Success for the Wheelers
Four riders represented the Rye cycling club in the first race of the season, run off over 12 torturous miles of Sussex roads near Battle, three of the steep hills had to be climbed in this time trial event, aptly named the Hard-riders Twelve and organised by the East Sussex Cycling Association.
Mike Ashdown showed early season form and stormed round the course for a fine fourth place in 35.51, an astonishing performance for the Rye rider. Winner of this hotly contested race was Orchard of the Southborough Wheelers in 32.31, second was Joe James of Central Sussex Cycling Club, 35.5, and third spot was filled by Sharpe of Eastbourne Rovers, 35.19.
Rye also did very well in the team race, taking third place to Southborough Wheelers. Richard Wall, 39.51, and John Ashdown, 41.48, were the other two counters for Rye in this achievement.
From the April 1966 Issue of Rye’s Own
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