2013 Rapha Festive 500 [part 4]
Another (slow) century, a proper one, not a metric one. Not the ideal recovery spin after yesterday’s ultracross adventures. However completing 100 miles is in the head more than the legs I think. So here goes…
Start flat and head for the sun
The flood waters have retreated so the road is passable again. It’s a little bit icy in places though.
Not all the flood water has retreated!
Yesterday we played in those hills. In fact I can see three of the paths we took…
…before we headed up and around there.
Today however, I shall be sticking to tarmac.
Stopping to pass the time of day with the Long Man as is tradition.
Claiming some flat kilometres around Golden Cross and Ripe before heading back to Brighton via Lewes.
Over the cliffs and back into the city for a cuppa and a sarnie. Metric century completed.
After lunch it’s up and over Devil’s Dyke to convert the metric century into an imperial one.
The River Adur has also retreated so I can get through to Partridge Green today.
Having misjudged the length of this afternoon’s loop the only logical way to get the right mileage is to go over Steyning Bostal.
Looking out over Steyning Bowl as the light fades.
Also have to throw in a lap of Shoreham Airport and over the Adur, still might not be enough.
Round the back of the harbour will add another valuable kilometre.
Gentle spin back into the city. Metric to imperial conversion complete, as is the Festive 500.
Nice photos! I’ve got another 80km to hammer out tomorrow before I’m done.