Pushing the envelope

Yesterday – despite best intentions of going low intensity – I hit the South Downs between Eastbourne and Brighton before taking it easier along the seafront.

Below is a reasonably dry account of a really great ride that I was well pleased with – It was my longest ride for some time and there were 3.5 ascents up the Downs – still some way off my best – the weather was kind – a mix of close and steamy, overcast and blistering sun and my saddle remained comfortable:

I started at Polegate Station and rode up Butts Lane, Willingdon  (steep) before picking up the SDW at Jevington.  From there I took the SDW through Alfistion, Firle, Itford and Swansborough Hill. I then veered off the SDW taking Jugg’s Road and continuing down to the Brighton Race Course before cutting down by East Blatchington Golf Course to the Marina at about 24.5 miles. Hitting the seafront I took it all the way to Goring-by-Sea.  To assist I took additional “nutrition” breaks; a Bacon Sandwich infront of the Brigthon Odeon and an Ice-Cream at Worthing Pier.

All told it was 44.5 miles, with c 960 metres of ascent in nearly 5 hours – good training!?

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Between Jevington and Alfriston looking west, just before a nice chalky descent.

Polegate

The route – with an indicattive climb profile

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The river bridge over the Ouse at Southese – looking towards Newhaven

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