COLCHESTER Rovers impressed in both regional and national events in their latest cyclocross competitions.

The club's riders tackled the cold, though bright, conditions at the latest round of Eastern Cyclocross League action at Redgrave, in Suffolk.

Promoting club Diss and District CC included a couple of extra technical obstacles into the otherwise fairly flat course.

Phoebe Ollett raced very well to pick up second place in the under-eight girls’ race.

James Clarke was an excellent third under-eight boy, with George Collins and William Smith placing fifth and seventh in the under-ten boys’ race.

In the Youth race, Jake Crossley was a good fifth under-16 boy, with Oliver Wellsted and Max Avery ninth and 11th in the under-14s.

Zoe Swainston showed her good form to finish second under-14 girl, with Chloe Ollett just behind in third.

In the Veteran 40-49 race, Andy Hurst picked up 18th, while Laura Mansel-Thomas was fourth in the Veteran Women’s race.

The Senior/Junior race saw Martin Smith come home 27th, with Ollie Davey-Smith 35th.

On Sunday, the latest instalment in the Cyclocross National Trophy Series was held at Cyclopark, in Gravesend.

An excellent course with many technical challenges faced the riders, with plenty of off-camber terrain, steps and hard climbs to be tackled each lap.

Rovers’ Dan Hall picked up an excellent 30th place in the large Youth field, with Jake Crossley 55th.

In the Junior Men’s race, Rovers’ Cameron Hurst, racing for XRT Elmy Cycles, scored a good 22nd.

In the Veteran 50+ race, Rovers’ stalwart Terry Smith notched up an excellent 27th.

He beat a number of Eastern riders who have got the better of him in the regional races this year.