Bumper crowds are anticipated for the 2014 Tour of Britain cycle race as it makes its way through Horsham and Haywards Heath and various West Sussex villages on Saturday September 13.
Hot on the heels of the Tour de France, the event, featuring some of the best professional cyclists in the world, is free for all spectators to watch.
The Sussex leg is the penultimate stage of the race and will begin in Camberley, Surrey, at 10am.
The peloton is expected to enter West Sussex about an hour later and will spend almost two hours racing across the county before entering East Sussex and finishing in Brighton.
Organisers estimate the race will pass through the following locations at the following times (subject to change):
Kingsley Green – 10.54am;
Fernhurst – 10.56am;
Easebourne – 11.05am;
Tillington – 11.17am;
Petworth – 11.20am;
Wisborough Green – 11.33am;
Five Oaks – 11.44am;
Horsham – 11.55am;
Handcross – 12.11pm;
Staplefield – 12.15pm;
Cuckfield Green - 12:21pm;
Haywards Heath – 12.25pm; and
Scaynes Hill – 12.33pm.
Further details about the route will be released nearer the time.
West Sussex County Council leader Louise Goldsmith said: “It is exciting to be hosting the Tour of Britain through West Sussex.
“As we all saw with the Grand Depart in Yorkshire for the Tour De France, cycling generates extraordinary interest from the public and we hope to witness something similar when the Tour of Britain passes through here.
“We want to welcome as many visitors to West Sussex as possible to enjoy the race.”
Big crowds are expected in Horsham and Haywards Heath, which is holding its popular ‘Town Day’ on the same date.
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