Take advantage of an amazing day out in Sussex with some of our top tips below. There is plenty happening along the route to offer fun for all so don’t miss out on the action and get ready to cheer on the riders as they take on the 100-mile challenge!
HERE ARE OUR TOP TIPS FOR SPECTATORS
- Signs at the ready! Make your own signs, bring your flags, and get ready to cheer and clap to give the riders the boost they need.
- Come rain or shine… dress appropriately and bring sun cream or a rain coat as required.
- Keep hydrated: bring water with you, and why not pop into one of Sussex’s fantastic local tea shops or pubs to stay refreshed.
- Plan your travel: Satellite Navigation Systems such as Google Maps will recognise the road closures and can offer alternative routes. You can also take a look at the road closures here to figure out the best route.
- If you are going to go to Goodwood to see the riders finish you will need to park in the North Car Park. It will cost £10 per car which must be paid in cash upon arrival. You will not be able to access the North Car Park until 10.30am.
- Think about parking and plan your parking location ahead using appropriate parking locations. Please respect our hosts and do not block any exits, lanes, bridleways or other vehicles. Leave enough space for emergency vehicle access.
- Take a look at our best places to watch on the day! The event village at Goodwood Motor Circuit will open from 10:30am for spectators to welcome riders back, and there are plenty of other great viewing locations all around the course, so why not make the most of the celebratory atmosphere in West Sussex.
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Check out some of the local villages and businesses along the route who are throwing open their doors to welcome spectators and the local community to enjoy the celebrations.
PULBOROUGH – HARWOODS OF SUSSEX
WHAT’S ON: The residents of Pulborough are invited for breakfast: free bacon butties for the first 300 residents to come and spectate! The Pulborough Community Partnership morning cheer point welcomes everyone to bring supportive flags and signs to give riders an early morning boost as they set out. If you are also in West Sussex on the Saturday, why not also attend the Pulborough Harvest Fair all afternoon, with an arena packed full of events to entertain all the family, lots of delicious local produce, Harris’s Fair rides, crafts and activities and lots more!
WHEN: 8am – 10:30am
GETTING THERE: Use the A283 to reach Pulborough and park in one of the roads off the cycling route. Please use the pavements to walk up London Road to reach Harwoods forecourt who have kindly offered the space for the cheer point.
SOUTHWATER – THE LINTOT
WHAT’S ON: The Lintot is offering a full BBQ, live music, and children’s entertainers to celebrate the day! With food serving from 11:30am and plenty of deals on drinks, there is no excuse not to head down to this lively pub right on the route. Whilst the cycling entertainment will end at 3pm, the Lintot will be open until 10pm and invites you to stay for a pint in the afternoon.
WHEN: 11am – 3pm (The Lintot will be open until 10pm)
GETTING THERE: Travel to Southwater via Shipley Road from the A272 or Mill Straight from the A24. Local access has been put in from Worthing Road to Fairbank Road, so you can park in the car park as normal.
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BARNS GREEN – THE QUEENS HEAD
WHAT’S ON: The Queens Head are putting on a 100-mile static bike challenge, in aid of Velo South partner charity Alzheimers UK! Four teams will be taking on the 100 mile challenge on exercise bikes whilst the Velo South riders are out on the route. Expect music, pies, and flowing drinks throughout the day!
WHEN: 11am – 10pm
GETTING THERE: From the north or south on the east side take the A24 and join the A272 towards Billingshurst, and from the west, take the A272 to Billingshurst. From there join the A29 northbound and turn right onto New Road towards Barns Green.
LICKFOLD – THE LICKFOLD INN
WHAT’S ON: Join the party! The Lickfold Inn are hosting a family friendly street party, including games, a clown, face painting, BBQ and ice-creams! The pub is perfectly positioned right on the cycling route and is inviting all spectators and locals to join them for a fun day whilst cheering on the riders taking on the 100 mile challenge, kicking off with spectator breakfasts in the morning. The Lickfold Inn will also be open throughout the day for reservations for their stunning Sunday lunch menu.
GETTING THERE: The Lickfold Inn is accessible from the south throughout the day. From the A272, take the turning signposted towards Lickfold and Lodsworth. Parking is reserved for guests and attendees of the street party.
SOUTH HARTING – THE WHITE HART
WHAT’S ON: The White Hart offer a warm welcome to locals, spectators and cyclists alike on Sunday 23 September. The White Hart is known for its great food so make sure to enjoy a bite to eat from their quick menu, before grabbing a drink to high five the cyclists who will be going right past the door!
WHEN: 12pm – 8pm
GETTING THERE: Travel to South Harting via the B2146 from the west or use the A272 and then the Elsted road from the east. South Harting locals are invited to pop down to the pub on foot or by bike.
FUNTINGTON – THE FOX & HOUNDS
WHAT’S ON: The Fox & Hounds will be hosting a cheer station to give you a front row seat to support the riders on the home straight! With a full hog roast, music, and a well-stocked bar, the Fox & Hounds pub will be the perfect location to spectate for the day.
WHEN: Open as normal 9am – 10:30pm
GETTING THERE: The Fox & Hounds is accessible from the west via Common Road, and the car park will be available to use as normal via an access lane.
EVENTS FOR LOCALS: CHECK OUT WHAT YOUR LOCAL VILLAGE IS PUTTING ON
Local communities are gathering together to enjoy the event! Have a look at what your local village has arranged for the day.
THAKEHAM – JUNCTION OF COOLHAM / HARBOLETS / BILLINGSHURST ROAD
WHAT’S ON: Thakeham Parish Council have organised the Thakeham cheer point right on the route. There will be free breakfast (first come first served), painted bikes, bunting, and lots of cheering! If you are in West Sussex the weekend before, head to Thakeham for their Village Day on Saturday 15th.
WHEN: 8am – 11:15am
GETTING THERE: From Thakeham travel north up Coolham Road (B2139) to the junction. Cycling to the location is encouraged!
FERNHURST – THE RED LION
WHAT’S ON: Fernhurst is not only the location of one of our rider pit stops but will also see The Red Lion putting on live music, and a BBQ and hog roast in their pub garden right on the route! A pub who prides themselves on giving a warm welcome, and family and pet friendly, all are invited to join the celebrations at one of Sussex’s most beautiful pubs.
WHEN: 11:30am – 10:30pm (The Red Lion’s normal opening hours)
GETTING THERE: Travel to Fernhurst via the A286 from the north or south.
MILLAND – THE RISING SUN
WHAT’S ON: To coincide with Vélo South The Rising Sun are hosting a mini festival with live music, hog roast and outside bar from 12-6pm in the front car park and garden (or in their marquee if the weather is bad)! So be sure to join Milland’s award winning local for this village party to support the riders as they approach the back end of the cycling route.
WHEN: 12pm – 6pm (The Rising Sun will be open until 11pm)
GETTING THERE: The Rising Sun is accessible from both the north and south, using Iping Road from the Midhurst direction or Milland Lane from the Liphook direction. There will be intermittent crossing across the cycling route on Rake Road/Fernhurst Road throughout, and visitors are advised to park nearby or at the pub carpark. Please be aware that at peak times there will only be limited parking in the village and crossings may become busy.
EAST ASHLING – HORSE & GROOM INN
WHAT’S ON: All are welcome to the Horse & Groom in picturesque East Ashling to enjoy the day. They will be hosting a breakfast of coffee and bacon sandwiches from 11am to cheer on the first riders, and a full BBQ for lunch. Listed in The Good Beer Guide, this is a great excuse to grab a drink from this fantastic country pub. All are welcome to grab a bite or stay and cheer as riders head for the finish!
WHEN: 11am – 4pm (Bar open 12pm-7pm)
GETTING THERE: Locals from East Ashling are invited to walk down to the Horse & Groom on foot or come by bike.
EAST ASHLING – SANDY LANE
WHAT’S ON: East Ashling Residents Association are putting on a village lunch in partnership with Velo South, including activities and games for children. This is a relaxed bring and share BBQ lunch to enjoy with neighbours, and the village will be cheering on the riders from the top of Sandy Lane. So bring down a dish and enjoy the spectacle!
WHEN: 10:30am – 4pm
GETTING THERE: Locals from East Ashling are invited to walk down to Sandy Lane on foot.
LAVANT – VILLAGE GREEN
WHAT’S ON: Lavant village green is a great place to enjoy the event as the cyclists push towards the finish. So why not bring a picnic and your bikes and get ready to cheer!
GETTING THERE: Locals from Lavant and East Lavant can walk down to the Village Green on foot.
If you have been inspired and would also like to put something on where you live on the route, get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured on this page or check out our Community Celebration Programme here.