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Glorious Gravel: South Downs

Lewes, East Sussex

Organiser's Description

Take on this scenic 75km ride in the South Downs, which includes some sections of the famous South Downs Way.

We climb straight away from Lewes Castle, but how else will you see the sea? A mix of forest, field, track and road, this route is a real all-rounder, with sections to suit each type of bike setup. The village stores in Ripe will quench our caffeine craving, before the back loaded climbs on the South Downs Way will test your choice of gearing!

Start Time



75 km

More Info

Event website

GPX Files

Pre Ride Briefing

Two Feed Stops

Free coffee & beer at finish pub

Ride marshals supporting you on the route

Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1XH

Lewes Castle is located centrally in Lewes off the High Street, a few minutes walk from the bus and railway stations. Lewes is easily accessed from the A27, A26 and A275; drivers using the A27 should enter the town from the eastern end of the Lewes by-pass via the Cuilfail Tunnel. Lewes railway station is served by regular trains from Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings and London.

This ride takes us from Lewes on a 75km loop. The terrain is a real mix including forest, field & track. We climb straight out of Lewes to Blackcap and then descend quickly before a beautiful 40km flat section. The climbing is backloaded on this ride, but there is a pint waiting for you at the finish to make it all worthwhile. As with all gravel rides, we check the routes constantly as things can change much more than on a road ride. The final route is subject to change and will be emailed to you one week before the ride with a full ride brief.

South Downs Route

Start Time : From 7.45am

Finish time : Between 12pm and 2pm

Our events are open to all off-road bikes. While it is aimed primarily at gravel & adventure bikes, which are essentially fat tyred drop bar bikes, you are also most welcome on a mountain bike or cyclocross bike. We recommend a tyre width of 33+mm for most for our rides.

What to bring: You will be further from van support or facilities you would find in most towns than with our road trips, so it is advisable to take a little more with you: GPS device with route loaded; spare tube or tubeless plug, pump and/or CO2, mini tool, jacket and/or additional layers

We will email you the GPX route & a full breakdown of the route one week before the ride. Our route director will then be at the start to give you last minute advice and tips. You will be asked to select a start window which we will then confirm one week before the ride to ensure you roll out in group sizes based on current restrictions.


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