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.

Ian Leitch sets new record!

Ian Leitch - 15h 35m on the 26th of May 2016. Ian smashes the outright record with a stunning time that will surely stand for a while, amazing! Strava:...

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Congratulations to Julian Paphitis

Julian Paphitis - 23h 2m on the 1st August 2015. Perfect weather for Julian and by sheer coincidence Frazer was also attempting the Double! In Julians words: Julian's ride on Strava The decision to go for the double was fairly last minute, after an unsuccessful race...

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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.


Advice and tips on your preperation for the double.