South Downs Conditions? – Update Please.
I’m riding the Wiggle Rough Ride this weekend. The organisers have changed the route; it now runs east of Amberley. I appreciate it’s going to be wet and muddy but how bad? I’ve never ridden on the South Downs; does it drain quickly? The forecast for this week isn’t too bad so hopefully it’ll improve the conitions?
Thanks in advance.Posted 3 years agomartibSubscriber
Sportive Photo mentioned on Twitter they were doing a recce today for Saturday, so I asked what conditions were like, they replied –
“a bit sticky in places, SDW had a few puddles but nothing too bad that I saw.”
My first event and very much looking forward to it 😀Posted 3 years agowinstonMember
I was up that way on Saturday. Its rideable but not enjoyable. Forget getting out of the saddle on a climb, its spin city and the descents are slower due to mud. Watch any off camber section as you will have zero grip, even on a nice looking grassy bit as I found out to my cost….Posted 3 years agobartimaeusMember
Everywhere seems to be drying out now… so the chalk and well drained sections are much better, but the muddy, poorly drained sections are if anything worse as they are very sticky.
Weather looks good for a few days now so everything should improve significantly.
I think your main worry will be the impact on the soft sections of several hundred riders.Posted 3 years ago
Not sure where the mud was? If that was muddy in places I’ll take it any day compared to the sh*te I’m riding at the moment. 98% was flinty tracks! I’m a bit pissed as I took my 26″ (as it has gears)having stripped my tubeless X-Kings off to fit Medusa’s and the X-Kings would have been perfect.Posted 3 years ago
Some tough climbs though – we don’t get hills anything like that in Cambridge.
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