East Sussex Cycling Association

Cycling UK Affiliated Group

East Sussex Cycling Association

Welcome to East Sussex Cycling Association homepage, who are an affilated group of CTC.

Contact details

Graham Laide, Chairman
01323 509408
Our activities 
Audax/Sportive road rides
Women only rides
About us 

The East Sussex Cycling Association was formed on 10th November 1946 at the Ash Tree Inn, Ashburnham. Born out of frustration at the lack of post war racing opportunities for clubs in the area, it was the inspiration of two men, Roy Humphrey of the now disbanded Uckfield and District CC and Eastbourne Rovers' Bill Collins.

As times change and the years roll on, it is testament to the spirit of those confined to fond memory that the ethos of the East Sussex Cycling Association remains the same today as it always was - to provide adequate racing facilities, and bring together all members of clubs in East Sussex in such a way that individual members get to know each other in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere, which can only bring out the best that can be found in the grand cycling game of ours.

Bringing together members of many cycling clubs across Sussex for classic ESCC Time Trials (mediated by Cycling Time Trails - register on their website) and the ESCC Reliability Trial.

What is a Reliability Trial?

Reliability Trials are, like Audax events, not races, but rather long distance rides which emphasise fitness, self reliance and navigational skills.

How reliable a cyclist are you? Do you think you are fit enough to complete the course in your selected time? Are your skills, equipment & machine reliable enough to deal with any mechanical or climatic conditions which could occur on the day? Can you successfully navigate the course, passing through all the required controls using the directions provided?

The proof of a reliable cyclist, in the spirit of Reliability Trials, is someone who can answer yes to the above 3 questions!

A reliable cyclist is not someone who trains numerous times before the event on a pre-published route. Neither is it someone who follows their handlebar mounted satellite navigation system around a way-marked route on the day of the event (there are plenty of sportives throughout the year for cyclists who want to do that.)

For more information on our organised events and competitions throughout the year, please find us on Facebook or go to the East Sussex Cycling Association Website.

. . . to provide racing in the east of the county with camaraderie for its members. 

Information about the group rides 

We hold races throughout the year for single cyclists and groups associated with the East Sussex Cycling Association, including the Sussex Cycling Association.

We hold events from March to mid-October, and our competitions include: Best All-Rounder, Points Competitions and Trophies. Please do visit our Website for more information on groupings and age categories. A downloadable PDF of events can be found here.

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