West Sussex club GS Stella, who last year notched up eight open wins before the end of March, will be stronger than ever this year.

They have signed Hampshire rider Dave Dent who lives just over the West Sussex border in Clanfield.

Dent, who won the 2001 Portsdown Trial League and is an accomplished 25-miler, has already raced twice in GS Stella colours.

Riding in two of the out-of-season events over Christmas, he finished third in both the Border CA and New Forest ten-mile events.

GS Stella are promoting the first two open events of the 2002 season in the UK, both based at Storrington.

The first is an 18km time trial on Saturday, February 2, which is followed by a 42km event the following day. They will have separate prize lists but there is also an overall classification.

The tough climb of Houghton Hill is featured on both days.

Bognor Regis CC held a ten-mile time trial which resulted in a win for junior champion Liam Terry. He recorded 27min.37sec, to beat Hampshire Road Club riders Andrew Walker (28min. 57sec) and Alan Tribe (29min.30sec).

The 21st Century Airports club have made a successful attempt on the unofficial world record of covering 726 miles in 12 hours on competition rollers.

A team of 12 riders made the attempt in the concourse of the South Terminal at Gatwick Airport.

Team manager Eric Clark said: "The team rode brilliantly and they covered an amazing new total of 811 miles which we hope will go in the Guinness Book of Records. They also raised around £4,000 for local charities."

Brighton Mitre are to promote a round of the Southern Area (SAMS) Mountain Bike Championships. The event will be held in Stanmer Park on September 7.