Rovers are on a roll at Cycling Festival

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Summer arrived just in time for the Annual Eastbourne Cycle Festival.

Eastbourne Rovers ran the ever-popular Watt Bike challenge with many of its members enjoying the different events of the day.

The closed road criterium races this year had an extra dog leg to create two new corners to test the riders and lengthen the route to a 1km circuit.

This was a great format for spectators and racers alike and the atmosphere was electric, with a lot of support from the crowds for the local club.

Youth members Ollie Priddle and Abigail Hughes both secured second place in the boys and girls Under-14s.

Rosie Ford also came second in the Under-12 girls race and it was a triple triumph for the Cordner members with Henry Cordner and Gilbert Cordner both securing first place in their age categories, Under-10s and Under-8s respectively, to bag the title South East Regional Youth Circuit Champions.

John Cordner did very well to secure second place in his first 3rd Cat Race.

Charlotte Litte was the sole woman entrant in the road races.

To finish the races, the Dualthlon returned once more with Dan Henchy coming second and Emma Faulkner being the first lady to cross the line.

The challenging and hilly 50 mile Sportive was also well attended by many club members, with Terry Padget finishing in 2:56:59, which was in the gold target time.

This week’s “Ride with Rovers” group rides have been particularly busy with new members joining at the festival and with the good weather encouraging many riders to get out on their bikes and ride with the popular Eastbourne club.

More information about the club and its events can be found at www.eastbournerovers.com and on Twitter @RoversCycling.