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  • Premier Icon wwaswas
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    Maybe Devils Dyke to Eastbourne and then the train back to Brighton and cycle up to the Dyke?

    Or park near Kingston (nr Lewes) and do Eastbourne and back ?

    Both would take in the more challenging climbs and give a good indication of what the whole thing is like.

    trevron73
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    Start at Brighton(Devils dyke) and ride to Eastbourne and back ,this will take in the final huge climbs figure 6 plus hours there and back .some cracking climbs and descents on this stage .Great up there at the moment really dry and fast.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    would be nearer 70 miles doing Dyke-Eastbourne-Dyke I think?

    Premier Icon El Vino
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    I did something similar using train to help with Logistics, stared in Winchester and went to Amberley, lots of options to go further if you are feeling strong and use London as your starting point for train journeys.

    DrP
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    I’d say the big climbs are middle-end of the route (if going winch to easty-B).

    If it were me… I’d park up at Amberly, head East from there, then sort of drop back into Lewes if you didn’t fancy heading all the way East.

    DrP

    Premier Icon dknwhy
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    I got the train to Hassocks and then went from the station up Ditchling Beacon (on the road) and onto the SDW to Eastbourne from there and then a train back into London. Was around 40-45 miles I think.

    forzafkawi
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    A group of friends and I would like to ride the SDW but before we commit to riding the whole route, would like a shorter route that we could comfortably do as a day ride.

    I was thinking that maybe 50 miles where we park up somewhere suitable and then ride out and back 25 miles to save the logistics of getting back to the car at the end of the ride. Maybe also covering some of the bigger climbs so that we can scout what sort of thing to expect on the whole route.

    Could those who have experience of the SDW please suggest a suitable starting point for a ride something like this?

    Premier Icon nedrapier
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    I wouldn’t discount doing the whole thing for starters. You can split it over two days, stay at the Truleigh Hill hostel (@ 60 miles if you’re going west – east) there are quite a few options to bail at train stations along the way.

    I organised a group to do exactly that a few years ago, guys and girls, a few of whom wouldn’t have said they were particularly fit. There was a bit of walking up some of the hills (and some tears!), but everyone finished with a smile on their face.

    missnotax
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    I did the Winchester to Amberley part last weekend (for the train back to Winchester to collect the car!) – worked well.

    The big hills are in the second half from what I understand….

    Some buddies of mine carried on and did the whole thing to Eastbourne in one day (hence I got the car and collected them). That’s definitely not an easy option!!

    TimCotic
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    You Haven’t said which is the nearest bit of the SDW for you. I like to ride bits of the 2012 Wiggle South Downs Epic 44 miles course. The best start point for me is Funtington (near Chichester). Most of the ride is NOT actually on the SDW, but it’s lovely stuff with some challenging climbs (well they are for me LOL). If you have the 25000 OS Chicester map then you can modify to suit you. I’ve got the PDF file of the 2012 course map if you want to email me.
    Tim (Southampton)

    bartimaeus
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    I would consider Amberley to Eastbourne and then a train back.

    Amberly is pretty much halfway and is easy to get to – with the station right by the SDW.

    It’s just over 50 miles to Eastbourne, and you get most of the good scenery… pick a day with decent weather so you can appreciate the views, and avoid days with strong headwinds. You do get most of the big climbs too (which is either good or bad depending on your view of things) – including an immediate climb up Amberly Mount, which I think is just about the longest and steepest on the route.

    This is definitely the harder half of the route, so once you’ve knocked it off you will know you are ready!

    Van Halen
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    its 20 odd miles from falmer/woodingdean to eastbourne.

    my SDW in a day training route!

    although for a nice diversion and actual singletrack go to Friston forest rather than eastbourne and do a lap of the red (or the main red descent then ride a few drops on teh DH tracks like i did last week)- i`m not cut out for xc.

    excellent training. big climbs and a bloody nice sausage roll in alfriston deli. you can also demonstrate your climbing prowess on the super steep grassy climb out of the farm at southease on the way back. guarenteed to get you puffing.

    DrP
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    you can also demonstrate your climbing prowess on the super steep grassy climb out of the farm at southease on the way back. guarenteed to get you puffing.

    I love that farm cafe – It’s where I refuel on coffee and chocolates to get me up said climb..

    DrP

    AMberly to Alfriston and train back might work out.
    Depends what you want to try to acheive, are you doing this for fitness or to recce the route .
    Fitness.- ride out and back
    Recc.- ride the direction you intend to travel and train back .
    Do not underestimate the climbing, its also about the same in each half. first half is more climbs of less feet, secong half less climbs of more feet.

    forzafkawi
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    Thanks for all the suggestions, quite a few options to consider there. I hadn’t realised that it’s possible to get a train back from certain locations so maybe I’ll look at that solution. Whenever I’d looked at the trains in the past it always looked like the only option was in to London and back out again.

    Coming from Essex so didn’t really want all the faff of going in to London to get the train down and back at this point.

    We did the Wiggle South Downs Epic yesterday (39 miles) and found it okay and could probably have managed 50 miles reasonably comfortably so the whole route would be doable at some time.

    bartimaeus
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    I also did the Epic on Sunday… and I really enjoyed it. The western half of the route counts as ‘local trails’ for me. If you found that OK then you’ll do fine on the SDW. Some of the SDW climbs are bigger (e.g. Amberley Mount which is steeper than this profile suggests), but there’s nothing quite as vicious as the climb up out of Upwaltham which we did on Sunday.

    forzafkawi
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    Thanks for the info bartimaeus.

    I don’t know the area but I know that I cleaned that Upwaltham climb because I didn’t have hordes of “pushers” getting in the way like some of the earlier climbs.

    The descent after that made the whole ride worthwhile. :o)

    johnj2000
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    Queen Elizabeth Country Park and then back to Winchester which would give you 20plus miles plus Butser Hill or go the other way 25 miles and come back and have a play on the red trail before you stuff your face in the cafe 🙂

    crawf44
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    Another suggestion. Drive to Eastbourne, train with bikes to shorham! Up onto the SDW from there and head back to Eastbourne. Pie and a pint on the seafront and a drive home. A bit shorter than 50 I would guess but there is a bit of climbing. Enjoy

    park at qecp – petersfeild . its on the sdw . ride to brighton , train back to petersfeild via havant . 5hrs . ride the red loop at qecp – home

    jmckee
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    I’d suggest that if you pick any spot from QECP and head east you’ll have a good day out. The section west of QECP has more road and isn’t nearly as interesting or picturesque with exceptions of course such as Old Winchester Hill.
    Based purely on where I live I enjoy the route from QECP to the cafe (or pub) by the river at Amberly, quick refuel then back. Come to think of it you could also do a quick loop of the Red Route in QECP if Amberly and back is too easy 🙂

    jimification
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    Whatever you go for, definitely base it on the forecast and prevailing wind direction (particularly if you take the one way ride / train option) it will make a massive difference to the fun factor.

    Also note, depending which 50 mile route you pick, the climbing will likely vary from around 1400m to 2000m and it’s the climbs that get you. (the whole thing is about 3300m of ascent from memory)

    DrP
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    Also note, depending which 50 mile route you pick, the climbing will likely vary from around 1400m to 2000m and it’s the climbs that get you turn you into a champion – men want to be you, women want to be with you…

    FTFY

    DrP

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