Endurance cycling race to be staged in Sussex

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SOME 300 cyclists are expected to take part in a timed endurance challenge in March, starting and finishing in Ditchling.

The 69-mile event across Sussex is not a race – each participant rides to achieve the best time he or she can, but there is no winner as such.

The route leaves Ditchling and takes riders towards Lewes, through Barcombe to Nutley, then up through Ashdown Forest to Hartfield, over to Wych Cross, then towards Turners Hill and Handcross, then to Wineham, Albourne, Hurstpierpoint and back to Ditchling.

This year the event will be raising money for Macmillan Nurses.

If people see A6 orange signs with arrows, and also orange ribbons fluttering in trees in the areas listed between March 4 and 7, it is for an official cycling event and all the signs and ribbons will be removed within 24 hours of the event finishing.

Organiser Morgan Lewis said: “I know that some people are really fed up with these kinds of signs, often because they are left there by some organisers for weeks or even months, but we always remove our signs and ribbons within 24 hours.

“The event is called ‘Puncheur’, which is a French word – not surprisingly – for a racing cyclist with an attacking spirit.”

For more information visit www.puncheur.co.uk.