Injured cyclist Rickson to receive Harold Manser Cup

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Eastbourne Rovers cyclist Rob Rickson remains in hospital following his crash during a race on the A27 in Fontwell, West Sussex last September.

Rickson collided with a van which pulled out in front of him and was airlifted from the scene to a London hospital where he remained in a critical condition on a ventilator for two weeks.

Since October, he has received specialist care for a spinal injury at Salisbury hospital. The Popular Eastbourne Rover requires a further operation on his neck and has been receiving hydroptherapy and electro stimulation therapy.

Occupational therapists also recently surveyed his Eastbourne home to see how it could be adapted for his return.Club Champion Iain Brogden said, “Rob is a very popular member of Eastbourne Rovers.

“If not racing, you would often find Rob out on the course marshalling and cheering his club mates on. Despite his injuries, Rob’s strength of character has enabled him to remain positive about his recovery.”

Rickson thanked the race organiser for donating race fees to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance that took him so swiftly to hospital.

The number eight was in his 5th year of competitive bike riding. He has been part of the team since it started and also sat on the committee of the very first Eastbourne Cycling Festival as well as helping run the Wattbike Racing stall at events such as the Eastbourne Cycling Festival.

At the Eastbourne Rovers Cycling Club’s Annual Prize Presentation Dinner last weekend, Rickson was awarded the Harold Manser Trophy for best improvement at 25 miles. This was well deserved as he achieved personal bests in 10, 14 and 25 miles in the months preceding his accident.

Rickson is also a past winner of the ‘Most Improved Novice’ bike racing trophy and gave several strong 2012 performances at the Beachy Head time trials.

The trophy will be presented at Salisbury hospital by Dave Cox, Eastbourne Rovers time trial secretary.