Hailsham prepares for Tour of Britain

Hailsham high street

Hailsham high street

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Hailsham and surrounding villages are gearing up to welcome the Tour of Britain cycle race tomorrow (Saturday September 13).

Hailsham is hosting a number of events on the day to coincide with the tour.

On Stage Seven - Camberley to Brighton which passes through Wealden, more than 100 international standard riders including Tour de France competitors - will complete the gruelling 225.1km stage.

It will see some of the world’s top riders including Sir Bradley Wiggins cycle through Hailsham.

It is thought the race will arrive in Hailsham at around 1.30pm where it will travel via the A271 Upper Horsebridge Road, turning right on to London Road, continuing down the High Street and George Street, then on to South Road before turning left on to Ersham Road before proceeding to Eastbourne via Stone Cross and on toBeachy Head, East Dean and Friston. The tour is also passing through Chiddingly.

Hailsham could be one of the best places to watch the tour after the town was chosen to host the finish of the third sprint section of Stage Seven.

The leading five riders will get extra points for passing the ‘finish line’ of the third sprint, which will be in the High Street. Each stage of the tour has around three sprint sections where riders have to cycle really fast to win sprint time bonus points.

There are a number of events going on to celebrate the arrival of the race.

Hailsham will have a display from penny farthing and other classic-style cycles in the town centre from 10am to 1pm and face painting in the Quintins Centre from 10am until 1pm.

The Corn Exchange in the High Street will be projecting live TV coverage of the action indoors. There will also be a collection by the Mayor on the day to raise funds for the installation of lifesaving external defibrillators to be stationed in public places throughout the town. There will also be a number of cycling-themed competitions taking place in and around the town centre including a Best Cycling-Themed Shop Window contest (£100 first prize and £50 each for the two runners-up), in which town centre businesses are encouraged to take part. Judging will take place and the winning entrant announced on the day.

For more information and to download a map and race times visit East Sussex County Council’s website at www.eastsussex.gov.uk, www.wealden.gov.uk or the Tour of Britain website at http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage7 For more Tour of Britain coverage turn to pages 40 and 41.