A Half South Downs Way Cyclocross Ride

A cup of tea on the banks of the River Arun before the off. The first of four river valleys of the day, the others being the Adur, the Ouse, and the Cuckmere.
A cup of tea on the banks of the River Arun before the off. The first of four river valleys of the day, the others being the Adur, the Ouse, and the Cuckmere.
Setting off with Andy, Tim, Nigel and George.
Setting off with Andy, Tim, Nigel and George.

 

Amateur microwave radio operators. The mountain bikers looked at them more weirdly than they looks at the bikes with curly bars.
Tim watches the amateur microwave radio operators. The mountain bikers looked at them more weirdly than they looked at the bikes with curly bars.
Heading for Chanctonbury Ring
Heading for Chanctonbury Ring
Nigel and George grasstracking down from Chanctonbury Ring.
Nigel and George grasstracking down from Chanctonbury Ring.
Steyning Bowl ans Sussex beyond
Steyning Bowl and Soper’s Lane snaking around its base.
Down to the Adur Valley.
Into the Adur Valley.
At Truleigh Hill looking towards Devil's Dyke.
At Truleigh Hill looking towards Devil’s Dyke.
Between Chanctonbury and Steyning we'd picked up Rich. This is just after he'd attempted to snap his neck by attempting the most spectacular attempt at a double somersault.
Between Chanctonbury and Steyning we’d picked up Rich. This is just after he’d attempted to snap his neck by attempting a most spectacular double somersault on the way towards Devil’s Dyke.
On a hill top.
On a hill top.
Quick stop to ensure Tim's bottom bracket wasn't about to drop out.
Quick stop to ensure Tim’s bottom bracket wasn’t about to drop out.
Onwards to Ditchling Beacon.
Onwards to Ditchling Beacon.
At the Swan in Lewes. We'd missed a short section of the SDW in the search for lunch.
At the Swan in Lewes. We’d missed a short section of the SDW in the search for lunch.
Live music in the Swan.
Live music in the Swan.
Near the summit of Firle Bostal looking back the way we'd come.
Near the summit of Firle Bostal looking back the way we’d come.
At the top of Bo Peep. The first time here when I hadn't actually ridden up it, and I had no intention of riding down it today either.
At the top of Bo Peep. The first time here when I hadn’t actually ridden up it, and I had no intention of riding down it today either.
Chalk, grass & sky where the hills meet the sea. Down to a trio now.
Chalk and grass and sky. Where the hills meet the sea. Down to a trio now.
Climbing through the trees on the lower part of Windover Hill from Milton Street.
Climbing through the trees on the lower part of Windover Hill from Milton Street.
Hills and sea and sunshine.
Hills and sea and sunshine.
The Singular Peregrine where it belongs, up a hill.
The Singular Peregrine where it belongs, up a hill.
85km of the South Downs Way completed. In Eastbourne awaiting a Belgian Beer.
85km of the South Downs Way completed. In Eastbourne awaiting a Belgian Beer.

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