South Downs way, end-to-end, TBC

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  • No idea. Just fancied having a go myself at some point.

  • I'd say 10 hours is considered a good time for single if your trying to push yourself probably the equivalent of a 3 hour marathon for amateur runners. I've done the single 10+ times and my PB is 8:48 but that was all out and the last 40 or so i had a car looping round with food, drink and spares and a couple of mates riding with me pacing and getting the gates. The double is a totally different beast i attempted it once and got it all wrong needing medical attention and having to stop at Devils Dyke after less than 17 hours. The single can either be a really nice big day out or absolutely miserable depending on your approach to it as much as your fitness.

  • Ten hours is beast mode

    Double is something else entirely.

  • Good to know, cheers. Our recent one way 'attempt' was pretty miserable, falling on the hottest day of the year. Despite the nausea at 2/3 (never had sunstroke but that must have been what it was) it got me thinking about a fast single. Figured there's enough taps to do it with a minimal one bottle setup.

  • Also it's interesting to put it in terms of marathon times. There doesn't seem to be a cycling equivalent. Telling that Ian Leitch is also a handy runner (sub 2hr45?)

  • Ian leitch has run a 2:18 marathon and 15:35 for the SDW double I'm not sure on his single time but i knows it's well under 7 hours 🤯

  • I'd like to give this a rather more relaxed go - staying somewhere around the halfway mark (either camping or a B&B) over the course of a warm weekend.

  • This is the only thing I’d consider :)

  • Someone has run it in 14 hours if you fancy it 😉

  • The missus and I did the Chiltern Ridgeway like this and it was lots of fun.

  • I'm up for that

  • Also interested in this approach!

  • having ridden most of it in a day, honestly there are much better routes to ride on an mtb in the UK.
    it's quite good, but not legendary, ridgeway or transcambrian are a lot more interesting.
    it is accessible tho.

  • It's a beautiful part of the world, it's close, it's easy to get too. If you want to bail then there are well spaced points that will train you back to Londons famous London. All in all, it's got a lot going for it.

    Now, if we could just get the vaccination program sorted...

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South Downs way, end-to-end, TBC

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