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Active Month For The Wheelers

August has been an active month for the Rye Wheelers. Members have raced in more than ten different events and the Tuesday Runs have been well supported.

Popular new arrivals to the Tuesday scene are little Lucy Bryant and Mum Julie. Lucy is setting the pace and keeping many others in the gentle run ‘on their toes’.

Gary Booth (left) and Jon Beasley sporting the Wheelers 2006 racing outfit, pictured here with Esther Carpenter organiser of the K.C.A. 12 hour time trial.



New members are joining all the time and a further supply of racing jerseys have just arrived. Gary Booth and Jon Beasley have been demonstrating what the well dressed Rye Racing cyclist should be wearing next season ‘shorts to match’. The Club have already gained a local reputation for having t he best shirts in the are a. What will be the reaction when ten or more riders from the club turn up in mat chings hirtsand shorts at open events next season?

Two new lady members, Julie Bryant and Claire Reed, have been competing in the Tenterden Evening Tens, both doing very well and improving their times every week. Jon Beasley has recorded a personal best 24-30 in a recent event at Tenterden and Gary Booth is under 28 minutes again.

September sees the “25” and “50” Club Championships, and the 15 mile championship follows in October. The Club Dinner and Prize Presentation will be on Thursday 10 November when as many as 60 members and guests are expected.

      Three Records and Four Personal Best in One Race

Barry Goodsell knocked nearly a minute off Roy Fritchley’s 2002 “25” Mile Time Trial record in the Eastbourne Rovers ‘Cliff Sharp’ Memorial event on Sunday 21 August. A great ride of 1-02-06 averaging 24.15 m.p.h. on the busy A22 East Sussex course.

The new Club “25” Mile Record Holder Barry Goodsell
at speed on the A22

Two other records were lowered, Gary Booth (1-13-08) taking over a minute off his own Over 50’s record and Jim Hollands reducing the Over 60’s record by a minute and a half to 1-18-02.

                     Rye Wheelers “10” Points Competition.
As at 25 August
1. Barry Goodsell               108 points
2. Jon Beasley                      106 points
3. Mark Nash                        73 points
4. David Patten                     70 points
5. Jim Hollands                     58 points
6. Gary Booth                      48 points
7. Mick Ashdown                  38 points
8. Jack Goodsell                  31 points
9. John Finn-Kelsey            30points
10. Nick Reed                      19 points
11. Barney Reed                 14 points
12 Granville Bantick             11 points
13. Nick Wilson                   8 points
14. Claire Reed                    8 points
15. Julie Bryant              5 points
16. Eric Smith                 2 points

Not to be outdone the other Rye rider in the event, Jon Beasley (1-05-39) shaved three minutes off his personal best time. All four riders beat their own personal best (if you don’t count the efforts of Gary and Jim in their younger days).

“Rye’s Own” September 2005

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