Celebrations for Tour of Britain in Newhaven and Seaford

Ditchling Beacon will be one of the Skoda King of the Mountain Climbs in the Tour of Britain
Ditchling Beacon will be one of the Skoda King of the Mountain Climbs in the Tour of Britain

Excitement is building in East Sussex this week as the UK’s largest cycling race gears up to race through the county.

The world’s top riders, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, will speed through Newhaven and Seaford on Saturday September 13.

Both towns have pushed the boat out to celebrate cycling on the day, with a whole host of events planned.

And the Tour of Britain looks set to generate around £3m for the economy in Sussex.

Seaford Community Cinema will show the race live on a big screen at the Salts Recreation Ground and afterwards it will screen The Lego Movie at 5pm.

Information and film tickets are available online at www.seafordcinema.org at Seaford Tourist Office and at the event.

There will be a fun fair and Cycle Seahaven will offer free bike tune ups and check-ups.

Plus there will be some bike orientated exercise classes and bike rides by Cycle Seahaven.

Cycle Train journeys will be organised by Sustrans and the Cycle Train team.

There will even be some lessons available for those wanting to improve their cycling skills.

The town council is urging people to walk or ride if possible, but asked people to avoid parking on the race route. The race route can be seen at the Tourist information Office.

If the weather is fine a park and ride bike facility will be available from the Martello Fields and there will be cycle parking at The Salts, as well as around the town.

In Newhaven the annual Fete de Newhaven has been moved to take place on Saturday September 13 and will have a cycling theme.

Organisers Sussex Community Development Association said the fete will take place in Newhaven High Street from 9am to 4pm.

It will include the Newhaven Saturday Market, community group stalls to include the Ouse Valley Cycle Network, which will promote the new cycle path.

Halfords will promote cycling and will be offering simple bike repairs.

Sustainable cycling charity Sustrans will promote local projects and are hoping to bring a smoothie bike.

Wave Leisure are bringing exercise bikes for people to try out and Ovesco are bringing along an electricity producing bike.

The Think Bike stunt team will put on three 25 minute displays in Newhaven Square and there will also be live music. The Fete de Newhaven is now in its ninth year.