We’ve organised just enough, you know?  After that you are on your own – an idea of what you can expect is neatly described here.

What you should know:

Distance: 57 miles (or approximately 90 kilometres)

Terrain: 1/4 grass Downland and other bridal way ~ 1/4 muddy bridal way or woodland trails ~ 1/2 Shonky Sussex Country Lanes

LocationThe Tri Store 49 Grove Road, EastbourneBN21 4TX is the best place to start.

Date: Sunday 28th April 2013

Time: 09:00. We will have a quick briefing at about 08:45.

Cost: For free and for nothing – see here

Support: See cost above. And to reiterate – you are expected to be entirely self sufficient. Bring those spare tubes, tools, patches and enough food and water to get you round; we’ll let you know where the good pubs are.

After PartyThe Belgian Café, 11-23 Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3YN – A place that sells the finest Belgian Beers.  This is a restaurant open to trade for the usual Eastbourne public on this day; you may want to bring an appropriate change of clothing – meet your friends and partners, bring your children if you would like, it’s up to you.

The Course: The route will be available via a link as an update here soon – also a GPX file on request. Thanks to Sam, the route is a nice fast moving UCX, slightly longer than the original ride but with much less climbing – given the nature of the terrain there’s a bit more road involved, but these are quiet East Sussex lanes. Initially the route will head west from Eastbourne giving you a quick warm up on the steep climb of Warren Hill before heading into the Pevensey Marshes and beyond before looping into 1066 country and back again.

As with the original UCX ride, each rider will receive a route card and a control card.  There will be several places along the route where ink stamps will be left at various ‘trig’ points for your convenience, 1 to show that you were there and 2 for your safety to keep you on course.  We’re also working on some nice surprises for you en route to keep things interesting.


This ride takes place on public roads, trails and bridleway.  You MUST follow all traffic laws and rules of courtesy, even if you think no one is looking. NOTHING is worth giving cyclists a bad name.  We have designed the course to keep you away from the busiest of main roads but you are likely to encounter walkers (some possibly with dogs), livestock (sheep and cows), maybe deer, horses and other bike riders – a cheery “hello” is always welcome.


You can crash just about anywhere along this course though it is relatively safe – if you are unfamiliar with the terrain it is up to you to take all due care and consideration to keep yourself safe.  Do not take any unnecessary risks.

Preparation:  Ride your bike. Lots.

If you are interested in joining us please drop mark@velomorpha.cc a line – it would be useful to get an idea of numbers so that we can let Greg of the Belgian Café know exactly how many people are likely to turn up to his establishment and to know how many route/control cards to print.  We will reply with the GPX file and route card and any update details. This is Cyclocross but no one will laugh at you if you bring an MTB. Please feel free to write and ask any questions.

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