Celebrated bike ride to pass through Sussex villages
THOUSANDS of cyclists will ride through Crawley Down, Turners Hill and Ardingly on Sunday.
The annual London to Brighton bike ride will once again pass through the villages, with Turners Hill marking the halfway point of the 54-mile challenge.
Residents along the cycle route may be forced to alter travel arrangements as some of the area's busiest roads will be closed for much of the day.
Roads between Dayseys Hill near Smallfield and Effingham Road in Copthorne will be closed to motorists between 7am and 3pm, while northbound from the Dukes Head Roundabout in Crawley Down to the B2028 in Ardingly will be shut until 6pm. North Street in Turners Hill will be accessible only to cyclists until 6pm.
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The ride, organised by the British Heart Foundation, is the largest of its kind in Europe with 30,000 cyclists taking part this year.
They will leave Clapham Common before winding past rest points at the Dukes Head pub in Crawley Down, The Crown pub in Turners Hill and the South of England Showground in Ardingly.
Fatigued competitors will cross the finish line on Brighton seafront.
The event has raised £54 million since its inception in 1976.