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
George Cordal - 23h 20m 19s on the 6th May 2017. George is the first person to complete a sub 24 hour double on drop bars. Not content with a 23h 23m ride 3 weeks earlier George decided on another attempt. In George's words Photo's by Rory Hitchens It may just be a...
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