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Bradley Wiggins to race in Tour of Britain

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins

Spectators at the Sussex stage of the Tour of Britain will be able to watch Sir Bradley Wiggins compete in the race, it was confirmed this week.

In an interview with BBC Sport, Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford said the cyclist would be riding the Tour of Britain.

The tour will run from September 7 to 14 with the Sussex stage taking place on September 13.

Residents in Lewes, Newhaven and Seaford, as well as Uckfield and Hailsham will be able to watch the former winner of the Tour de France pedal past speeds which could average almost 40mph.

Wiggins will compete in the time-trial category at the Road World Championships, which take place in Ponferrada from 21 to 28 September.

He also took part in the London to Surrey Classic on Sunday August 10, where Brailsford commented: “He’s riding here today, and then he goes from here to an altitude camp.

“He’ll ride in a couple of one-day races, then he’ll ride the Tour of Britain.

“We hope that will give him the right training preparations to go to the World Championships, and try to deliver in the individual time trial again, which he did so brilliantly last year. We hope he’ll do the same again this year.”

Wiggins won the Tour de France in 2012.

At the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow he won a silver medal in the track cycling team pursuit.

The tour begins in Camberley in Surrey then heads through West Sussex before beginning its East Sussex leg in North Chailey.

It then travels through Newick where there will be a one kilometre sprint section, then Uckfield, Hailsham and Eastbourne.

The tour turns west and races through Seaford, Newhaven and Lewes, passing through Plumpton and Westmeston.

In the end stages of the race they take on East Sussex’s biggest hill climb.

Ditchling Beacon rises more than 150m in just 1.6km, with a number of tight bends snaking up the hill. The race will finish on Madeira Drive in Brighton.

Leader of Lewes District Council cllr Rob Blackman said: “This is a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to welcome these world class cyclists.

“It presents the chance for local businesses to benefit from the increased visitor numbers.

“As a keen cyclist I know only too well the benefits that cycling brings – keeping fit and healthy as well as a hugely enjoyable pastime.

“I urge as many as possible to set aside Saturday 13 September to enjoy what promises to be a truly memorable event.”

GET INVOLVED IN LOCAL CYCLING EVENTS

Parking will be limited during the race and there will be rolling road closures along the route, therefore East Sussex County Council is recommending that people walk, cycle or use public transport to view the Tour and attend events.

Local councils and community groups have been working together to make sure there are events to enjoy before and after they line the route to welcome Britain’s biggest professional cycling race.

Seaford Town Council will televise the Tour live on a big screen at the Salts Recreation Ground between 2pm and 3pm.

There will be a fun fair, cycle and spin classes hosted by Wave Leisure; rides with Cycle Seahaven and family cycle train rides with Sustrans, as well as a ticketed evening film.

Cycle Lewes, in collaboration with the Depot Cinema Project, will show the live screening of this stage of the Tour at the iconic Harvey’s Depot in Pinwell Lane, Lewes.

It will open from 12 noon and there will be cycling stalls and activities including Try a Bike, free spinning sessions, a Cycle Shack bike store and a range of refreshment stalls.

The Tour will pass through Lewes up Station Street, close to the Depot so observers will be able to watch the professional cyclists’ race up the hill before returning to watch the conclusion of the race on the big screen.

Newhaven Town Council are organising a photographic competition for residents and visitors on the day.

The Fete de Newhaven has been moved from its usual day to coincide with the Tour and will include cycling themed stalls at the market in Newhaven High Street from 9am to 4pm.

There is a call for volunteers to marshal the streets whilst the Tour rides through the District.

If you are interested please contact Lewes Town Council on 01273 471469, Newhaven Town Council on 01273 516100 and Seaford Town Council on 01323 894870.

Pick up a free printed ‘Welcome Guide’ to the Tour together with a full listing of all the events in the district, a map of the route and other useful Tour information from the Tourist Information Centres in Lewes and Seaford, on line at www.staylewes.info and available in all Wave Leisure centres and cycle shops in Lewes district.

 

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