Smith rides to 12-hour personal best for Rovers

Geoff Smith
Geoff Smith

Eastbourne rider Geoff Smith rode to a personal best in the Kent Cycling Association’s 12-hour time-trial at the weekend.

This long distance event for the most highly trained cyclists involved riding as far as possible in 12 hours.

Smith added two miles to his previous 12 hour best to hit 235 miles.

The event was won by Andy Miles of VC Elan with 265 miles.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Peter Moon raced in the Charlotteville CC 25 mile time trial at Bentley, Surrey.

His time of 58:34 gave him 23rd position. The event was won by London rider Russell Kober of Hainault RC with a time of 52:52.

Iain Brogden and Bruce English represented Eastbourne at the British Time Trial Championships in Leicestershire on Sunday.

This major cycling event accepts elite riders from across the country with categories for the fastest in each Masters age group.

The 21-mile course was designed to test athletes to the limit of their ability with several high speed descents, fast corners and steep climbs requiring power and bike handling skills.

English completed the course in 59:25 for 17th in his Masters category. Despite coming 8th with a time of 49:19, Brogden was disappointed with his performance.

He said “Due to other commitments my preparation was poor and I was unable to ride the course beforehand.

“This lead to several misjudgements and looking at how close I was to the riders in the top 10 it would have made a big difference to my placing.”

The event was won by Alex Dowsett of Sky Pro Cycling who became the British Time Trial Champion.