The Classics are for the hard men of the peloton, testing physical, mental and mechanical resilience.


There are none harder than former professional and World Tour Directeur Sportif Sean Yates who now endorses The Spring Classic. Given Sean's experience on the road with the top riders and teams this makes the Sean Yates Spring Classic a must ride event and your chance to ride with the legend himself.

The pro riders spend their winters targeting the Spring Classic races, generally acknowledged as being an early indication of a riders form. But you don’t have to go to Belgium to do that because the Sean Yates Spring Classic is held on the roads of Sussex across the very terrain that Sean used to develop his legendary form.

Bradley Wiggins relied on Sean’s experience as he seems to know every climb in Europe and he now challenges you to take on some of the finest climbs that East Sussex has to offer.

Sean says "Don't let the modest 64 miles deceive you, this is a challenging ride over undulating terrain that many have described as brutal. The route rolls out from Herstmonceux into the Sussex Weald and the Ashdown Forest, through 64 miles of my very own training ground."

The Sean Yates Spring Classic is the only sportive to offer the full "Belgian Experience" with a hot feed station, celebratory bottle of Belgian beer and a Spring Classic finishers medal. This is an event to enter early as it is sure to be fully subscribed.


The Sean Yates Spring Classic - Herstmonceux Sunday 8th April 2018


Adult Entries

Enter Epic 102km £28   Enter Challenge 66km £22

25% Early Entry Discount Before 30/11/2017 (limited to first 100 entrants)
Use discount code SPRINGCLASSICEARLY18

Youth Entries

Enter Epic 102km (UNDER 18 FREE)   Enter Challenge 66km (UNDER 18 FREE)

Under 16 must have parental consent form completed at registration



Sunday 8th April 2018 sees the fourth edition of The Velopace Spring Classic.


This early season leg warmer starts at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux and rolls out into the Sussex Weald and the Ashdown Forest, through 64 miles of undulating country lanes with very little traffic, challenging you to take on some of the finest climbs that East Sussex has to offer.

 

Proud sponsors of the Spring Classic Sportive

 

More Spring Classic Features

Mechanical Support

Kontour Cycles of Polegate www.kontourcycles.co.uk will provide the start line mechanic and support.

Family Activities

The Observatory Science Centre is offering discounted entry for every participant, so why not bring the whole Family?

 

Press Reviews

CycloSport Review - Velopace Spring Classic 2015


British Cycle Sport Review - Velopace Spring Classic 2015

The pro riders spend their winters targeting the Spring Classics The pro riders spend their winters targeting the Spring Classics
The Sean Yates Spring Classic offers the full Belgian Experience The Sean Yates Spring Classic offers the full "Belgian Experience"
There are none harder than former professional Sean Yates There are none harder than former professional Sean Yates
Herstmonceux Science Centre Observatory and Science Centre Herstmonceux, Sportive HQ

Ashdown Forest Ashdown Forest

Spring Classic Startline The Spring Classic Startline

Oldlands Hill, Fairwarp Oldlands Hill, Fairwarp
 

Event Feedback

That is a brutal course you've designed, loved it!

Steve Coombs

Really looking forward to the @Velopace Spring Classic sportive this Sunday, no matter what the weather forecast says

THETRISTORE.COM @thetristore

Epic @Velopace Spring Classic today. Won't forget that in a hurry. Toughest 64miler by far in mad weather. Great organisation & food. Cheers

Andy Vane @andyvane21

Chapeau to all the guys and girls who took on the @velopace Spring Classic in tough conditions.

Lighttrapper Ltd @lighttrapper

Only 77km on the @velopace Springtime Classic due to punctures, no air. Nearly had to go all Bear Grylls!

Dave Ody @uberDaveO

Big thank you for all @Velopace for putting on a great sportive and letting me shelter in the registration tent after my fatal mechanical.

John Heams @JohnHeams

@neilgearbox @Velopace @TheMarkCross well done for getting round despite weather conditions! That's commitment xxx #cycling #shutuplegs

Evil Ems @Emma_Ems_Luck

@Velopace thanks for an epic ride, great organisation with well stocked feed stops, never ridden in the such extreme conditions!!

anthony preston @APreston920

DNF and I still get a beer! Thanks @Velopace and @360degreebeer it tastes great.

John Heams @JohnHeams

Few more hills next year please

Robert Hampson, Eastbourne

And a bit more wind.

Sid Martin

Gravel clearing from the bottom of the steep bendy bit much appreciated. Thank you, organising ones. And big thanks to the marshals and other stationary-in-all-that-weather volunteers!

Clare Parkholm
 

Event Details

The Sean Yates Spring Classic Sportive 2018 - Epic 102km

Event ID: 1165

Date: 08/04/2018 08:00:00

Online Entries Close: 06/04/2018 23:59:00

Enter On The Line: Yes

Distance: 102.8  km

Ascent: 1684  metres

HQ: The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, East Sussex  BN27 1RN

Registration Opens: 07:00:00

Registration Closes: 08:00:00

Difficulty: 4

Price: £28.00

Early Entry Price: £21.00

Early Entry Price Ends: 30/11/2016 23:59:00

On The Line Price: £35.00

Feed Stations:

Eridge Village Hall, Eridge Green (nr Tunbridge Wells) TN3 9JD

Description: The Velopace Spring Classic, starting in the grounds of Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, rolls out through 41 miles of undulating country lanes with very little traffic. It will challenge you to take on some of the finest climbs that East Sussex has to offer, including Brickyard Lane at Brightling, Batemans Lane, Tidebrook Hill, Black Hill in the Ashdown Forest, Oldlands Hill out of Fairwarp and Sharlands Lane into Waldron. (The route between the top of Sharlands Lane and Horam follows the same route taken at the 2014 Tour of Britain).

Features: All finishers will receive the Spring Classic finisher’s medal and times will be published on the Velopace website after the event.

Gift Voucher: Buy Gift Voucher

Online Entry: Click Here to Enter Now

The Sean Yates Spring Classic Sportive 2018 - Challenge 66km

Event ID: 1166

Date: 08/04/2018 08:30:00

Online Entries Close: 06/04/2018 23:59:00

Enter On The Line: Yes

Distance: 65.9  km

Ascent: 1037  metres

HQ: The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, East Sussex  BN27 1RN

Registration Opens: 07:30:00

Registration Closes: 08:30:00

Difficulty: 3

Price: £24.00

Early Entry Price: £18.00

Early Entry Price Ends: 30/11/2016 23:59:00

On The Line Price: £35.00

Feed Stations:

Broad Oak Village Hall, Burwash Road TN21 8SS

Description: The Velopace Spring Classic, starting in the grounds of Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, rolls out through 41 miles of undulating country lanes with very little traffic. It will challenge you to take on some of the finest climbs that East Sussex has to offer, including Brickyard Lane at Brightling, Batemans Lane, Tidebrook Hill, Black Hill in the Ashdown Forest, Oldlands Hill out of Fairwarp and Sharlands Lane into Waldron. (The route between the top of Sharlands Lane and Horam follows the same route taken at the 2014 Tour of Britain).

Features: All finishers will receive the Spring Classic finisher’s medal and times will be published on the Velopace website after the event.

Gift Voucher: Buy Gift Voucher

Online Entry: Click Here to Enter Now

Spring Classic Epic 101.7km 1621m

Category Under 18 yrs 18-39 years 40-49 years 50-59 years 60+ years Team Points
Male Gold 04:30:00 04:20:00 04:30:00 04:35:00 04:40:00 3
Male Silver 05:10:00 05:00:00 05:10:00 05:15:00 05:20:00 2
Male Bronze 05:30:00 05:20:00 05:30:00 05:35:00 05:40:00 1
Female Gold 04:40:00 04:30:00 04:40:00 04:45:00 04:50:00 3
Female Silver 05:20:00 05:10:00 05:20:00 05:25:00 05:30:00 2
Female Bronze 05:40:00 05:30:00 05:40:00 05:45:00 05:50:00 1

Spring Classic Challenge 65.9km 1037m

Category Under 18 yrs 18-39 years 40-49 years 50-59 years 60+ years Team Points
Male Gold 02:30:00 02:25:00 02:30:00 02:35:00 02:40:00 3
Male Silver 02:50:00 02:45:00 02:50:00 02:55:00 03:00:00 2
Male Bronze 03:05:00 03:00:00 03:05:00 03:10:00 03:15:00 1
Female Gold 02:40:00 02:35:00 02:40:00 02:45:00 02:50:00 3
Female Silver 03:00:00 02:55:00 03:00:00 03:05:00 03:10:00 2
Female Bronze 03:15:00 03:10:00 03:15:00 03:20:00 03:25:00 1

Route & Profile - The Sean Yates Spring Classic Epic 102km

Route & Profile - The Sean Yates Spring Classic Challenge 66km