Penny farthings return to Eastbourne

The penny farthing race returns to the Eastbourne Cycling Festival this summer. Photo courtesy of ECF SUS-161104-110926001
The penny farthing race returns to the Eastbourne Cycling Festival this summer. Photo courtesy of ECF SUS-161104-110926001

Penny farthings will race along the seafront as the annual Eastbourne Cycling Festival returns this summer.

The two-day festival, to be held on Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5, will see cyclists from across the UK flock to the town.

Now in its sixth year the festival features a wide number of events including the Beachy Head time trial, a duathlon and a high-speed penny farthing race.

Festival organiser Kim Washington said, “This promises to be a real highlight of the event. Anyone who saw them racing last year is probably still shaking their head in amazement. The race lasts for 30 minutes plus one lap of gut-busting effort on bikes that for most of us look impossible to get on never mind ride.”

Elsewhere in town the Western Lawns will host a number of stunt displays and stalls showcasing the latest products the cycling industry has to offer.

There will also be a number of races for school children and a British Cycling Go Ride event for younger cyclists.

More information about the festival is available at www.eastbournecyclingfestival.com.

Photo courtesy of Eastbourne Cycling Festival.

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