The Tour of Britain cycle race will see the world’s top riders racing through Hailsham, Eastbourne and Seaford in September.
On stage seven of the tour the race will come through Halisham on September 13 for the first time in history before heading into Eastbourne then west through Seaford.
The Tour of Britain is the UK’s biggest professional cycle race and the country’s largest free-to-view live sporting event, taking place every September and, while the full line-ups are yet to be announced, some familiar names and veterans of the race are expected to take part.
The Tour should enter Hailsham at approximately 1pm and the race route will take cyclists into the town via Upper Horsebridge and London Road, continuing into the High Street, then George Street, South Road, Ersham Road and on to Stone Cross. Stage Seven of the Tour has been made possible thanks to East Sussex County Council, West Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council which wanted Sussex to capitalise on the post-Olympics success of cycling .
“I am delighted that we will welcome The Tour of Britain through Hailsham this September and it is an honour for the organisers of this great sporting event to have chosen our town to form part of the tour route,” said Town Mayor Jo Bentley.
“The Town Council had signalled to the county council that it would positively welcome the race coming through the centre of town and now, Hailsham and the rest of Sussex will be able to benefit from the country’s biggest professional bike race and hopefully a lot of business will be brought to the town.
“Therefore, I would ask local businesses to lend their support and capitalise on the legacy.”
“However, the Tour of Britain is not just for cycling enthusiasts, it is also a celebratory occasion for the communities the cyclists pass through.
“I hope people will get out there and wave their flags and show some support for the cyclists as they come through the town.”