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 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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Congratulations to Julian Paphitis

Congratulations to Julian Paphitis

Julian Paphitis - 19h 39m 52s on the 31th August 2020. Second double for Julian and showing that age is no barrier by putting in a sub 20 hour ride at 57 year old! Check out Julians Strava ride In Julians words It had been 5 years since my only and first successful...

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Congratulations to Nick Dwyer

Congratulations to Nick Dwyer

Nick Dwyer - 22h 32m 36s on the 24th July 2020. Nick took on the challenge with friend Rob Pelham. A Ditchling Beacon start was chosen for their adventure. Nick is on the right! In Nicks words: It started like something like this after a conversation with Rob Pelham...

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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.