Riders in the Friends Life Tour of Britain will have completed just over half distance of the day’s stage when they arrive in Uckfield.
They will leave Camberley at 10am on the 140.8 mile stage to Brighton that takes in Horsham, Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Seaford, Newhaven, Lewes before heading over Ditchling Beacon into Brighton.
Newick marks the half-way point of the race and there is a sprint line at the village green. Riders claim bonus points, which accumulate during the race, and also bonus seconds which are taken off their overall race time.
There is a “feed station” for riders at the lay-by near Goldbridge between Newick and Piltdown.
At Piltdown the race swings off the A272 and heads past Piltdown pond and through Shortbridge.
Estimated times of the race reaching Uckfield are at 12.54pm (fast speed), 1.12pm at average speed and 1.29pm at slow speed. The lead cars will be about 15 minutes in front of the cyclists.
The race will go along Church Street, swing right into the High Street, speed down the hill and over the River Uck before turning left into Framfield Road.
They then head for Framfield where timings are expected to be + five minutes from Uckfield.
East Sussex County Council has inspected the whole route of the race in the county and has filled potholes.
There will not be lengthy road closures to accommodate the race.
Roads will be closed to allow the race through but will be re-opened as soon as the riders have gone.
Parking will be restricted in Framfield Road.
Wiggins, Cavendish and the yellow jersey
Top riders in the Tour of Britain include Tour de France winner in 2012 and defending Tour of Britain champion, Sir Bradley Wiggins, the “Manx missile”, sprinter Mark Cavendish and Polish rising star Michal Kwiatkowski.
The race began in Liverpool on Sunday and ends tomorrow in London. Today’s stage is the longest.
It has already seen plenty of sparkling action with the event characterised by small groups of riders breaking away from the main field in the early stages of the day.
If that happens today, a group of anything from around three riders up to 15 could arrive in Uckfield up to five minutes in front of the main field.
As well as watching for the big names of “Wiggo” and “Cav”, British fans should look out for the overall race leader, Alex Dowsett, who will be in all yellow jersey.
Dowsett grabbed the race lead yesterday.
If all is going to plan, look for Dowsett near the head of the peloton as it comes through Uckfield.
Wiggins is seventh in the general classifaction and will be riding in the colours of Team Sky. He too should be near the front of the peloton.
Stages of the race – even in midweek – have attracted thousands of people to line the streets in towns and villages along the route.
Coverage on television
It maybe touch and go whether Uckfield features in the live transmission of the race by ITV4.
Coverage is due to start at 1pm.
At an average or slower pace, Uckfield may get a “look in” – depending on how quickly the broadcast moves to live coverage after the day’s racing has been introduced. A high-speed pace could see the race over the hill into Framfield before TV goes live.
British Eurosport has the race live from 1.15pm.
People should stay well clear of the riders who may be doing 50mph as they go down Uckfield High Street. Be careful when leaning out to take photographs – the riders may be close to the crowd line, especially when the peloton goes through. Don’t walk in the road until you are certain all the riders have gone through. There may be some stragglers, a few minutes behind the main field.
The last time a major cycle race came close to Uckfield was in 1994 when the Tour de France touched Maresfield on its way to Brighton.
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