Island Cyclist Tops The Field In Eden Race

Pete Hicks at the Eden 100. Photo by Dan Thomas.

Pete Hicks at the Eden 100. Photo by Dan Thomas.

A St Mary’s cyclist who only took up the sport three years ago has topped the field in a new road race around Cornwall on Sunday.

Pete Hicks completed the Eden 100 course, at total of 101 miles, in 5 hours and 51 minutes.

That’s a new record for the group that organises these events.

95 riders completed the route and the slowest time was 11 hours 54 minutes.

Another St Mary’s man, Dan Thomas, and St Martin’s-based Jolene Williams, were also competing in the shorter 100km version of the race.

Pete says it was “an absolutely brutal and gruelling route” with 9,000 feet of climbing, including Bodmin Moor.

But he says the worst part was near Lostwithiel – a 3-mile long hill that he describes as “like Pungies Lane but worse and covered in moss and water.”

Pete took up cycling after he injured his arm performing his usual sport of kite surfing.

He bought a turbo trainer, which allowed him to cycle indoors while his arm was in a sling, and now regularly does 40 miles before breakfast.

Pete can also be seen cycling circuits around St Mary’s roads.

He says he doesn’t get bored with that – in fact he enjoys it because he can get into a rhythm.

And he says it must be good training.

As well as getting the fastest time on Sunday, he also beat the second place competitor, a professional cyclist, by 5 minutes in the Penzance road race in October.