Hectic Month for the Wheelers

September proved to be a very eventful month for the Rye & District wheelers. It started on the second day of the month when no less than eleven riders took part in the last Tenterden Evening 10 Mile Time Trial of the season. This event concluded the points competition which was won by Barry Goodsell who won six of the events outright beating riders from Hastings, Ashford, Maidstone and Tenterden. The Rye Points Competition Result was as follows.

This was followed on Sunday 4 with nine riders fighting out the ‘blue ribbon’ event. The Club “25” Championship. Barry Goodsell was the winner, full result across the page.

Not to be out done the Tuesday afternoon group was also breaking records, as many as ten riders exploring the lanes around Rye and snatching the odd bacon sandwich from any welcoming hostelry on the way.

       10 Mile Points Competition

1. Barry Goodsell     144
2. Mark Nash              96
3. Jon Beasley             92
4. David Patten          80
5. Gary Booth             69
6. Jim Hollands          66
7. Jack Goodsell         47
7. Mick Ashdown       47
9. Bill Waters              42
10. John Finn-Kelsey    30
11. Nick Reed                25
12. Nick Wilson           21
13. Barney Reed           19
14. Julie Bryant             11
14. Granville Bantick      11
16. Claire Reed              9
17. Eric Smith               4


                           CIRCUIT TRIAL

On the second Sunday in September the racing men were at it again, this time it was a 32 Mile Circuit Time Trial that ran from Appledore to Rye then on to Brenzett and back to Appledore, then for good measure, r o u nd a g a in. Fastest Rye rider in the 35 strong field was Bill Waters.

Bill Waters
Bill Waters

32 Mile Circuit         Time Trial
Bill Waters                  1-31-36
Gary Booth                 1-32-12
Jim Hollands               1-41-27

                          Club Championship “50”

The following week came a real test, the Club Championship 50 Mile Time Trial. Four riders entered this tough event run off over two laps of the New Romney – Brookland -Ashford course. On a fine autumn morning with very light breezes the times were good; Barry Goodsell winning in 2-14-22, just over a minute outside Bernard Dean’s 1958 Club record time. Jon Beasley, the club “100” Champion had done a 2-13-45 earlier in the season and was rated with a good chance of beating Barry. It was not to be, Barry, the Club “25” Champion took the “50” Championship by a minute and a half over Jon’s 2-14-01 effort.

Barry Goodsell the new "50" Mile Champion
Barry Goodsell
the new “50”
Mile Champion

Jim Hollands was third in 2-46-25 and Dave Patten did not start..

                  Gold Awards For Wheelers in France

In the Grand Trophee Sportive Ride starting from Abbeville on 11 September, three Rye Wheelers took part. All three won Gold Standard Awards.

Rye Wheelers Jon Beasley and Mike Ashdown at the finish
Rye Wheelers
Jon Beasley and
Mike Ashdown at
the finish

Mike Ashdown was 81st. (3hrs. 47min) despite crashing on the finishing line and Jon Beasley managed 119th. place (3hrs. 53mins) in spite of a puncture with 44km. to go. This was out of a field of 529 riders in the 120km. event. John Finn-Kelsey rode the longer 190km. ride and finished with a t ime o f 5hr s . 30minutes. This was the very first International event club riders have competed in.

From “Rye’s Own “ October  2005

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