New Year’s Day Race Against The Clock

Dave Wheeler of Old Romney was the best placed of the local riders in the traditional New Year Ten Mile Time Trial, run by Southborough Wheelers on a course near Ashford. Continue reading New Year’s Day Race Against The Clock

The Lady from the Wheelers

Bonwen Ewing

The British Women’s National Championship at Llandeilo on Sunday 5 September was a closely fought battle with 27 seconds covering the first three over the 32 kilometres they faced. Repeating her success of last year Emma Pooley (Cervelo Test Team), hardened by a season of highly successful road racing on Europe’s roads, finished with 44-30, just 19 seconds faster than the Queen of domestic time trialling Julia Shaw (UTAG-Yamaha) while Olympian Wendy Houvenaghel (Bike Chain Ricci) was a further eight seconds behind Pooley. Pooley’s team mate Sharon Laws, champion in 2008, was fourth. 1-04 off of Pooley’s pace. Fifth was Emma Trott (Moving Ladies), who like the previous four broke the 26mph barrier. Local rider, Bronwen Ewing of the Rye & District Wheelers, showed guts and class in this company. One of very few club riders in the event, she stormed round the Welsh course, where a crowd of many thousands had gathered, and finished in 15th. place, well ahead of many quality riders. Bronwen, who has been riding with a painful knee condition this season, is due for an operation in October and will be ready for the 2011 season. If she is this good with one leg then other competitors need to watch out, what will she be like with two? Bronwen Ewing has already won a National Team Championship for the Wheelers. Bronwen Liz King and Ali Steed won the Ladies National Best All Rounder Team Competition in 2009. Bronwen is a tough lady and has expressed a wish to compete in the 2011 National 24 Hour Championship which comes to Sussex for the first time in many years. Her credentials are good, she was the Kent Cycling Association Ladies Twelve Hour Champion in 2009. Who could doubt her ability to carry off the individual National “24” title next year?

Ladies British Time Trial Championship 2010

1. Emma Pooley Cervelo Test Team 00:44:30

2. Julia Shaw Utag Yamaha 00:44:49

3. Wendy Houvenaghel Bike Chain Ricci 00:44:57

4. Sharon Laws Cervelo Test Team 00:45:34

5. Emma Trott Moving Ladies 00:46:00

6. Sarah Storey Horizon Fitness RT 00:46:48

7. Claire Galloway Team Zappi’s 00:46:57

8. Mathilde Matthysse Ferryhill Whs/Mountain High RT 00:47:29

9. Michelle King Cult Racing 00:47:41

10. Claire Newland Welwyn Whs 00:48:58

11. Jenny Lloyd-Jones London Dynamo Prologue 00:50:01

12. Paula Moseley Climb on Bikes CC 00:50:46

13. Charlotte Easton Cyclefit RT 00:50:48

14. Emma Grant Rapha Condor 00:50:54

15. Bronwen Ewing Rye & DistWhs 00:51:01

16. Emilie Fisher Orbea/For Goodness Shakes! 0 0:51:11

17. Lesley-Anne Walkling 00:51:33

18. Lynn Patchet Stone Whs 0:51:45

19. Ruth Middleton PCA Ciclos Uno 00:51:46

20. Michelle Parsons Team Echelon Spiuk 00:51:59

21. Sue Fenwick Crest CC 00:52:06

22. Alexandra Grzegorczyk Leamington C&AC 00:52:40

23. Susan Semple Stafford RC 00:53:08

24. Victoria Ware VC Moulin 00:53:1

25. Rachel Mcgranaghan VC St Raphael 00:56:33

26. Alana Collis Ashfield RC 00:56:48

27. Sara Dias-Ayton a3crg/SIS 00:58:05

There were forty riders accepted for the ladies event

“Rye’s Own” October 2010

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Faster at 65 than he was at 25

Bob Burden Writes ….

Kent CA 25, Sunday 15th April 2009

Eight members from the club entered this event held on the Chilham (Q25/8) course. Dave Wheeler was the fastest member of the day with a time of 56.51 setting a new club record, and bringing it back to a local course. Steve Gooch also beat the hour with a time of 59.07 just 13 seconds of his best ever time.

Trevor Bridge with a time of 1.04.42 equalled his personal best time for the distance. Rod Harrow again delivered the goods with a cracking ride finishing in Continue reading Faster at 65 than he was at 25

Wheeler’s First Promotion

                       The K.C.A. “50”

On Sunday 8 June Rye & District Wheelers, on behalf of the Kent Cycling Association, promoted the famous June K.C.A. Fifty Mile time trial on the Romney Marshes. A seven year high of 84 riders competed on a blustery morning and the course, known for its fast road surfaces, produced a winner in a time of One Hour and Fifty Two Minutes, 27 M.P.H.

The Rye Club’s Championship was incorporated into the event and was won by Steve Gooch in a time of 2-02-46, a six minute improvement on his personal best.

The real stars of the Rye contingent were the Timekeeper, reco r de r , chie f marshal, course marshals and Jo’ & Jane who put on such a great selection of goodies for returning riders and helpers. The club hopes to emu la t e t his success with another later in the year when they promote, on behalf of the V. T . T . A. a n o t h e r Fifty Mile race in September.


June was the month of Championships and records. The “50” came first with Steve Gooch winning in fine style with 2-2-46, taking Jeremy Temple’s title but not his record just 20 seconds short. Barry Goodsell was second and Dave Spice third. Jeremy could only make fourth spot.

Surprise Ladies Champion was Brenda Davies in 2-50-49, two minutes faster than last years champ Liz King. Alison Steed was third.

Two weeks later came the “10”s. and it was that man Steve Gooch again. Another near record 22-25, from Barry Goodsell and Trevor Bridge.

The Ladies “10” was a hard fought event with seven women out to get the title. Liz King came out on top with 29-39 with Sue Spice in second place. Third was Brenda Davies.

Two days later, in gale force winds, the “100” was fought out, Steve Gooch picked up his third championship of the year and, despite the conditions, smashed the “100” record with a 4-22-35. Jim Hollands was second and Granville Bantick went off course just before the finish.

Liz King retained her Ladies “100” Championship with a fine 5-44-57, a brilliant time in the conditions. Alison Steed was second.

photographs f rom Rye Wheelers web site www.ryewheelers.

Rye’s Own July 2008

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Rye’s Cycling National Champions


It was entirely appropriate that the cycling Mayor of Rye, Paul Osborne should make the presentation of the Rye & District Wheelers VTTA National team Championship medals as one of his very last acts as Mayor. Continue reading Rye’s Cycling National Champions

Sprocket Page-Wheelers Dine


It was great to be ‘down by the Riverside’ with the Rye & District Wheelers on Thursday 8 November. Continue reading Sprocket Page-Wheelers Dine

Sprocket Page March 06

February is a quiet month for the Wheelers usually but this year there has been a lot going on in preparation for the racing season ahead. Continue reading Sprocket Page March 06