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South Downs Beast

Ride Overview

A challenging late season ride that packs in plenty of ups and downs as we ride through the South Downs National Park. Whilst the featured climbs over the South Downs via Butser Hill, Harting Down and Duncton Down may be the more obvious route highlights, the challenging nature of this ride comes from the fact that it’s rarely flat with the bigger hills linked by sections of shorter, punchier ups and downs the whole way round. Away from the climbs, there are plenty of stunning views from the top of the South Downs ridge and some grin inducing downhills along the way.

Long Route: 148km, 1979m
Medium Route: 113km, 1489m
Long Route Difficulty 3.5/5
Medium Route Difficulty 2.5/5

Key Climbs:

Butser Hill – 2.4km, 4.9% average gradient
South Harting – 2.2km, 2.7%

Countdown to October 9th

Ride Highlights

North Downs National Park: A cyclists playground with plenty of climbs to test the legs and descents to put a smile on your face.


Butser Hill: The highest point on the South Downs and climbed via it’s steepest approach up Harvesting Lane.


Harting Down: With views over the Weald to the north and across to the English Channel to the south.

The Route

South Downs Beast: October 9th 2021

Pick between the 148km long route or 113km medium route in the stunning South Downs. The whole ride is rolling with a number of longer climbs making both routes a challenging but very rewarding late season sportive.

Start Time: From 8.30am

Finish Time: Ride Village closes at 5.30pm

Long Route Cut Off: Must be through route split (50km) by 12pm

Start / Finish Location: Liphook

Long Route

Long Route: 148km, 1979m

Starting from Liphook, there’s a brief chance to warm up on some easier terrain, before we head for the hills to take on some of the challenging climbs the South Downs is renowned for.

At just under half distance, Butser Hill takes you high up onto the South Down ridge on a climb that starts easily but gets steeper and steeper the further up you ride, with sections over 12% waiting for you before you can admire the views from the top.

From this high point, we’re losing height over the next few miles but the climbing is far from over. We’ll twice head back over the South Downs ridge; first via Harting Down and then Duncton Down, before starting to head for home.

Ride Difficulty: 3.5/5

Medium Route

Medium Route: 113km, 1489m

Taking in a lot of the main climbs of the long route, the 35km shorter medium route cuts out Butser Hill but packs in plenty of other tough stuff in the 113km loop.

Whilst the featured climbs over the South Downs may be the more obvious highlights, the challenging nature of this ride comes from the fact that it’s rarely flat with the bigger hills linked by sections of shorter, punchier ups and downs the whole way round. A challenging season ender.

Physical Difficulty: 2.5/5


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 in Liphook. There is free parking onsite as well as a toilets & refreshments.

What happens if I have a mechanical / accident?

It is important you prepare properly ensuring your bike is in good condition & physically ready for the challenge. If you have an accident or mechanical, we have support at the feeds and sweep van at the back.

What shall I pack with me for the ride?

You need to have two water bottle, basic kit to repair punctures, inner tubes & riding with a helmet is compulsory. Our feed stops have water, cake, fruit & bars.

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.


Finishers Medal

Get to the finish and collect your well earned UK's Hardest Hundred Medal

Feed Stops

We have feed stops approx every 30 to 40kms with fruit, cakes, water, hydration tabs & sports bars / gels.

Fully marked route & timing chips

Focus just the stunning views & thrilling ride. The route is marked out all the way & you can check your time for the route at the end.

Race village at the finish

After an epic ride, grab a coffee, cake & more from the food trucks at the end. Free parking for the day & toilets & also included in your entry.

Additional information

Route Type

Long Route, Medium Route

The South Downs Beast


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