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QECP/Harting Down bit is squishy top layer over firm.
Some exciting rain gullies and collections of gravel on corners.
Given the relatively dry but windy forecast for the weekend into next week I suspect that it will be pretty dry by the 21st. I’ll be out there this pm anyway so if it’s any different I’ll updatePosted 1 month agoSplash-manMember
I’m in the Worthing area.Posted 1 month ago
It has been raining again today but as mentioned above it will only take a coupe of windy days to dry out the puddles so I would anticipate it to be dry & fast running by next weekend.
Most of the route in my area is open track with no grass or tree cover so dries really quickly.muddy@rseguySubscriber
The trails on the SDW are pretty much all hardpack now and as its summer you will most likely only encounter slippery chalk just after rain (or maybe if you are riding at night and there is dew on the ground). Most of the chalk descents are exposed to the sun now so will mostly dry out in a day or two.
As has been mentioned, the ones to be careful on are Harting Down but also the chalk descents off Bignor Hill and the next one into the Arun Valley (Houghton/Amberley).
There are some rain gullies now cut into the chalk in a few places but just take it nice and easy, dont treat each descent like a full-on DH race and you’ll be fine.Posted 1 month agoHob NobMember
We’re doing it on Saturday, starting at Eastbourne, as home is only 10 minutes from the other end, so getting home isn’t an issue after.
Not planning on changing tyres on my little bike (Minion DHF front & Ardent rear). I imagine it will be the least of my worries, having never ridden 100 miles before, on or off road 🙂Posted 1 month agolittlerobMember
We did it last Friday and it was very wet for the first few hours. I think the forecast for 21st is looking much better.
Not sure I have any top tips other than, as other’s have said, check the locations of water points. We were able to fill up at: QECP (lots of work going on there, but porta-loos and a tap at the far end of the building), Washington, on the A27 crossing, and Jevington church. The tap near Amberley was out of order, but there are plenty of others.
Don’t forget to stop and tale it all in, its really stunning.
LRPosted 1 month agosingletrackmindMember
Tap at QECP is by the tempory tea rooms , a little way past the old visitor center . You will ride past it , its on your LHS.Posted 1 month ago
Do not turn right near the Devils Humps and end up down at the Royal Oak, Njee will tell you thats not the correct route
Do not miss the 90′ right turn at BlackCap and caryy on for miles in the wrong direction, Singletrackmind will tell you thats not the correct route
My top tips, stop only at the tap stops , and only for 2-3mins each time . Hoover up a load of food and get moving again.
And start early , 0600 ,or even 0500. Its magical up around Cheesefoot early doors .robcolliverMember
Our club – South Downs Mountain bike club – has its annual mooch on sdw this Saturday; its a go for us and I personally think the conditions will be fine – the above comments about the cheeky chalk are spot-on. Also, ride the tyres you know, and strip off daft extra weight such as dropper posts, mobile tool workshops and food you won’t feel like eating by the last half.Posted 1 month ago
Zero effort on the uphill sections, work hard on the flats and give it the beans on anything that points downhill.littlerobMember
Regarding food, what I did noticed on Friday (but didn’t use):
There is a farm-shop just after the A286 crossing near Cocking. No idea what they sell, but there was a sign for ice-cream I think.Posted 1 month ago
Trueleigh Hill YHA has a sign for Cafe “open to all”.
There is a cafe at Saddlescombe Farm.
Often an ice-crean van at Ditchling Beacon car-park.
When you hit the A27 (and turn right for the water stop) if you were to go left 1/4 mile or so there is a petrol station.
SouthEase YHA has a cafe that I think is open to passers-by.senor jSubscriber
I’m no expert but i do love a sdw thread(and done it a few times)…just had a look at the weather for Brighton – I reckon you’ll be fine on Friday – strong wind tomorrow to dry this afternoons showers up. Plus ,it’s not too warm on Friday so the water thing will be less of a stress. I took 750 ml & 500 ml bottles but DO Not miss the Lewes tap in the wall though. Big old thirsty climb after it. Ha.Posted 1 month ago
As for the map I just put my phone on airplane mode and used open bike map via viewranger. The signage is much better than it was a few years ago imo.
Good luck and have fun. Any more than three gates opened for you and you have to go back and start again. 😉
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