Rye 7 District Wheelers

    23 Riders From Rye

Rye & District Wheelers have no less than twentythree riders in the first event of the 2010 season the New Year’s Day “10” Mile Time Trial, organised by Southborough Wheelers.

Among the field will be ex Tour de France Yellow Jersey holder Sean Yates and his younger brother, Cornall, who is tipped to become a star rider of the future.

Rye’s best hope for a win will be Bronwen Ewing in the Ladies section of the race. Dave Wheeler will be up against very tough opposition against the Yates Brothers, Mike Piper, Jamie Beale and other stars from all over the Southern Counties.

Rye will also be among the favourites to win the team competition, with Dave Wheeler, Steve Gooch, Barry Goodsell and the youngster, Barney Reed in the line up.

The event, held in the Bethersden area, has proved a successful hunting ground for the Rye Wheelers over the past few seasons and the number of new members making their debut is a very good omen for the season ahead.

              Christmas Luncheon at the Royal Oak

Over thirty members of the Rye & District Wheelers enjoyed Christmas Luncheon at the Royal Oak, Rye Foreign on the Sunday before Christmas.

Amber helps Lance
Armstrong with his knitting

Members were in great spirit, still enjoying the news that three ladies, Bronwen Ewing, Liz King and Allison Nye have become National Best All Rounder Ladies Team Time Trial Champions, a feat never dreamed of at the start of the 2009 season.

Bronwen gets even
more intimate with Lance,checking out his ‘lunch box’

On top of that, Dave Wheeler is the Kent Cycling Association long and short distance B A R Champion, taking the short distance event in an all time record speed.

Right: Bill and Nicki share a quiet moment – Bill looks quite relaxed, he had yet to learn that the “12” is in September this year and he had been ‘selected’ to ride.

There was indeed, much to celebrate, and despite many of those present doing a 50 mile ride before Lunch a very lively party ensued.

All ‘Fast Men’ (and Ladies) on this table

Active club members and landlords of the Royal Oak, Carmen and Pip put up a handsome prize of a ‘bottle of bubbly’ to the rider who had done the most miles. It turned out to be Andy Croft, who had ridden from Hastings to Appledore before the run even started.

The ‘Four Musketeers’ broke their journey for tea at Planters

From “Rye’s Own” January 2010 issue

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