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treasurer. Early talks were instigated regarding scaling down our
sponsorship deal, as Specialized pulled out as one of our named supporters.
Talks with Mike Rice at Evans commenced. Any change in circumstances
would result in new club kit being required, we needed to ensure that a
minimum amount of existing clothing stock would be wasted as a result of
any change.

New promoter Jon Archdeacon organised the Open 10 initially scheduled
for the Tonbridge by pass but event moved to A.20 because of road works.
We were lucky to have Joanna Rowsell a World Track Champion riding she
produced a 22.37 ride. Put the nose out of Matt Goodes who only managed
a 22.50 as fastest club rider. So many people came out to the Open 25,
run by Val Peachey, that the tea bar ran out of coffee. It was a gloriously
hot day with times to match. Paul Mill (Edwards Elite CC) won the event
and our own James Lett took the club championship title with a 58.16.
In the Tour of Ireland RR Jayne was the first lady to finish and Cliff Steele
28th in the senior section. Brian Dacey was still adding to his medal
haul at National Masters Track champs picking up 1 gold and 4 silvers and
later 3 gold medals at the European Masters. James Lyon was our sole
competitor in the Mountain Mayhem 24 hr MB race (event did include 8
hour sleep). Course was 8.5 miles of fairly technical off road terrain, with
newly cut single tracks and off-camber rooty sections, initially it was warm
and dry however as night fell so came the rain, heavy stuff turning the
riding surface to a lethal slippery quagmire resembling an ice rink. Many
riders suffered from sense of humour failure and abandoned the whole idea
of finishing. James managed 11 laps in total. New names creeping into
the results were Simon Lowe and Sarah Archdeacon. Newcomer Adam
Noble took a supported 15 day ride with 17 days under canvas from Lands
end to John O'Groats - 1086 miles, 84 hours on the bike at a stately 12½
mph, one crash and no punctures.

The OMA Brighton lunch coincided with 70 years of membership of George
Wood - the occasion was suitably marked with banners and balloons.

All information and snippets of club life have been culled
from minutes + DLN publications

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