EXCITED children from Petworth Primary School got to meet the official mascot of the country’s biggest cycling race.
Lucky youngsters were treated to a visit from ToBi, the Tour of Britain’s official mascot, ahead of the event which comes to the district on Saturday, September 13.
The Friends Life Tour of Britain is the UK’s biggest professional cycling race and will arrive in Chichester District during stage seven of the race which starts in Camberley and finishes in Brighton.
Some of the world’s best cyclists will pass through the towns and villages, including Wisborough Green, Fernhurst, and Petworth.
ToBi visited Petworth Primary School just before the end of term to spread excitement about the event.
Pupils were able to get involved with a few of his warm-ups and learn a bit more about the Tour of Britain, which is now in its tenth year.
The tour will enter the district at Kingsley Green and leave via Wisborough Green, with the following timings.
Cyclists will be passing through Kingsley Green at 10.54am, Fernhurst at 10.56am, Easebourne at 11.05am, Tillington at 11.17am, Petworth at 11.20am and Wisborough Green at 11.33am.
Cyclists will have to slow down as they go through Petworth town centre, so residents are being advised this will be an excellent location for watching the race.
Councillor Eileen Lintill, cabinet member for wellbeing and community Services at Chichester District Council, said: “We are very proud that the Tour of Britain riders will be cycling through our wonderful district.
“We hope as many individuals, groups and businesses across the area will give them a very warm welcome on what will be a fantastic day to showcase our area.”
Chichester District Council is encouraging spectators to gather at Easebourne, Midhurst and Petworth to watch the race as they are close to parking and toilet facilities.
In the run-up to the event there will be a dedicated section on the Chichester District Council website at www.chichester.gov.uk/tourofbritain where everyone can keep up-to-date on routes, changes to timings and what to watch out for on the day.