South Downs Way Double

Cycle 200 miles, climb 22,000ft and open 200 gates in under 24 hours

For thousands of years, people have been crossing the South Downs using nothing but the power of their own two legs and in all that time, every traveller has been looking for the easiest route: what’s the quickest way over the next hill – around it, over it, or across its flanks? Eventually, out of all those small, individual decisions a trail emerged, worn into the chalk over countless journeys.

The end result of all those collective decisions and knowledge is the South Downs Way.

Of course, of all those people over all those years, someone’s got to have made the quickest journey, there-and-back. Nowadays, that’s going to be someone riding a bike.

200 miles (there and back). 24 hours to do it in. It’s that simple.

Congratulations to Mike Ellicock

Congratulations to Mike Ellicock

Mike Ellicock - 15h 55m 3s on the 1st May 2021. An epic ride by Mike in challenging conditions for the second fasted time ever! Full details to follow.

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Congratulations to Peter Harrison

Congratulations to Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison - 18h 5m 27s on the 17th September 2020. After an earlier failed attempt in September Peter smashes out a very fast Double! Check out Peters Strava ride In Peters words My fascination with riding the South Downs Way started over a decade ago, when, as a...

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Congratulations to Alan Velecky

Congratulations to Alan Velecky

Alan Velecky - 22h 56m 46s on the 5th September 2020. Alan completed his first double 10 years ago, so it was time to go again, with an improvement of 35 mins. Good job. Check out Alan's Strava ride In Alan's words: 22.56.46 elapsed, 35.05 faster than my 2010 ride. Up...

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Current record holder
Ian Leitch

15 hours 35 minutes

Hall of Fame

All ride times and records for the South Downs Way Double.

The route

Maps, Distances, Timing, GPS data and water sources.

Trying the Double

Advice and tips on your preperation for the double.

THINKING OF TRYING THE DOUBLE

Advice and tips on your preperation for the double.