On Saturday 17th March, 89 cyclists set off from the top of Ditchling Beacon to cycle the 20 miles off-road back to Seaford as part of a fundraising cycle for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. In teams of 5 , 6 or 7 riders, the competitive spirit was unleashed and there were some blistering times set. Unfortunately the weather was not kind and the fog and rain meant that at times visibility was only about 3m. However, the ground was good from the previously dry weather and each of the riders made it back to the Downs Leisure Centre, albeit after some punctures and technical hitches.
The fastest team home, aptly named “Are we at the pub yet”, made it back in 2 hours 1 minute, closely followed by last years’ winners, The Shoreham Trojans, in 2 hours 3 minutes. Third was the team from Mr Cycles in 2 hours 8 minutes. The majority of the teams were fun riders, some of whom are quite new to mountain biking. Many thanks goes to Rod from Mr Cycles who provided prizes to 1st, 2nd & 3rd teams along with energy bars for every rider. Thanks also goes to Sean Garrick who made a personal donation which covered costs of food and drink for the cyclists when they reached the Downs Leisure Centre.
A fantastic total of £2133 was raised for Cystic Fibrosis. Very well done to all involved.
|Team||Captain||No.||Start time||Finish Time||Overall Time||Place|
|1||Bourne Again Bikers||Patrick Hudson||6||09:34:00||12:57:00||03:23:00||11|
|2||Morgan Carn||Sean Garrick||5||09:35:00||13:03:00||03:28:00||13|
|3||Miserable Micks Men||Russell Adfield||4||09:36:00||13:57:00||04:21:00||17|
|5||Karate Dads||Chris Lea||6||09:38:00||13:27:00||03:49:00||15|
|6||The Vinegar Strokes||Neil Towner||4||09:42:00||13:24:00||03:42:00||14|
|7||Clint’s Critters & Cranks||Clint||5||09:43:00||12:55:00||03:12:00||8|
|8||Young Guns||Aaron Spink||4||09:43:00||13:40:00||03:57:00||16|
|9||Mamil Middle Aged Men in Lycra||Dave Garner||6||09:44:00||12:47:00||03:03:00||7|
|10||The Desperate Downs||George Prior||7||09:39:00||12:51:00||03:12:00||8|
|11||Team Giant (Shoreham)||John Deering||5||09:46:00||12:25:00||02:39:00||6|
|12||Seaford Divas||Martin Dean||5||09:45:00||11:59:00||02:14:00||4|
|13||Mr Cycles.co.uk||Jamie Lynch||5||09:47:00||11:55:00||02:08:00||3|
|14||The Biltong Boys 2||Mark Chadd||6||09:48:00||12:18:00||02:30:00||5|
|15||Are We At the Pub Yet?||Burgs||5||09:49:00||11:50:00||02:01:00||1|
|16||The Shoreham Trojans||Richard Morrice||5||09:50:00||11:53:00||02:03:00||2|
|17||Team Hobnob||Andy Lock||5||09:36:00||12:59:00||03:23:00||11|