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 - 23h 2m on the 1st August 2015. Perfect weather for Julian and by sheer coincidence Frazer was also attempting the Double! In Julians words: Julian's ride on Strava The decision to go for the double was fairly last minute, after an unsuccessful race...
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 Winchester.
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 ride.