The annual Eastbourne Cycling Festival is coming back to the seaside town on June 1.
The one-day festival takes place on the Western Lawns and organisers have packed in activities to get everyone involved ranging from the Eastbourne Cycling Festival Youth Championships, for the next generation of cycling superstars, to a challenging 65-mile sportive through the magnificent Sussex countryside on the doorstep.
There are also competitive races on the closed road circuit for those too old to enter the youth races, with events for 4th category riders through to elites, sponsored by Shaw Harley-Davidson and Bowen Projects.
The races are: 4th Category Road Race, 3rd Category Road Race and E/1/2 Road Race
A novelty for the road races will be the Harley-Davidson’s that will be opening the routes ahead of the riders, as provided by sponsors Shaw Harley-Davidson.
The sportive route will head out of town and take in some of the most demanding climbs Sussex has to offer, including Bo-Peep, High ‘n Over and the iconic Beachy Head, accumulating over 4,000ft of climbing over the 65-mile route.
There is also a shorter option of 45 miles using an equally scenic route.
New for this year on the closed road circuit is a Penny Farthing race, featuring new versions of an old bike, and the finale of the day, an urban cyclo cross race using the closed road, the Lawns and the beach.
On the Western Lawns there will be exhibitors displaying the latest products the cycling industry has to offer, a stunt display performing throughout the day and, returning for another year, the Watt Bike challenge run by Eastbourne Rovers CC to get the crowds going and get everyone in the competitive spirit.
For the smaller ones there will be a British Cycling Go Ride event where parents and children can all ride together and test out their skills.
The return of the Charity Mountain Bike ride sees it supporting The Chaseley Trust – free to enter but donations for Chaseley Trust are welcome. And the Chaseley Trust will also benefit from the Smoothie Bike.
For a full list of events and for further information see www.eastbournecyclingfestival.com/