Moon smashes club record after historic week for British cycling

Peter Moon
Peter Moon

On a momentous weekend for British cycling, Eastbourne Rovers’ Peter Moon smashed a club record on his way to success in the National 24-Hour Time Trial in Cheshire.

As Bradley Wiggins entered the record books as the first Brit to win the Tour de France, Moon also made history, beating the club’s 30-year record for the ‘24’ event.

The race involves riding as far as you can in 24 hours and is widely considered one of the most gruelling sporting events.

The Eastbourne Rovers rider achieved a staggering 471.18 miles, nearly 25 miles more than the previous record and just 17 miles off the eventual winner, Rapha Condor’s Ultan Coyle.

The distance – almost exactly the same as Eastbourne to Glasgow – makes the 51-year-old the highest-placed Eastbourne rider in any National competition and was enough for him to take the gold as the 24 Hour National Veteran Champion.

He said, “With an event of this magnitude you need a well-drilled support team and a lot of luck. I was very fortunate to have both.”

Fellow Eastbourne Rovers rider Geoff Smith finished 35th with a strong ride of 385.93 miles.

On Saturday, the Eastbourne team of Matt Woods, Iain Brogden and Stuart Davis continued their strong form, taking 48 seconds off the 10 mile veteran team record with 1:04:19 at the Crawley Wheelers 10 mile time trial.

Woods took fourth place overall with a time of 20:42 while Brogden came fifth with 20:45.

Away from the track, Eastbourne Rovers’ Ollie Priddle, as the only youth member of the team, was selected to stand guard of honour as the Olympic torch set off from Redbridge Cycling Centre in Essex.

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