For 2014, we've refreshed our MTB routes and added a new 50 mile option. Our regular off-road distances remain, offering riders improved routes of 15, 28 and 34 miles. New 'Endurance' distance For the first time in RIDE IT history, we will be offering a 50 mile Endurance route, taking in the best and toughest trails the South Downs have to offer. The route has been carefully chosen by members of the team who are not only passionate mountain bikers, but locals to the area.
This ride isn't for the faint hearted and will require good pace, strength and stamina, but the incredible riding and scenery make it all worthwhile! The route Starting from Plumpton College, we're ideally situated for a great day in the saddle. Straight away we head up, climbing to an impressive ridge line above the valley. Quick descents and zig-zag climbs follow as we head towards Devils Dyke and Truleigh Hill.
After refuelling at the YHA we're back onto the South Downs Way heading back towards event HQ. As the event centre nears, Long and Endurance riders continue past towards Lewes. More ups and downs follow as we navigate the trails around Balmer Down and Woodingdean. Those taking on the Endurance distance branch off at the 35 mile mark to enjoy a long descent to the coast. A challenging ascent awaits both Long and Endurance riders, before a deserved descent to the finish.
Ditchling Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE
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