Tour of Britain comes to Uckfield (stock photo)

Tour of Britain cyclists to race through Uckfield

The cycling Tour of Britain is set to come right through the heart of Uckfield.

The provisional route, which has just been officially announced (7pm, March 31) shows the professional cyclists heading into town along Rocks Road, into Church Street.

They will then turn right into the High Street and head south down the hill and over the river and past the railway station.

They will then turn left into Framfield Road and leave town by climbing Bird In Eye hill.

First time

This is the first time the Tour of Britain has come to East Sussex.

Stage seven of the race will enter the county near North Chailey on Saturday, September 13.

The stage has been made possible with support from East Sussex County Council, West Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council.

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.

Economic boost

“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.”

The stage finish in Brighton will come just over 20 years after the Tour de France finish in the city, and 24 years since the last time a 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’m sure will be a fantastic finish on the seafront.”

The final route details for stage seven will be announced in the summer.

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