CX Century: The South Downs Way

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Take on this ultimate gravel challenge as you race the South Downs Way from Winchester to Beachy Head. There will be plenty of tough climbs and speedy descents with fantastic rewarding views throughout.
100 Miles and 100k
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Sat, 2 Jul 2022
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4.5
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Where and when
Location
East Winchester Park & Ride (St Catherine’s), Garnier Rd, Winchester SO23 9NP, UK
Start times
Sat, 2 Jul 2022
100 Miles :
6:00am |
100k:
6:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for CX Century: The South Downs Way
100 Miles
Distance
100mi
£57.00
100k
Distance
100km
£47.00
Route information
100 Mile
This 100 mile cycle along the South Downs Way will have plenty of steep off-road gradients that includes 12,000ft of climbing. This race will finish in Beachy Head which will have plenty of coastal views to embrace.
100k
This 100k race will cover roughly 7,500ft of climbs, this race is also predominantly off-road and covers the same route as the 100 mile race. However, the 100k will finish earlier at the top of Truleigh Hill.
What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Free kit bag
  • Feed and support stations
  • Chip-timed results
  • Support vehicles
  • Fully marked course
  • Bag drop
  • First Aid
Train
How to get there
East Winchester Park & Ride (St Catherine’s), Garnier Rd, Winchester SO23 9NP, UK
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Parking
The ride sets off from East Winchester Park and Ride (St Catherine's), there will be plenty of parking available there.
Post-race transport
All entrants are required to make their own way back after the race. Please make arrangements prior to the event, the organiser will provide you with plenty of information prior to the date of the event.
Event day logistics
06:00 - 07:00 100 Mile and 100k start window
14:00 - 17:30 100k estimated finish time
15:30 - 21:00 100 Mile estimated finish time
Age Requirements
All riders should be aged 17 or over to be able to ride in this event.
Bag Drop
The organiser will be able to carry a small bag from the start to the finish of the event. If you are doing the 100k race you will be able to collect your bag from Truleigh Hill. If you are participating in the 100 mile race your bag will be waiting for you at Beachy Head.
Support Vehicles
There will be support vehicles throughout the race following the route along the main roads. They will be able to assist with basic mechanical and medical problems.
Crowds
Spectator Info
A good number of riders will arrange for friends or family to support them along the route from their own vehicles, and to collect them at the end of the day.
Friends and family vehicles are welcome to support at the event, however there will be guidelines to adhere to to ensure the event runs smoothly.
More details regarding the rendezvous points on the course will be available closer to the event date. There will also be particular roads that will not be available to access on the day to the road width and parking limitations. This information will be provided well in advance of the event.
Backpack
Kit List
Mandatory Kit
  • First aid pack
  • Basic tools
  • Spares
Bikes
This race is off roads with rough surfaces only use a bike that is capable of off-road routes. The most suitable bikes for this event are as follows:
  • Gravel / Adventure Bike
  • MTB 29er
  • MTB
  • CX (race style cyclocross)
FAQs
Will there be parking at The South Downs Way: 100 miles or 100k?
Yes, there will be parking available at the start of the event as the race begins from the St Catherines park and ride, however all entrants must arrange their own way back to where they have parked.
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When does the The South Downs Way: 100 miles or 100k start?
All races will start between 6:00am and 7:00am.
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What bike do I need for the The South Downs Way: 100 miles or 100k?
The organiser recommends one of the following types of bikes for this race: Gravel / Adventure Bike, MTB 29er, MTB or a CX (race style cyclocross).
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Reviews
4.5
10 reviews
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4.7
Did the race in 2017
Longest off-road distance I've done in a day- so I was really unsure whether I was going to get through it, especially such an iconic route. I was really proud to get to the end and see my family and friends waiting on the finish line - what a truly rewarding experience, from start to finish - thanks Martin a team for creating the opportunity to have a crack at it!
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4.7
Did the race in 2017
Great ride only let down by no after ride water and post ride food at the finish
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4.3
Did the race in 2017
Doing the South Downs Way in one day was a massive test for me. I doubt I would have completed it without the support stations along the way. Signposting was reassuring, feed stations well stocked, would recommend for anyone fancying attempting this challenge
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5.0
Did the race in 2017
Trail Break events attract a friendly group of like-minded riders who are out for a day of quality riding in relaxed atmosphere.
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4.7
Did the race in 2017
Fab day. Hot weather. Food stations great.Don't underestimate the battering you and the bike will take.
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4.0
Did the race in 2017
Brutal but can't wait to try it again, might get new shorts for next year though!
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5.0
Did the race in 2017
Excellent course and well marked out on Winchester to QECP sectionwhere I'm likely to get lost!
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5.0
Did the race in 2017
much tougher than expected but that was due to not riding the downs before so i had no idea on terrain. i got 4 punctures which put a downer on the day so wish i had run tubeless.
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3.7
Did the race in 2017
A very tough but rewarding event needing strong fitness and very strong legs! Event was well run and had the right stops in the right places. The finish was a bit shoddy though with poor final directions and no recovery food or drinks giving a bit of an anticlimax
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4.0
Did the race in 2017
Enjoyed, left some distance for next time - as had to get train back to Winchester - full distance next time
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Recent Questions
Vicky Donovan
03/07/2021
I'm trying to follow by road and have lost the rendezvous point details!! Can you send them to me?
Vicky Donovan
03/07/2021
I'm trying to follow by road and have lost the rendezvous point details!! Can you send them to me?
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