Southdown cycling starlets try to beat the clock

Competitors in the Southdown Velo Cycling Club time trial who cycled up Knight's Hill   Picture by Chris Hatton
Competitors in the Southdown Velo Cycling Club time trial who cycled up Knight's Hill Picture by Chris Hatton

As today’s big cycling stars started the 100th Tour de France, tomorrow’s took part in Southdown Velo’s first youth time trial for riders aged 16 and under.

The event took place up the one-mile Knights Hill climb near Charlton, just north of Goodwood racecourse.

Thirteen riders - ten boys and three girls - took to the course, 12 from Southdown Velo and one from Bognor Cycling Club.

It was organised by Southdown Velo club coaches Kim Piper and Paul O’Donovan, who run regular training sessions to help develop and improve rider skills at Tangmere.

See our picture gallery from the time trial

At minute intervals, each rider set off from a standing start at the bottom of the hill and raced against the clock to the finish at the top.

Prizes were on offer for first, second and third for both male and female categories.

With the support of family and friends on the hill, riders put in an enormous amount of effort to get to the top. A number were taking part in their first event.

Results: 1 Aaron Smith (Southdown Velo) 4min 1.9sec; 2 Ben Briffet (SDV) 04.05.6; 3 William Sansby (SDV) 4.24.6; 4 Mitchell Campbell (SDV) 4.33.7; 5 Ollie Wise (SDV) 5.18.3; 6 Alex Baxter (SDV) 5.38.3; 7 Luke Campbell (SDV) 5.48.1; 8 Mia Cunningham Stockdale (SDV) 5.58.9 (first girl); 9 Amy Smith (BRCC) 6.00.2; 10 Fred Worthington (SDV) 6.38.4; 11 Theo Marley (SDV) 6.53.9; 12 William Marley (SDV) 7.11.4; 13 Alisha Redfern (SDV) 7.37.0.

Official time keepers were Mike Marchant and Dave Prior.

O’Donovan said: “This was the first event we’ve run for the youth riders - we are planning to make this a yearly event and open to other clubs.”

Piper and O’Donovan are British Cycling-qualified coaches and run coaching sessions at City Fields Way, Tangmere, on a by-weekly basis.

They also run a session at the outdoor velodrome at Portsmouth’s Mountbatten Centre. They are open for anyone to attend with any type of bike.

If you’d like to get into cycling and take part in coaching sessions and events like the time trial, visit www.southdownvelo.org.uk for contact details.