London to Eastbourne - 18th September 2020
Ride leader: Tim
One of our newer routes going through some of the finest Sussex countryside. At over 70 miles, it will be one of our longer rides and also one of our hilliest. So may not appeal to everyone.
We'll escape London via Dulwich and Crystal Palace on quiet roads, climbing to the top of the North Downs at 885 ft. Although it is a long climb to the top it is not very steep and we are rewarded with a magnificent descent to the village of Titsey. The halfway stop will be in Forest Row, where the local scouts will be providing us with refreshments, after which we'll climb through the dawn over the beautiful Ashdown Forest. This is the toughest climb of the ride and is comparable to Ditchling Beacon, although it is shorter and the average gradient is less.
The route flattens out once we descend from Ashdown and the last few miles into Eastbourne are lovely and flat.
After the torrential rain of the 2019 ride, we're hoping for better weather to be able to really appreciate this fantastic route.
Registration for the ride will open nearer the date. In the meantime, check out the 2019 ride report.