Local cycling club, Rye & District Wheelers have made history in Kent Cycling circles by becoming the first club ever to win the KCA Best All Rounder Team Trophy, an event which aggregates the best times over distances of 25, 50, 100 miles and 12 Hours by the fastest three riders from one club in a season, with two women representatives in the team.
Emma Cutler, the current KCA 12 Hour women’s Champion and ESCA 100 mile Woman’s Champion and Rebecca Wilson, last year’s ESCA Women’s 100 mile Champion joined Mark Amon to bring the KCA BAR to Rye.
The event has been run since 1931, and in that time only one woman, Carole Gandy, has ever featured in a winning team. The Rye Wheelers have won the event on two occasions in the past, Barry Goodsell, Jim Hollands and Mark Nash brought the trophy to Rye for the first time in 2007, they were emulated in 1010 by Andy Croft, Steve Maxted and Mark Amon, and now this third triumph, made all the more important by the inclusion of two more great Rye Wheelers long distance lady riders.
The racing women of Rye are a force to be reckoned with for even without the club’s first ever National Champion, Bronwen Ewing, who moved into a sponsored team this year, it seems highly likely they will be challenging for National honours again in the very near future.
From the November 2012
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