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 Amanda Brooks

Amanda Brooks - 21h 44m 30s on the 4th of August 2014. Amanda rode her way into the SDD record books with the fastest female time ever. Riding unsupported, conditions were good until the very end where the rain came down hard in...

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Congratulations to Mark Goldie

Mark Goldie - 19h 47m 39s singlespeed on the 17th July 2014. This is the 2nd fastest singlespeed time, and particularly impressive to witness when he realised he could get under 20 hours by picking up the pace late in the...

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Congratulations to Nick Herlihy

Nick Herlihy – 22h 13m 33s on the 18th May 2014. Near perfect weather for Nick on his double ride. A brief few words from Nick: I set off a couple of hours before sunset because I wasn't confident at all I could do it under 24 hours and didn't want to be finishing in...

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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.