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Wiggle Southern Rough Ride

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You might struggle to find an event that can promise to kick-start your cycling season in such a fashion quite like the Wiggle Southern Rough Ride mountain bike event – a classic start-of-season off-road event that is based in the heart of the South Downs in Sussex, and explores all of the best descents in the area.

Notably, these exciting drops are in Amberley, Arundel and Steyning on an undulating course that is rarely testing by offering any major climbs but adds up smaller inclines to make for a challenging day in the saddle all the same.

You’ll start your off-road day on the bike in Amberley and head out straight onto the hills, taking in rural farm roads and scenic trails out towards Burpham. Avoiding the sharp gradient around Perry Hill, you’ll skirt around this on fairer terrain as you follow trails that head east, with the main loop forming a large anti-clockwise adventure that heads as far south as Findon, near Worthing, before linking up with the South Downs Way.

Once you’re past Findon, the Steyning Bowl and Round Hill make for a welcome section of up-and-down fast technical descents and testing climbs. The contour lines on the map get closer and closer thereafter, as some parts of the course around here are steep but very rewarding.

As soon as these hillier parts are conquered, it’s back onto the South Downs Way and out towards Amberley. The last few miles point directly downhill for an easy and fast final push towards the finish line.

There is no better way to start your mountain bike cycling season than joining us off-road on the Wiggle Southern Rough Ride

How to enter the Wiggle Southern Rough Ride

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    Mountain Biking: Bike 36mi, N/a
    £3–£40
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    Standard

    Mountain Biking: Bike 29mi, N/a
    £3–£40
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    Short

    Mountain Biking: Bike 16mi, N/a
    £3–£31
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Wiggle Southern Rough Ride routes

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Wiggle Southern Rough Ride weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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We organise over 35 cycling events a year across Great Britain, as well as one in France, offering full medical and mechanical support. We plan our events in some of the most scenic locations we can find, while making sure the routes are perfectly suited for day in saddle. All of our cycling events have multiple routes of varying length and elevation. This is to cater for cyclist of all ages and abilities. Our cycling events aren't just about Road Sportives - we also organise a selection of Mountain Bike and Cyclocross events.

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