Eastbourne Rovers host a weekend of racing

John Mankelow by Lawrence Watts
John Mankelow by Lawrence Watts

Eastbourne Rovers Cycling Club hosted a weekend of racing over the ten and twenty five mile distances.

Saturday morning was Autumnal, misty and cold, not ideal conditions for fast times. The ten course was over the familiar East Hoathly route which turns at the Boship roundabout. John Mankelow was the only Wanderer to pick up a prize, winning his age group category posting a time of 27:03. Other Lewes times were Neil Midgley (24:35) and Oliver Tuckley (25:35). The overall winner was Chris McNamara (Pedal Heaven) in a fast time of 20:16.

The following day a large field lined up to ride the twenty five mile course. Due to roadworks, the blight on this racing season, the original course had to be abandoned. To the organisers credit (Pete Moon and Ann Human) they devised a new course, euphemistically called sporting, enabling the Cliff Sharp Memorial 25 to be run. The first stretch of the ride followed a rolling route through Newick before ascending the ten percent climb at Scaynes Hill. Riders then turned at Haywards Heath retracing the route back to Maresfield. Times reflected the testing nature of the course being some minutes slower than rides on the traditional course. Tom Glandfield (58:29) and David Beale (1:14:08) picked up age category awards, with Peter Baker (1:02:59) and Oliver Tuckley (1:05:14) teaming up with Tom Glandfield to retain the Pound Hill trophy for the fastest Vet’s team of three in the Surrey and Sussex group. Other Lewes times were Rob Rollings (59:00), James Ryan (1:01:23), Steve Gaston (1:09:57) and Simon Yates (1:19:25). The overall winner was Steve Kane of Brighton Excelsior in 55:29.

More information of all club activities and events can be found at www.leweswanderers.co.uk