The annual Eastbourne Cycling Festival is coming back to the Western Lawns next month.
The event will take place over two days on June 13 and 14.
Following the success of the Penny Farthing Racing last year, the riders return to fight out the National Penny Farthing Championships, surely promising to be one of the highlights of the second day.Kim Washington
Now in its fifth year, the organisers have put together a packed programme with something for all cyclists over the weekend.
Kim Washington, one of the organisers, said, “On Saturday events kick off with a brand new event – a two-day stage race for roadies, taking in the legendary Beachy Head circuit and a time trial on the first day with a criterium race on Sunday.
“Also new is a mountain bike sportive, supported by Evolution Cycles, with a demanding route which will show off the glorious South Downs.
“The Eastbourne Cycling Festival Youth Championships, for the next generation of cycling superstars, is again a highlight for young riders, and there’s the third edition of the Tri Store sportives, a challenging 45 or 65-mile ride through the magnificent Sussex countryside on the doorstep, sponsored by The Tri Store.”
There are competitive races on the closed road circuit, with events for all ages and abilities.
There will be a variety of races including schools relay races, penny farthing championships, women’s road race, a fourth category road race, a third category road race and an urban cross race.
Kim added, “The Schools Relay races, held on Sunday, promise to be as exciting and unpredictable as they were last year.
“The event is open to secondary and primary schools in the Eastbourne area – last year Willingdon School came out on top in the secondary school race and Ocklynge School won the primary school race.
“Following the success of the Penny Farthing Racing last year, the riders return to fight out the National Penny Farthing Championships, surely promising to be one of the highlights of the second day.”
A Harley-Davidson motor-bike will be leading out the riders in all the closed road circuit races, provided by sponsors Shaw Harley-Davidson, and in addition, the local owner’s chapter, 1066 HOG, will parade at midday on Sunday.
New this year on Saturday evening will be roller racing sponsored by 360 degree brewing company and staged by South Coast Sprints.
Any adult can enter on the night and try to prove they are fastest over 250 metres.
Kim added, “It’s a knockout competition and a great spectator event too.”
There will be exhibitors offering cycling products on the Western Lawns and a stunt team entertain the crowds .
There will be activities for all ages at the event including the British Cycling Go Ride event where parents and children can all ride together and test out their skills.
For a full list of events and for further information visit the event website www.east bournecyclingfestival.com.