Eastbourne is to host The South Coast Classic cycling competition this year.
The South Coast Classic event will be part of the Eastbourne Cycling Festival on July 27-28, Project Auster and Visit Eastbourne have announced.
The women’s race will be on Saturday, July 27 and the men’s race on Sunday, July 28.
The races will start and finish on the palm tree lined seafront, tackling a demanding 185km course through Sussex.
The full route and further details of The South Coast Classic will be announced at the race launch in March.
Mike Morgan, Race Director, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Eastbourne Borough Council and Visit Eastbourne to bring elite road racing to the South East.
“With over 20,000 members, the South East is British Cycling’s largest region by membership. Our region’s roads will provide a challenging and exciting race for the riders and spectators along the course.”
Councillor Margaret Bannister said:
“Eastbourne is delighted to be working with race organisers in hosting the first ever South Coast Classic.
“We are very much looking forward to welcoming these incredible elite riders, and sharing our stunning sunshine coast setting in the south coast leg of this sensational road racing series.”