Thanks to all the riders who came and joined us today to enjoy the sunshine and tackle some of the South Downs hills. You can download the rider times using the following link – Ride It! South Downs Rider Times 2014

Ride It South Downs Riders

UPDATE 15/03/14

We’ve been out marking the course today in some great weather conditions and the good news is it’s looking even better for the ride tomorrow.

Most of the route is in good condition but there are some sections where gravel has been washed on to the roads by the recent flooding and like most of our roads there are a few potholes to look out for.

South Downs Course Marking


We’re heading to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum near Chichester for our South Downs Ride It! Sportive. The event offers riders a challenging route that takes in some classic South Downs climbs including Duncton Down, Butser Hill, Harting Hill and a sting in the tail as you head up Kennel Hill and past Goodwood Racecourse. It’s not all about climbing though, the reward for tackling those hills are some great fun descents including a welcome downhill finish.

We’ll be adding any last minute event news and updates here and on the facebook event page so please come back and check the blog or facebook in the days leading up to the event.


By Car – From the north take the A286 signposted to Chichester. From the west or east approaching on the A27 enter Chichester and take the A286 north to Midhurst. From the west or east approaching on the A272 enter Midhurst and take the A286 south to Chichester. The post code for use with sat nav devices is PO18 0EU.

By Train – The nearest rail station is Chichester 7 miles to the south of the Museum. Trains from London Victoria, Gatwick Airport, Brighton and Portsmouth all pass through Chichester.

By Bike – The Sustrans Centurion Way follows a disused railway from the centre of Chichester to West Dean, it’s then a short ride along the A286 from Weast Dean to the ride venue in Singleton. You can find more details on this route and other cycle routes on the Sustrans website.


The event will be hosted from the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, when you arrive please follow the parking signs and park in the overflow car park. Registration is inside the museum grounds and will be signed from the car park.

The museum café will be open if you want to get some food or drink before your ride.

Once you have registered and are ready to ride please head to the start area near the main entrance.

Downland Venue Layout


Registration will be open from 8am to 10:30am but long route riders should aim to arrive and register before 9:30am. Please follow the signs for registration after you’ve arrived.

Please ensure you bring your helmet with you to registration, you will not be allowed to register without one so bringing it with you will save a trip back to your car or bike collect it.


Fun – 15 miles
Short – 36 miles with 2,800 feet of elevation gain
Medium – 51 miles with 3,900 feet of elevation gain
Long – 72 miles with 5,600 feet of elevation gain

After completing the route please head back through the finish timing point to register your finish time. If you don’t head through the timing point you won’t register a finish time and will show as a DNF when we publish the rider times.

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS NOT A RACE – There are no rankings or prizes on offer, all times will be displayed in a non-sortable format in rider number order. Please help us to continue running popular and friendly events by not riding in such a way to obstruct the road and upset other users. The majority of the ride is on the public roads so please obey the Highway Code, stop at junctions where appropriate and obey any traffic lights. Do not ride at silly speeds around blind bends or on steep descents. Although we have event insurance it does not insure you for your actions so if you do hit a car or pedestrian you will be responsible for any damages caused by your riding.


We’ll be keeping an eye on the weather over the coming days but it looks like we should be in for some fine and dry riding conditions.

Like most areas the South Downs has seen its fair share of rain over the past few months and as water drains off the hills there has been some ground water flooding in the surrounding areas. We’ve been out checking the routes over the last couple of weeks and have revised them to avoid the affected areas.

Please bear in mind it’s early Spring and all the recent rain and flooding may have washed small stones and gravel onto them in places so we advice you to leave your lightweight tubulars at home and come prepared with at least one spare tube and the means to repair a puncture. We will have a support van to assist riders with mechanical problems but sometimes it can take a while to reach you so it’s much better if you can sort out basic problems such as punctures on your own.


All riders will be given a hard copy of the route map at registration. Please keep this with you, even if you’re using a GPS, as it has useful information such as emergency contact numbers and the location of the ride splits and feed stations.

You can visit the main event page now and view the routes on Garmin Connect -

Ride It! South Downs Sportive Event Details

Please note the routes on the event page are provisional and if necessary we may take the decision to revise them in the run up to the event so please check back here for any updates.

Everyone who has pre-entered will receive a pre-event mail on Thursday evening with links to the final GPX files. If you do not receive this please remember it will have been sent to the email address you used when booking the ride and do check it hasn’t been trapped in your junk emails folder. If you still don’t have them then email me on mark.gregory@evanscycles.com I’ll check your entry and send you a copy.


If you have any queries or questions relating to the ride that aren’t covered then please email rideit@evanscycles.com or get in contact with us via the facebook event page.