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Brighton and Hove City Council
media release

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Tour of Britain is set to visit Brighton & Hove for the first time in history on Saturday, 13 September 2014

The UK’s biggest cycle race, will visit the city at Stage Seven of the tour on the penultimate day of racing.

The 7th leg of the tour, which leaves from Camberley, Surrey at 10am, taking in 140 miles covering West Sussex, East Sussex and finally entering Brighton & Hove where it will finish on Madeira Drive between 3-4pm.

The tour is the country’s largest free-to-spectate sporting event attracting the biggest live attendance of any sporting event in the UK. The Tour is now a foundation of the sporting year and the country’s main cycling event. The economic benefit of hosting the race in 2013 was an estimated £3million per stage.

Stage 7 will be passing many famous and popular tourist locations, whether for a day trip or as a part of a longer visit to the area, find out all there is to see and do in each of the areas on the Tour of Britain website

​Have a listen to Cllr Ian Davey, lead member for transport​ answer the question, will the Tour of Britain encourage more people to cycle? Download the transcript [PDF 78KB]

Road Closures

  • Madeira Drive – 5am to 7pm (closed all day)
  • The A259 from Lower Rock Gardens to the Aquarium roundabout will be closed from 1.30pm – 5pm, there will be a diversion along Edward Street at that time.
  • The Aquarium roundabout will remain open but will be reduced to one lane for the duration of the event

The roads below will be closed 10-15 minutes by Police before the tour passes through and will be re-opened once they have left. Organisers estimate the race will pass through the below locations at the following times (subject to change):

  • Ditchling Beacon      2:57pm
  • Coldean Lane           3.06pm
  • A270 Lewes Road    3.08pm
  • Bear Road                3.11pm
  • Warren Road            3.14pm
  • Wilson Avenue         3.14pm
  • Marina Way              3.16pm
  • Through tunnel        3.17pm
  • Marine Parade          3.19pm (closed for 2 hours)

More information is available on the Tour of Britain website

Tour of Britain route 2014

Parking

Like other historic and compact cities, parking in the heart of the city is at a premium. If you do decide to bring your car, see car parks and on-street pay & display for information.

Cycling in Brighton & Hove

Some of the city’s highlights for cycling enthusiasts include:

  • A big mountain biking scene, with the South Downs National Park literally on the doorstep of the city
  • The cycling themed Velo Cafe at the Level – a popular new meeting point for cyclists www.velo-cafe.co.uk
  • The oldest cycle track in the country at Preston Park. The Preston Park Velodrome attracted a visit from Sir Chris Hoy this year and still hosts racing. It is free to use if not booked out.

More information about cycling in Brighton can be found on the VisitBrighton website and for information about cycle facilities such as cycle parking, counters, cycle routes and ‘toucan’ crossings see the City Cycle Facilities Map

In 2005 Brighton & Hove was designated one of Cycling England’s first six Cycling Demonstration Towns, a government- backed move to promote cycling as a mode of transport. The city is also part of the National Cycle Network

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