What better way to spend one of the longest Saturday of the year than a 100 mile ride to Brighton & back? Starting at the botton of Leith Hill, the route takes in the Surrey Hills, quiet back lanes to the country, the mighty Ditchling Beacon before coming back over the South Downs & a couple of big climbs back in the Surrey Hills.
Distance: 172km | Elevation: 2206m
Ride Difficulty 3.5/5
Sheephouse Lane – 3.2km, 3.8% average gradient
Ditchling Beacon – 1.5km, 9.4%
Barhatch Lane – 2.5km, 6.0%
Countdown to June 11th
Classic Surrey Hills climbs: The start & finish of the route is packed with punchy climbs in the Surrey Hills including Leith Hill & Barhatch
Glorious Riding in the South Downs: After Brighton, we roll back to Surrey over the beautiful South Downs. Gentle, rolling terrain on quiet back roads.
Ride the classic Ditchling Beacon: Just before getting to the coast, you have to get over the main climb of the day – 1.5km at 9.5%
Leith Hill: 172km, 2206m
The ride starts on quiet Surrey lanes with a climb up to Leith Hill acting as a rude warm up for the legs. After a quick descent we head south into Sussex for some relatively quick rolling terrain. At 50km we hit Ditchling Beacon – 1.5km at almost 10% before descending into Brighton.
From the coast we have a 10km false flat / gentle climb and a some glorious miles in the South Downs before heading back to the Surrey Hills where two last climbs await – Barhatch Lane and back onto Leith Hill for the finish.
Ride Difficulty: 3.5/5
Is the route marked?
Yes, the route is fully marked. We also suggest bringing a bike GPS to follow as well, we will send you a GPX file with the route one week before the ride.
How do I find out my start time?
Riders start in groups of maximum 6 at a time. We will send you an email after you have booked to choose your start time between 8am and 10am, if you are riding with a friend you can choose to start with them.
Where is the start / finish?
The ride starts and finishes at Wotton. There is free parking onsite as well as toilets & refreshments.
What happens if I have a mechanical / accident?
We have first aiders & mechanics at all the feed stops and ride captains along the route to support.
What shall I pack with me for the ride?
You need to have a water bottle, basic kit to repair punctures, inner tubes & riding with a helmet is compulsory. Our feed stops have water, coke, cake, fruit & bars / gels.
Do I get a medal at the finish?
Yes, when you finish the ride you will go through the finish line and get your hard earned UK’s Hardest Hundred medal.