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Adventures of the Rye & District Wheelers. Past and Present


Rye Wheelers will be supporting the Mayor’s ARRCC appeal fund for their annual charity raising event this year.

The Fun Day will be held this year on Saturday 28 May at Rye Town Hall Butter Market.

Any Bike Will Do
Any Bike Will Do
The Sprocket
The Sprocket

A Two-Up Roller Relay will attempt to cover a distance of 357 miles, equivalent from Rye to Lands End, in 12 hours. Bulletins will give up to the minute reports on progress. If the riders are falling behind schedule, faster members of the team will be asked to make big efforts to catch up. Quite an exciting day is in prospect.

Aside from the “Lands End” attempt, there will be plenty of other attractions. A giant raffle with a brand new Mountain Bike as first prize, Tombola, Pyramid of £1 coins, Refreshment and other Stalls. Licensed Bar, Music and even Dancing in the Street. The fun starts at 8am. and continues until 8pm.

Katy Chops “25” Record

Katy Alexander knocked over three minutes off her own two month old twenty-five mile club record time with a fine 1-16-49 in the K.C.A. event on the Chilham course on Sunday 17 April. The race, held over roads between Canterbury and Ashford, attracted eighty riders. Four Rye Wheelers competed. Other Rye times were Gary Booth 1-17-53, personal best and over “50’s” club record, Bill Waters, riding his first event recorded a fine 1-23-00 and Jim Hollands 1-23-41.

Five Ride E.S.C.A. “10”

Five Rye riders took part in the East Sussex Cycling Association st Ten Mile Time Trial at East Hoathly on 23 April. Fastest Wheeler in a seventy-seven strong field was Jon Beasley, riding his first ever ten mile event. His time of 27-47 was almost two minutes faster than the next Rye rider, Gary Booth, who recorded a respectable 29-31. Bill Waters, another novice at this distance, posted a time of 30-23, just under 20 m.p.h.. Jim Hollands 31-56 and Kevin Hall 34-39 made up the rest of the Rye contingent.

Fun Runs

Gentle ‘Fun Runs’ now take place on Sundays as well as Tuesday afternoons. Anyone interested, on any type of cycle, are very welcome. The distance depends on the abilities of the riders who turn up. The Sunday morning run meets at the Riverhaven Car Park at 9am. but it is advisable to phone 222420 before the day as some Sundays in the summer are taken up with races and there may not be a club official to organise the run. Tuesdays the meeting time is 1pm. at the Riverhaven and there are always members available so no previous contact is necessary.

The Rye Wheelers membership is growing and there are all kinds of events being enjoyed, Racing, Reliability Trials, Long Runs, Ladies Runs, Short Runs, Fun runs, Barbecue, Parties, Annual Dinner, Christmas Dinner Run, Fun Day etc.

Cycling with the Wheelers is a great way to lose weight, get fit and enjoy a social life in the company of a great bunch of people. Any type of bike can be used. Come along and join the fun.

Rye’s Own May 2005

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