RYE WHEELERS TAKE ON THE CREAM OF KENT
KCA 25 MILE TEAM TIME TRIAL
Eight teams of three riders were entered for the Kent Cycling Association’s Ladies 25 Mile Team Time Trial, run on a Romney Marsh course in March.
Rye Wheelers National Champion, Bronwen Ewing, led the Rye “A” team with Keeley Chalk and Emma Cutler. The Rye girls astonished local cycling pundits with an amazing time of One Hour, Three Minutes and Thirty Seconds and ran out winners by almost seven minutes from the much fancied Medway Velo riders.
They smashed the KCA ladies Team Record by a huge margin. Seven Oaks Tri were third with 1-12-37. The Rye Wheeler Ladies “B” team (Rebecca Wilson, Julie Bryant and Ladies Captain Carmen Kubisa) also punched above their weight with a near 20 mph. effort to take fifth place in 1-15-20.
The Men’s Result
It was almost a day of double celebration for the Rye Club. Rye Wheelers “A” (Barry Goodsell, Nick Wilson & Steve Gooch) took just 55 minutes and 25 seconds to complete the 25 mile course and were beaten only by sponsored team Artic-Scram RT (53-39). Another sponsored team, Edwards Elite Cycling were third (56-39).
Rye Wheelers “B” team (Gary King, Nigel Fox & Mark Amon) were placed 17th. in 1-3-44. Rye Wheelers “C” (Steve Maxted, Steve Marchant & Dave Page) 24th. with a 1-8-35 ride, Rye Wheelers “D” (Rod Harrow, Andy Croft & Craig Ewing) made the distance in 1-11-26 for 29th. spot. A team of over 70’s (Granville Bantick, Gordon Sherwood & Jim Hollands) were 38th. in 1-22-33, setting a club ‘over 70’ team record to go with the records set by the Club’s two “A” teams.
Not since 1960, when Dave Ashdown married Margaret Apps has there been a Rye Wheelers wedding when two members have tied the knot. Amber & Gary were married in New Zealand, where they both have relatives. The wedding took place in February but to allow relatives and friends on both sides of the world join in the celebration they had a blessing at All Saints, Woodchurch on their return to England. Both Amber and Gary have been very active members of the Wheelers and were both on parade the day following the Blessing and Reception to support the club in the 25 Mile 3-Up Kent Cycling Association race.
Amber was reserve for the Ladies “B” team and Gary actually took part with the men’s “B” team, helping them record a fast time of 1-3-40. They were both in action the following Sunday, riding for the club in a 2 Up 25 Mile Time Trial. Gary finished 10th. with partner Mark Amon but Amber suffered an unfortunate puncture and was unable to finish with partner Julie Bryant.
BRONWEN’S GOING AWAY PRESENT TO WHEELERS
Rye Wheeler’s National Champion, Bronwen Ewing represented the club for the last time on March 24 in the Southborough Wheelers “10”. Bronwen is moving on to a sponsored trade team to further her ambition of getting even higher up the ranking in British women’s cycling. The amazing lady, who has done so much for Rye cycling left the Club with two final wins on the day. She won the women’s event by a good margin against quality opposition and was the third fastest Rye finisher so joined Steve Gooch and Nick Wilson as third counter in the team event which the Wheelers won by a minute. Bronwen Ewing will be much missed by the Wheelers, her efforts have set an example that has given the Rye club the best ladies cycling team in the area. All the Wheelers wish Bronwen great success with her new group and look forward to seeing her continue her winning ways at the very top level of women’s cycling.
From the April 2012 Issue of “Rye’s Own”
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