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 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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Congratulations to Rob Pelham

Congratulations to Rob Pelham

Rob Pelham - 22h 32m 28s on the 24th July 2020. Rob took on the challenge with friend Nick Dwyer. A Ditchling Beacon start was chosen for their adventure. Rob is on the right! Robs write up: https://www.propelbikes.co.uk/news/south-downs-way---double/

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Perseverance from Neil pays off

Perseverance from Neil pays off

Perseverance from Neil pays off Neil Kemp – 26h 54m on the 11th July 2020. Sometimes we focus on the fastest riders, but each persons Double is an equal challenge of grit and determination. This was Neil's 3rd attempt and although he did not go under 24hours, it is a...

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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.