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Tour of Britain – Uckfield costs revealed

Welcoming the Tour of Britain cycle race through Uckfield next month will cost the town council up to £1,250.

The Chamber of Commerce has agreed to chip in £500 to ensure the town puts on a good welcome for the cyclists.

When the final costs are known, contributions will be allocated proportionality, councillors have been told.

The race will come through the town on September 13.

See here for timings + route and here for earlier preview.

Other key points:

  • Framfield Road will be a no-waiting area
  • Parking will be allowed in official bays in the High Street, although parking could, if needed, be banned at short notice
  • 1.5km of bunting is to be strung from lamp-posts along the route through Uckfield
  • The bunting should be up in time for the annual carnival on September 6  

Spectator hub idea for Tour of Britain rejected

There will be no “spectator hub” in Uckfield with a giant screen due to the cost. Coverage is on ITV4 and Eurosport with ITV4 expected to start at 1pm – roughly the time the race is expected in Uckfield.

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Tour of Britain facts

The race is Britain’s premier cycle race but ranks lower than the Tour de France.

It is the UK’s biggest professional cycle event, with more than 100 top cyclists racing through nine stages, covering more than 1,350 kilometres.

The 2014 Tour starts on September 7 in Liverpool, with a world-class field competing over eight days before culminating in a time trial and Criterium in London on September 14. More than a million fans are expected to line the route to watch the country’s largest free-to-spectate sporting event.

Twenty squads are taking part, including Team Sky who won the 2013 Tour of Britain with Sir Bradley Wiggins, and who, according to his team, is in contention to defend his title.

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