Pedal power from Priddle in youth champs

Ollie Priddle
Ollie Priddle

Eastbourne Rovers Cycling Club saw their youth star Ollie Priddle race the National Youth Championship 10 mile time trial on Saturday and he did not disappoint.

Known as the ‘GHS Championship’ in memory of schools racing founder and 19th century bike racing hero George Herbert Stancer, this 10-mile race is undertaken by 130 of the best youth racing cyclists in the country.

Ollie completed the 10 miles in a time of 24:39, which was good enough for 54th place even though he was competing against a number of older boys.

On Sunday the Southern Counties Cycling Union held their annual 25-mile time-trial at Broadbridge Heath near Crawley.

The Eastbourne team of Iain Brogden, Matt Woods, Geoff Smith and Andy Eaton raced the event.

There were some very fast times on the day with Brogden and Woods both scoring a top 10 finish with 54:01 and 54:30 respectively.

Meanwhile, the Eastbourne team of Stuart Davis, Tony Murphy and Adam Ford competed in the Bognor Regis 25 mile time trial at Fontwell.

Davis led the team with a time of 57:31 for 13th place.

This week’s “Ride with Rovers” group rides have been particularly busy with the good weather encouraging many new riders to get out on their bikes and ride with the Eastbourne club.

Thursday saw the Eastbourne Rovers chain gang head out to Hastings for a fast-paced ride in a peloton of around 20 cyclists.

Each rider takes a turn driving the group from the front and then returns into the slipstream of the bunch to recover.

Trained cyclists interested in joining the group just need to meet at Stone Cross Memorial Hall at 6.45pm on a Thursday night.

More information can be found at and on Twitter @RoversCycling.