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Hundreds of cyclist in the centre of

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We are proud to be partnering with the Etape du Sussex


We will be giving away free Secret training bottles with a Stealth gel and energy drink sachet.


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The Etape du Sussex Cyclosportive 2020

Event date    17/05/20


The Etape du Sussex returns to our line up of events in 2020. The event embraces the wonderful countryside of East and West Sussex. The event starts and finishes in the centre of Burgess Hill. A popular event with many riders.





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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.



Different Terrains

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.  


The 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 tactic you choose to get your best time on this Cyclosportive there is no doubt with the Indian Summers that we seem to get these days that the roads of the Etape du Sussex at the begining of October are absolutely stunning. Enter early to take advantage of the early bird prices.



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






Goodies at the Etape du Sussex

All riders taking part in this event will receive a Secret Training water bottle that includes a Stealth Gel and Stealth energy powder.

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Support a charity with this event


Click below to start raising fund for any charity listed with Just Giving.

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for more details on how to raise funds for charity

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Event Charity Partner


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phil liggett If you raise over £100 for Helping Rhinos before the event we will refund your

entry fee !




Phil Liggett Mbe 

Patron of Helping Rhinos



Excellent offer from the Charity Helping Rhinos


It's in your interest to support this good cause in more ways than one.


When you raise over £100 via Just Giving for Helping Rhinos we will refund your entry.



To start raising funds for Helping Rhinos go to the offical Just Giving Page by clicking on the round Helping Rhinos banner below.


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The routes

There are 3 routes on the Etape du Sussex Cyclosportive. For details about the routes see below


The Classic Route 87 miles Click here

The Challenge Route 60 miles Click here

The Tour Route 47 miles Click here






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. The bottom of he hill narrows due to a small bridge over a stream and if a car is coming the other way it can be a bit of a squeeze to get through.


All entrants should be aware that we stipulate that all riders should wear a helmet when taking part in any event in the SRS Events cyclosportives series.



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. Great event photos. Avelo Images are the official photographers.

  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 riders who enter via the on-line SI Entries system.

  16. Great discount to the Burgess Hill Springtime Classic in 2018.

  17. FREE Secret Training Bottle and other products.



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 directly 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.





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