South Downs Way Double Double ride is go

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  • South Downs Way Double Double ride is go
  • This one is for the crazies, its taken me two years to get to the statline, but at 0600 on Saturday, I’m going to do four legs of the SDW, non-stop.

    You can follow on our club website:- and check the ‘news’ tab, or on the SPOT tracker site

    I am aiming for 12 hour legs, but if it slips a little, I’ll just get it done in anytime…

    if you see me out there, please give me a wave and some encouragement.

    The pit crew will do their best to update this topic with pics and info as the 400 mile gelfest unfolds.

    Now I know there are more exotic places to ride, but this is freeee to enter and on my doorstep and all my buddies can come and help out with food, drink, clothes and lights. They are banned from doing any of the 90+ gates but if one or two get opened by other folk enjoying the downs, I’ll be very happpy.

    Spending the day relaxing, so if you want to know more, drop a post and I’ll answer as best I can.

    Best of luck, hope it all goes well.

    Premier Icon bikebouy

    For the epic’ness that this attempt is going to be I shall pop up and wave you on.

    Best of luck.

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    Mental. Weather and wind looking great for you, best of luck and will keep an eye out for you around the Eastbourne end (where conditions are perfect too)

    Premier Icon stevemakin

    good luck Rob


    Loon! πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon senor j

    Best of luck to you. πŸ˜€

    Premier Icon muggomagic

    Looks to be well timed with the weather. If the winds were still as strong as we had earlier this week, that would have made at least half the distance really hard work.
    Wishing you the very best of luck.


    Type 3 fun then ?

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    Good luck Rob. I hope it goes well for you. You’re a braver man than me!

    I’m interested about why you mention that people are prohibited to open gates for you but you’re allowed outside help with supplies? I thought the Self Supported “rules” allow no outside help or food drops?

    This isn’t me having a pop by the way, i’m just interested. I think what you’re planning is incredible and I wish you every success.

    There seem to be so few rules for this event that I borrowed some from the SDWx2 team.
    I am doing it with a pit crew who will carry equipment, but the gates are one thing that can save loads of time – I think its 30+ seconds for a gate if a pal holds it open and you don’t have to slow at all.

    Thats 45 minutes each leg;3 hours off just like that!

    I have the choice of doing the latest routes (loads of new signs going up now it is a National Park) and have opted for the ‘classic’ route which is Warnford based rather than Exton.

    The self supported thing is an alpine style attack where you tape gels to your bike and stop at the taps for water.
    This will be hard enough doing it with a crew.

    I’ve done Touur Divide and .the self supported ethos and am ploughing my own furrow on this one.
    Thanks for asking.

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    you’re a lunatic. It’s absolutely glorious down here at the moment, hope it stays that way for you.

    I rode Worthing to Amberely on Tuesday in an absolute slog of an headwind and that short stretch was a total pain, I hope the wind holds off for you.

    Good luck Rob


    Good luck, I hope the winds are kind. What end are you starting? Will look out for you around Windover Hill and Jevington.

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    Good luck – hope there’s not a lot of other traffic on a bank holiday to slow you down, the wind isn’t against you and the weather holds.

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    Best of luck you crazy fool πŸ˜‰

    What bike are you riding out of interest?

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    You’re clearly bonkers but wish you good luck anyway. πŸ˜€

    I’m on a 2010 SC Tallboy. Jungle and Santa Cruz have been awesome with looking after me and the bike. Plastic wheels from Strada, build with a dynamo (not using it on this event); they were build for XC and have held up brilliantly. 4 Diablo lights from Exposure. Small Block 8’s from Kenda – I’m down to my last set, but one pair did Banff to Mexico without a puncture, so they should love this terrain.
    I’ve got two saddles (on Thompson Materpiece posts), the first should see me through three legs and is a Prologo bone edge iron triathlon saddle with modifications, the spare is a Specialised with a nice long groove (can’t remember the name and it’s boxed up ready to go)
    Home-modded tribars, ergon grips and gps mount.
    I use XT/XTR as its so simple to work on if the need arrises.

    The arse saver is udder cream.

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    Epic, best of luck with your attempt πŸ™‚


    Sounds good- enjoy it!

    Premier Icon njee20

    Good effort, bon chance.

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    Two different saddles… love it πŸ˜€


    Sounds great but I’m not sure I’d of chosen this weekend for it. Bank holiday leading into half term is one of the busiest holiday weeks of the year. There’ll be about a gazillion people on the downs this weekend and I hope you don’t get too fed up trying to get past them.


    Good luck ! 😯

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    Good luck Rob, hope the weather holds out for you. Three hours opening gates 😯

    b r


    good luck

    Premier Icon njee20

    There’ll be about a gazillion people on the downs this weekend and I hope you don’t get too fed up trying to get past them.

    Sight lines are excellent and virtually all of it is wide enough to easily pass. I’d rather have the extra people around who may hold open gates and to say hello to!


    Best of luck!
    Will be out between Afriston and Ditchling and hope to open a gate for you!

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    hope to open a gate for you!

    he’ll have to kill you if you do that. They’re not tri bars, they’re rocket launchers πŸ˜‰

    I think he’s going ‘support in the car parks but not on the ride’ so has to open his own gates.

    Thanks all for the gate offfers! Its all in the timing.
    I had to go with the bank hols as I’m relying on vollies having time to commit to helping and can’t really do this as a last minute exercise.

    I was all set to go last August bank hols, but then hurricane Bertha blew in!

    Starting at Winchester on Saturday 0600.

    Good luck to you, and the support crew too! Going to be epic for all of you πŸ™‚

    Don’t see why anyone should have a problem with you being fully supported, it’s not like you’re pretending to be doing it alpine. Stay safe and try and enjoy!


    I’m one of the support crew and can vouch for the planning thats gone into this. I’m supporting leg 2 back through the first night. Food, gels, drink plus bike tinkering (hopefully not) at the major road crossings. Can change lights and batteries at these points. There is no way Rob could carry enough food for 400 miles so would have to do food drops anyway since there are not many shops on the SDW.

    This may be a bonkers thing to do, but if anyone can then its Rob.

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    Good luck I’ll look out for you between Newtimber & Ditchling

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    I think 400 miles and a gazillion feet of climbing is sufficient to not really care about gates and supply hand ups, isn’t the double double in itself a first?

    Best of luck to you, would come to wave you off but can’t be arsed to get up for 06:00 on a weekend πŸ˜€

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    I think you’re absolutely nuts.

    Love it! Good luck with the ride πŸ™‚


    Good luck fella!


    Great stuff, proper eccentric. Good luck!


    good luck Rob … did it just one way in the BHF last year … bloody hard work!! … my hat is well and truly off to you sir!


    it really is insane, about 40,000ft of climbing yes? i have no idea how you keep going, i think i’m reasonably fit and i’m done after about 5000-6000 usually then not even gels work after that. good luck! still thinking about doing it once in one go ffs :/

    (missed the last guy 2 years ago might see you this time).

    2 saddles. yeah i’d want 2 arses.


    brassneck wrote:

    I think 400 miles and a gazillion feet of climbing is sufficient to not really care about gates and supply hand ups, isn’t the double double in itself a first?

    Yeah, but he might as well set an ethical level so it’s not too easy for those who make the next attempts πŸ˜‰

    Good luck, hope you manage to enjoy it the 4th time through!

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