Paceline RT rider Keith Lea and Bronwen Ewing (Rye and District Wheelers) were among the winners as Southborough and District Wheelers staged their annual New Year’s Day 10-mile time trial in a wet and cold Kent on Monday.
47-year-old Lea clocked 21.44, the Oxted resident winning by 11 seconds from Dan Martin (University of Bath CC), while third spot on the podium went to Neil Lauder (PMR @ Toachim House), who was another nine seconds adrift.
Meanwhile in the women’s event Ewing, 52 and from Hastings, covered the course in 24.37 to win by almost a minute from Pip Jenkins (Southborough and District Wheelers), while Hannah Graveney (Liv AWOL CC) was third, more than three minutes slower Ewing’s pace.
The Q10/10 course begins just west of Bethersden in Kent, before heading along the A28 to the outskirts of Ashford near Great Chart, where riders turn around and retrace.
It was Lea’s first win in the New Year’s Day event in five years of riding it. He placed third in 2015 when he clocked 22.45 at his first ride in the event, and then improved to 22-05 in 2016 when he was fourth. 2017 saw him clock 22.40 when he similarly finished fourth, but then sliced off almost a minute to win the 2018 event.
“I was happy with my time – I said I wanted to do a long 21, and that’s what happened,” said Lea. “Given the conditions I was happy with that. It rained pretty much all morning – sometimes heavy and sometimes not.
“There wasn’t much debris on the course but the surface isn’t great in places, and there’s a new roundabout towards the end of the course which slowed me up a bit – but that’s the same for everybody.”
Meanwhile, Bronwen Ewing clocked an impressive time of 24-37 to secure yet another win, having missed the 2017 event. A time of 24-33 was enough for Ewing to win the 2016 event with Jenkins again second, while Ewing has been victorious in the same event several times before.
Other categories in the 2018 event saw Keith Lea also crowned the best veteran on standard with a plus of 4-48, giving him the win in that category by just seven seconds from Nick Wilson (Rye and Dist Wh), while Ewing was third, with +4.26.
With Wilson and Ewing having done good rides, Rye and District Wheelers were awarded the team prize with Steve Gooch clocking 24-47 to complete the winning trio.
Lisa Howse (Kent Velo Girls) posted the best improvement of 1.51 with a time of 32.28, while Theo Tadros (TrainSharp0 was first in the junior/juvenile category, his time of 24.25 giving him 11th overall.
Tom Rowing (Abelio-SFA RT) was fastest on a road bike with 24-54, while the Lanterne Rouge went to Rye and District Wheelers’ Dace Homa.
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Position Name Club Category Time
1 Keith Lea Paceline RT V47 21:44
2 Dan Martin University of Bath Cycling Club ESP 21:55
3 Neil Lauder PMR @ Toachim House S 22:04
4 Nicholas Fennell Thanet RC S 22:10
5 Joshua Clark PMR @ Toachim House ESP 22:13
6 Nick Wilson Rye & District Wheelers CC V54 22:23
7 Oliver Robinson Team Wiggins 18 0:22:29
8 Mike Piper Abellio - SFA Racing Team V41 23:07
9 Antony Bee Wigmore CC V53 24:01
10 William Murtagh Ashford Road CC ESP 24:22
11 Theo Tadros TrainSharp 14-15 24:25
12 Bronwen Ewing Rye & District Wheelers CC WV52 24:37
13 Stephen Tierney Guernsey Velo Club V47 24:44
14 Steve Gooch Rye & District Wheelers CC V51 24:47
15 Tom Rowing Abellio - SFA Racing Team ESP 24:54
15 Shaun Williams Abellio - SFA Racing Team V52 24:54
17 Dave Stocker Abellio - SFA Racing Team V53 24:57
17 Matt Williams Abellio - SFA Racing Team 16-17 24:57
19 Rory Hopcraft MedwayTri S 25:06
20 Matthew Lewis Ashford Road CC S 25:07
21 Danny Frost Folkestone Velo Club V54 25:13
22 Fabien Large Direct Power Cycling Team 16-17 25:20
23 Tony Day Sydenham Whs V46 25:22
24 Tom Cornforth Rye & District Wheelers CC S 25:23
25 Pip Jenkins Southborough & Dist. Whs W 25:31
26 David Greenwood Rye & District Wheelers CC V52 25:32
27 Edward Lemmon Finchley RT 16-17 26:09
28 Mark Amon Rye & District Wheelers CC V53 27:00
29 Colin Robinson Thanet RC V51 27:06
30 Kevin Austen 34 Nomads CC V48 27:30
31 Nick Marsh GS Invicta - Eye Level Optical- Herbert Cycles V56 27:35
31 David Millis Southborough & Dist. Whs V57 27:35
33 Tony Carty Tri Spirit Team S 27:38
34 Daniel Ellis Eastbourne Rovers CC S 27:39
35 Hannah Graveney Liv AWOL W16-17 27:42
36 Simon Adams In-Gear Quickvit Italy Bike Tours V52 27:50
37 Pritesh Patel Ashford Road CC S 28:34
38 Sarah-Anne Lucas Folkestone Velo Club WV47 28:51
39 Jeremy Saynor PMR @ Toachim House V54 28:56
40 Robert Giles PMR @ Toachim House V70 29:07
41 Anthony Goebel Southborough & Dist. Whs V45 29:12
42 Keith Johnson Medway Velo Club V47 29:21
43 Gerry Akehurst In-Gear Quickvit Italy Bike Tours V53 29:33