The “Sprocket” Page October 2004

Late “SPROCKET” News

Kate Takes Club Record

                        sor               Kate Alexander. New Rye Wheeler Record Holder

In only her second time trial, Rye Wheeler Kate Alexander beat Roma Page’s 10 mile record that has stood since 1957.

Storming round the Thornton Road Club’s Newchurch course on Saturday 11 September in 30 minutes and 2 seconds she knocked almost a minute off the Rye Wheelers Women’s record. Kate plans to get one more ten mile event in before the close of season in an attempt to reduce the record to under 30 minutes (20mph.)

Next year Kate plans to take Roma’s 25 mile record which has also stood since 1957.

Jon Races in France

Rye Wheeler Jon Beasley travelled to Abbeville in France on 11 September to compete in one of France’s biggest Sportive rides of 2004. The course was 130km. (80 miles) with lots of demanding hills. He completed the distance in 4-22-53 and was placed 152nd., out of over 1,000 starters, with an average speed of over 31 km per hour. Jon was also placed 18th. English rider in his age group of 18-29 years and won a silver medal.

Well done Jon.

Adventures of the Rye & District Wheelers Past and Present.

The Tuesday Run. All ages and any bike. Short runs to Pett, Appledore etcspr

Three Races in Three Days

The racing members of the club were busy over the first weekend in September with some riders competing in threee time trials. The final Tenterden Evening “10” 0f the year was won by the Wheeler’s man of the moment Barry Goodsell. He has been the fastest rider in no less than nine of the Tenterden events this season against riders from all the prominent local clubs. The following morning, Saturday 4, the club’s new lady member Katy Alexander, took part in her first time trial in the Thornton Road Club “10” on Romney Marsh, her time of 31-24 was just 31 seconds outside Roma Page’s 1957 record. The next day was “25” Mile Championship day, the event being incorporated in the V.T.T.A race on the Marsh, Brookland – Ashford, New Romney course. Six riders competed on a bright, calm morning more than any other club save for the famous San Fairy Ann club from Maidstone who had seven starters. The Wheeler’s Champion was Barry Goodsell who recorded a brilliant One Hour, Three Minutes and Forty-four Seconds, just 46 seconds outside the club record. Second was Jon Beasley with 1-8-14 and third Gary Booth in 1-18-55.

                Champion for the second year. Barry


Gary Booth was third

Full Result

1. Barry Goodsall 1 Hour 3 Minutes 40 Seconds

2. Jon Beasley 1 Hour 8 Minutes 14 Seconds

3. Gary Booth 1 Hour 18 Minutes 55 Seconds

4. Jim Hollands 1 Hour 19 Minutes 37 Seconds

5. Granville Bantick 1 Hour 28 Minutes 11 Seconds

6. Kevin Hall 1 Hour 30 Minutes 42 Seconds

“Rye’s New” October 2004

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 The Adventures of the Rye & District Wheelers Past and Present

                        Looking Back

                                   The Racing Ashdowns

John and Dave Ashdown joined the Rye Wheelers in 1957. They came from a bike racing family, their uncles had been grass track riders before the War. Soon John and Dave were joined by a third brother, Edward. The trio made up a very important part of the Wheeler’s Grass Track Team. They also rode time trials. Later Mike Ashdown, a cousin, joined the club. Mike was a sprinter of extraordinary talent. He won the Sussex Sprint Championship at his second attempt and went on to lead the Wheelers in a never equalled three time triumph in the Gasson Team Competition at the Rye Sports Festival.Veci1

John Ashdown makes a last mile effort in a 1960’s Time Trial.Veci

Mike Ashdown (left) with Celia, John and Mr & Mrs. Wall at a 1967 time trial.

                                         Looking Ahead

                     Bright New Year Prospects for the Wheelers

With membership steadily growing and more and more riders getting out on Sundays the New Year looks good for the Rye & District Wheelers.

Starting from Tuesday 6 January and every Tuesday, there will be a short afternoon run, taking at the most two hours including a stop for a cuppa. A run that can be managed by beginners and novices of all ages and sexes, young and old alike. A good starting point for those that want to get fit and lose a little weight while enjoying companionship and the beauty of the countryside.

Sunday Morning runs cover more ground but are split into two separate groups if need be, both groups meeting up at eleven for breakfast.

The racing contingent are looking forward to another good season with seven riders already preparing for the first races. Roy Fritchley, the 25 mile record holder, threatens to take his record down ‘under the hour’. Barry Goodsall the present 25 Mile Champion also has this target in mind. It should be quite a contest.

After last year’s great effort in the East Sussex Cycling Association “100” mile race both Barry Goodsall and Mark Nash are planning to have another go at the distance, it may be that a third rider will be willing to ride with them and make up a team.

The evening “10” competitions will be hard fought again with Mark Nash defending his points competition championship. This event, spread over fifteen races, requires a high attendance percentage and allows the slower but more regular competitors a chance to be in at the finish with possibilities of winning.

The Club A.G.M. will be held at the Riverside Restaurant, Riverhaven Hotel at 7.30 on the second Thursday in February. All members are requested to attend along with anyone else interested in the Activities of the Rye & District Wheelers.

“Rye’s Own” January 2004

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