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.

Perseverance from Neil pays off

Perseverance from Neil pays off

Perseverance from Neil pays off Neil Kemp – 26h 54m on the 11th July 2020. Sometimes we focus on the fastest riders, but each persons Double is an equal challenge of grit and determination. This was Neil's 3rd attempt and although he did not go under 24hours, it is a...

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Epic ride by Archie

Epic ride by Archie

Archie McKellar – 29h 58m 49s on the 26th June 2020. A valiant effort by Archie in far from ideal conditions. In Archie's words: Pre-ride Summary Riding the SDW had been a commonly talked about topic for months before this event with the like minded cyclists from my...

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Congratulations to Toby Leyland

Congratulations to Toby Leyland

Toby Leyland - 23h 20m 1s on the 24th June 2020. If doing the Double isn't hard enough in itself, Toby tested himself even more on a circa year 2000 26" wheel MTB!😃. In toby's words: Weather: High 31degrees. Wind E / NE 15- 20kmh “You are going too fast, you are going...

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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.