Town’s cycling festival is on the seafront this weekend

Photographs attached showing the volunteers and groups involved in the Cycling Festival, including The Tri Store, British Cycling, Eastbourne Rovers, Emily Brooke, Bespoke, Bexhill Classic Cycle Group and a unicyclist.
Photographs attached showing the volunteers and groups involved in the Cycling Festival, including The Tri Store, British Cycling, Eastbourne Rovers, Emily Brooke, Bespoke, Bexhill Classic Cycle Group and a unicyclist.

Eastbourne Cycling Festival comes back to town for the third year this weekend.

It takes place on Sunday (June 2) on the Western Lawns.

The festival boasts seven main events throughout the day including the Eastbourne 5K, Eastbourne Duathlon, Eastbourne Road Racing along with children’s events and retail exhibitions and Eastbourne Sportive which starts the day at 7.30am.

To follow, the Eastbourne 5km criterium run race starts at 8.45am.

It will include the closed road circuit as part of the course to create a fast, flat criterium style running race.

The race starts and finishes outside the Grand Hotel.

Cllr Carolyn Heaps, cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said, “It is exciting to hear that the Cycling Festival is returning for the third year.

“It promotes a fun filled healthy day with different aspects for cyclists of all abilities.”

The ECF Sportive 2013 is new this year, with a challenging route designed to test athletes climbing ability and over a distance.

It starts on the Western Lawns with the festival closed road circuit.

The 50-mile route covers some classic scenery visiting areas including Firle Beacon, High n Over, The Ramp and Beachy Head.

There will also be refreshments, Bob and Banner Bike Stunt display, British Cycling Go-Ride, Watt Bike / Schools challenge and a Smoothie Bike on the Western Lawns.