South Downs Way conditions
Just done a couple of hours around the Friston area and back along the SDW, the chalky bits are all broken up and claggy now – Windover Hill, we had a bit of a frost yesterday that’s made it a mess, couple of days ago it was solid, so my bike and myself ended up covered in wet chalk that then turned solid and stopped my mechs working, wind seems to be changing from a north to an east wind so it should be behind you but it’s still bitter. So, warm clothes and a brush to unclog the bike at the water stops.Posted 4 years agobillyboySubscriber
Lewes to Alfriston was dry today as were two of the old stock track drop offs I use down to the Firle/Alfriston track.
The prevailing wind usually makes it easier to ride the SDW from west to east, but for my last three weekly visits the wind was coming from the NE making it far better to be traveling west.Posted 4 years agopixelmixMember
Well thanks for all the tips and updates STW hive mind. Did it today in the end – had a cold at the start of the week, so decided to delay a day, and unfortunately missed the better weather yesterday. Didn’t have any real targets, so took it easyish at the start. Tired from 40mi onwards (tough headwind section shortly before that) so pleased enough with 11hrs.
Strong winds all day, sunny for about 20 minutes at the start but grey everywhere else (a flake or two of snow) and the sun finally re-emerged for 30 minutes just before sunset as I neared Winchester. Temps between -1 and +3 all day, so difficult to keep warm in the biting wind.
Rode it East to West to get some benefit from the wind, but as I was heading NW really, and it is a NE wind, it was a side wind as much as anything else. Still helpful in parts, and definitely better than the usual West to East though. Walkers going the other way were definitely having a worse time of it.
Trail is riding really well. Dry and dusty everywhere except for one muddy descent. I’d recommend getting out before it rains again!
Rubbish photos as I only had my phone (and even that turned itself off as the battery didn’t like the cold):Posted 4 years ago
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