Midhurst and Petworth gripped with Tour of Britain excitement

ToBi, The Tour of Britain Mascot visits Petworth Primary schoolchildren with Councillor Eileen Lintill. SUS-140731-161450001

ToBi, The Tour of Britain Mascot visits Petworth Primary schoolchildren with Councillor Eileen Lintill. SUS-140731-161450001

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For one day this month, the sporting spotlight will be firmly on the Midhurst and Petworth area as the Tour of Britain whizzes through the county.

THE Tour of Britain is the UK’s biggest professional cycling race and is a centrepiece of the British sporting calendar.

It is also the largest free-to-watch live sporting event.

The event attracts top names, with last year’s race won by Olympian Sir Bradley Wiggins.

A spokesman for Chichester District Council told the Observer: “It’s all about encouraging everyone from the south of the district to visit the Midhurst, Petworth area and bring their bikes, see a world-class sporting event and give the riders a welcome to remember. And if people spend time in the area on the day, then it will be a great boost for businesses.”

In Petworth, a host of activities will be running from 9am-1pm on Saturday, including a bike-marking service, bike doctor service, and cycle-a-smoothie, all of which are free.

There will also be opportunities to win a free gym membership in the Westgate Spin challenge, while the 
Co-op will be handing out free items and Petworth Town councillors will be on hand to provide information.

Bike racking is available for anyone who brings their bikes but does not want to take them into the spectator zone.

For all the news, features, and full details on the tour, coming through the area on September 13 - including where to park and road closures - see this week’s Observer (September 11).