The Argus has tackled a chunk of the Tour of Britain ahead of its visit next month – and all in the name of a good cause.
Our staff took on the Sussex section of stage seven before hundreds of cyclists navigate the route on September 13, raising money for The Argus Appeal.
Cycling the 90-mile jaunt from Horsham to Brighton were assistant news editor Arron Hendy and feature writer Dom Smith along with newspaper sales co-ordinator Howie Blanks and his wife Denise.
They set off near Maresfield at 8.15am, heading to Hailsham and then Eastbourne for 11am.
Arron said: “We started off with a beautiful ride through the country lanes of Sussex.
“Once we got to Hailsham it was particularly gorgeous.”
The team refuelled before the gruelling climb out of Eastbourne, heading towards Beachy Head.
Arron said: “It was a nice ride into Seaford and from Newhaven past Rodmell and into Lewes.
“One thing’s for sure, when Sir Bradley Wiggins and co ride through the course, it will show off the beautiful Sussex countryside.”
Even though a seasoned rider, Dom Smith said his legs felt like jelly by the time they had reached Lewes.
Howie Blanks, who was the most experienced of the riders, said: “What will be interesting is the run-in at the finish.
“Whoever gets to the front at the top of Bear Road has a good chance.
“People will be fighting for a position in the peloton there.”
The team cruised into Brighton just after 4pm.
The four set out to raise cash for The Argus Appeal which supports a wide range of causes across the county.
If you would like to donate, text ARGS 11 followed by the amount to 70070. For example, to make a £10 donation simply text ARGS 11 £10 to 70070.
l Don’t miss our special Tour of Britain supplement in The Argus on Saturday September 6.