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.
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, 140 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!
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
08:30 – 09:00: Beachy Head MTB Sportive Starts
09:00 – 10:00: 4th Cat Men’s Criterium
10:00 – 11:00: 2nd 3rd & 4th Cat Women’s Criterium Race
11:00 – 12:00: Women’s Elite South Coast Classic Grand Depart
12:00 – 16:00: British Cycling Regional Youth Championships
16:00 – 17:00: Women’s South Coast Classic Sprint!
17:00 – 18:00: Women’s South Classic Finish
18:00 – 19:00: 1st & 2nd Cat Men’s Criterium Race
19:00 – 19:50: 2nd, 3rd & 4th Cat Junior Criterium Race
20:00 – Women’s Elite Thunder Crit (Fixed Gear)
21:00 – Mens Elite Thunder Crit (Fixed Gear)
All race times are approximate and subject to change.
Sunday 28th July 2019
08:30 – 08:55: Beachy Head Road Sportive Starts
09:00 – 10:00: 3rd Cat Men’s Criterium
10:00 – 11:00: 4th Cat Men’s Criterium Race
11:00 – 12:00: Men’s Elite South Coast Classic Grand Depart
12:00 – 14:30: HSBC British Cycling Lets Ride Event
15:00 – 15:40: Eastbourne Folding Bike Championships
16:00 – 16:30: The Penny Farthing Open Championships
16:30 – 17:00: Men’s South Coast Classic Sprint!
17:00 – 18:00: Men’s South Coast Classic Finish
18:00 – 19:00: Men’s 1/2 Cat Criterium
19:00 – 20:00: TBA
All race times are approximate and subject to change.
Professional Race Commentary by Jez Cox, fresh from the Tour of Britain
Our all new 1.6k Criterium Circuit
New for 2019 our extended criterium circuit, 1.6 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 1.6km 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.
- 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