Training pays off for Rovers as they excel on tough track

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Eastbourne Rovers demonstrated their strength in depth when they entered two teams in the Sussex League Cyclo Cross Championships at Haywards Heath last weekend.

The under 12’s finished 3rd overall after Henry Cordner starred by taking fourth place and was well supported with strong performances from his brother Gill, Oscar-Horta Hopkins and Rosie Ford.

Eastbourne Team A produced an excellent performance in the senior race. The team finished 16th beating rivals Lewis Wanderers in the process. John Cordner, Adam Ford, Paul Horta-Hopkins, Peter Moon, Andy Eaton and David Ivey had to battle difficult conditions and Cordner, who finished 15th overall and 2nd in the Veteran competition, praised the team’s effort.

“Conditions were extremely difficult after the recent wet weather but our experience from previous races and training provided by club cyclo-cross coach Ted Priddle paid off,” he said.

In the juniors event Jack and Ollie Priddle produced creditable performances finishing 9th and 23rd respectively.

Rovers’ early season 10 mile time trial also took place under wet conditions in Pevensey. Ian Brogden won the event on a time trial bike with a disk wheel despite the majority of other competitors opting to use a road bike because of the adverse conditions.

Brogden succeeded in a time of 23:12 and was closely followed by Marc Townsend with a time of 23:39.The returning Michael Davey claimed 3rd place with a more than respectable time of 26:31.

Time trial secretary Dave Cox was happy with the team’s form going into the new season.

“The club has grown enormously in the last 12 months and we are expecting some close racing in our evening series, starting on the 18th April with our 2-up event,

Turbo sessions are held every Monday at 8pm throughout the winter at Stone Cross Memorial Hall. Group rides are also organised for Sunday mornings to suit all levels of ability and experience.