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The ESCA Reliability Trial

The ESCA Reliability Trial was introduced in 1985 by Charles Robson. The association members have done battle since for the Reliability Trial Shield. See the drop-down box for the full list of winners.



The 2017 edition of the ESCA Reliability Trial will be promoted by Brighton Excelsior on Sunday 19th November 2017 - entry details will be available nearer the time.


The 2016 edition of the ESCA Reliability Trial was promoted by the Worthing Excelsior on Sunday 6th November 2016 - It was held over a 50 mile course, based at Hassocks. It was won by Eastbourne Rovers CC. 2016 Final Results

The 2015 edition of the ESCA Reliability Trial was promoted by the VTTA (Surrey/Sussex Group) on Sunday 15th November 2015 - It was held over a 48 mile course, based at East Hoathly. It was won by Eastbourne Rovers CC. 2015 Final Results

The 2014 edition of the ESCA Reliability Trial was promoted by the Sussex Nomads on Sunday 16th November 2014 - It was held over a 53 mile course, based at Chailey. It was won by Eastbourne Rovers CC. 2014 Final Results

The 2013 edition of the ESCA Reliability Trial was promoted by the Southborough and District Wheelers on 17th November 2013 - It was held over a 48 mile course, based at East Hoathly. It was won by Lewes Wanderers CC. 2013 Final Results

The Rally Shield for the ESCA Reliability Trial winner
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?

  • Fitness - Do you think you are fit enough to complete the course in your sellectd time?

  • Self Reliance - Are your skills, equipment & machine reliable enough to deal with any mechanical or climatic conditions which could occur on the day?

  • Navigational Skills - 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).


    The ESCA Trophies

    The late Mick Burgess with the ESCA Trophies

    Mick Burgess with the ESCA Trophies


  • ESCA Non-Racing Calendar


    Wednesday 16th August 2017 - 7:30pm - ESCA Committee Meeting - Laughton Village Hall


    Wednesday 8th March 2017 - 7:30pm - ESCA Committee Meeting - Laughton Village Hall


    Sunday 5th February 2017 - 1:00pm - ESCA Awards Lunch - Alma Arms, Framfield Road, Uckfield


    Wednesday 9th November 2016 - 7:30pm - ESCA AGM - Laughton Village Hall


    Wednesday 17th August 2016 - 7:30pm - ESCA Committee Meeting - Laughton Village Hall


    Wednesday 9th March 2016 - 7:30pm - ESCA Committee Meeting - Laughton Village Hall



    Sunday 10th January 2016 - 1:00pm - ESCA Awards Lunch - Alma Arms, Framfield Road, Uckfield



    Wednesday 11th November 2015 - 7:30pm - ESCA AGM - Laughton Village Hall


    Wednesday 19th August 2015 - 7:30pm - ESCA Committee Meeting - Laughton Village Hall


    Wednesday 4th March 2015 - 7:30pm - ESCA Committee Meeting - Laughton Village Hall



    Sunday 11th January 2015 - 1:00pm - ESCA Awards Lunch - Alma Arms, Framfield Road, Uckfield



    Wednesday 12th November 2014 - 7:30pm - ESCA AGM - Laughton Village Hall


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