Vet Rovers on a roll to smash 100-mile record

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The Eastbourne Rovers Cycling Club team of John Cordner, Peter Moon and Geoff Smith set a new Eastbourne veteran team record in the East Sussex 100-mile time trial on Sunday.

With a combined time of 12 hours 56 minutes 17 seconds, they knocked 13 minutes and six seconds off the 2010 record.

Cordner was the fastest Eastbourne rider with a time of 4:10:22, good enough for seventh overall and he becomes the Eastbourne Rovers 100-mile champion.

Long distance expert and 24-hour Champion Moon was the fastest Sussex veteran rider on standard time with a plus of 43:39 and eighth overall.

Smith, as usual, put in a strong performance with 04:32:32, which gave him 19th place.

The event was won by the defending East Sussex 100-mile champion Rob Pelham of Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club with a stunning time of 03:54:52.

Cordner said, “After I crashed out of the Sussex 100 two weeks ago, I was determined to finish this race with a good performance and after fighting cramp at the 80 mile mark I was thrilled to find I was the fastest Eastbourne rider.”

Saturday saw Eastbourne’s Iain Brogden competing against an elite field of riders at Blenheim Palace. This demanding 20km time trial is part of a weekend long programme of Bike Blenheim cycling events in the grounds of the stately home, hosted by The Duke of Marlborough.

Brogden was sixth with a time of 28:26, a creditable result among 300 riders including a number of professional, elite, Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

National time-trial champion Michael Hutchinson was beaten into second place by 21-year-old time-trial specialist Joe Perrett of the cyclos uno racing team.

Brogden said, “This event showcases the future of bicycle time trialling on a traffic free route lined with spectators.

“You need to be able to climb, descend and handle your bike to get a good result in this event because the course is very challenging.”

Thursday saw more records broken as the final Eastbourne Rovers Evening Series time trial of the season took place at Pevensey. 35 riders took up the challenge of this 10-mile race and joint series leaders Iain Brogden and Matt Woods were motivated to put in a blistering performance.

Close rivalry lead to an astonishing result with both Brogden and Woods posting exactly the same time of 20:48 to jointly smash the course record of 20:54 held by TrainSharp coach John Sharples since 2001.

Eastbourne Rovers Cycling Club will at Sportsbourne on Saturday, August 25 at The Sports Grounds, Hampden Park.

They will be running the popular wattbike challenge with a 250 metre sprint competition.

The club invite the public to come along and test their speed and talk to experienced club members about sport and leisure cycling. More details at www.sportsbourne.com.

Eastbourne Rovers are working in tandem with Eastbourne Borough Council to promote cycling in the area and encourage cyclists of all experience levels to join in.

Rovers meet on a Monday evening at Stone Cross Memorial Hall. More information can be found at www.eastbournerovers.com and on Twitter @RoversCycling.