Eastbourne Rovers CC hosted a 10 mile time trial along the A22 on the cool, but dry morning of Saturday 8th September. 43 riders took to the start out of which four were representing Lewes Wanderers. Best of the quartet was Michael Valks in 23rd place thanks to his time of 25 minutes and 5 seconds. Two places behind was Richard Burchett (25:13). In 35th place was Graham Knowles (27:13), while Michael’s father Paul (28:53) was 37th.
Paul Valks was back in action the following morning in Eastbourne’s 25 mile version of the event when his time of 1 hour 12 minutes and 52 seconds left him 31st of the 32 entrants. The event was won by former-Wander (now Team ASL) Pete Morris in 52:45.
Retirement from full-time employment seems to be working wonders for Peter Baker’s cycling as at the age of 60 and after many years of time-trialling, he set a new personal best for 10 miles on Saturday 8th September. In a Utag RT promoted event on the same A3 based course in Hampshire that he set his previous mark of 21 minutes and 33 seconds back in 2015, he recorded a new best of 21:21. It wasn’t a record but club-mate Nick Dwyer’s time of 20:11 in the same event was still mightily impressive.
Even further west on Sunday 9th husband and wife Brett and Lisa Davis took part in the Port Talbot Wheelers 25 along the A465 near Neath, south Wales. Lisa’s time of 58 minutes and 22 seconds was good enough for 9th place among 31 female entrants in a high quality field. Brett was 47th out of 82 male competitors with his time of 53:26.