Council chiefs launch Tour of Britain stage

Civic leaders gather for the launch.
Civic leaders gather for the launch.

Community leaders made their way to the top of Ditchling Beacon to mark the launch of the Tour of Britain’s Sussex stage.

The climb is the same one facing riders on the penultimate leg of the UK’s biggest professional cycle race.

East Sussex County Council leader Cllr Keith Glazier and transport and environment lead member Cllr Carl Maynard were joined by dignitaries from Brighton and Hove City Council and West Sussex County Council on Thursday, July 31.

The route for stage seven, on Saturday, September 13, will see the world’s top riders enter the county near North Chailey, heading through Uckfield, Horam, Hailsham, Eastbourne and East Dean.

The tour heads west through Seaford, Newhaven and Lewes, briefly re-entering West Sussex to take on the famous climb of Ditchling Beacon before passing through Brighton for the finish.

The stage finish 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. The stage, which begins in Camberley, Surrey, has been made possible with support from East and West Sussex county councils and Brighton and Hove City Council.

Cllr Keith Glazier said, “We are delighted to welcome such a high-profile cycling event to East Sussex and look forward to the visitors this will attract. It will provide a boost for local business and support growing enthusiasm for cycling as a healthy choice for leisure and everyday journeys in the county.”

To find out more about stage seven and win VIP tickets and a jersey signed by the race winner vist:

Re-launched by SweetSpot Group in 2004 after a five year absence The Tour of Britain is now the UK’s biggest professional cycle race and the country’s largest free-to-watch sporting event.