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Eastbourne Rovers hosted their annual racing weekend with the Stan Nash 10-mile time-trial on Saturday and the Cliff Sharp 25-mile on Sunday.

A record entry of 80 riders for the 10-mile and 90 for the 25-mile saw some exciting racing for generous cash prizes awarded to the top riders on the day.

Starting at Maresfield, the race followed the A22 to Boship and then back up past East Hoathly and Uckfield to the steep finishing straight South of Maresfield.

The race was won by Nick Dwyer of Lewes Wanderers, in the process smashing his course PB by 50 seconds to complete the course in 52:17 at an average speed of just under 29 mph.

Eastbourne Rovers scored a 2-3 with Iain Brogden in second at 54:06 and Matt Woods third in 55:09. 12 riders from the Eastbourne host team took part and four were under the hour with John Cordner making the top 10 with an impressive time of 57:24.

On Saturday, 80 riders started at East Hoathly for the 10-mile race. Connall Yates of the In Gear Quick Vit Race Team (younger brother of Tour de France star and Sky Team Director Sportif Sean Yates) won the event in 20:22. Eastbourne riders Matthew Woods and Iain Brogden were third and fourth with times of 21:37 and 21:42 respectively. John Cordner was again in the top 10 with a superb sixth place finish in 22:15.

These results were good enough to put Brogden in second position overall for the racing weekend, Woods third and Cordner fifth.
 Thursday saw the weekly Eastbourne Rovers club time trial return to Pevensey.

This 10-mile race takes the A259 to Little Common and back. 30 riders took up the challenge and with Brogden pulling up with a problem in the first mile, Woods took an easy club win with 21:25.

Eastbourne Rovers welcome riders of any experience on a Thursday night to race the club time trials.

More information can be found at www.eastbournerovers.com and on Twitter @RoversCycling.