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Tour of Britain comes to Brighton

The Argus: Sir Bradley Wiggins in action during last year's Tour of Britain Sir Bradley Wiggins in action during last year's Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain will wind its way through the Sussex countryside and along Brighton seafront this year.

Sir Bradley Wiggins is expected to defend his title and be among those heading to the finishing line on Madeira Drive in September.

The penultimate stage of the country's largest free-to-watch sporting event will see the best cyclists in the world snake across the South Downs before tackling the famous Ditchling Beacon climb before finishing in Brighton.

The stage finish on September 13 comes 20-years after the Tour de France finish in the city, and 24-years since the last time the Tour of Britain came to Brighton.

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 am sure will be a fantastic finish on the seafront.”

The tour, which features eight stages across the country, will run from September 7 to 14.

It kicks off in Liverpool before travelling to Wales, Bristol, Exmouth, Exeter, Bath and Hertfordshire.

The final stage will see the teams compete in a time trial and circuit race in London in the same afternoon.

The seventh stage will start in Camberley, in Surrey, before entering West Sussex.

After passing through the likes of Horsham and Haywards Heath it will head east to Uckfield before heading to Eastbourne and Newhaven.

The final few miles will see the peloton tackle the gruelling Ditchling Beacon before rolling into Brighton and sprinting along Madeira Drive.

The day's racing will see a number of roads closed across the county, with organisers praising local councils for their cooperation.

Ian Davey, lead councillor for transport at Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “It's so apt that a stage of the race should finish in a city which has seen an explosion of cycling in recent years.

“As a city we're really improving cycling facilities so now I'm hopeful The Tour of Britain will inspire even more people to take up cycling for fitness, recreation and transport.”

Howie Blanks, secretary of Brighton and Hove Cycle Touring Club, which has 400 members, said thousands would turn out to show their support.

He said: “Sussex is a fantastic place to cycle, many of our rides at the weekend are virtually traffic free.

“I think it is fitting the tour is coming to Brighton as it is a reward for all the good work which has been done for cycling in the city.

“From looking at the route the top of Ditchling Beacon will be a fantastic place to watch.

“It will also be good to see them coming through a number of the towns and villages along the way and then of course Brighton for the finish.”

While the line-ups are yet to be announced, household names such as Bradley Wiggins, the defending champion, and Mark Cavendish, a veteran of the race, are expected to take part.

For more details visit www.tourofbritain.co.uk.

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9:01pm Mon 31 Mar 14

HJarrs says...

Argus, I only posted on this a few mins ago! Where have my and moany Maxwell's posts gone?
Argus, I only posted on this a few mins ago! Where have my and moany Maxwell's posts gone? HJarrs
  • Score: 0

10:06pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Rule-No.5 says...

Exciting news. I can't wait! Have to say though - cycling through Newhaven was the most depressing time I've ever spent on a bike. Why on earth would you send the Tour through that velo-foresaken place?! The finish on Madeira Drive is going to be brilliant though! Thank you Tour of Britain! Dear Argus - isn't Bradley racing la Vuelta this year rather than the ToB?
Exciting news. I can't wait! Have to say though - cycling through Newhaven was the most depressing time I've ever spent on a bike. Why on earth would you send the Tour through that velo-foresaken place?! The finish on Madeira Drive is going to be brilliant though! Thank you Tour of Britain! Dear Argus - isn't Bradley racing la Vuelta this year rather than the ToB? Rule-No.5
  • Score: 6

10:11pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Your comments probably fell down one of the many voids which have opened up in the city's roads HJarrs.
The council have helpfully sprayed white square boxes around them so visitors can enjoy the new attractions and anyone wanting to claim insurance for failure to complete a job on immediate attendance can do so. There are some lovely ones in Bear Road outside the pub and also some shocking ravines in the Lewes Road. Go on HJarrs, take a trip outside your bedroom.
Who bets the council will do a sudden hole filling job on wiggo's route.
Your comments probably fell down one of the many voids which have opened up in the city's roads HJarrs. The council have helpfully sprayed white square boxes around them so visitors can enjoy the new attractions and anyone wanting to claim insurance for failure to complete a job on immediate attendance can do so. There are some lovely ones in Bear Road outside the pub and also some shocking ravines in the Lewes Road. Go on HJarrs, take a trip outside your bedroom. Who bets the council will do a sudden hole filling job on wiggo's route. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 15

8:36am Tue 1 Apr 14

kopite_rob says...

I'm so pleased this is now "official".
This years going to be great for getting my daughter hooked on cycling.
The London Prudential, Le Tour start in Yorkshire, Tour of Britain on our own doorstep and a trip to Ireland for the Giro.
I'm so pleased this is now "official". This years going to be great for getting my daughter hooked on cycling. The London Prudential, Le Tour start in Yorkshire, Tour of Britain on our own doorstep and a trip to Ireland for the Giro. kopite_rob
  • Score: 6

9:03am Tue 1 Apr 14

gheese77 says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Your comments probably fell down one of the many voids which have opened up in the city's roads HJarrs.
The council have helpfully sprayed white square boxes around them so visitors can enjoy the new attractions and anyone wanting to claim insurance for failure to complete a job on immediate attendance can do so. There are some lovely ones in Bear Road outside the pub and also some shocking ravines in the Lewes Road. Go on HJarrs, take a trip outside your bedroom.
Who bets the council will do a sudden hole filling job on wiggo's route.
I appreciate you need to take every opportunity to have a go at B & H council for your own political reasons, but you are stretching it a bit thin here I think. Take a look at the pothole map http://www.potholes.
co.uk/potholes, they are everywhere, not just in green controlled areas.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Your comments probably fell down one of the many voids which have opened up in the city's roads HJarrs. The council have helpfully sprayed white square boxes around them so visitors can enjoy the new attractions and anyone wanting to claim insurance for failure to complete a job on immediate attendance can do so. There are some lovely ones in Bear Road outside the pub and also some shocking ravines in the Lewes Road. Go on HJarrs, take a trip outside your bedroom. Who bets the council will do a sudden hole filling job on wiggo's route.[/p][/quote]I appreciate you need to take every opportunity to have a go at B & H council for your own political reasons, but you are stretching it a bit thin here I think. Take a look at the pothole map http://www.potholes. co.uk/potholes, they are everywhere, not just in green controlled areas. gheese77
  • Score: 2

9:15am Tue 1 Apr 14

MikeyA says...

I hope that none of them exceed the 20 mph limit!
I hope that none of them exceed the 20 mph limit! MikeyA
  • Score: 9

11:48am Tue 1 Apr 14

TonyTony says...

gheese77 wrote:
Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Your comments probably fell down one of the many voids which have opened up in the city's roads HJarrs.
The council have helpfully sprayed white square boxes around them so visitors can enjoy the new attractions and anyone wanting to claim insurance for failure to complete a job on immediate attendance can do so. There are some lovely ones in Bear Road outside the pub and also some shocking ravines in the Lewes Road. Go on HJarrs, take a trip outside your bedroom.
Who bets the council will do a sudden hole filling job on wiggo's route.
I appreciate you need to take every opportunity to have a go at B & H council for your own political reasons, but you are stretching it a bit thin here I think. Take a look at the pothole map http://www.potholes.

co.uk/potholes, they are everywhere, not just in green controlled areas.
Sense of humour failure, again
[quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Your comments probably fell down one of the many voids which have opened up in the city's roads HJarrs. The council have helpfully sprayed white square boxes around them so visitors can enjoy the new attractions and anyone wanting to claim insurance for failure to complete a job on immediate attendance can do so. There are some lovely ones in Bear Road outside the pub and also some shocking ravines in the Lewes Road. Go on HJarrs, take a trip outside your bedroom. Who bets the council will do a sudden hole filling job on wiggo's route.[/p][/quote]I appreciate you need to take every opportunity to have a go at B & H council for your own political reasons, but you are stretching it a bit thin here I think. Take a look at the pothole map http://www.potholes. co.uk/potholes, they are everywhere, not just in green controlled areas.[/p][/quote]Sense of humour failure, again TonyTony
  • Score: 3

8:05pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Helen Ariel says...

Awesome! Looking forward to this and the atmosphere will be great at the top of Ditchling beacon. If the pot holes get fixed that's just an added bonus!
Awesome! Looking forward to this and the atmosphere will be great at the top of Ditchling beacon. If the pot holes get fixed that's just an added bonus! Helen Ariel
  • Score: 3

8:19pm Tue 1 Apr 14

HJarrs says...

Me n Maxwell are going to head up the Ditchling Beacon to see this spectacular. It is a great year for cycling, I've got my place booked for the Tour de France when it comes to the country for a few days. Fingers crossed for good weather.

Given all the cycling publicity, there are going to be cycling by this time next year and fortunately in B&H they will find rapidly improving cycle facilities to take advantage of. I hope Sustrans can also work on the long distance routes. The route to London could be a real tourist trail if it was properly developed.
Me n Maxwell are going to head up the Ditchling Beacon to see this spectacular. It is a great year for cycling, I've got my place booked for the Tour de France when it comes to the country for a few days. Fingers crossed for good weather. Given all the cycling publicity, there are going to be cycling by this time next year and fortunately in B&H they will find rapidly improving cycle facilities to take advantage of. I hope Sustrans can also work on the long distance routes. The route to London could be a real tourist trail if it was properly developed. HJarrs
  • Score: 3

6:04pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ARMANA says...

Loads of people on bikes, how exciting, everyone, lets go down to see them, zzzzzzz,
Loads of people on bikes, how exciting, everyone, lets go down to see them, zzzzzzz, ARMANA
  • Score: -5

8:27pm Wed 2 Apr 14

tez1959 says...

bet the greens cant wait theres enough cycle lanes for them to use wont have to close any roads
bet the greens cant wait theres enough cycle lanes for them to use wont have to close any roads tez1959
  • Score: 0

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