The Eastbourne Cycling festival will feature a stage race and town centre Criterium in a packed programme of cyling events in June. The two day festival on 13th & 14th June will also feature urban cycloCross, a Mountain bike sportive, Wattbike challenge, School relay races and a penny farthing race. Check out the Eastbourne Cycling Festival WEBSITE for full details on what promises to be an action packed weekend on the South coast
Just under 40 miles of riding including the famous Beachy Head circuit, last seen in action on the Tour of Britain. The race starts on King Edwards Parade with a neutralised section up to Bedes School where the flag drops for 4 ¾ laps of the circuit with the finish at the top of Beachy Head. With well over a 1,000 metres of climbing this is one hard start to the Stage Race.
SATURDAY 13 JUNE - 5PM
A two kilometre Time Trial on the Festival closed road circuit. This will test riders skills round the tight circuit as well as their powers of recovery after the gruelling first stage.
SUNDAY 14 JUNE - 2.45PM
Sunday sees the final stage of the race, a 1 hour + 5 laps criterium race on the closed road circuit. This will really test the riders' endurance & sprint skills as well as their tactical acumen.
In each of the three stages the riders will fight it out for the prestigious stage wins, and the rider who has the lowest overall time over all three stages will go on to be the winner.
So the beauty of the Stage Race is that a rider does not have to win all or any of the individual stages to win overall.
Consistency, tactical skills, power, endurance - if you've got all these then the stage race is yours.
This promises to be an epic 2 days of racing whether going for the win or just trying to survive.