Where we ride
Where can you ride?
Unsurprisingly, we spend a lot of our time riding in the Southdowns National Park. Although we are slightly biased, we think this is one of the best places in South East England to go cycling.
We have miles and miles of off road routes that cross the Southdowns including the Southdowns Way.
There are lots of quiet country lanes in West Sussex, East Hampshire and Surrey. The hills of the Southdowns and Blackdown to the north with the flat coastal lanes around Chichester Harbour.
The 1982 World Championships climbed up onto the Downs, via the road from Goodwood motor circuit to the race course, 17 times!
Rides in the Southdowns
The following routes are provided by the excellent BikeRouteToaster website that allows you to map your own routes.
These provide a flavour of the rides you can enjoy.
10 Hellingen van Hambeldon
Hambledon is reputedly the birth place of cricket and where Southdown Velo started life in 1981.
Bexley Hill via Woolbeding
This route takes us up to the north of the Southdowns National Park nearly into Haslemere. The return journey takes in on of the hardest climbs in the area. The northern slope of Bexley Hill which features an altitude gain of 470 feet in two kilometres, but it is the sheer brutal steepness of the last section that leaves a lasting impression.
A fine run down to Midhurst, the home of Polo, follows.
East Meon and Hambeldon
No monster climbs on this route, but plenty of rolling lanes to tire the legs.
In Saxon times, East Meon was the most important religious centre in East Hampshire. Under the Normans, the Bishops of Winchester conducted their Assizes in the Court Hall. Today it's another example of quiet, but pretty village in the Southdowns National Park.
Harvesting Lane via West Meon
Harvesting Lane climbs from East Meon to the top of Butser Hill which is the highest point in the Southdowns.
At the top you are rewarded with, on a clear day, fine views across to the Isle of Wight.
Starting in Chichester this ride takes you out to Petersfield and into the 'Hawkley Triangle'. Hawkley Village sits in a triangle of narrow, quiet lanes and vicious climbs, bounded by the A32, A272 and B3006, hence its name.
The ride passes a waterfall at Steep and the verges brim with Wild Garlic in spring.
Tour of the Southdowns
Our founder John Pendleton used to promote the three day Tour of the Southdowns stage race. Friday night's stage was a mere 36 mile jaunt with the climbs of West Marden and South Harting thrown in. Saturday's stage was typically 100 miles featuring the climb to Goodwood racecourse. Sunday's 80 mile stage, which this route recreates climbed 3,700 feet and included the climbs of Uppark, South Harting, Singleton and Duncton.