Uckfield gears up for Tour of Britain today

Uckfield High Street
Uckfield High Street

Uckfield and surrounding villages are gearing up for the Tour of Britain cycle race which will arrive in the county today (Saturday September 13).

Uckfield has put up bunting along the High Street to welcome the tour which is the UK’s biggest professional cycle race and the country’s largest free to view sporting event.

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 Uckfield.

It is thought the race will arrive in Uckfield at around 1pm where it will travel up the High Street, down the B2102 Framfield Road, through Framfield and Blackboys, and on to Waldron.

It will then go on to Chiddingly, Horam and along the B2104 to Horsebridge before arriving in Hailsham at around 1.30pm.

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

The Star Inn in Waldron will have live music, food and drinks outside to welcome the riders.

In Uckfield the town has been decorated with banners and bunting and the Alma Arms in Framfield Road will be serving food outside.

On its website, Tour of Britain organisers said The Horam Centre in Horam will be open to welcome visitors.

Bunting and posters will decorate the village.

The route will pass the Recreation Ground and Horam Manor where there’s a farm museum, fishing lakes and country walks.

There will be rolling road closures while the cyclists go through Wealden with the roads reopening shortly afterwards.

The race will be preceded by the lead cars which will arrive around 15 minutes before the cyclists.

In Uckfield the fastest cyclists will arrive at 12.54pm, with the second fastest at 1.12pm and the slowest at 1.29pm.

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.

Turn to pages 40 and 41 for more Tour of Britain coverage.