Pics from the MTB ride can be found here:-

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Rider Times

Well done to everyone who came and rode with us on the weekend, the forecast showers mainly stayed away and the sun came out for much of the road sportive making it a great weekend to be out on the bike. Our British summer weather meant the mountain bike course still featured a fair bit or mud in places and sections of the road route had some fairly stiff head winds which along with the hill nature of the ride meant both were fairly challenging.

You can download the ridet times from this weekend’s event using the links below -

MTB Rider Times

Sportive Rider Times

Excel Results -

One of the most common queries we get after the results are published is ‘Can I have them in Excel?’ and the short answer is ‘no’.

We know most people just want them for general interest to see how they compare and we can completly understand that. However, for insurance and legal reasons we try hard to ensure that our events are in no way seen as races or as having any competitive element. One way we do this is by only providing results that can’t easily be ranked and it’s for the same reason that we don’t normally provide number boards for bikes or set gold, silver and bronze time targets.

Part of the appeal of the rides for many is seeing how long it takes you to complete the course, we totally get that and that’s why we time you but that’s a personal challenge and not a competition against other riders.

Update – 02/08/12

PLEASE NOTE: There is the chance that the main road from Ditchling to Plumpton will be closed for road works on Saturday. This will only happen if it is dry – if it’s raining the works will be postponed. If you intended to reach Plumpton College via this road, please be prepared to divert and approach Plumpton from the East from the direction of Lewes or via Plumpton Green.

Sitting in the hotel room with the track cycling on the TV, it’s brilliant!! I had my own little ride this morning putting out the short road route, nothing quite as fast as Sir Hoy, but a fair pace considering I had to keep stopping. ( Let’s see Hoy break world records when he has to stop at the end of every straight and put up a pink arrow :-) ) The weather held and it turned out to be a great day, with the first 10 miles on fairly flat, straight, quiet country roads. The last 5 miles of this though is heading back to towards the South Downs which keep popping into view like a SEP ( see below) At about 13 miles you come to the big challenge of the day, Ditchling Beacon, which weaves it’s way up the North side of the Downs. I little hint for you – when you see the “Horses 1 3/4miles” at the end of a tree lined section you are about 50mtrs from the top :-) This is followed by a nice descent into the outskirts of Brighton. There then follows a section of Cycle path along the side of the A27 which is pretty nice. Please us this and not the busy A27, remember, it’s not a race so keep yourself safe!! A few more country lanes and it’s back to Plumpton in 2 and 3/4 hours and 30miles on the nose.

The MTB route is going to be put out tomorrow so I will try and post up the exact conditions. Riding past some of the trails today though and I think it’s going to be muddy and slippery…….. so please go careful on those descents.


Please follow the parking signs and do not park at the front of the college – there is plenty of room.


Bit of a funny one. There are a lot of residential groups in this weekend so we can’t use the sports hall as usual so I was told we could use the store that we have used in the past, which was great. Unfortunately it’s not this one but another, smaller one with tractors in it!! So you’ll find us in dungarees chewing hay and sitting on a Massey :-)


This is a really horsey area so please take care when you see a horse and make yourself known from a long way back, pass slow and wide and listen to the horse rider. The applies to MTB AND SPORTIVE RIDERS



These rides are not races. Please follow the highway/countryside code. Give way to other road/trail users and be polite. Roadies, do not ride two abreast where it is not safe to do so and keep your speed down and bike under control into blind corners. MTB riders, there are a lot of HORSE RIDERS in the area. Please slow down and STOP when you meet a horse, follow the instructions of the rider. Remember, you have complete (ish) control of your bike, they won’t have control of a spooked tonne of  horse which can injure you/them/the horse. Think of it this way, you pass the horse once, they get passed 400 times. YOU are responsible for your actions and their consequences, if you cause an accident then you are liable for the costs.

GPX files.

These are now up for those that have pre-entered,( please do not mail me if you are not pre-entered, the files will be available to download from our computers on the morning. ) the link will be in the pre-event mail you should have received. If not, please check your junk folder or any other email addresses you might have used when booking. If you still can’t find it, mail me on Bear in mind that I won’t answer mails between 7am – 9pm Saturday.

Torn a tyre on the ride? Don’t want to wait in the wet to be picked up? Well here’s the solution – Dean and Tony’s torn tyre fix




SEP = Someone Else’s Problem. A cloaking device used on Slartibartfast’s spaceship “Bistromath” when parked at Lords cricket ground. Basically it fools your mind into ignoring the spaceship by convincing you it’s SEP. The way Ford Prefect found it was because if you are not looking for it it pops up in your peripheral vision – a bit like those South Downs. If this doesn’t make sense to you then youl’l need to read the first three Hitch Hikers Guide to the Universe books :-)





Hi All.


Getting motivated by the Olympics? We’ll come out for a ride with us this weekend on the South Downs. We have a proper, big hill to climb unlike Box Hill :-)

More details coming towards the end of the week.