HSBC UK | National Road Series - South Coast Classic

A brand new race for both the men’s and women’s peloton saw the Cyclevox crew head to Eastbourne for the South Coast Classic. For the men, it was round eight, for the women, the penultimate round, with just one final chance for riders to make an impact on the 2019 season at the Ryedale GP.

A relatively smaller field took to the startline, minus the 2019 National Road Series winner Becks Durrell, who is flying this season, and as well as taking the National Circuit Champs title, also wrapped up the road series with two races to spare. Up stepped local rider Joscelin Lowden, who grew up just 10 miles from the course, and has regularly raced it. Still on the comeback trail after a horror crash at the Tour of California saw her broke her elbow and dislocate her shoulder, Lowden attacked and won solo, with time to celebrate on home soil. Catch the full women’s Eurosport highlights here!

It couldn’t have been tighter at the top of the men’s standings, or indeed in the battle for the two remaining spots for Tour of Britain qualification and it was all to play for in the men’s race. With Canyon Dhb P/B Bloor Homes and Madison Genesis both safe, Vitus Cycling, Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling and Team Wiggins were left to fight it out for just two spots. Swiftcarbon had all but qualified and a good result in Eastbourne would cement it. Enter Jake Scott, who took the race by the scruff of the neck and refused to let go, not only picking up his maiden National Road Series win but also qualified his team for the Tour of Britain, while Rob Scott’s second place for Team Wiggins saw them extend their lead over Vitus Pro Cycling for fourth.

Take a look at the men’s Eurosport highlights here!

Laura Winter