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 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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Richard Sterry first South Downs Triple

Richard Sterry - a previous SDD rider - has really pushed the boat out now with the first ever South Down Triple! That's riding the entire South Downs Way three times in a row, or doing a 'conventional' Double and following up with riding the whole of the SDW. Read...

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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.