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  • 15th> 19th is the plan

  • although a warning - there will be alot of stopping for photos / video/ wasting time.
    trousers / trainers / shirt sort of ride.

  • I might join you for the 17th 18th.
    Would ride to find you evening of 16th (I guess), and then head back to London night time 18th.
    V. Weather dependent.

  • My in laws have a house in Salisbury. It's only a couple of miles from a jumping on point for the route. Will have to give this a shot at some point in the future.

  • this is in my calendar now. would be nice riding with the two of you.

  • My house is on this route. Will wave.

  • yas that sounds great if you guys could make it out. Anyone else more than welcome.

  • Of September? I might be keen as it's just down the road and looks pretty nice. I've also been meaning to do a mini tour for a while.

  • PM me a rough day by day so I can work out where I might find you en route!

  • Ive got that week off work and have booked train tix for 835 from Waterloo for the 15th. Figure paths will cross...will DM @Thrasher with my details

  • Few people shown interest in dates I’m doing which is great. I’ll set up a WhatsApp group - DM me your number if you would like to join

  • I might join you for some of the Reading area riding - any idea how that fits into your schedule?

  • I live in Farnham, on the route. If anyone fancies some company going either direction as you pass through, always happy to tag along for a bit...

  • My schedule is pretty loose. I.E I dont have one :D

    I'll be aiming to get to Winchester sometime on the 14th and making a start.
    Go from there.

    I'll update here or via whatsapp

  • When looking to do the full circuit, worth consulting this link to ensure you're not attempting to cross MoD land when they're having live firing­ns/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-fi­ring-times/salisbury-plain-training-area­-spta-firing-times-september-2020

  • Good info! I'll try make it past these three sites on day one - aiming for close to Avebury so 90-100km

  • So I did this at the weekend - thanks for the inspiration @Thrasher . I decided on Thursday night then caught the 7.43 from Paddington on Saturday morning to Reading and started and ended from there.­8285

    The bit from Reading to the South Downs Way is pretty easy and fast but from then on in it gets harder. I rode a rigid Ritchey P29er and was very happy I didn't choose my CX bike. Even though on the flats it was slower, there were a fair few sections on the South Downs Way and Ridgeway that I was very happy I had MTB tyres for. In particular with the recent rain some steep climbs and descents had become very rocky.

    It's a really great route, just was harder than I expected. Nothing very technical but it's not all smooth going. A fair bit of sand too in the first half.

    Re the firing ranges you pass by them but not through them so I don't think you need to worry about that. They're a bit creepy though.

    I had dinner and bivied in the garden of the Black Horse in Hurdcott and would 100% reccomend this as a plan. The landlord was fantastic, and even put my bike in the lock up so I didn't have to worry about it overnight. Beer was great too and a cute pub dog another plus

    I did it in 2 days, but if you want to be more leisurely then 3 would probably be more fun.

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  • Bonkers fast, that.

  • mental fast. if you not racing longer stuff these days? you should!

  • Heading out sunday afternoon - get some dinner and ride a bit for a bivy - make a proper start Monday morning around 6am

  • Strong riding!

  • 2 days and you had time to stop to take photos? Good work!

  • This is hard

  • Go slower :D

  • Htfu

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King Alfred Way

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