Three Sixty Sport has teamed up with locally based Orro Bikes to introduce the Orro Women’s Tour of Sussex for the first time ever, with two out of three competitive stages being hosted in Eastbourne next weekend (16-17 September).
The inaugural women’s race is set to ride in the tracks of the men’s Tour of Sussex as it follows the iconic Beachy Head route featuring new closed road stages, premium locations and the same professional feel.
The brave riders will compete in Time Trials up to the infamous Beachy Head featuring a challenging uphill zig-zag route on 16 September, followed by an even harder route the next day. On 17 September racers will set off on the Grand Depart from Eastbourne Pier for a strenuous yet stunning Road Race featuring 7 laps through the likes of Birling Gap and East Dean, finishing at the top of the challenging Beachy Head Climb. The race will require skill and physical ability, with the successful competitor needing to work extremely hard to win the overall prize.
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “It’s no surprise that the Tour of Sussex has been a huge success over the last five years with its unique route winding through some of Sussex’s most breath-taking scenery. We’re extremely excited to welcome the women’s race for the first time and have no doubt that there will be world-class competitors taking on this popular race.”
Spectators can make a day of it by cheering on the cyclists as they race across the South Downs National Park, passing through charming villages, traditional pubs and iconic landmarks. The Brighton & Hove Coaster buses between Eastbourne and Brighton stop at various viewing points including Cuckmere Valley at the Seven Sisters Centre and Beachy Head.
With the support of Orro Bikes, the organisers have high hopes for this year’s inaugural event with aspirations to grow the event in 2018 and beyond.
For more information, please click here or telephone the Tourist Information Centre on 01323 415415.