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.
Ultan Coyle - 17h 51m 54s on the 24th September 2018. Ultan puts in a cracking effort with the 3rd fastest time to date! Strava Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1863702652
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: https://www.strava.com/activities/589179665
Matthew Jones - 22h 10m 50s February 2016. Just to make thing even harder Matt went for a Winter double. Read more about this epic ride here