All the biggest names will descend upon Eastbourne, including Olympic Champions and previous National Champions.
New for 2019, we will be hosting round 9 of the HSBC | UK National Men’s & Women’s Road Race Series, see all the top female riders battle on the roads of the infamous Beachy Head Circuit! Most fans will descend upon Eastbourne to enjoy the dramatic Grand Depart, then watch the local races while the Elites battle it out on Beachy Head.
The Eastbourne Cycling Festival is back in July 2019 bigger and better than ever before. This year with the help of HSBC British Cycling we can bring you two solid days of cycling fun and excitement. Come and watch the racing and bring your bike as you will get the chance to ride on safe closed roads with all the family. Remember festival entry is completely free of charge.
26 June 2019: Rawvelo have just joined us as the official nutrition supplier for the Beachy Head Sportive. At Rawvelo their mission is simple – to provide the cleanest, healthiest and best tasting sports nutrition products in the world.
By creating products using only simple, high quality organic ingredients their focus on long-term nutritional health as much short-term functional gain. Whether you are a cyclist, runner, triathlete, swimmer or simply live an active lifestyle, Rawvelo will help you perform at your best whatever your goal.
18 JUNE 2019 NEWS: Very Happy to Welcome the View Hotel onto our list of supporters, they will be hosting our event security HQ to ensure things run smoothly throughout the weekend.
7 JUNE 2019 NEWS: Sykes Harley Davidson have also joined our list of sponsors for 2019, they will be supplying us with big and loud Harley Davidson bikes to lead out our amazing crit races! Imagine the peloton being lead around by a CHiPS Harley Davidson Police Bike WOW!
13 FEB 2019 NEWS: We are so pleased to welcome Chandlers BMW as a major festival sponsor, they will be setting up a pop-up showroom at the foot of the Wish Tower Slopes and are also providing the circuit pace / safety car.
12 FEB 2019 NEWS: ECHO Orthopaedics have just joined the sponsors list and will be advertising on our closed road circuit. Thanks for the support!
11 FEB 2019 PRESS RELEASE: The Eastbourne Cycling Festival is proud to announce that the South Coast Classic Elite Road Race is our headline act! 2x races, 160 elite riders, 20 pro race teams, 40 police outriders and thousands of hard core fans! The women’s race is on Saturday 27th July and the men’s race is on Sunday 28th July! Both races start & finish in the middle of The Eastbourne Cycling Festival! Better get your hotel’s booked and your cow bells packed! This is going to be epic!
29 JAN 2019 NEWS: Eastbourne has been chosen to host the 2019 British Cycling Regional Youth Championships.
The Penny Farthing Open Championship
British Cycling Go Ride mass participation ride
NLTCBMBC (North London ThunderCat Black Metal Bicycle Club) announce they are bringing the world of fixed gear racing to the South Coast with two evening crits.
An all new sportive route supported by Evans Cycles.
Further big news to announce soon… Keep checking for updates!
Asda gets behind the Eastbourne Cycling Festival with a community grant, be sure to vote for us when you shop!
Fancy helping out? Click Here!
Western Lawns Attractions
Official Sponsors & Supporters
Sponsoring or Supporting an event doesn’t need to be expensive, we have packages to suit all businesses. Every little bit helps!
Following the announcement of the South Coast Classic, we can now confirm that the event will be televised on Eurosport and ITV4. If you would like the chance of seeing your company logo on the TV, why not advertise on a barrier? for just £80.00 you could see your logo on the side of our criterium circuit which could easily feature on the TV or local papers!
The Race Program
Saturday 27th July 2019
07:00 – 21:00: Registration Open
09:00 – 09:15: Beachy Head MTB Sportive Starts
09:00 – 10:00: TBA
10:00 – 11:00: Men’s 4th Cat Criterium
11:00 – 15:00: British Cycling Regional Youth Championships
11:00 – 14:30: British Cycling Regional Youth Championships
14:30 – 15:00: Eastbourne Folding Bike Championships
15:00 – 16:00: Women’s 2nd, 3rd, 4th Cat Criterium
16:00 – 17:00: 3rd Cat Men’s Criterium Race
17:00 – 18:00: 1st & 2nd Cat Men’s Criterium
18:00 – 19:00: Thunder Crit (Fixed Gear)
19:00 – 20:00: Thunder Crit Men’s B Race
20:00 – 21:00: Women’s Elite Thunder Crit (Fixed Gear)
21:00 – 22:00: Men’s Elite Thunder Crit (Fixed Gear)
22:00 – End:
All race times are approximate and subject to change.
Sunday 28th July 2019
06:30 – 17:00: Registration Open
07:30 – 08:00: Beachy Head Road Sportive Starts
08:00 – 09:00: Women’s South Coast Classic Depart
09:00 – 10:00: 3rd Cat Men’s Criterium
10:00 – 11:00: 4th Cat Men’s Criterium Race
11:00 – 12:00: Women’s South Coast Classic Finish
12:00 – 13:00: Men’s South Coast Classic Depart
13:00 – 15:00: HSBC British Cycling Lets Ride Event
15:00 – 16:00: Penny Farthing Open Championships
16:00 – 16:30: Classic Bikes Parade
16:30 – 17:30: Men’s South Coast Classic Finish
17:30 – 18:30: South Coast Classic Presentations
All race times are approximate and subject to change.
Professional Race Commentary by Jez Cox, fresh from the Tour of Britain
Our all new 1.3k Criterium Circuit
New for 2019 our extended criterium circuit, 1.3 kilometers of fast roads, 8 turns and a slight climb along the finishing straight. No dead turns!
Support the festival by entering The Beachy Head Sportive
ThunderCrit is heading to the beach this summer. Expect high energy racing and action as riders battle it out around the 1.3km crit course with just one gear and no brakes. Fixed Crit racing is growing in popularity around the world and this once underground sport is now being recognised as a format that tests, speed, skill, endurance and bravery of the strongest riders. ThunderCrit has hosted some of the strongest riders from around the world including winners of Red Hook Crit, the pinnacle of Fixed Gear Crit racing. The current champions are Alec Briggs and Finnish National Road Crit Champion Eeva Sarlin.
ENTRIES NOW OPEN
Contact us Here
There are many reasons to get in touch, maybe you want to become an event sponsor, exhibitor on the Western Lawns, or maybe you would like to join our volunteer team. Whatever the reason, drop us a line here and we will be in contact at our earliest opportunity.
The View Hotel are a key supporter of Eastbourne Cycling Festival. When you stay beside the sea, isn’t it great to have a balcony, your own private little space where you can just kick back and relax and look out at the view? Well, that’s what sets The View Hotel apart from the other luxury hotels in Eastbourne. We’re the only hotel on the seafront that can offer you the option of balcony rooms. A great hotel experience isn’t just about a pretty view though. Staying with us, whether it’s for a break at the seaside or a convenient place to stay whilst travelling on business, means that you will be well looked after and have everything you could possibly want. Put plainly and simply, we want you to know that … you’re welcome.
- By Rail
Direct trains go from London Victoria to Eastbourne (via Lewes) Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for up-to-date train travel information.
Sussex Cars 01323 726726 or Call-A-Cab 01323 746746
- By Car
Traveling from London, we would recommend using the A23 towards Brighton and take the A27 via Lewes to Eastbourne, follow the signs for the Seafront.
There will be a Park & Ride bus scheme in operation between 5 Acre Field (BN22 7SG) and Eastbourne Pier. Or you could park on 5 Acre Field and cycle to the Event following King Edwards Parade West.
Some photos of previous Cycling Festivals
Eastbourne Cycling Festival Community Interest Company is a “not for profit” organisation, all sponsorship and entry fees are spent on making the event bigger and better, any surplus monies will be donated to our chosen local charities and used to support local youth cycling projects.
Eastbourne Cycling Festival Community Interest Company. Registered in England & Wales No. 11820407