South downs way – halfway-ish hostels and wot bike?
Washington Camping is a 4 mile drive away and has all facilities – http://www.washcamp.connectfree.co.uk/
The White House, Steyning is closer but has only basic camping facilities – 01903 813737
Springwells Hotel, Steyning – http://www.springwells.co.uk/
The Chequers Inn, Steyning – http://www.chequerinnsteyning.co.uk/index.php
Best Western Old Tollgate in Bramber (1 mile) – http://www.oldtollgatehotel.com/Posted 4 years agonedrapierSubscriber
How well does the Yeti pedal? On one SDW ride, I swapped bikes with a mate on a Blur LT, it felt horribly draggy. Couldn’t wait to get back on my hardtail.
Biggest fast, light tyres, lowish pressure (toobless?) you can get in the Fargo would be my advice.
While it’s smooth in the sense that it’s not rocky, there are stretches which are ripply/bumpy (dried mud, flint cobbles in the chalk) which can get a bit fatiguing. Worth losing a bit of efficiency by dropping some pressure to take the sting out a bit. Yer big wheels will help too.
Edit – another vote for Truleigh Hill Hostel. It couldn’t be more convenient. You can order out for pizza, too.Posted 4 years agojohnnystormSubscriber
I did the whole thing in a day on a loaded Fargo a couple of weeks ago. What little, if anything I lost on the descents I reckon I made up on the climbs. I was running the standard race kings tubeless at around 30psi.
I was on the BHF SDW event and we did see a fair few punctures along the way. I don’t know if that means its normally bad or just that if you get a load of riders on one route someone is bound to have problems! 😉
The BHF provided a .GPX file and downloadable map (better than the Harveys one I bought!) both of which can be downloaded here:
Hope you had good conditions like we did, there are a number of drinking water taps along the way (marked on the map) so if it’s a scorcher you’ll still be OK. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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