Smith is last man standing in 100 mile time trials

Geoff Smith
Geoff Smith

Geoff Smith was the only Eastbourne rider to finish the Southern Counties 100-mile time trial on Sunday at Dial Post.

His time of 04:30:53 was good enough for third place in the veteran competition and 31st overall.

Eastbourne’s Iain Brogden and John Cordner both started the event but Cordner crashed out after 60 miles during a torrential downpour.

Brogden retired at 75 miles even though in third place at the time.

Brogden said “I started to suffer badly after 70 miles and when I realised I was over three hours at the 75 mile mark I decided to retire.”

The event was won by Lewes rider Rob Pelham with a stunning time of 03:54:59.

The Eastbourne Rovers team will be competing in the East Sussex 100-mile time trial in two weeks time.

On Saturday, the Eastbourne team of Iain Brogden, Matt Woods, Tony Murphy, Geoff Smith, Emma Richards, Adam Ford, Andrew Stobbart and Kevin Burton raced the Epsom Cycling Club 10-mile time trial at Crawley.

Brogden and Woods both finished in the top 10. Woods was fourth with a time of 21:04 and Brogden sixth with 21:15.

Next week, Eastbourne host a weekend of racing starting with the Stan Nash 10-mile Time Trial on Saturday, August 11 from East Hoathly.

On Sunday 12, the Cliff Sharpe 25-mile Time Trial is at Maresfield.

Peter Moon, Eastbourne’s long distance champion and organiser of the 10 mile race said, “The Eastbourne Rovers racing weekend attracts a quality field from Sussex and beyond.

“With 80 riders entered on Saturday and 90 on Sunday we will see some close racing.”

The course record for the 25 mile event has stood since Olympic champion and hour record holder Graham Obree set an astonishing time of 48:55 in 1996 on his bike ‘Old Faithful’, famously home made using parts from his washing machine.

Eastbourne Rovers have welcomed many new members over the last few months as cycling continues to benefit from growth stimulated by Bradley Wiggins’ historic Tour de France victory and Team GB Olympic success.

Rovers are working in tandem with Eastbourne Borough Council to promote cycling in the area and encourage cyclists of all experience levels to join in.

Rovers meet on a Monday evening at Stone Cross Memorial Hall. More information can be found at www.eastbournerovers.com