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.
Youll 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, youll 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 youre 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, its 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
- Bike 36mi
- Bike 29mi
- Bike 16mi
Wiggle Southern Rough Ride weather forecast
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