Mike sets sights on 500 miles in 24hrs

PUBLISHED: 13:45 30 December 2010

Mike Rose at the Mersey 24h time trial

Mike Rose at the Mersey 24h time trial


Honiton cyclist Mike Rose, 54, who featured in last week’s Midweek Herald after cleaning up at the season’s awards at Exeter Wheelers, had a previous career as a runner.

Thirty years ago Mike ran for Great Britain in marathon road and cross country races but he gave up when his children were young and he was faced with bringing them up on his own. His athletics career took a back seat.

He said: “I was sponsored by Karrimor and did all the elite mountain marathons.”

He had always cycled and decided to pick up that sport again last year.

While most people can ride a bike after some fashion, Mike’s ‘I used to ride a bit’ translates as tackling rides such as from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Mike, who used to live on Exmoor, was helped back into the sport by Tim Raffell, Karl Hodgson and Ian Hennessey, and they persuaded him to take on 24 hour time trials in his first season - at national level.

He said: “There are only two in the country as they are quite difficult to stage and take a lot of marshalling.

The race I did took place in Shropshire on the roads between Newport and Telford. “There is still traffic about and you have to stop for food etc. It takes place on two big circuits and, in the closing stages, moves onto a small circuit which is all marked out in metres so you can see how far you actually can ride in 24 hours.” Mike came 10th overall completing 429 miles and will aim to complete 500 miles in a race next year

He added: “It’s in one thing getting fit enough to do it but mentally it’s a killer. It is difficult to keep motivated and I would say the mental challenge is more testing.”

He will be spending his winter on his ‘turbo trainer’ in the garage as time trialling doesn’t start again until next April with the Four Firs ride at Woodbury Common.

The indoor training is a necessary evil to maintain his fitness but says “I know every dent and mark on the tumble drier by now!”

He is also hoping to compete in the national vets championships which are decided on aggregate speed over selected events, but he is hoping that some younger riders scoop the prizes closer to home at next year’s Exeter Wheelers awards.

He said: “It’s a bit embarrassing winning all these trophies at my age. But what you find is that at ultra distance events there aren’t quite so many competitors as they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea!”

“Hopefully some younger riders will beat me next year.”

Before that he is heading up to Nottingham in January for the Champion of Champions Medal Dinner.

Mike Rose is pictured right competing in the Mersey Roads 24 hour Time Trial.

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