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The Lewes Wanderer Editor

The Official Monthly Magazine of the Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club

Issue 255

Chris Martin

‘Probably the best Cycling Club in the World’

March 2012

www.leweswanderers.co.uk

The Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club Monthly Magazine

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The Lewes Wanderer W Whhaatt’’ss O Onn - for Wanderers on and off the bike

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Editorial - Tuesday 6 Mach 2012 We’re up and running, yes the Circuit of Laughton signalled the start of the new club racing season. The conditions were grim and I only really appreciated my reason for leaving the warmth of my bed and getting a good soaking once I’d crossed the finish line, funny that. Well done to all those that gave it a go and it already looks like 2012 could be another record breaking year, with greater depth at the pointy end of things and our largest fields to date. These factors make it even more important that we appreciate those that give of their time to run these events. No PBs or medals for them, just the stoic joy of standing in the rain for an hour or so, so that we can have our TT fix - THANKS. CM Included Inside this Month’s Magazine

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Editorial, News & What's On………………...….……….2 Warwick Dunfold, New fastest 25 trophy………………3 Mountain Bike News - Mark Winton…………………….4 Archive - Chas D Crisp & 1954 Awards Evening….….5 Racing reports, results & photos……….……………….6 Circuit of Laughton, report, results & photos…………..7 Tony Deacon fast man………………….………………10 My cycling year - 24,304 miles - Peter Baker………. 11 LWCC Awards Evening gallery………………………..12 Awards Evenings a personal view from CM….………14 Merit Cup & Zonca Bradshaw Trophy…….…………..15 More winners & Yellow Bottle winners………………..16 The 11 x 24-Hour Wanderers get a mug each…….…17 Three different Club Run reports……....………………18 Worthing Winter Warmer Audax - report & photos…..18 Mad Jack’s Audax - report & photos….……………….19 Reg Porter Comp - Rd. 3 - The Speed Judging….….20 The Giant Shoreham Showdown - Rob Pelham….…22 Probably the best cycling club n the world?!……...… 23 Every picture tells a story!!...............................……...24

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. Top: Trophies, Shields & Medals ready to be handed out th at our Awards Evening on Saturday 18 Feb (Photo: Lawrence Watts - See page 12 for more photos of our winners)

Middle: Three members of the Dwyer clan: Nick & Tony Deacon the fastest 25 men (See page 10) - Kaye gets a

Yellow Bottle for winning the Chairman’s inaugural Circuit League for Ladies (See page 16 for details of the other 3 YB recipients) - Sarah at the Giant Shoreham Showdown (See page 22 for report, results and more photos by Lawrence Watts)

Bottom: Tom Benjamin and Dan Gardner battle the

conditions and Shortgate Lane on the Circuit of th Laughton - Sunday 4 March (See page 7 for report, results and more photos in the rain from Lawrence Watts)

A big welcome to our newest members: Dan Street of Laughton Sholto Haggart of Sayers Common Nick (Nico) Smith of Peacehaven Dave Jupp of Lewes (Welcome back) Glenn Jones of Lewes Michael Valks of Eastbourne The Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club Monthly Magazine

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Promoter: Peter Moon - Entries closed: 6/03 Round 1 of our Classic League Competition Round 2 of our Middlemarkers Competition See pull-out in last month’s mag & website for event details or page 119 in 2012 CTT Handbook th

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Promoter: Robin Johnson - Entries close: 13/03 Round 2 of our Classic League Competition See pull-out in last month’s mag & website for event details or page 121 in 2012 CTT Handbook st

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Promoter: John Cole - Entries close: 20/03 Round 3 of our Classic League Competition See pull-out in last month’s mag & website for event details or page 121 in 2012 CTT Handbook st

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Promoter: Dave Abbott - Entries close: 27/03 See pull-out in last month’s mag & website for event details or page 124 in 2012 CTT Handbook th

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Promoter: Robin Johnson - Entries close: 27/03 Round 4 of our Classic League Competition See pull-out in last month’s mag & website for event details or page 125 in 2012 CTT Handbook Page 2 of 24 - Issue 255 - March 2012


The Lewes Wanderer Ask not what your club can do for you Ask what you can do for your club

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Only £20 - Sadly, and despite multiple requests, we have 42 members who have not renewed their membership for 2012. This will be their last mag and we will assume that they have chosen to leave the club. Paid-up membership = 105

S Suum mm meerr C Clluubb R Ruunnss The full Summer Club Runs list will be a pull-out in next month’s mag. It will also be posted on the club website & forum.

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Promoter: Oliver Tuckley - 18.11 miles Entries to Adrian Hills - Entries Close: 3/04 Round 3 of our Middlemarkers Competition See pull-out in last month’s mag & website for more event details st

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Promoter: Mark Winton - Entries close: 10/04 Round 4 of our Middlemarkers Competition See pull-out in last month’s mag & website for event details or page 127 in 2012 CTT Handbook nd

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Promoter: Chris Chapman - Entries close: 10/04 LWCC 25 mile Championship Round 5 of our Classic League Competition Round 5 of our Middlemarkers Competition See pull-out in last month’s mag & website for event details or page 128 in 2012 CTT Handbook

W Waarrw wiicckk D Duunnffoolldd - I received the following email. It is with regret that we have been informed that Warwick th passed away on 4 February 2012. Joyce, his wife and daughter Rosemary were with him. The service was held at Hadlow Church on Wed 22 at 1pm and afterwards at the Hadlow Manor Hotel.

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Donations please to Kent Air Ambulance and should be forwarded to the funeral directors - Sears Funeral Directors, 22w Church Road, Paddock Wood TN12 6EZ Tel: 01892 836663 Regards Jo Watson Warwick was the guest speaker at our Awards Evening on th 18 February 2006.

Press Secretary, Alan Lloyd has a new email address: alanlloyd1952@talktalk.net

N Neew w FFaasstteesstt 2255 TTrroopphhyy The Seymour Trophy for our fastest 25 was introduced in 1983 and was looking pretty tatty and dated, it had also nearly reached its capacity for adding new winners. In 2010, Clive Orchard had made a very generous donation of £250 for a new trophy. Last year we spent some on a small and old silver cup for the Circuit of Chailey. This year we spent the balance on a 10” pewter claret jug, whilst Richard Meed kindly built a bespoke base for the new trophy, on which we had the engravers transfer the full list of previous winners from the old trophy. You will see on page 10 that Nick was presented with the new trophy by Tony Deacon, who had held the fastest time for 25 miles since 1984, prior to Nick lowering the record last year to 51:08.

M Moorree TTrroopphhyy N Neew wss:: My next project is to add the missing names to the Terrill Cup (currently for Circuit of Laughton, but originally for Lewes-Newhaven-Lewes).

The original silver band round the base covering year’s 1952-74, disappeared some years back. So, if we can raise the funding, I will get an extension to the base (Richard?) and then get a new plate fitted and engraved. Please let me know if anyone would like to contribute funding to this worthy cause. CM

FFaarree tthheeee w weellll After 16 years loyal service, my Colnago has gone to a new home. It left my place on the top of Mr Tuckley’s vintage Alfa. Classic Italian synergy. I’ve got my ex-Pelham PX, so Ernesto’s finest had been relegated to a bit part player and Ollie had often commented in a favourable way about my old TT machine. Am I looking forward to being passed by Oliver on my old machine? CM The Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club Monthly Magazine

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The Lewes Wanderer W Maarrkk W Wiinnttoonn Woom mbblliinngg M Moouunnttaaiinn B Biikkeerrss bbyy M SSttaannm meerr PPaarrkk -- The intention was always to keep the

weekly mountain bike ride at Stanmer Park going throughout the winter. Up to Christmas we managed this. However, we have had a couple of false starts since the New Year, but we do seem to be back in the swing of the weekly rides with a couple of tweaks. Firstly: The ride now leaves the Sports Centre at Sussex Uni. (This is because the car park is flood lit and not locked). Secondly: The ride now leaves at 7:30pm. Thirdly: The ride is now on a Thursday. If I can, I will try to continue to ride on a Tuesday on an adhoc basis. Probably best to check the forum or give me a call or text for an update on this. For those that haven’t been out yet, or came out in the early days - Stanmer is a great area for mountain biking (but don’t tell too many people). It has lots of swoopy single track, it’s not overly technical and everyone is encouraged to ride at their own speed. Whilst hilly, there are rarely any long climbs to deal with as I try to piece together the singletrack into a ride of 1½ - 2 hours. I am learning the routes and the amount of time crashing around in the undergrowth is reducing. I am also pleased that I don’t yet know all the routes in the park (I seem to find an extra trail each week) and I am looking forward to extending my knowledge for longer and better rides. At the moment, lights are required, but as we progress into summer they will no longer be a necessary. The emphasis of these rides is FUN and so far the park has been pretty rideable in almost all conditions. Turns out its not so great in the snow though (see cyclo-cross cross report on page 6). We are always looking for people to ride out with us, so all Members are invited. You’ll need a mountain bike in good mechanical condition with reasonable tyres. If you don’t have lights, we can find some you can borrow. If you don’t have a suitable bike I am sure our resident Giant retailer could sort you something out for a good price. We also intend to take the weekly ride on tour, heading to Friston, and Gibbo territory from time to time, so keep an eye on the Forum for updates. I hope to continue the rides throughout the year and am personally looking forward to riding the trails. If you are interested in joining us or just need more info please get in touch. The Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club Monthly Magazine

B Brriigghhttoonn B Biigg D Doogg -- We had a womble team of 3 in the

2011 event and it was an amazing experience. It would be good to get a couple of teams in this year. See report & photos in the October (No. 251) mag on page 22. I would describe how good the event is, but this from the official website is far more eloquent than what I can write (but it is true - it’s a great event and its on our doorstep) th

4 August 2012 - This 6 hour race around the amazing parkland trails of Stanmer Park featuring testing climbs and awesome singletrack guarantees a whole lot of fun! This is still a non-profit race. All the profits will go behind the bar for the big party in Brighton afterwards. Well, everyone seemed to have such a good time last time, we'd thought we'd do it again. There are 4 different categories to enter. Solo, Pairs, Team of Three and Open Retro (pre-95 bike only!). Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 of each category as well as on the spot prizes such as the "Hot Dog" prize for the fastest lap of the race. If you fancy a one lap scoot around to see what everyone is talking about then why not enter the Oneder Dog fun category on the day. It comes with free tea and cake too! You can enter at: www.brightonbigdog.com discussion and banter on the club forum.

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From CM: Anyone fancy the pre-95 event, then I’ve got just the machine for you - yes, my mighty Giant Granite!

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conquered the mammoth challenge of the South Downs (the right) Way in a day. West to East is considered to be the right way because it is generally wind assisted. See report & photos in the October (No. 251) mag on page 20. I understand that riding the SDW in both directions is the key challenge. To do it both ways in 24 hours would be too easy - so I intend to do it a year (ish) apart - a far more challenging feat! So I present the “2012 South Downs (the wrong) Way in a day challenge”. Don’t get too excited, I haven’t picked a day yet - or worked out the logistics of it all. But it’s likely to be in July or August. It will probably be a Saturday, leaving Eastbourne early morning and arriving Winchester late afternoon (depending on the wind). For those that don’t know, the South Downs Way is a 100 mile off road challenge, with climbing that compares with some of the classic road Alpine challenges (like the Marmotte). There are then some options, turn around and ride back (if your mental), get the train back (if you are sensible), stay over night and ride back (if you are slightly mad), stay overnight have some beers and food and get the train back (this could get messy). Ride part way back the next day etc I’ll post an update when I know more, but if you are interested let me know and in the mean time keep an eye on the forum. MW Page 4 of 24 - Issue 255 - March 2012


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Rob Pelham has taken this home for the last couple of years, but who was Chas D Crisp? I found the following in the Sussex Express th on Friday 24 February and have added to it from other bits of research, using the web and records & reports kept by Mick Burgess. Colonel Charles Doland Crisp OBE, Mayor of Lewes on no fewer than 11 occasions. Crisp Road on Landport is named after him. He was born in Hammersmith in 1864 and began his working life as a schoolteacher before taking up a career in insurance. For seven years he lived in New York before returning to London in 1906. He had quite a background in football, starting with playing for the London Hotspurs. He was a referee during the 1908 Olympic Games football competition and went on to help found the amateur Athenian League in 1912. A year later he became the first director of Woolwich Arsenal FC after the club had moved to Highbury. At one time he was also a director of Chelsea and toured South America with the team. During the First World War, the Crisps moved from London to Lewes. Charles took up local politics; he was first elected in 1925 and lived at ‘Franche’, De Warrenne Road. In the Second World War he was a sub-controller of the Lewes ARP wardens and it is said he was on duty for all 1,051 of the town’s air raid alerts. Before this he had got very much involved with local sports clubs. He even wrote a column in the Sussex Express answering queries about the game of football. Our Crisp trophy is dated 1927 and is a fine solid silver cup. He was the President of the pre-war Lewes Wanderers club and is listed as a Vice President of the current club for 1952, 53, 54, & 55, he died in February nd 1956, just short of his 92 birthday.

Newspaper picture taken at our 1954 Awards Evening Mention in dispatches: Peter Sharp (mentioned in the report) is still generously hosting our Committee Meetings st and will be 92 on the 21 April. Happy Birthday Peter.

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C Chhaass D DC Crriisspp aanndd 11995544 A Aw waarrddss EEvveenniinngg The following is taken from a Sussex Express article published in 1954.

LLeew weess C Cyycclliissttss D Diinnnneerr W Waannddeerreerrss M Meem mbbeerrss FFeew w,, Q Quuaalliittyy H Hiigghh “Although the membership is small the quality is high,” declared the President of Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club, Mr E. Jenner, at their annual dinner at the Royal Oak Hotel on Saturday. Evidence of this was on the top table, which was graced by many trophies won in the past season during which four club records had been broken. Guests were members of Uckfield and District Cycling Club, Eastbourne Rovers Cycling and Athletic Club and Hastings Cycling and Athletic Club. Proposing “The Club,” Mr. M. Chauncy (chairman of East Sussex Cycling Association) pointed out that after the war the Lewes club, unlike many others, reformed, and were now giving a good account of themselves in the cycling world. T T b u o O Trrriiib bu uttteee ttto oO Offffffiiiccceeerrrsss He paid tribute to Alderman C. D. Crisp, one of the officers, saying it was a very good thing to have such a person associated with the club, and also Mr. I. J. Eldridge (hon. secretary), Mr. S. Adams (former hon. secretary), Mr. D. Marsh (for his outstanding riding) and Mr. Jenner, who had stayed with the club through good and bad years. Mr Jenner referred to their “very small membership,” and said that new members should be encouraged. He expressed appreciation of the services of Mr. Adams, and also Mrs. Adams, hon. secretary and hon. social secretary “The Visitors and the Press” was proposed by Mr G. M. Willcocks. Mr. N. D. Edwards, an official of the Uckfield Club, responded, saying that he felt that the two clubs were inter-related as Mr. Jenner presided at the inaugural meeting of the Uckfield Club in 1931. Mr. R Humphrey (secretary of East Sussex Cycling Association) proposing “The Prize-Winners,” paid tribute to the club’s successes and congratulated the riders on their outstanding performances. Mr P. L. F. Sharp responded. Mrs. R. Stripp distributed awards as follows: 10 miles race: Medal, D. J. Marsh; medal, R. Russell. LewesNewhaven-Lewes run: Terrill Cup, D. J. Marsh; medal, J. Marker, 25 miles, Pearce Cup, D. Agg; medal, R. Russell. 30 miles: La Valletta Cup, R. Russell; medal, P. Sharp. 50 miles: Strudwick Cup, D. Agg; medal, P. Sharp. 100 miles, Alderman C. D. Crisp Cup, D. J. Marsh; medal, D. Agg. 12-hour run: Cinema De Luxe Cup, D. Agg. Best allrounder in events run over 25, 50 and 100 miles: 1 D. J. Marsh: 2, D. Agg. D. J. Marsh won a golden medal for the fastest time in the Fountain C. C. open 25 miles run in April, with a record time of 59 minutes 41 seconds. The dinner was followed by a social and dance.

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Southdowns Bikes 18km - Saturday 4 Feb

Pos th 13 nd 22

Name Time Tom Glandfield 30:14 Micky Turner 32:20 Doug Dewey st 1 24:29 Team Tor 2000 Course: GS/988 - Entries: 46 - DNF: 0 - DNS: 7 Real men: Tom in his Persil white and Micky on a very red machine were clearly chomping at the bit after a couple of months off their TT steeds.

Thanks to markghopkins.co.uk for use of the TT photos

Saturday night and the promised snow came, so Tom’s Sunday ride on Southdowns 34km event was postponed, I assume Tom did a simulation on his turbo th

Sunday’s event was then rebooked for 26 February and unfortunately, due to work commitments Tom didn’t ride.

South East Cyclo-Cross Team Championships Pos Name th 49 Mark Winton th 86 Steve Burgess th 100 Sam Ramsey th 109 Doug Gardner (116 finishers) DNF Rob Pelham st 1 Mathew Webber - London Phoenix nd st LWCC finished 22 Team - 1 Team: Vicious Velo Youth Race th 16 Dan Gardner (46 finishers) st 1 Thomas Butler - VC Deal Youth

The Bombhole Cyclo-Cross Photos: Cross-Crazy.com

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Sunday 12 February - Edited from Mark Winton’s

Forum post: Well that was fun. I got called up to the second row for the start, as I was the first Wanderer on the list. In a cross race this isn't a great place to be when you're slow, the front of the race is incredibly fast. Lap 1 started with about 1km on the snow, struggling for grip & traction in equal measure bikes were heading in all sorts of angles and it was often necessary to lean on the rider next to me just to stay upright. I held my position fairly well and didn't get caught by too many fast guys from behind. The lap was running nicely, despite the snow and ice it seemed to be giving out plenty of grip. The two bombhole sections were great fun, just let the bike roll into & out of the hole before getting ready for the dismount.

Looks cold & tough hey! Ian, Rob, Mark, Sam, Dan & Steve in cross action

Lap 2 was good too, plenty of grip for riding on. Lap 3 it all started to get a bit sketchy, I saw a couple of guys wash out in the slower/tighter corners, but it was still very rideable. The Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club Monthly Magazine

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The Lewes Wanderer Lap 4 and it started to get really tough. The snow and ice was replaced with slippery mud and the corners became more perilous with every pedal stroke. I had to dab a foot down at every corner just to be sure I wouldn't fall. I saw one guy from the Dulwich (on a mountain bike) fall about 8 times, not sure why he had such little grip on big tyres. Each lap became more-and-more slippy with more and more riders falling. The slippery snow covered downhill sections were still holding up well and with a gentle dab here & there it was possible to sail through these sections. On my last lap I ran out of back brake and had my one and only fall when I went in to a corner too fast and had to use too much front brake to slow down, I knew what was going to happen so was back on my feet almost as soon as I had hit the ground, managing not to lose a place. It took until the last lap before I got lapped by the leaders which made a bit of a change. What amazed me was they seemed able to pass on sections where I was convinced there was only one line, such was their confidence in the grip. Overall I think we did pretty well as a team. I started first on the grid, which allowed me to finish first womble. I lapped Sam Ramsey, but he was riding well, especially as he confessed after he sat looking at the bomb hole for 5 minutes before riding it on his sighting lap and wasn't confident in the conditions at all, so he did a superb job to get round. Steve Burgess wasn't far behind me and he seemed to have plenty of grip on his new mountain bike. Rob had a few issues with his bike and the course, so decided to save his efforts for another day. Dan Gardner was our only rider in the junior race which was run before the senior event. So, how many teams next year?

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Central Sussex CC 17.48 miles - Sat 25 Feb Pos th 17 rd 23 th 35

Name Time Sholto Haggart 40:09 James Ryan 41:41 Simon Yates 50:06 Peter Tadros st 1 34:36 In Gear Quickvit Course: GS/985 - Entries: 39 - DNF: 0 - DNS: 2

The all new Wanderer Allsorts team enjoyed a shorts & short-sleeve morning - pretty good for Feb. New kid on the block, Sholto led the gang home, closely followed by Private Ryan, with Simon doing the tail gunner job - having been started at the back of the field just ahead of the fast men. th

Eastbourne Rovers CC 25 miles - Sun 26 Feb Pos th 9 th 12 th 14 th 19 th 24 th 26 th 27

Name Time Dan Gardner (J) 1:03:12 Steve Head 1:05:19 Michael Turner 1:06:17 Neil Midgley 1:08:27 Doug Gardner 1:14:48 Debbie Evers (L) 1:16:25 Paul Hanratty 1:17:34 Felix English st 1 55:59 Rapha Condor Course: G25/80 - Starters: 29 - DNF: 1

On a chilly morning, seven PTTing Wanderers gave the Rovers TT a go - and we had loads of eclectic adventures reported on the Forum - Debbie in shorts suffering from the cold - Micky breaking spokes & systematically dismantling (breaking) his tribars - Doug Gardner doing his first 25 for 28 years and getting his best ever time well beaten by his son and Dan, leading the Wanderers home with an impressive ride, which bodes well for the rest of 2012.

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After a lot of smoke, mirrors and hyperbole on the Forum, Sunday dawned and as predicted it wasn’t a nice one. It was a day for real cyclists; a day for backbone and the kind of day that legends are born. Cut, Chris, just give erm the facts and less of the book at bedtime nonsense. 11 Wanderers have ridden a 24 and 11 Wanderers didn’t put in an appearance and this despite spending £3 each on an entry. The top seed thought better of it and in the process denied his better half a chance to retain her Chairman’s Circuit League for Ladies Championship! Peter Morris defied my predictions and took a comfortable victory over his regular rival. Frosty picked up the bronze medal and led home the vets, showing Mark Paton (who there was no sign of) what he’s up against this season. We have new Vet Standard times for 2012 and I’ve already had a complaint from Mr Lloyd (and to be fair, others) that it’s loaded in favour of the young vets - is that an oxymoron? Talking of young vets, our senior vet collected the first on st st handicap award. Morris-Hemsley, 1 & 1 at Chailey & Laughton. Can the dynamic-duo complete the hat-trick at Danehill? It was close on handicap with Alan Stevens taking second spot, a mere one second behind Horry. The Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club Monthly Magazine

Circuit of Laughton

Overall Peter Morris Tom Glandfield Mark Frost Handicap st Horry Hemsley 1 nd Alan Stevens 2 rd Tony Sinnett 3 Veteran on Standard st Mark Frost 1 nd Micky Turner 2 rd Chris Martin 3 Female Rider st Anne Locke 1 Junior Rider st Dan Gardner 1 st

1 nd 2 rd 3

Tony Sinnett collected the final handicap award with a good ride on his new, no strings attached TT machine. New kid in the kit, Sholto had a impressive ride, finishing four seconds ahead of the flying Micky (King Reg) Turner, who got the second vet award.

View from a wet saddle: Having sold my Colnago, I had no option but to ride my fat PX front wheel, which I didn’t enjoy as the front end got buffeted all over the shop as I sploshed down the Broyle and back to Laughton. And after a winter riding with mudguards, I’d forgotten the pure joy of the back wheel soaking your rear end! Having relied on the odd third on handicap awards to rd fuel my passion, I was (pleasantly) surprised to get the 3 vet award ahead of Mr Lloyd - I don’t know what he’s grumbling on about! Rob had decided to handicap himself by riding his road bike, whilst Tom Baker showed a useful turn of speed, finishing just ahead of Dan Gardner, who is really flying. Page 7 of 24 - Issue 255 - March 2012


The Lewes Wanderer Circuit of Laughton - Sunday 4th March

Pos st

1 nd 2 rd 3 th 4 th 5 th 6 th 7 th 8 th 9 th 10 th 11 th 12 th 13 th 14 th 15 th 16 th 17 th 18 th 19 th 20 st 21 nd 22 rd 23 th 24 th 25 th 26 th =27 th =27 th 29 th 30 st 31 nd 32 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

Start No. 20 10 15 25 21 30 43 41 23 22 07 16 01 05 37 14 17 06 08 13 12 18 04 34 27 32 03 28 33 19 39 38 02 09 11 24 26 29 31 35 36 40 42

Name

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Peter Morris Tom Glandfield Mark Frost Sholto Haggart Micky Turner Rob Pelham Neil MIdgley Tom Baker Dan Gardner (J) James Ryan Chris Martin Callum Middleton (J) Alan Lloyd Alan Stevens Oliver Tuckley Tony Sinnett Tom Benjamin Stephen Owles* Stephen Gaston Matt Townsend George Upex Charlie Middleton David Beale Martin Koman Doug Gardner Graham Jeffs Stuart Anderson Simon Yates Peter Baker Horry Hemsley Adrian Hills Anne Locke (L) Joe Yates Mark Tullett Yuri Tymchenko Sarah Dwyer (L) Paul Hanratty Kaye Dwyer (L) Natasha Fuller (L) Matt Coombs Ian Glen Nick Dwyer Stuart Kirkham

29:01 29:28 30:05 30:45 30:49 31:20 31:44 31:53 31:56 32:09 32:53 32:55 33:38 33:41 34:02 34:04 34:09 34:36 35:20 36:27 37:01 37:38 37:40 37:45 37:50 38:17 39:57 39:57 40:05 42:30 43:20 44:09

Handicap Pos. Time th 11 27:41 th =16 28:23 th 19 29:05 rd 23 29:40 th 6 26:49 th 28 30:33 th 10 27:34 th 9 27:13 th 7 26:56 th 20 29:14 th 14 28:08 th 13 27:55 th =16 28:23 nd 02 26:16 th 12 27:47 rd 3 26:29 th 5 26:44 th 4 26:41 th 15 28:20 nd 22 29:27 st 21 29:16 th 27 30:28 th 25 30:10 th 18 28:30 th 24 29:45 th 30 32:12 th 29 31:12 th 26 30:27 nd 32 35:05 st 1 26:15 st 31 33:45 th 8 27:09

Vets Standard Pos. Time Senior Senior st 1 +2:41 Senior nd 2 +1:57 Senior Senior Junior Senior rd 3 +0:39 Junior th 04 +0:29 th 05 +0:03 th 06 -0:14 th 08 -1:41 th 07 -1:23 th 09 -2:01 th 10 -2:18 th 13 -4:08 Senior th 14 -4:11 th 11 -2:42 th 15 -4:43 th 16 -4:54 th 12 -3:42 th 20 -6:35 th 18 -5:50 th 19 -6:33 th 17 -5:17 nd 22 -10:18 st 21 -8:18

A A bbiigg tthhaannkkss ttoo tthhee tteeaam m tthhaatt m maaddee iitt hhaappppeenn:: Promoter: Martyn Crawford Entries, Setting the field, Handicap and Vet Std times (using the new Standards): Adrian Hills Catering: Jo (yummy cakes) Crawford Pusher Off: Ian McGuckin Start Timekeeper: Ashley Leaney Finish Timekeeper: Richard Meed Marshals: John Miller & Clive Orchard (top of Shortgate Lane), Peter Price & Stephen Long (Kennel Corner), Paul Gibbons & John Armstrong (bottom of Shortgate Lane). There were a few minor issues with some timings on the day due to water in the machine. Thanks to Richard and Ashley for sorting. Please take these as the final results (barring a strong legal challenge in the High Court).

Stephen Gaston

Tom Baker

Simon Yates

Course: GS/836 12.46 miles

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Entry on the line (PTT) 44 Andy Denyer 51 Bob Coleman* 49 Tobin Aldrich 47 Ian Craig 46 Kim English (JL) 45 Bruce English 50 Helen Bullimore (L)

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It was not a good day to use a camera, so thanks to Lawrence for getting wet and getting some shots and then getting these over to me in double time to meet the publication date. First update on the Middlemarkers Competition next month. , The Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club Monthly Magazine Page 8 of 24 - Issue 255 - March 2012


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Tony Sinnett rd 3 on Hcp

Horry Hemsley st 1 on Hcp

Alan Stevens nd 2 on Hcp

Tom Glandfield nd 2 on GC

Mark Frost rd 3 on GC st & 1 Vet

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Chris Martin rd 3 Vet

Rob, Reg & Micky

The following pages feature loads of shots from our awards evening and the winners getting their medals and trophies.

David Beale

Tom Benjamin

Tony Sinnett

Laughton was my first chance to catch-up with some of those not in attendance (too shy, better offer, previous commitment etc) and get a mug shot with their medal. My camera was suffering (like the rest of us) from the damp, hence the soft focus look!

Natasha Fuller

We also got Rob to hand over the Reg Porter Trophy to Micky Turner (Photo: LW). I still have medals for: Andrew Comben, Stuart Kirkham, Jamie Lowden & John Mankelow and when I find you, you will need to pose for the now obligatory snapshot. CM

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Tony’s fastest time for 25-miles of 51:37 stood as the club nd record from 2 September 1984, until Nick Dwyer finally lowered it in 2011 to 51:08. To celebrate this, we invited Tony and his dad, Barry to our awards evening. Richard Meed turned a wooden cup which we had suitably engraved and it was presented to Tony on the night in recognition of his special place in Wanderers history. Tony sent the following info on his bike of choice and his training regime at the time - On the right is the best picture I can find of my John Spooner low profile frame which he purpose made for me in 1984. This was quite soon after the Russians were seen using what was then a new concept, although he stopped short of the difficult to get smaller front wheel staying with normal size. From memory, the frame was 531 oval tubing and superbly light if a little 'full on' in its riding position. There was only one speed to go on this bike and that was 'as fast as possible'! Cinelli bars, Campag Record group set with 53-56 single front ring depending on the course, driving a 13-18 block. I favoured fairly fast pedalling, about 108 or 116rpm as I remember. The wheels were Campag Record hubs with oval spokes, but Mavic flat rims as I think aero rims were very expensive still. I shod the wheels with Vittoria silk track tubs even when riding hilly and bouncy courses like the Redmon Hilly 73 - pumping these to 150psi on the smoother courses! I think I only ever punctured once in competition, but this is a bit hazy now. It definitely wasn't many, as I couldn't afford to replace the £30 darlings too many times in a season! Tony’s training programme Jan 1st - March and the season start: Long Sat & Sun ride - about 5-8 hrs on fixed gear mostly. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri - 2 x 15miles on heavy bike with slow tyres. Two of those rides with bricks in the saddle bag and riding though the Coombs road at Shoreham-Steyning, sitting down in the biggest gear I could roll up the hills in, easy on the down. Made my legs burn like mad! Weds - 50 miles chain gang ride.

March - onwards: Sat - race or easy ride out to Spooners my sponsor. Sun - race and ride back if local. Mon & Fri 2 x 15 miles on heavy bike with slow tyres, high pace but not race level. Tues & Thurs - 1 x 15 miles on heavy bike with slow tyres or club race. Then 1x30min session of 200m sprints, 200m rests around the streets - this gave me the speed but was the hardest part (apart from the bricks!) Weds - 50 miles chain gang and manic sprinting unless I was racing at Preston Park track. Worked for me!

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Tony and his dad, Barry attended our Awards Evening and we presented him with a Richard Meed turned cup, engraved in recognition of his record time for the club’s fastest 25 of 51:37 set in 1984. Tony then presented our new Fastest 25 trophy to Nick Dwyer for his club record time of 51:08 set last year. See page 3 for more details of our new Fastest 25 trophy. The Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club Monthly Magazine

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The Lewes Wanderer M Myy ccyycclliinngg yyeeaarr -- 2244,,330044 m miilleess -- PPeetteerr BBaakkeerr The year started like any other, my main ambition being to cycle as many miles in the new-year as I had in the one just finished, (in 2010 this had been 20,300). I never thought I would get anywhere near the actual total I finally achieved.

The vast majority of my cycling mileage is thanks to my daily commute between Lewes and Redhill. Although I endured some bad journeys, on the whole the weather was very kind to me throughout the year. There was no repeat of the snow that we suffered during 2010 and not too many wet days. As a result I was able to ride the round trip nearly 80% of the days I worked. My final total was also considerably helped by some extra-long mileages ridden in preparation for and completing both the “24” and P-B-P. At the beginning of the year I had set myself some resolutions with regard to my mileage ridden. One was to see for how many days into the New Year could I ride at

least 30 miles a day, the other was to do see for how many weeks I could achieve 300 miles in a week. I failed with rd the first on only the 3 January when I rode only 20 miles, little did I realise at the time that this would be the only day of the year when I did cycle less than 30. The second aim was realised, with my lowest weekly (Monday to Sunday) total being 301 miles, also recorded in the first week of the year. On my way to recording this total, I managed to set personals bests for the highest single day (270), highest week (805) and highest calendar month (2450). This high mileage isn’t without its consequences. Averaging sixty plus miles a day is very time consuming and wearing on bike components, especially the drive system, (bottom bracket, chain and cassette), brake blocks, wheels & tyres. It also impacted my racing; I was particularly disappointed with my solo TT results in the autumn (after the KCA “12”). Ambitions for 2012? Top of the list is to not ride as far this year. PB

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Megan Rabbetts hands Peter an original Richard Meed to help remember PBP Below: Tom gets his Certificate of Record

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The Lewes Wanderer Trophy Land

The Big Raffle

Loads of Trophies

Nick Dwyer

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Saturday 18 February - Roebuck Inn, Laughton - Photos: Lawrence Watts The Winners

Micky Turner Adrian Hills

Matt Coombs & Horry Hemsley

Rob Pelham

Peter Morris

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This was my 17 consecutive awards do and back in the 90’s I used to sit in the room, chat to the people on my table, lark about and I even got a few trophies. Sadly for me, most of the silverware is now very much out of reach. These day’s it’s a third on handicap, if I’m a lucky boy. My first talking role at our award bashes was back in Feb 2006 (Uckfield), when Mick Burgess had asked me to do the response on behalf of the club to our guest speaker, Warwick Dunfold (see page 3). In Feb 2007 (Roebuck), Megan Rabbetts was our guest speaker, whilst Simon Yates got the Zonca and I got the Merit Cup! In both 06 & 07 we had about 50 attend the evening celebrations. For Feb 2008, the club tried the Sunday lunch format in an attempt to attract more attendees, unfortunately only 36 put in an appearance at Chailey Village Hall for a buffet. This was my first crack at the full MC role and I looked like Max Wall in black cycling bib-tights topped with DJ & bowtie! We got Nick Collins of the then DFL pro-team as our guest speaker and his wife Sally handed out the trophies, whilst I waffled on about each winner. Feb 2009 (Roebuck) and we returned to the evening format, 50 attended and I took on the MC role without guest speaker. I introduced the slide show format, taking advantage of the Roebuck’s overhead projector showing a rotating slide show of all the LWCC photos that had appeared in the local papers during the 2008 season. This has been a regular feature since and it’s interesting observing people in the room clocking themselves as the pictures scroll on by.

Feb 06: Sandra Hill gives me a badge - Feb 07: My last chance to just sit and enjoy the evening - Feb 08: Max Wall gets a kiss - Feb 09: A chance to let rip on the ole Telecaster.

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Something I’d wanted to do Dress down at for years was have some live the Pig & Butcher music (as music has been as Simon gets my thing since childhood). the Zonca again! Simon Farmer on Sax put together an excellent drum & bass backing track and together (after a few rushed rehearsals) we did instrumental versions of The Wanderer and Ride like the wind. It was a full day as we’d both done Mad Jack, before rushing home and getting to Laughton for setup and sound check. Simon played great and it was a top day for me, definitely one of the busiest of my life. Feb 2010 and with the Roebuck unavailable due to renovation works, we tried the Pig & Butcher, with 33 attending. I left the guitar at home and did the MC stuff. In Nov 10 we were back at the Roebuck for a th special celebration for the club’s 60 birthday. With over 100 in attendance (it was free, Including the food!!) I did a photo heavy PowerPoint show looking back at the club’s history and the many characters that had played their part in it. Feb 2011 (Roebuck) and the same format with CM as MC with slide show and PowerPoint. I try and look for something new each time, to make the do unique. Music in 09 The Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club Monthly Magazine

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and for the 60 we dressed the stage with bikes and kit from across the eras. This time we featured a couple of bikes from different ends of the cycling spectrum and we got the numbers up to 60. February 2012 - Yes, at last I’ve finally arrived at this year’s celebration of last year’s winners. With 2011 being our greatest season, Simon Yates and I got down to nagging, threatening, cajoling, press ganging & blackmailing as many of our winners as possible to attend and we got the numbers up to 76, with only one trophy winner and 10 other winners not in attendance. Not bad, but it always disappoints me. This year we had two unique features. 1.

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With the fast men having monstered the awards from SCCU, SCA & ESCA, I made them bring their spoils along for display. We had more silverware on show than Man Utd have in their trophy room and poor old Nick Dwyer had to hire a pantechnicon to cart all his bling. And at the end of the evening the poor lad had to take it all home again, along with half a dozen of our trophies and Kaye’s Yellow Bottle. After last year’s National 24-Hour, we got all 11 Wanderers who have completed a 24 to attend and collect a special mug (see page 16). Amongst the 24 crew, we had Peter Burbery, the first man in LWCC colours to have completed a 24. Peter did 397.190 miles back in 1975 on the Catford CC 24, and Jeremy Meades who’d relocated three years back to the west country made the trip up to get his mug and join in the celebration.

People to thank: Simon for organising - The staff and management at the Roebuck for getting it spot on. It all worked well and despite the reputation of some, I haven’t heard any complaints - Megan Rabbetts and Margaret Kilby for handing out the trophies and medals - Rob for the 11 x 24-Hour mugs and other stuff - Val Hemsley for doing her regular top job with the raffle, which was a big success, especially for John Miller who won the top prize, whilst I won a bottle of shampoo which I offered to Nick. He declined my generous offer - All those that donated stuff for the raffle - Our guests: Jeremy & Liz Meades and Tony & Barry Deacon - And everyone else who joined us and hung in there as I delivered my schpeel. Next year: I think, without a big budget for a lectern and lights, smoke, pyrotechnics and music; I’ve exhausted my ideas and formula. This year’s presentation went on for nearly two-hours and that’s pushing the attention span of most, even when they’re waiting for their moment in the sun. I wasn’t going to mention it, but one of our guests was dropping off and who can blame him, as he wasn’t even up for an award. We have a lot of charismatic types in the club and I think someone else (maybe a double act) should give it a go next year. New face, fresh blood and new ideas. Now don’t be shy and I’ll promise not to heckle (too much). CM

M Meerriitt C Cuupp We have two awards that are handed out on the night and are decided on by the Committee. The Merit Cup went to Rose Hills for her many years help with marshalling duties at Earwig Corner on the Gents GP. Rose was also out on the 24-Hour night circuit and has quietly helped the club over the years. Chris Hough, Mick & Rose Hills on duty at Earwig Corner. The Zonca Bradshaw Trophy went to Paul Hanratty for his effort & perseverance over the years on the racing front, and for helping out at the Evening Tens.

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Right: Paul Hanratty riding last year’s BTTC

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The Lewes Wanderer John Gallsworthy

Dom Lowden

Mark Paton

Neil Midgley

Alan Lloyd

Oliver Tuckley

Ian Glen

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-TThhee Y Yeelllloow wB BoottttlleeI started out with 23 yellow bottles, which I keep to hand out purely at my own whim. My reasons for giving them out are rather random and never consulted on. Prior to this year’s awards do, I’ve handed out eight. Legal Notice: These bottles are for display purpose only and not to be used on a bike, or I’ll take them back. CM The Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club Monthly Magazine

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Richard Meed: For making trophy base & cups for awards do. Does loads more for the club, which would more than fill this page. Thanks Mark Winton: First 8-hours of my 24 and loads of calm stuff as club secretary. Thanks Lawrence Watts: Photographing every awards evening since 2006 + loads more camera work. th Thanks - See cover for details of the 4 winner Page 16 of 24 - Issue 255 - March 2012


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Paul Gibbons

Tom Glandfield

Peter Burbery Peter Baker

Jeremy Meades Andy Denyer

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Sunday 29 January by Will Herbert - Having only recently joined LWCC and this being my second club run of the season I was still trying to find my bearings "no pun intended" As I descended down Uckfield High Street my legs felt stiff as old boots. Having completed a tough 2000m swim time trial on Friday & 10k tempo run on Saturday, I really needed today's club run to be an easy one. We were going to be presented with a calm day but with temperatures reaching single digits, so COLD, but I new the sun would eventually break leaving us with pleasant riding conditions. 9.00 - a few LWCC riders already at Boots eagerly awaiting the usual suspects to arrive, I passed our meeting point to help my mate Nico sort his bike out. 9.15 - we set off through Uckfield, on to the Eastbourne Rd before making a turn towards Palehouse Common. Steady she goes 16/17mph as we rode pass Muddlers Common & headed for Friston. Not knowing the route I couldn't believe how flat the ride had been, but little did I know what was awaiting us. 19.87 miles as we approached Jevington with an elevation circa -11 ft and as we rode up Jevington Rd it picked up to 211 ft before a descent, then an even bigger elevation of 274ft....

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Sunday 5 February - After a few phone calls on the Saturday re the threat of snow, it was decided to cancel th and try again on Sunday 19 February. The promised snow came and I don’t think there was a lot of road cycling action to report on. Above: the view out of my bedroom window on Sunday morning and a different form of transport being utilised, matching pink coat and sledge. CM

I was preoccupied not wanting to get blown out the back, when a few In-Gear riders caught my eye in front; this tempted some the gang to chase. I know Rob was one the LWCC riders to up a gear and chase down these riders just like true tour nature!!

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As we approached East Dean Round the terrain dropped away like I had never seen before, this was a great descent. The Garmin Edge clocked 35.5mph, but I'm sure some of the other club riders were smashing that. Charlie & Matt T's legs must have been pedalling at a rate of knots as they were both out on their fixes, rather them then me. We had been riding now for 1hr 39mins before we embarked on our tea stop at the Exceat Tea Shop. As I approached the entrance It looked like LWCC had taken over the place, bikes scattered around tables & walls, onlookers must have thought we had just dropped out of the SKY and were wondering what the hell was going on. Group orders please.....5 crumpets, 5 Tea Cakes & a fruit slice all washed down with a dose of rich Sussex coffee, tea & 1 orange juice - LOVELY, I could get used to this. Ok time to go, legs feel like led and god it's cold. A lovely early afternoon ride back through Laughton & Ripe etc took Nico & I back to Uckfield, by this time many riders had split off from the group. All in all an easy ride out, with little incident.

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Sat 11 Feb by Micky Turner - There was absolutely nothing warm about it until the piping hot soup at the end!! I left my house at 7:30 cycling over and watched the temp gauge on my Garmin getting lower and lower, bottoming out at -8.6!! I seriously considered doing a U turn and being sensible. The cold was hurting!!!! , especially a certain area that should be looked after at all times!! I had to take emergency protection procedures :-0 Page 18 of 24 - Issue 255 - March 2012


The Lewes Wanderer I understand from Mick Irons that of the 113 entries, 60 started of which there were four Wanderers. Not bad considering. A lot of the Worthing boys and girls were out. Tony Gale, Ian Landless and I set off at 9:0am without the feeling in our hands. Double hard man Pete Baker caught us up having cycled over from his home and went at his usual consistent firm pace and pushed on. The temp had increased slightly to -5 and after an hour or so feeling to the fingers returned. At the first food stop the Wombles were reunited and carried on as a group of four. It was at the much needed coffee stop that we noted the beard extensions to Tony (treble hard) who was not bothered in the slightest by having 2 inch long stalactites dangling from his chin. Proper Audax man. Ian (Sun God) tried to warm us up by talking about a recent top up tan holiday.

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Sunday 12 February by Nick (Nico) Smith - Minus 5° meant only five hardcore or fool hardy (you choose) riders. Heading out today included Ian, Rob, Matt T & the new boys Will & myself riding to south Chailey via Spithurst confronting freezing rain making me wonder if this morning had been a good idea after all, thankfully this passed very quickly and as we approached Wivelsfield things started to pick up. Onto Lindfield and then Danehill for tea & cake where we were joined by two more LWCC members. Heading East back through Furners Green & Fletching then returning to Uckfield cutting today's run a little short due to the sketchy conditions just 30 miles in 2.5 hrs with a stop. NS

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Tony Gale with icicle encrusted beard - Photos Micky Turner A route change meant the Black Down loop had been omitted as there was apparently snow up there cutting the distance down by 12km. The further west we went there appeared to be more ice patches. The roads were pretty good really and dry - it was only where there had been run off from adjacent fields that had left frozen patches on the road which were easy to spot. The worst areas being around Bignor and Sutton. The temp finally got into the plus zone at 11:30am.

Saturday 18 February - Report by me and I didn’t even ride it! Now what can I tell about this King of the local Audax scene? Well, let’s start with why I’m doing the report shall we. I made several verbal requests for some words - I also used PMs on the Forum and even the might of several Tweets. But sadly, even I have to give up chasing people eventually. So, here’s my report: The people in the above photo rode it and I think they all finished and four of them turned up for the Awards Evening with three making a visit to the stage to collect their prizes. To make it tougher this year, riders had to climb a fence (see photo) and Tony Gale got his cleat caught as he tried to traverse said obstacle. Peter Price drank some brandy (see Back Page). That’s it, sounds rather dull to me! CM

The last hour or two was quite pleasant as we pushed on back to the hall and got there about 1:30ish. Hot soup and plenty of cakes were available. I didn't hang around for long as I had to cycle back, as did Pete. As deep a bath as possible was necessary and back to being sensible at home in the warm. Good fun overall and thankfully no fallers. I enjoyed cycling with Tony, Ian and Pete - thank you fellas for the company. Be safe MT The Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club Monthly Magazine

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The Lewes Wanderer Reg Porter Comp - Round 3 - The Speed Judging - Sunday 19th February Pos 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Name Chris Martin Stuart Kirkham Michael Turner John Miller Pete Morris Ian McGuckin Martyn Crawford Paul Gibbons Alan Lloyd Tom Baker Tony Gale Dominic Lowden John Galsworthy Andy Denyer Simon Yates Matt Spencer Ian Landless Neil Midgley Bob Coleman Stuart Anderson Adrian Hills Rob Pelham Lawrence Watts Graham Jeffs

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Last year I went into the Reg Porter Speed Judging comp as both defending Champion and having won the opening two rounds, and from there it all went a little Pete Tong! I made a complete hash of the SJ, was it the pressure, or just the curse of the leader’s jersey? I’ll never know, but Reg beginner Rob sneaked past me to snatch the trophy.

didn’t win a single round. Oh well, it’ll all kick off again in November and I’ll be watching Micky for signs of weakness Have you ever tried explaining the finer points, or even just the point of the Reg comp to an outsider or new Wanderer and seen their confusion or incredulity? I have!

So why the history lesson I hear you shout? Well, this year we headed into the final round with six in contention for overall glory, including the defending champion, just two points behind pace setter Micky T. But sadly for Mr P, it wasn’t too be, in fact it all ended in ignominy. Micky T’s winning ride on the 14mph lap was enough to cement his victory, with Windy & Retro completing the podium. The question is, how will Mr T do at defending his title, better than Rob & I, or will it all be too much for him? How to win the Speed Judging: This year I was minding my own business on the 14mph lap when Dom came flying past (just like a TT) on his snazzy 3 wheel recumbent thingy. Early on the 11mph lap Mr Lloyd and Gibbo caught me. I asked Paul what he was up to and he said ‘I’m messing with people’s heads’. Alan and I then rode along chatting about press release business and not thinking much about 11mph. Near the end we caught Gibbo who was doing his cunning stunt thing (see Back Page). I did put in a track throw finish and that must have clinched it. LWCC claim to fame: I’m the only current member who has won each of the three different rounds of the Reg (sadly not in the same year) and the year I did win it, I The Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club Monthly Magazine

Above: Micky Turner gets the Reg Porter Trophy after the Circuit of Laughton and shares the stage with the two previous winners. Will he be able to retain it? Photo: LW A big thanks to Bob Comben & Richard Meed for running the event and doing the complex calculations. And special thanks to Peter & Anne Baker for their generous hospitality (tea & Cakes). Anne was pleased to report that the tea & cake donations raised £44.30 for Children’s Charities. CM Page 20 of 24 - Issue 255 - March 2012


The Lewes Wanderer Final Table - Reg Porter Competition

Pre-event tension The ride out

Confusion What are the rules?

The easy bit

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Sunday 26 February by Ian McGuckin - 15 out this morning, which, with the fine weather (no wind, rain, snow or ice), made a pretty impressive sight as we rode out of Uckfield. With Hurstpierpoint as the tea stop, it dawned on me as we headed up the High Street that I hadn’t really devised a route. So, I reverted to the seasoned club run leader’s second option - let’s wing it from here. Cold & crisp but comfortable enough, we headed Fletching way. Knowing if we did our return route from Henfield it wouldn’t take long enough, I decided at the last minute to head north, and that’s how most of the ride went from there. Ketches Lane, Great Walstead & Slugwash all seemed to be about the right direction with a puncture for Jamie (a lad who’s thinking of joining us) the only problem. The Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club Monthly Magazine

Pos st 1 nd 2 rd 3 th 4 th 5 th 6 th 7 th =8 th =8 th 10 th 11 th 12 th 13 th 14 th 15 th 16 th =17 th =17 th 19 th =20 th =20 nd 22 rd 23 th 24 th 25 th 26 th 27 th 28 th =29 th =29 st 31 nd 32 rd 33 th 34 th 35 th 36 th 37 th 38

Name Micky Turner John Miller Ian McGuckin Neil Midgley Rob Pelham Martyn Crawford Peter Morris Ian Landless Stuart Kirkham Matt Townsend Stuart Anderson Chris Martin Tony Gale Simon Yates Adrian Hills Bob Coleman Graham Jeffs Alan Lloyd Dominic Lowden Peter Price Nick Dwyer Mark Tullett John Gallsworthy Paul Gibbons Tom Baker Mark Frost Andy Denyer Richard Meed Charlie Middleton Matt Spencer Duncan Fuller Natasha Fuller Will Herbert Lawrence Watts Sarah Dwyer Carl Matthews Chris Hough Anne Locke

Rd 1 33 30 30 33 27 26 DNE 24 DNE 33 30 DNE 24 DNE DNE 24 25 DNE DNE 24 DNE DNE DNE P DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE

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Rd 3 31 30 28 16 12 27 29 17 32 DNE 14 33 23 19 13 15 10 25 22 DNE DNE DNE 21 26 24 DNE 20 P DNE 18 DNE DNE DNE 11 DNE DNE DNE DNE

Points 92 86 82 69 68 63 60 57 57 56 55 54 51 46 45 42 40 40 35 33 33 30 29 26 24 22 20 19 18 18 17 14 12 11 07 06 02 01

Speed Judging photos here & back page: Lawrence Watts I have modified the scores (published in Dec mag) for Round 1 in line with Round’s 2 & 3. This has not impacted on the top positions. We will have a new scoring system for this year’s Reg comp, details to follow later this year. We clipped the corner of the reliability route, headed over the A23 on some slightly unconventional closed lanes and then bimbled around tiny hamlets and leafy lanes, which I can’t remember the names of, but we finally arrived at Washbrooks at about 10:50am for tea and cakes. It was such a nice morning that we managed to sit outside, and after a little chat, headed back on the standard route, which is Puncture Alley past Danny, Clayton Tunnel, Underhill and then Jamie’s second blow-out. This time though, out through the side wall of the tyre which, thanks to Dom’s handiwork and kit coming to the rescue, we sent him home via Ditchling Beacon. Hope he made it ok! Final push home, full tilt to Offham, then calm it all down through Cooksbridge, back to Barcombe and Ringmer, where we all split for home. Good ride and brilliant weather for the end of February. IMcG Page 21 of 24 - Issue 255 - March 2012


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Directly opposite our front door at the Giant Store in Shoreham is a building called 'Ropetackle'. It’s an Arts Centre which puts on various shows etc throughout the year. It’s run by volunteers & is heavily dependent upon Arts Council funding to survive. When they found out their funding was being withdrawn they started an appeal to 'Save the Ropetackle'. Being our next door neighbours here at the shop we did the neighbourly thing & proposed to put on an event to a) raise our profile, & b) raise them some funds. Based on the Virtual Reality turbo racing I ran on the Stores opening night, we devised a knockout style competition to run using the same Tacx VR Turbo Trainer technology, but utilising the stage & Giant Screen they have in the Ropetackle auditorium.

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With head-to-head knockout style competition the competitors would take part in up to 5 rounds, all of about 1km long. The beauty of the Tacx VR trainers is the ability to plot courses using a Google Earth satellite view (which looked excellent on the Giant Screen). Round 1 was a sprint up Shoreham Airport runway. Rd 2 was up & down Brighton Pier. Rd 3 a lap of Hove Park. Rd 4 was the last KM of the 2012 Olympic road race course up The Mall & the final round was the last 2km up the Champs Elysee.

Prizes were awarded to everyone who took part. Between the Semi & Final there was also an Auction of related goodies, with the Star Attraction being a signed Team Sky jersey, kindly donated by Sean Yates who also gave a little mm Q&A session on stage. 8 Wombles took part with Sarah Dwyer progressing furthest in the ladies side of the draw. You can see how the club got on from the knockout table. Felix took victory in the final. RP

Photos: Tony Sinnett, Nick Dwyer, Mark Winton, Dom Lowden, Simon Yates & Felix English by Lawrence Watts

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The Lewes Wanderer C Coonnttrroovveerrssyy -- B Beeaarrddss,, P Paannnniieerrss & &P Prroobbaabbllyy tthhee bbeesstt C Cyycclliinngg C Clluubb iinn tthhee W Woorrlldd??!! Following my report & photos in last month’s mag (No. 254 February 2012 page 14) on the Hills & Mills Audax event, Adrian Hills got the following emails from his friend, Christopher Colyer. CM Hi Adrian I have just been reading (on line) your rather excellent Lewes Wanderers club magazine and was interested to read the report on the Mince Pie and Stollen Audax.

Could you respectfully point out to "CM" (or even forward him a copy of this e-mail) that judging by the photo depicting the Lewes Wanderers team at El Supremo's food stop at Winchelsea included in the article, as far as soppy beards and strange clothes are concerned I am still in the boy racer league compared with them (and also I do not possess any panniers). Cheers Chris (Colyer) Adrian sent Chris the following reply: Certainly am passing this on to Chris Martin our Club Chairman and Editor of the Wanderer. He's the one sixth (photo page 3 in Feb’s mag) from right in the back row with a beard and floppy clothing! See you next week, Cheers, Adrian Hi Adrian Good stuff. I also noticed the rather modest statement at the head of your magazine that LWCC was probably the best cycling club in the world. All I can say is that things must have changed since I left the Brighton Mitre, although I believe that the Brighton Mitre are still the best cycling club in Sussex !! Cheers, Chris C

Chairmanslow Replies: Now where do I start? 1)

Adrian, I’m clean shaven in the Committee photo in last month’s mag!

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I had a beard for the Mince Pie & Stollen, but was clean shaven for the Hills & Mills and can exclusively confirm that I found the H&M easier than the Stollen. So that must prove that Audax riders grow beards to make life tougher. This makes sense, as who apart from a masochist would take on these winter events?

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Panniers and strange clothing - I must admit to owning a pannier, but it lives in the shed and I can’t remember the last time it got an outing, as the only bike I have with a rack to mount it on is my mighty Giant Granite.

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And is Mr Colyer saying that this splendid bunch of chaps (above) are dressed in ‘strange clothing’? Perhaps we need a picture of him in his cycling finery!

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Brighton Mitre is a better club than the (mighty) Wanderers?!! Well, let’s look at this rationally and try and leave emotion out of the debate.

BM pros: They have Robin Johnson, who can call me up and talk about Hot Tuna’s back catalogue. Now, I must admit I doubt if many Wanderers can compete with that and discuss Jack Casady’s bass playing on Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, or consider both the acoustic & electric guitar techniques used by Jorma Kaukonen over the years. Got them hesitation stockings, got them hesitation shoes Lord I got them hesitation blues BM cons: They have Robin Johnson, who wears pink hotpants!!

LW pros: We have John Gallsworthy, who can grow a real beard & has lived in Antarctica, where you need a beard.

The article was written by "CM" and within it, it states that John Gallsworthy was left behind and duly completed his day out in the company of ‘various Audax types (you know, beards, panniers and strange clothing)’. Bearing in mind that John and I rode the complete ride together I take it this is a direct reference to myself.

BM cons: We got Sholto to join us. BM pros: His better half (Tamar) stayed with BM, because she likes the pink kit. BM pros & cons: Plenty of BM members ride our Crits, but Jamie Lowden beat them all on the final round last year. OK, BM won Round 1, but Jamie’s win was far cooler Now, as I must admit to being slightly biased in favour of LWCC, I‘m not going to list all the LWCC pros, as it’s the end of page 23 and it would turn this mag into an epic volume & I need to do something funny on the Back Page! All I can say is: LWCC - Still probably the best cycling club in the known universe - snappy hey. CM Page 23 of 24 - Issue 255 - March 2012


The Lewes Wanderer Nick Dwyer’s secret is out - He’s part of the collective - Borg - Thanks to Frosty for this exclusive exposé

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Top left: Mick Kilby in the shed and on the

Dwyer Programme - Clearly, this is Zone 1

Above: Mick keeping an eye on the opposition at the Speed Judging - Left: Mad Peter hits the bottle on Price Jack - Right: It’s all a bit of a bur for last year’s Reg winner - Below: Gibbo

messing with heads, well he’s lost the top of his Below right: And the king of Speed Judging is….

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Above: Bob Evans sent this pic

of what he describes as a New Zealand Café Stop. Although to me it looks more like the mess outside Paul Gibbon’s bike shed! Below: An original pre-war Lewes Wanderers button badge. new quarter

The next edition will be No. 256 the April 2012 publication and it should be with you nd th via 2 Class post on or before the 11 April. It will also be available as PDF th download on the club website at www.leweswanderers.co.uk by the 7 April. My contact details - Email: wanderers@awesomeantix.co.uk Tel 01435 863427 - Bayte, Hailsham Rd, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 8ET Issue 256 - the April edition will have reports & results from the early season time trials - the Summer Club Run programme + some other stuff to entertain you. Please let me know if you change address, or if your address details are incorrect on the envelope. Also any change in email address or mobile No. .Articles Wanted - Interesting (or even boring) articles always wanted.......... .Your Magazine needs you, especially if you’re not one of the regular contributors.. .Let the other Wanderers into your (cycling) life..….. The End …........Chris Martin….

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