One of the UK’s largest category 2/3 multi-stage cycling road races returns to Sussex this week (6 – 9 July), ending in a ‘King of the Mountains’ style finish at Eastbourne and Beachy Head.
The 5th annual Orro Tour of Sussex will see 80 riders racing in 20 teams across stunning Sussex countryside, as they compete in five stages for the coveted yellow jersey, won last year by British under 23 and National Junior champion Jacob Vaughan of VC Londres.
Travelling over 170 miles, the route which also covers Ditchling Beacon, Goodwood and the Ashdown Forest, culminates in Eastbourne with the ultimate challenge of a ‘King of the Mountains’ style finish at Beachy Head.
Organised by Three Sixty Sport Ltd and sponsored by Orro Bikes, all of the action kicks off on Thursday (6 July) with time trials at Ditchling Beacon. The final and longest stage begins at 9am on Sunday (9 July) from Eastbourne Pier, as riders race a total of 110km in the ultimate hill climb, featuring 9 climbs of the 162 metre steep ascent up to the Beachy Head finish.
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said, “We’re delighted to welcome these amazing athletes back to Eastbourne in what must be one of the toughest hill climbs in British cycling – so much so that it was previously used by the Tour of Britain. Cycling is going from strength to strength here on the south coast and we can’t wait to welcome both this and the first ever Women’s Tour of Sussex in September”
The Women’s Tour of Sussex is a brand new event in the British Cycling calendar. Open to 2nd, 3rd and 4th category riders, the new tour will run from Lewes to Eastbourne and Beachy Head from 16 – 17 September.
The Men’s Tour of Sussex returns to Eastbourne on Sunday (9 July) at 9am from Eastbourne Pier. For more information, click here.