South Downs Gravel Epic

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Head to the South Downs Way for a mid summer escape. Explore the South Downs on bike in this 100k ride, with most of the ride being off-road be ready to explore the truly wild side of the rolling countryside. There will be some tough climbs throughout which will reward you with breathtaking views.
Long Route - 101k, Medium Route - 72k and Short Route - 48k
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8:00am Sat 1st Jul 2023 - 9:00am Sat 1st Jul 2023
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Plumpton, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Plumpton Racecourse Ltd, Plumpton, Lewes BN7 3AL, UK
Start times
8:00am Sat 1st Jul 2023
Long Route - 101k:
8:00am |
Medium Route - 72k:
9:00am Sat 1st Jul 2023
Short Route - 48k:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for South Downs Gravel Epic
Long Route - 101k
1 Loop
Medium Route - 72k
Short Route - 48k
Route information
Long Route
Distance: 111km
Elevation: 2250m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 65%
The South Downs way has long been a storied ride for the off road trip. Starting from Plumpton Racecourse you hit the first (tarmac) climb after 4km and then hit the South Downs Way and follow it over three gravel climbs to the coast in Eastbourne.
The coast is the half way point of the ride and the way back takes in a different three gravel climbs including Bopeep Bostal before a welcome descent back to Plumpton.
Medium Route
Distance: 76km
Elevation: 1500m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 65%
The medium route cuts out 35km at the bottom of the route from Alfriston to Eastbourne.
There are two climbs (one road, one gravel) on the way out and three on the way back. A challenging 76km option but very rewarding with most of the route miles away from the crowds and some stunning views.
Short Route
Distance: 52km
Elevation: 1100m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 50%
The short route goes out to Southease & back with one road climb on the way out and two gravel climbs on the way back. Within 50km you will get well off the beaten track, test yourself on some big climbs and ride some thrilling descents.
What's included
  • Finish line social drink
  • GPX Route
  • Feed Stops
  • Fully-marked route
  • Chip-timed results
  • Race village
  • Bike rental (added cost)
  • Mechanical Support
  • Bike Wash
  • Toilets
How to get there
Plumpton Racecourse Ltd, Plumpton, Lewes BN7 3AL, UK
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There will be free on-site parking available on the day.
Event day logistics
07:45 Ride village at Plumpton Racecourse opens. Collect your ride number.
08:00 - 09:30 Ride start. You will be set off in small groups
17:30 Rider village closes
19:00 Link to ride times and photos set out
Feed stations
All feed stations will be stacked with water, cake, fruit, sports nutrition bars, and nut butter.
Race Village
At the finish, there will be a race village where you can grab some food, a pint, or a coffee.
Mechanical issues
There will be mechanics at all aid stations and ride captains to also help with any bike issues.
What happens if I have a mechanical problem with my bike at the South Downs Gravel Epic?
There will be mechanics at all feed stops to help you and ride captains along the route to offer support, make sure to bring a basic repair kit for small incidences.
What is the best bike for the South Downs Gravel Epic?
This route is designed for gravel bikes but you are welcome to also use a mountain bike (there is over 10k on quiet roads).
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