- The SDW – just how hard to do in a day
@thegeneralist – If you are wanting to do the SDW in a day (as per the thread title) then any time not moving is essentially time wasted. It doesn’t mean you don’t eat well, you just don’t spend lots of time doing it. If you want to tour the route then you can afford to spend time finding pubs, cafes, etc. otherwise just get on and ride and step up to the challenge.Posted 1 year agoVan HalenMember
It’s fine. I’m no xc rider and I was disappointed in 14 hrs total time. I had to wait on each hill from Brighton to Eastbourne for my mate to walk up (wasn’t gonna leave him).
Do a bit of training. As many hills as you can rather than outright distance. The hills are the killer. I did ride xcfor about 4 months before hand which was shit and got up to 40miles feeling like I could do more. I trained on the Brighton to Eastbourne bit.
A gravel bike with fatish tyres would be a bike of choice. I did it on a 10yr old commencal meta4 26er that was slightly too small.Posted 1 year agotheotheroneSubscriber
I did it in 2017 with BHF. The first 40ish miles are easier than the last 60 miles. I used my Scott Spark, XC full sus, which I found perfect for this ride.
The flint can be a bugger on tyres, but it’s not that bad. The checkpoints are well stocked with water, but I got the Mrs to meet at 20 mile intervals with my energy drink and real food. Energy bars and gels are only so good. On an endurance ride you need real food too.
I’d advise doing the stretch from Washington to Eastbourne as a trial. It’s hilly, but the views are fantastic when you’re up on top of the South Downs. Pace yourself from the off and be prepared for a long, memorable day in the saddle.
Might do it again this year. Last year I met someone who did it on a fattie!Posted 1 year agodeadkennySubscriber
Hopefully weather holds out for that, though if it’s still stupidly hot you’re going to need a lot of water, and bottles/bladder probably won’t be enough. I went through 4 litres last week just with an off road loop round Farnham to Hindhead.
Noting the tap points will be essential.
Off road miles vs road is not simple as it depends on the terrain and technicality. I’d just go on the time. People say 10-15 hours. Takes me 8 to 10 hours to do a 65ish off roader at the moment, but that’s with stops to take photos, eat, play on singletrack if I’m passing any as can’t resist, bump into people and chat, and some explore or getting lost checking the map moments. To do SDW I need to learn to crack on and not get distracted. Though I wonder if I’d enjoy it so much then.Posted 11 months ago
It’ll be cooler next weekend Wally.
Take it slow. Eat something every 20 mins. Don’t stop for more than 10 mins and keep drinking stuff with electrolytes in.
You’ll be in Eastbourne before you know it but if you’re anything like me you’ll be ready to jack it in somewhere between Ditchling and Firle Beacon Masts (hill after Southease station). Keep going and push up the hills if you need. After the radio masts there’s only really 2 bigs hills left.
Good luck. I’ll be riding it on thur/fri for the 8th time. Sucker for punishment…Posted 11 months ago
I’m doing it next Sat too. I did it back in 2016 with the BHF.
My training was 2 longish (40 mile) rides a week with 2 or 3 smaller ones. I live 3 miles from the route so used the hills from the route on my training rides.
I Did winch to qe and back yesterday afternoon and the heat was a killer. Drank 4 litres of water, 3 energy bars and a sausage roll at qe.
Have a bell. Walkers appreciate it and they might even hold gates open for you.
The chalk is very fast and grippy because it’s so dry, BUT, because there’s nothing binding the gravel patches together it’s like patches of sand/ball bearings. Be careful.
Have a bell.
Make a mile chart of the water stops on the route so you dont miss them. It’s seriously hot.
Have a bell.
Take really stodgy food like sausage rolls, pork pies etc. Proper morale booster. Gels are good for quick fixes.
Don’t stop for more than 5 min.
Pace yourself. There no shame in walking up either. There s plenty of climbing in the 2nd half.
Have a bell.
Start in the first wave.
Vasaline for the bits.
Have a bell.
Look up. The views are stunning.Posted 11 months agosingletrackmindMember
I would be taking 3 – 4 High 5 Zero Electrolyte tabs as well. Just piling in water will help, but if you are loosing body salts at a high rate then cramp is a real possibilty.
Take it very easy for the first 1/3, then try to push on for the middle 1/3, and then hang in for the last 1/3.
Do not hit every hill intending to smash it, go at each one very slowly at the bottom. Keep control of your effort and breathing. If after 5 mins you are fine spinning an easy gear open it up abit.
If you havent done it before and are not used to riding 100 miles a week I would also take a sachet of bum cream. 12 -14hours attatched to your bike will lead to some discomfortPosted 11 months ago
I lathered up with vasaline at the start 2 years ago and was fine by the end.
I 2nd the comment about the gravel patches. Pretty drifty.
My plan is to take the first half slightly faster as I know it better than the 2nd and it will be cooler then tone it down after the YH just after amberly.
Don’t know if I mentioned it before but take a bell. 😀 it really is worth it.
I’ll be the one ringing at the start.Posted 11 months ago
Did Winchester to Amberley today, it’s dusty and hardpacked. Wear a buff if you’re doing it with the BHF as you’ll need to cover your nose and mouth on some bits (unless you’re out front!).
Also very loose gravelly bits in places so careful on fast corners, its sketchy!Posted 11 months agorobcolliverMember
its the third and fourth legs that are hard, though they are generally on the second day.
I’ve been long distance kayak racing since Christmas and this weekend is my first back on the bike proper….. may fit in a SDW in the next couple of weeks and remind myself how hard it is on those final hills.
Will report back soon.Posted 11 months agobrennanpeytonMember
I have managed it 4 times now; I would suggest start early, don’t faff (keep going) , drink plenty, go in a small group of similar riders and finally.. if you are a racing snake (my son not me!) get a carbon 29er hardtail, get a lift to Winchester and then just do the whole thing in 8:24 flat out no stops 🙂 then get the train home in time for tea.Posted 11 months ago
Well that was emotional. Was in the 2nd wave at 0435 and rolled over the finish line at 1655.
Felt like I really struggled this time round but when I checked Strava, I PB’d almost every segment on the first half. Now considering that I’ve ridden those segments more than 20 times, it made me realise that my pacing was well off. Still bet my previous by 2hrs though.Posted 11 months ago
Truleigh Hill YHA is the default suggestion. 60 miles in if you’re going west to east. so you’ve got less distance on the second day with the bigger hills and tired legs. Right on the trail, so no extra mileage, order a pizza or taxi into Shoreham for said pints and a pub dinner.
Other suggestions are available, but that one takes some beating for conveniencePosted 11 months ago
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