News: 2016 Tour of Sussex


Hosts of the 2016 Tour of Sussex, Three Sixty Sports Ltd are excited to announce this year’s route and a provisional start list

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News: 2016 Tour of Sussex

The Route
Hosts of the 2016 Tour of Sussex, Three Sixty Sports Ltd are excited to announce this year’s route. The 4th annual multi-stage race will comprise of 5 Stages spread over 4 consecutive days, and will cover a total distance of 241km.


The opening stage, a Team Time-Trial of the Ninfield Circuit, was last seen in the 2014 edition of the Tour of with the rolling circuit suiting the all-rounder. The time will be taken on the third rider crossing the line, and Time Trial Bikes are allowed. The choice of course for this stage is a reasonably hilly route of 14km which they expect to be completed in approximately 20 minutes.

The second stage, a Road Race using the Lewes/Laughton Circuit was originally made famous by the Lewes Wanderers summer evening crit series. As well as being used in every edition of the Tour of Sussex, the circuit is made up of three corners. On paper it may not seem testing, but it can be.

In 2013 and 2014 the stages were both taken in a bunch sprint. The 2015 edition was won by Albert Ellison (Bottecchia UK) with a dramatic breakaway of three riders.

For Stage 3, they have a new addition, a Road Race on the Ladies Mile Circuit. This will be the circuit’s debut appearance in the Tour of Sussex, and it is a brutal one with it being on the side of one of the largest climbs in the South East. It has been used in more recent years by the Bec CC as part of their Spring Road Race.

Consisting of one long drag as well as a shorter power climb, the course will see the riders dig into their VO2 reserves. The finish will no doubt see some large time gaps and create some favourites going into the final stages.

Eastbourne will host the penultimate stage of the Tour of Sussex, and it’s the classic Individual Time Trial, from Eastbourne to Beachy Head. Differing from previous editions of the Tour of Sussex, this year the Time Trial is longer.

As usual, it will start along the seafront in Eastbourne, riders will then ride up the zig-zag road, as used in the Tour of Britain. Instead of turning left, riders will continue towards East Dean, chuck a left and come back up towards Beachy Head. That’s 300m of climbing over 12km with a long descent in the middle.

The final stage will see the riders, having recovered from the previous evenings efforts, repeating the TT course but in a 105km Road Race. Up the zig-zags, down towards the East Dean, following the scenic route overlooking the Seven Sisters, past Belle Tour lighthouse and back towards East Dean.

In 2013 it was James Walsby, in 2014 Jamie Lowden, they both attacked and rode solo to take the stage as well as the yellow jersey. In 2015 a small group made it away in the torrential rain as riders dropped off the back of the main peloton.


David Hewett (Adalta CC) took the stage in a sprint finish against Marcus Culley and with it the bonus seconds to steal the yellow jersey. Tour of Sussex Race Director, John Powell, shared his thoughts and expectations for this year’s races; “We’re anticipating an action packed Tour of Sussex this year. We’ll see the return of some classic races combined with the introduction of not only an additional day, but also the Lady Mile Road Race.”

“With a host of great teams and individuals lined up and raring to go head to head with one another, I expect some closely fought battles with many opportunities for riders to be aggressive. A key factor will be the mental preparation unknown racing conditions”.

“Previous editions have not only seen 30 degrees and perfect sunshine in one year, but also wind and rain with temperatures dropping to 7 degrees in the others. This year we have again been working closely with Eastbourne Council to create another spectator and participant friendly event for all. We thank our jersey partners In-Gear Cyclesport and Reflex Nutrition for their support and enthusiasm.” … continued after advert


Stage 1 (Thursday 30th June) Team Time Trial – Ninfield Circuit – 14km
Stage 2 (Friday 1st July) – Road Race – Lewes/Laughton Circuit – 48km
Stage 3 (Saturday 2nd July AM) Road Race – Ladies Mile Circuit- 72km
Stage 4 (Saturday 2nd July PM) Individual Time Trial – Eastbourne to Beachy Head – 12km
Stage 5 (Sunday 3rd July) Road Race – Beachy Head Circuit – 105km

Provisional Start Sheet
Alex Blomeley 2nd The 5th Floor Cycling Club
Alec Briggs 2nd The 5th Floor Cycling Club
Luke Clark 3rd The 5th Floor Cycling Club
George Garnier 2nd The 5th Floor Cycling Club
Reece Wood 3rd The 5th Floor Cycling Club
Rod Archibald 2nd Adalta CC
Ross Bryan 2nd Adalta CC
Craig Joy 2nd Adalta CC
Jason Oram 2nd Adalta CC
Stuart Baldwin 2nd Adalta CC
Nicholas Cooper 2nd DFL In Gear Development
Timothy Torrie 2nd DFL In-Gear development
Theo Hartley 2nd DFL In-Gear Development Squad
Alex Littlewood 2nd DFL In-Gear Development Squad
Murray Davies 2nd DFL In-Gear development squad
Benjamin Bartlett 2nd Folkestone Velo Club
Paul Birchall 3rd Folkestone Velo Club
Philip Lenney 2nd Folkestone Velo Club
Nicholas Wood 3rd Folkestone Velo Club
Michael Atkinson 3rd North Road CC
Pierce McGrenaghan 2nd North Road CC
Frank Rawlins 2nd North Road CC
Jobe Usher 3rd North Road CC
Colin Bailey 2nd North Road CC
Samuel Andrew 3rd Paceline RT
Damien Breen 3rd Paceline RT
Rob Sharland 2nd Paceline RT
Thomas Whatley 2nd Paceline RT
Pat Wright 2nd Paceline RT
Gareth Thomas 2nd Paceline-RT
George Crammond 3rd Southampton University RC
Thomas Key 2nd Southampton University RC
Andrew Lockwood 3rd Southampton University RC
Charlie Leech 2nd Southampton University RC
Thomas Nixon 3rd Southampton University RC
Rhys Thomas 3rd Southampton University RC
Richard Cartland 2nd Southdowns bikes/casco europe
Stephen Cavey 2nd Southdowns bikes/casco europe
Paul Barnard 3rd Southdowns bikes/casco europe
Matthew Butt 2nd Team ASL360
Tom Easley 2nd Team ASL360
Mark Emsley 3rd Team ASL360
Jed Williamson 3rd Team ASL360
Peter Morris 3rd Team ASL360
Paul Newsome 3rd Team ASL360
Euan Cattermole 2nd VC Londres
Philip Glowinski 2nd VC Londres
Ben McKie 2nd VC Londres
Georg Mew Jensen 2ndVc Londres
Jacob Vaughan 2nd Vc Londres
Lewis Winfield 3rd vc londres
Matthew Carter 2nd Velo Schils Interbike RT
Andrew Lovelock 3rd Velo Schils Interbike RT
Mark Yale 3rd Velo Schils Interbike RT
Douglas Allen 3rd Velo Schils Interbike RT
Iain Brogden 3rd Velopace
Ruth Summerford 2nd Velopace
Marc Townsend 3rd Velopace
George Welfare 3rd Velopace
Peter Hooper 3rd Velopace


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