Cyclists are first to try out new resurfaced road at Ditchling Beacon

A GROUP of cyclists from the Brighton Mitre Cycling Club were the first to travel the newly resurfaced Upper Beacon Road at Ditchling Beacon on Friday after improvement work was completed in time for the London to Brighton bike ride.

More than 1,400 metres of road was resurfaced from the top of Ditching Beacon down towards Ditchling village. This work is part of East Sussex County Council’s three-year programme of resurfacing to improve the condition of the roads and improve safety across the county.

The took five days to complete and was made difficult because of the steep, narrow, twisty nature of the road and the famous staging ‘humps’ that were carefully preserved. Lorries delivering the Tarmac had to reverse uphill, too, and only one element of the work could be carried out at a time.

The road had to be closed with diversion routes for traffic travelling both ways.

The climb up Ditchling Beacon is the final hurdle for thousands of cyclists on the annual London to Brighton cycle ride each June and attracts cycling enthusiasts from across the country. The improvement works were carefully timed to ensure the project was carried out before this year’s event and to improve road safety on what is a notoriously steep and narrow section of road.