South Downs Beast

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This sportive set along the coast of the South Downs will be nothing short of memorable. With breathtaking skyline views and iconic climbs like the Ditchling Beacon and Firle Bostal, this is a cycling experience you’ll be sharing for a lifetime.
Long Route and Medium Route
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Sun, 10 Jul 2022
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Lewes BN7 3AE, UK
Start times
Sun, 10 Jul 2022
Long Route :
8:30am |
Medium Route:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for South Downs Beast
Long Route
1 Loop
Medium Route
1 Loop
Route information
Both the long and medium routes start from Liphook and will be fully marked. The route will start on easy terrain before tackling some challenging climbs throughout. The medium route will turn off at Butser Hill and will continue to include lots of rewarding climbs with spectacular views.
The long route will take you all the way onto the South Down ridge with more than a 12% gradient in some places. Both routes will get your heart pumping as you will be climbing for most of the ride.
It is suggested that you bring a bike GPS loaded with the GPX route file before the ride.
What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Aid stations
  • First Aid
  • Chip-timed results
  • Fully-marked course
  • Race Village
  • Free Parking
  • Toilets
How to get there
Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Lewes BN7 3AE, UK
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There will be free parking available on-site.
By Train
The closest train station is located in Liphook, which is accessible on the Southwestern Railway service for Portsmouth & Southsea.
Event day logistics
08:30 - 10:00 Medium and Long routes start
12:00 Long route cut-off (50k)
17:30 Race village closes
Start Times
Riders will start in groups of 6, you will be emailed a start time list where you can select a start time between 08:00 and 10:00. If you have signed up with a friend, make sure to request to start together.
Age Requirements
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
Cut-off Time
All long route riders must be through 50k point by 12pm in order to continue on with the race.
Aid Stations
The aid stations are located every 30 to 40k and will be fully packed with fruit, cakes, water, and sports gels.
Race Village
At the race village, there will be coffee, cake, and lots of food trucks to try.
You will be provided with the route GPX file closer to the date.
Kit List
  • Helmet
  • Two water bottles
  • Basic repair kit
  • GPS with GPX file on it (not mandatory)
When does the South Downs Beast start?
The south downs beast starts at 8:30am, please arrive in plenty of time to register and set up your bike. You will also be emailed by the organiser to confirm your start time with them as you will be setting off in groups of 6.
Will there be parking at the South Downs Beast?
Yes, there will be plenty of free parking on offer.
What kit do I need for the South Downs Beast?
Please bring the following kit: Two water bottles, basic repair kit (inner tubes, pump etc.), a helmet and a GPS with GPX file on it (not mandatory), and of course your bike.
4 reviews
Did the race in 2022
Didn't get any emails or rider information. Had to email in for details of GPX file. Then when got to the event they had no record of my entry! This being said I enjoyed the ride and would do it again.
Did the race in 2022
A good route, with some lovely views along the coast but clearer signage would have been helpful for some of the turns. I know a couple of people missed feed stations because of this.The wooden medal doesn't mention what the event was, just that it's one of the Hardest Hundred.
Did the race in 2022
Bigger more obvious route signs sometimes needed at the more hidden turns. Feed stations very good, though sandwiches at station 2 would've been welcome, rather than just at 1.
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