SDW – BHF charity ride this Sat.
I inadvertently ran into this very event back in 2010 on the last day of my personal little SDW adventure!
Was wild camping, first 2 days never saw a single rider practically, then Sunday! Boom! Riders everywhere!
It was great to be there even though I “officially” wasn’t.
Have a GREAT ride guys. That multi day STW ride I did is one of the best things I have ever done and will be repeating it this Summer.
Not this weekend though. 🙁
Watch the flint, I had to superglue a ripped tyre back together on the last day.Lol Running tubed at the time luckily!Posted 8 months agotheboyneedsSubscriber
Good luck chaps, I did it in 14 hours last month. Back again for a more leisurely pace this thursday/friday. I’ll stash some Haribo’s behind a tap for you!
It’s worth printing out the route profile if you’ve never done it before. At least you’ll know how many hills left. I’ve always found half the battle is in my mind with the SDW.Posted 8 months ago
Looking at the BHF website it specifies it has water stops and mechanical support, but i can’t see anything on feed stations ? If there were feed stations i was going to ride without a Camelbak, just 2 bottles and carry some food and then a tailbag for spares/stuff. We’re now not staying over in Eastbourne so no need to carry a change of clothing with us.. But i’d like more than a pocket full of food as i’m not sure i can carry enough in pockets even with the number of water taps, i think i’d be OK for liquids, but food, hmmmm.Posted 8 months agomuggomagicSubscriber
The hills before Truleigh don’t really count for much
Not sure about that. Plenty of decent climbs before the river Adur – Truleigh hill climb. You have the climb up from the A32, up from the A3, A285 to Bignor hill, Amberley Mount, A24 – Chanctonbury ring.Posted 8 months ago
The worst one for me though is Alfriston to Windover Hill.
The trail will be brutally hard now, I went up early Saturday morning on the CXer to do a loop I have from home/Cheesefoot/SDW/QECP/home and its running hard and fast chalk. Unlikely to get slippy at all despite today’s rain here, lots of wind will dry it out.
Teeth rattling fun.
Enjoy it.Posted 8 months agoPaineyMember
Good luck to all those doing it. I keep toying with the idea of having another go as it’s a great day out, as long as the weather plays ball.
Regarding feed stations. I wouldn’t rely on things like that. You might get the chance to grab a cake here and there but you need a lot of the right food, little and often to keep the tanks filled up. There’s plenty of water stops but I’d never do it without a backpack and some food inside it.Posted 8 months agoTimPMember
Did it for the first time on Saturday with some mates up until Washington Hill then solo. Nearly quit at Southease. I knew it was coming, I should have stopped at the cafe but knew I was cutting it fine to get to Eastbourne before dark. Reached the point I couldn’t push more than 10m or do 2 turns of the pedals without stopping.
Got 1 flat out on the trails and a slow puncture that has gone down since so be prepared for multiple flats. It was cold to start, but HOT later, then freezing sat waiting for my train. I had all my food and water on the bike and a rucksack with spare clothes, suntan lotion etc. so the lighter but bulky stuff.
Bike wise I managed it on 26″ wheeled Soul with just 9 gears (retro I know!!)
Good luck to all doing it!!Posted 8 months ago
How’s it going on the final prep Weeksy?Posted 8 months ago
Tube behind the saddle.
Sticky pod bag with all tools in, inhaler, sanitising gel, moisture cream, bum butter, salt NuuN tablets for water, three fruit jellies and three savory, pump, tunes and token lock. Asthma and Excema don’t help when traveling light.
Y’ll be fine, borrow one if needed. Someone will no doubt be towing a snap-on toolkit with them… 😀
In all the times I’ve ridden it, I’ve never ever needed one, ask DrP.. he’s just done it, see if he needed one.. didn’t mention any breaks or mishaps ..
And the weather looks damn near perfect, with dry sunny and a SWly wind to push you all the way there.
I’ve just come back from Old Winny Hill along the Meon Trail flat chat and its dry as a bone and teeth rattling fun.Posted 8 months ago
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