 41min 32sec was Steve Kane (Team TMC), but he was joined on the podium by two members of the host club. Runner-up was Joe Benians in a fabulous 43:34 with Dan Street claiming third in 44:46.

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Of other Wanderers Jon Hunter was seventh in 45:46 while Gavin Richards, ninth, shaved three seconds off his PB in 46:24.

Dom Lowden was 17th in 48:32; Mike Hannay 19th in 49:21; Simon Head 21st in 49:54 and Neil Edwards 22nd in 50:19.

Vince Busk was 24th, but he beat his personal best by 53 seconds, reducing it to 51:34. John Mankelow was 26th in 56:08 just ahead of David Wilkins (58:18) while Simon Yates finished in 1:10:38.

In Leicestershire a quartet of Lewes Wanderers members, albeit racing for other clubs, took part in the Road Time Trials Council National 25-mile Championship.

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Joss Lowden (Drops) added to a notable list of titles by storming to the ladies’ title in 52.14, over half a minute ahead of the runner-up.

Lisa Davis (trainSharp) was 15th female overall and fastest in her age group in 1:01:13. Clubmate Sally Turner dropped her chain after 22 miles and was unable to re-engage it. Lisa’s husband Brett, for trainSharp, was a fine 63rd from male 113 finishers in 53:13.

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