Eastbourne Cycling Festival

Eastbourne Cycling Festival

Eastbourne Cycling Festival

27 - 28 July 2019

27 - 28 July 2019

Eastbourne Cycling Festival

27 - 28 July 2019

Eastbourne Cycling Festival

27 - 28 July 2019

Eastbourne Cycling Festival

27 - 28 July 2019

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.

Sign up for HSBC UK Let's Ride Eastbourne Today!

The Eastbourne Cycling Festival is back in July 2019 bigger and better than ever before. This year with the help of HSBC UK and 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.


12 July 2019: Just two weeks to go and entries are starting to flood in on the closed road races, we are getting so excited!

11 July 2019: Remember its not too late to exhibit at the festival, we are offering amazing deals for cycling related stands, just drop us a line.

28 June 2019: Mike Oliver Associates  have just signed up as the sponsor for the Regional Youth Championships. This is great news! Mike Oliver Associates is a multi-award-winning team of Independent Financial Advisers founded in 2002 and directly authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

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.

No compromise.

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.

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 8th round of the HSBC UK | Men’s Road Series and the 7th Round of the HSBC UK | Women’s Road Series, the South Coast Classic on the 28th July is our headline act! 2x races, 160 elite riders, 20 pro race teams, 40 police outriders and thousands of hard core fans! 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

HSBC UK Let’s Ride, a free family fun 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

  • Trials Bike Stunt Shows
  • Flatland BMX Show
  • E-Bike Demos
  • Punch & Judy Shows
  • Classic Bike Shows
  • Professional Race Commentary
  • Family Friendly Pump Track
  • Ballance Bike Races (Under 6)
  • Outdoor Spin Class
  • HSBC UK Go-Ride
  • Cycle Exhibitors
  • Quality Food Village
  • 2 Bars
  • VIP Hospitality Available
  • And of course Ice Cream
  • Free Pump Track

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 – 09:00: Beachy Head MTB Sportive Starts

09:00 – 15:10: British Cycling Regional Youth Championships

15:10 – 16:00: Eastbourne Folding Bike Championships

16:00 – 17:00: Women’s 2nd, 3rd, 4th Cat Criterium

17:00 – 18:00: 1st & 2nd Cat Men’s Criterium

18:00 – 19:00: Thunder Crit (Fixed Gear Warm Up)

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.


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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 UK Let’s Ride Eastbourne

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.

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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

Fixed Gear Racing Comes to Eastbourne

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.

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.

Looking for somewhere to stay?

We have some of the best hotels listed here and recommended by Visit Eastbourne.

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.

Travel Information

  • By Rail
    Direct trains go from London Victoria to Eastbourne (via Lewes) Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for up-to-date train travel information.
  • Taxis
    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.
  • Parking
    There are various multi story parking facilities around Eastbourne, just remember to remove you bike from the roof before driving in. There will be a council run park & ride scheme from the Saffron’s Sports Ground BN21 1DX, or you could park and ride your bike!

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