Top 10 finishes for Rovers in quality 10-mile field

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The East Sussex A22 10-mile time-trial race attracted a quality field of 90 riders including professional bike racer Felix English of Rapha Condor Sharp.

Eastbourne Rovers showed their strength with a team of 11 riders including Iain Brogden, Matt Woods, John Cordner, Stuart Davis, Peter Moon, Tony Murphy, Geoff Smith, Shane Hills, Emma Richards, Bruce English and Kevin Burton.

Brogden, Woods and Cordner all raced to a top 10 finish to take the team win.

Brogden rode the course in 21:19 to take fourth place overall and Woods finished within seconds at 21:30 to take fifth. Brogden was also the second fastest veteran (over 40) rider.

Emma Richards put in a strong performance to secure second Lady with 25:06. The event was won by Nick Dwyer of Lewes Wanderers with a time of 20:38.

The second race of the weekend took the riders to Maresfield for a 25-mile time trial on the A22 to Boship then back up to finish at Batts Bridge.

Vic Butler, Andy Eaton, Adam Ford and Andrew Stobbart joined the Eastbourne Rovers team for this event.

This race attracted a quality field and riding ‘under the hour’, the benchmark for a strong 25 mile ride did not even get you into the top 20.

Conditions were not ideal with a strong breeze challenging riders after turning at the Boship roundabout.

Nevertheless, some fast times were recorded and Brogden led Eastbourne Rovers to fourth place with 54:13 which was good enough to secure third.

Cordner secured 17th place with 58:43 and the race was won by Dan Sadler of RT 316 with a stunning time of 52:50, an average speed of more than 28mph.

At Fowlmead Country Park in Kent, the Priddle brothers got the cyclo-cross season off to a flying start on Sunday in round one of the London and South East Cyclo-Cross League.

Ollie rode to a superb eighth place in the Youth category and Jack put in a very creditable ride to seventh placed Junior and 53rd place overall against some very experienced cyclo-cross riders.

Cyclo-cross races take place off-road during autumn and winter using a racing style bike with components and tyres more suitable to the rough and muddy conditions.

Obstacles often have to be negotiated by dismounting and running with the bike shouldered which makes for a challenging race and promotes all round fitness.

Beginners can use a mountain bike before investing in any specialist equipment. Anyone interested in trying cyclo-cross should come and have a chat with Eastbourne Rovers on a Monday night from 8pm at Stone Cross memorial hall.

PICTURED: Eastbourne Rovers’ Jack Priddle competes in the Cyclo-Cross at Fowlmead Country Park