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Cyclists Can Ride in the Tracks of Tour of Britain Stars at Eastbourne’s Cycling Festival

An action packed year of cycling events is set to kick off next month as Eastbourne Cycling Festival races into the Western Lawns from 2-4 June. Cycling enthusiasts can take on the former Tour of Britain route and see if they have what it takes to be King of the Mountain in the Beachy Head Sportive, Eastbourne Triathlon or Beachy Head Classic which has attracted the likes of Team Wiggins.

Eastbourne Cycling Festival and Three Sixty Sports have joined forces with Velopace to bring an awesome weekend of cycling events to Eastbourne’s famous seafront. The 3 day event has merged with the 32Gi Eastbourne Triathlon for the first time this year for a weekend of epic challenges across beautiful yet strenuous routes. The Western Lawns will be transformed into ‘Festival Village’ as it is decked out with vintage bike displays, a bike stunt show and skills challenges as well as delicious food and drink stalls to keep visitors refreshed in between the fast-paced action!

 

Eastbourne Borough Council Director of Tourism and Enterprise, Phil Evans said “It is great to see Eastbourne Cycling Festival welcoming the highly anticipated Triathlon to its event; the weekend is just as rewarding for those cheering on the cyclists as it is for those who work extremely hard in the challenges. With Beachy Head and the South Downs on our doorstep, Eastbourne makes for the perfect destination for the Cycling Festival offering a truly unique course across stunning yet challenging scenery.”

The event begins on Friday 2 June for an evening of races for all ages including an under 5’s balance bike race, an under 12’s scooter race and uphill challenges and long laps for the adults.

Saturday 3 June kicks off with the 32Gi Eastbourne Triathlon. The iconic challenge consists of a 600m sea swim, 25km cycle, stunning but tough Beachy Head circuit finishing with a 5km run up and down Bede’s Hill. Saturday will see more cycling challenges and circuits for children and adults alike as well as one of the only women’s only criterium races to be held in the south east.

Sunday 4 June takes off with the iconic Beachy Head Sportive, the former ‘King of the Mountain’ route where cyclists can ride in the tracks of Tour of Britain stars. The race features 3 routes this year with a shorter 23 mile ride in addition to the challenging 45 or 65 mile rides, all of which run through the stunning Sussex countryside.

Later in the day, spectators can watch elite riders in action as they take on the Beachy Head Classic! Audiences can cheer on first-class athletes, including Team Wiggins, as they follow a Harley Davidson lead out for 5 laps of circuit then race over 9 laps of the famous Beachy Head Circuit.

Spectators can expect several competitive races on the closed road circuit on Sunday including the Youth Championships for the next generation of cycling superstars, 3rd and 4th category races which are sponsored by Shaw Harley-Davidson as well as the return of the quirky Penny Farthings race which is not to be missed!

Taking place all weekend across the arena and festival village will be cycle speedway demos, family rides around the closed road circuit, toddlebikes and much more.

With iconic scenery on its doorstep, Eastbourne is the prime spot for cycling challenges and continues to attract cycling events all year round, from fast-paced uphill stints to lengthy challenges around Sussex.

ORRO Tour of Sussex

The ORRO Tour of Sussex returns to Eastbourne with individual men’s and women’s races across the year. The Men’s Tour of Sussex takes place in Eastbourne on 9 July while the women are set to race on 16 September. The brave riders will take on the infamous Beachy Head course featuring plenty of zig-zags, scenic routes overlooking the likes of Seven Sisters, Belle Tout and East Dean, finishing at the top of the climb towards the Beachy Head Pub.

Butts Lane Hill Climb

Velopace Butts Lane Hill Climb comes to Eastbourne on 14 October for an exciting hill climb event in Willingdon near Eastbourne. Pacing, equipment, power, weight and stamina all come into play in this exciting race as competitors ride up the hill and aim to beat the clock.

The event is just as rewarding for spectators as crowds gather at The Wheatsheaf Inn to cheer on brave riders and make a night of it with celebratory drinks and delicious food.

For more information, please visit www.EastbourneCyclingFestival.com or telephone the Tourist Information Centre on 01323 415415.

 

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