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Hundreds of cyclist in the centre of

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Etape du Sussex 2013












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The Etape du Sussex Cyclosportive 2015

Event date June 2015

The Etape du Sussex embraces the wonderful countryside of East and West Sussex . The event starts and finishes in the centre of Burgess Hill.



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Just turn up at the HQ @ 7.40am to sign up for this event


The HQ is at Oakmeeds College in Burgess Hill, MAP











All riders receive a Continental Race 28 (700c) tube rrp £4.99

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Click here to enter


Route details

There are three stunning routes to choose from to test all abilities.  All routes start off relatively flat before heading into the Ashdown Forest area where most of the major hills for all three routes reside.


It's fair to say that the Etape du Sussex is a ride of two halves, with the first half being much hillier than cyclist queue up in high streetthe second half.  This difference in terrain on route means that to set your best time on the Etape du Sussex and get that coveted gold standard, you have to gauge where you personally can make up the most time.

Do you go hard in the first half, climbing the hills as quickly as possible and then hope you can keep the speed in your legs for the rest of the route? Or do you take it slightly easier on the hills in the first half, to be able to put your maximum effort into the flatter roads in the second half back to the finish?


Whatever tatics you choose to get your best time on this Cyclosportive there is no doubt that the roads of the Etape du Sussex in June are absolutely stunning.



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Above photo: Riders queue at the start of this event in the centre of Burgess Hill 2013.




The routes

The Classic Route 87 miles Click here

The Challenge Route 60 miles Click here

The Tour Route 47 miles Click here


To find out more about the routes click above or go to the route links on the top righthand side of this page.




There are no major steep climbs on this cyclosportive but  there are plenty of long gradual climbs in the Ashdown Forest area. Most notably is the exaggerated false flat of Lampool Hill, which takes riders to the top of Ashdown Forest for some great views of the Forest and other parts of Sussex.


Descents (caution high speeds)

The Etape du Sussex Cyclosportive has an abundance of VERY fast descents. For example riders descend the infamous Kidds Hill where great care should be taken as speeds in excess of 40mph can be achieved.  Please descend with great caution on Kidds Hill.  All riders should be aware that we stipulate that all riders should wear a helmet when taking part in our cyclosportives.



Entry Pack


  1. Fast Signing on in the morning.

  2. Choice of 3 routes, riders can change route they do on the day if they like, even on route.

  3. All routes comprehensively marked with arrows

  4. Map and emergency number available to riders when signing on.

  5. Three Feed Stations for the Classic Route 87 miles All feed stations have toilets All feed stations have free energy drink for riders.

  6. All feed stations have free savory foods for riders

  7. Mechanics available on route

  8. All riders are electronically timed and Gold, Silver, or Bronze standards are awarded.

  9. All riders are awarded certificates for their rides which are downloadable from SI Entries

  10. Different standard awards given for age groups and men and women.

  11. Reduced price on event photos. Entrants will be given discount code for ordering digital downloads and prints produced by the official photographers Avelo Images.

  12. Free snack meal to enjoy after the ride.

  13. Massage available at a specially reduced price at the event.

  14. Broom wagon available.

  15. SRS Events Loyalty discount to other events for all ridres who enter via the on-line SI Entries system.

  16. FREE Continental Race inner tube 700c  for every rider that takes part in this event.



For more info about the ride go to the entry pack page click here



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Avelo images are the official photographers at the Etape du Sussex 


All images will be available for purchase either by digital download or via prints sent in the post .

On this event all riders will receive a special discount code from avelo images for purchasing photos of this event.




All Avelo image Photographers are available for commissions.

Contact us by e-mail with you requirements for photographic coverage.

e-mail aveloimages@virginmedia.com


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