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.
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...
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...
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/