Horsham Cycling chairman gets the better of former Tour de France man

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Peter Delve provided the highlight of Horsham Cycling’s annual Open time trial when he finished ahead of former Tour de France rider and Yellow Jersey wearer Sean Yates.

A total of 67 entrants from as far afield as Coventry and Nowrwich competed in blustery conditions on the G10/57 Horsham – Crawley course on Saturday morning. The fastest rider overall was Peter Tadros of the In Gear RT who recorded a blistering time of 20:07, nearly an average speed of 30mph.

The pick of the Horsham riders was Keither Carter, who clocked 22mins 37secs, while other times were: Warren Higgins 22:44, Jon Fry 23:23, Keith Shuttlewood 23:27, Peter Delve 24:41, Jason Baverstock 24:45 and Brian Flint 26:55. Delve’s claim to have beten Yates came in the Veterans section. Peter’s plus time was 6:04 for his age standard for second place behind Geoff Smith of Eastbourne Rovers with a plus of 6:21. Sean Yates was third with a plus of 5:39.

The following Tuesday saw the Club’s Evening TT Series continue on the same course. Fastest rider was Keith Carter who recorded a season’s best time of 21:59. Second was Warren Higgins in 22:15 and Simon Mitchell was third in a new personal best time of 22:20. Mitchell has now improved his 10-mile time by more than three minutes since his first TT last year. The evening set another new record for the Club with a total of eight riders beating 24 minutes – the most ever in a Club event. New PBs were also recorded by Club Chairman Delve (23:44) and Jason Baverstock (23:59).

On Sunday morning Jon Fry, Mitchell and Stewart Papworth took part in a Crawley Wheelers 25 mile event. Fry recorded a season’s best time of 1:00:43, Mitchell clocked 1:01:31 for new PB and Papworth recorded 1:06:57. Crawley’s Rupert Robinson was fastest in 58:06.