Two Great Long Distance Champions

Wheelers Awards Dinner

It was a night of celebration and award giving at Rye & District Wheelers Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation at the Royal Oak Rye Foreign on Thursday 8 November.

Principal race stars among the men, were Nick Wilson, Steve Gooch, Barry Goodsell and Hill Climb specialist, Alan Thynne.

Emma Cutler , Keelie Chalk and Rebecca Wilson headed up a very strong contingent of ladies. Clubman of the Year was Rod Harrow, with Julie Bryant, Club Lady and Junior Club Person 14 year old William Murtage.

Principal achievements in team events by club members were the magnificent
win by Bronwen Ewing, Emma Cutler and Keelie Chalk in the KCA Ladies Three-up “25”. Their time of 1-3-30 was an event record and betters times of many of the male teams on the day.

The Rye men went on to ride the National Team Time Trial Championship on a course near Andover and amazed the cycling world by taking 10th. place in a field of forty of the best riders in the country.

Emma was runner-up in the National 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championship held in Scotland. She also won the KCA 12 Hour Ladies Championship and the East Sussex Cycling Association’s 100 Mile ladies Championship.

Keeley Chalk cleared up all of the Club Ladies Championships with the exception of the 12 Hour (Won by Emma Cutler) and the 10 Mile which Rebecca Wilson won with an outstanding ride of 26-57, a personal best.

Nick Wilson proved to be one of the best male riders the Club has ever produced. An amazing season where he beat many personal best times and had a magnificent ride in the KCA 100 where he knocked three seconds off the seemingly invincible club record of Dave Wheeler. Nick also won the 10, 15 & 25 Club Titles but was well beaten by Steve Gooch in the 50.

Emma Cutler and Mark Amon
Emma Cutler and Mark Amon

Mark Amon was the surprising winner of the club championship 12 Hour after Nick Wilson and Steve Gooch called it a day at 100 miles.

Alan Thynne was first in the Hastings C C Hill Climb at Fairlight and took an astonishing fifth place against some of the finest hill climbers in the country at the prestigious Hollingbourne Hill Climb.

On the social and non-competitive side, Paul Simpson has been a stalwart in the club’s continuing success story. He arranged a magnificent weekend in Ardres so that ove 20 members could in the Ardres Randonee and socialise with the French Town’s famous cycling club members. It was agreed by all who attended that this was the very best French trip ever organised for the Wheelers.

Racing Secretary Barry Goodsell and and Timekeeper Esther Carpenter also came in for great praise on another tremendous evening for the Wheeler’s. 2013 is around the corner and members are already preparing for the New Year Day ’10’ at Bethersden.


From “Rye’s Own” December 2012

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