2017 ORRO Tour of Sussex
Press Release: Route Announcement
The ORRO Tour of Sussex stage race, currently in its fifth year, is delighted to announce the 2017 route map.
Three Sixty Sport are excited to be working with ORRO bikes on this year’s event, and will be starting in their home village of Ditchling.
Stage 1 – Ditchling Beacon Individual Time Trial – 6th July 19:00
The 80 riders will be tackling one of the most famous ascents in the UK - Ditchling Beacon, and with thanks to Lewes District Council, will be racing on a closed road.
With the individual time trial deciding the initial race leader (to be awarded the coveted yellow jersey), this will be hard fought. Starting from the edge of Ditchling Village and finishing at the top of the Beacon, Stage One will test the legs of even the hardiest rider. The question is, will many break the magic ‘4 minute barrier’ for the actual climb?
This will be one of the best stages for the spectators, as each rider will make their way alone to the summit, suffering all the way in their quest for yellow.
Stage 2 – Goodwood Team Time Trial – 7th July a.m 10:00
Stage Two sees the ORRO Tour of Sussex visit a landmark of West Sussex; Goodwood Motor Circuit - home of the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival.
Starting at Goodwood Motor Circuit, Stage Two will follow a route past the Goodwood Sculpture Park and Goodwood Racecourse; finishing just short of the motor circuit gates. This stage is a team time trial, pitching the teams against each other in a short, intense battle. The Yellow Jersey will need his team to take him all the way to a fast time, to retain his lead of the race. To win a team time trial takes practice - lots of practice - as the team’s time will be taken on the third rider to cross the line!
Stage 3 – Goodwood Motor Circuit Road Race – 7th July p.m. 17:30
Stage Three of the ORRO Tour of Sussex revisits the motor circuit, racing in the wheel tracks of the famous Giuseppe Saronni, who was once crowned World Professional Road Race Champion here in 1982. In second place, was none other than multiple Tour de France winner, Greg Lemond.
This stage will be fast, with time bonuses and points available throughout. Will the Yellow Jersey survive the high speed onslaught?
Uniquely, this stage offers the chance for any British Cycling Race Licence holder to race part of the Tour of Sussex route - on Goodwood Motor Circuit, from 7.30pm until 9.00pm.
Stage 4 – Ladies Mile Road Race – 8th July – 10:00
Stage Four will be visiting Winnie the Pooh country, Ashdown Forest. With a route that is far from fluffy and friendly, this will see the riders tackling a short, but very tough circuit - known locally as ‘Ladies Mile’.
By this point of the ORRO Tour of Sussex, our peloton will be starting to tire, with some riders starting to feel the pinch of many high-intensity efforts in their legs (and thinking about how attractive a nice cold beer would be!). The battle for the overall win will really start here, with more time bonuses and a tough ascent to the finish; won last year by Tom Easley in fine fashion.
Stage 5 – Beachy Head Road Race – 9th July – 10:00
Stage Five will be the Queen stage of the ORRO Tour of Sussex; held on one of the toughest courses in the country, Beachy Head. With the beautiful backdrop of the South Downs National Park, and starting by the sea in the sunshine capital of the UK, Eastbourne, our riders will face their toughest test yet.
Climbing out of Eastbourne, the race will be blown apart from the gun. With the yellow jersey hopefuls pushing on, leaving tired and worn out riders in their wake. Just to get through the first two miles of this stage is an achievement in itself.
Racing onto the open headland and into the elements, this route is never easy. Hot sun is cruel and difficult, and it turns very bleak if the weather closes in. Speeding through Birling Gap and onto the main climb, our protagonists will need to focus as they climb back up to Beachy Head for the first of many laps.
Our yellow jersey wearer will need to cover every move, watch every pretender and work very hard to keep the shirt on his back. Ultimately, this stage could decide the winner of the 2017 ORRO Tour of Sussex, and we look forward to an exciting event.
Come along and watch, cheer our competitors on and see the yellow, green and polka dot jerseys go by.
Join us at the Landsdowne Hotel for the final presentations on Sunday 9th July.
With thanks to our sponsors –
And our Partners –
Euro Self Drive – Logistics Partner
Goodwood Motor Circuit
Lewes District Council
Three Sixty Sports Ltd are pleased to announce the 2017 ORRO Tour of Sussex – the 5th edition of the regions most contested, and one of the UKs largest, category 2/3 multiple day stage cycle race.
Returning on July 6th to the iconic shoreline and astounding countryside of Sussex, familiar and new landmarks will pass the Tour by on route. Scenery shared by headline sponsors ORRO, whose hand-built carbon fibre, aluminium and steel road bikes are engineered at the foot of the Sussex Downs, at their Ditchling HQ.
Race Director John Powell is expecting “an intense battle for the Yellow and Green Jerseys, especially as participant numbers are set to increase from 60 riders (15 teams) to 80 riders (20 teams). The route alone is challenging, provisionally it’s looking like Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, Beachyhead, Ashdown Forest and Ditchling Beacon.”
Testing their endurance, power, technique, teamwork and tactical awareness. The riders will need to focus, and play to their strengths as the Stages progress. Spectators can watch each of the 5 Stages unfold between July 6th– July 9th, as officially designated ORRO Tour of Sussex - Spectator Areas are introduced for 2017.
To keep up with the action until then and as it plays out, all event happenings will be featured via the official event website (www.tourofsussex.com) and social media. Including featurettes on the trophies designed and hand-crafted by Sussex based artists, sponsors and event competitions, event information, race results and photography.
For further information about ORRO and their story, have a browse here: www.orrobikes.com
Please find attached a updated participant pack (you will get a hard copy tomorrow) and a additional information sheet with details about the race.
I will try to answer any questions but please be aware that it is a very busy time!
See you tomorrow.
We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night at the Team Time Trial.
Please find attached the start order with times. It may be a good idea to run a rear light as the back of the Ninfield Circuit is a little dark.
Please note that no riders are allowed on the course (in either direction) once the stage has started any teams/riders caught doing so will be given a time penalty
See you tomorrow evening
I recently emailed you with regards to the format for the TTT and ITT at the Tour of Sussex.
Having had many, many conversations with riders, staff and others we have decided to stick to a more traditional format for the Team Time Trial.
It will now be in your own teams, with each team allowed to drop one rider during the stage (who will be given a solo time).
We apologise for the confusion, and hope this format is more suitable.
With regards to bikes for both the ITT and TTT, it will be standard road bikes that meet road race specification -
- No clip on bars
- No disc wheels
- No tri-spoke or similar
- No TT helmets
- Skinsuits are allowed
- Wheels up to 90mm are also allowed
I hope this is to everyone's satisfaction, and I look forward to seeing you all in three weeks time.
Firstly we are really looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 Tour of Sussex, it is certain to be hard, interesting and hopefully epic!
We have been looking closely at the Team Time Trial and Individual Time Trial and how to keep the playing field level for everyone and as such have implemented a format to keep the race fair from the start to the finish.
So here is the format of the TTT -
1. Each team selects four riders (due to having many teams of 4, 5 and 6)
2. These riders ride the TTT
3. Left over riders will be randomly allocated a composite team of four
4. All teams to ride road bikes (keeps the field level and stops some people having to bring 8-12 bikes!)
5. Fastest person over the line wins yellow and green (green will be given to 2nd place)
6. All teams will be counted on the 3rd rider.
I know this is not ideal, but we want a good fair race with equal chances for GC.
And here is the ITT -
1. Road bikes only (for reasons mentioned before)
2. You must wear the provided skinsuit (if you are strong enough to be wearing the Yellow or Green jerseys!)
I hope you are clear with this format, please feel free to email or call me on 07988838479.
Yours in racing!
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We are pleased to announce that Milltag will be providing our jerseys.
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We are pleased to announce that Reflex Nutrition will be sponsoring the Green jersey for the Tour of Sussex.
In-Gear Cycles, established in 1994 with Trek and Specialized later adding Cervelo and Pinarello to the portfolio. After 20 years in Uckfield they relocated to a larger premises in Forest Row and are now open 7 days a week. In Gear have been bike fitting since 1998 and will have a new state of the art studio up and running by spring 2016.
We are pleased to announce that In-Gear will be sponsoring the Yellow Jersey for the Tour of Sussex.