Keith Shuttlewood capped a superb season by winning the Horsham Cycling 25-mile Championship in a personal best time of 58minutes, 3seconds.
He comfortably beat pre-race favourite Keith Carter by ten seconds, with Jon Fry a further 23 seconds behind in third place as ten Horsham riders competed in the Southern Counties Cycling Union promotion. Also racing were Steve Copeland and Jason Baverstock who were both making their debuts at the distance and recorded excellent times of 1 hour 0m 50s and 1h 4m 14s respectively.
Among the other riders were Steve Copeland and Jason Baverstock who were both making their debuts at the distance and recorded excellent times of 1h 0n 50s and 1h 4m 14s respectively. Club Chairman Peter Delve and fellow super-veteran Brian Flint, aged 70, returned to racing at this distance and recorded 1h 5m 23s and 1h 7m 6s respectively. The other Club riders were Simon Mitchell in 1h 0m 28s, Bryn Reeves in 1h 3m 36s, his first ride after breaking his arm in June and John Cox in 1:09:16.
Shuttlewood had shown signs of his excellent form a few weeks earlier by becoming the first Club rider to complete a 100-mile time trial, again in a Southern Counties promotion. Riding to a pre-planned schedule Shuttlewood recorded 25-mile split times of 1h 04m, 1h 05m, 1h 07m and 1h 08m to record a final time of 4h 24m 23s and set an excellent bench mark Club record which will be hard to beat. The 100-mile time trial is a true long distance test of speed and stamina and Shuttlewood used all his experience from having completed numerous cycle tours around the UK and Europe.
Meanwhile, the Club is showing its growing stature as a racing team by currently leading the season long Sussex Cycling Association sporting courses competition. The trio of Keith Carter, Jon Fry and Keith Shuttlewood currently hold a slender 50 point lead over last year’s winners, Lewes Wanderers. With only three qualifying events remaining in the competition it will be a close run contest to the end of the season.
Jon Fry has the honour of already winning the handicap competition which is run alongside the main competition. Fry has an unassailable lead of 25 points over his nearest challenger, former National Champion, Dave Shepherd of GS Stella.