Tour of Britain comes to Wealden

Big Ben Final Stage 2013

Big Ben Final Stage 2013 (Photo Courtesy of SweetSpot)

Some of the best cyclists in the world will be racing through Wealden on Saturday when the Tour of Britain comes to Sussex.

The penultimate stage of the race starts at 10am in Surrey before crossing into Sussex.  Cyclists travel along the A272 through North Chailey, Newick and Piltdown at about 1pm. 

Competitors enter Uckfield along Shortbridge Road, Rocks Road and Church Street and travel through the middle of the town before leaving towards Blackboys along the Framfield Road.

The tour then heads through Horam, Hailsham, Eastbourne before it turning west through Seaford, Newhaven and Lewes, briefly re-entering West Sussex before cyclists take on the famous climb of Ditchling Beacon.  Finally, they’ll be a thrilling sprint finish along Brighton seafront.

Cllr Keith Glazier, Leader of East Sussex County Council, said:

We are delighted to welcome such a high-profile cycling event to East Sussex and look forward to the visitors this will attract.

This will provide a boost for local businesses and support the growing enthusiasm for cycling as a healthy choice for leisure and everyday journeys in the county.

Race director Mick Bennett said:

We are delighted to be bringing the Tour of Britain to Sussex and Brighton for the first time in the race’s modern history.

While the finish in Brighton is definitely one for the sprinters, the South Downs and Ditchling Beacon in the closing kilometres will pose a real challenge to them and set up what I’m sure will be a fantastic finish on the seafront.

For more detail on the look at the Stage 7 Route Map.