Tour of Britain will be on big screen in Lewes at cycle celebrations

Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins

Lewes will celebrate the Tour of Britain’s visit to the town in style on Saturday, September 13.

The cycling extravaganza has prompted a party at the former Harveys Brewery Depot in Pinwell Road.

Cycle Lewes, the local group promoting cycling in the area, together with The Depot Cinema Project, and with financial assistance from Lewes Town Council, is offering cycling fans the opportunity to watch the whole race live.

Giant images will be projected onto a wall at the evnue, which will be open to the public from noon. Entrance to the event is free.

Cycle Lewes has organised several stalls to do with all things cycling, and refreshments will also be available. Bean Cycling will provide galettes, cake and coffee, The Hearth will be making pizzas on site, and there will be a bar serving Harveys beer and soft drinks.

Sustrans, the national cycling charity, will have a range of different bikes to try, as will Cycle Shack, the local cycling shop. Children can take part in a Cycling Roustabout and Wave Leisure will be offering free spinning sessions (static bike work-outs).

Dr Bike will be there to help with any bike maintenance. And just to keep everyone in a festive mood there will be live music at The Depot after the race ends at about 4pm.

Cycling fans and novices alike will not only be able to watch this exciting and prestigious race zoom through Lewes, they will also be able to watch the entire event as it unfolds in a festive, family friendly atmosphere.

All the details of the event are available on the Cycle Lewes website www.cyclelewes.com

The Tour of Britain, the country’s most prestigious men’s cycling road race, will be coming through the heart of the county town.

Britain’s top racing cyclists will be there, including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, together with many of the world’s best cyclists, such as the sprinting superstar Marcel Kittel.

Stage 7 of the race starts in Camberley, Surrey, and travels through West Sussex, into East Sussex, and will end with a thrilling sprint along Marine Parade in Brighton. During the day the riders will cover 140miles.

The riders will enter Lewes along the C7 at about 2.30pm, having passed through Seaford and Newhaven. They will tackle the speed bumps and cobbles of Southover High Street before turning into Station Street, up the High Street, and then head off towards Offham and Cooksbridge. The final climb up the challenging Ditchling Beacon will sap the strength of all but the toughest before the final descent into Brighton.