Popular Rover on the mend after van crash

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Eastbourne Rover cyclist Rob Rickson is recovering in hospital with severe spinal injuries after he was hit by a van during a race.

Rickson was airlifted to a London hospital following the crash during a bike race in Fontwell, West Sussex three weeks ago and remained on a ventilator for two weeks.

His condition is now stable but he has serious spinal injuries.

This week he has been transferred to Salisbury where he will receive specialist care in an outreach of the Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Rickson, a past winner of the Eastbourne ‘Most Improved Novice’ bike racing trophy, had this year scored personal best times at all time trialling distances entered including 10, 14 and 25 miles.

He also put in strong 2012 performances at the club’s tough Beachy Head time trials where he once again improved his personal best times for the seven and 14 mile races.

Club champion Iain Brogden said ,“It was difficult to see Rob in his current condition but his personality shone through as always.

“He has given team mates some reassurance as to his progress.

“Rickson received a large number of get well messages from the cycling community and his wide circle of friends and work colleagues.

Speaking from his hospital bed,

Rickson expressed his thanks to everyone for the cards and messages of support and said that it has made a huge difference.

He also thanked the race organiser for donating all race subs to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance that took him so swiftly to hospital.

He added the support from his family and friends has been amazing and Rickson said he intends to be back on his bike soon. For the latest news on Eastbourne Rovers cycling visit: www.eastbourne herald.co.uk or visit: www.eastbournerovers.com.