The Orro Sussex Downs Classic offers a pretty and scenic bike ride around the less travelled West Sussex countryside, dashing between the small country villages. Enjoy the route as it takes you through the winding lanes in the High Weald AONB.
Short route - After climbs and descents of the High Wealds, you’ll enjoy cycling through the quaint towns and villages of Copsale, Maplehurst, Partridge Green and Shermanbury. As you hit the back roads, look out for the various wildlife including huge Kites, deer and smaller creatures of the countryside.
Standard route - On top of the short route, you’ll have the climbs into the South Downs National Park around Ditching and Plumpton, including Ditchling Beacon, before hitting the High Wealds, to charge up and down the beautiful Ardingly Resivour. Views from here can let you see over the south coast towns to the coast and even more of the South Downs National Park.
Epic route - Enjoy all the standard route has to offer as well as an extra loop of fun descents and long, but rewarding climbs in the heart of the High Wealds. The views from this area are amazing as you cycling around the High Wealds and enjoy the beauty of Hindleap Warren Forest. On this loop, around Newbridge, is where you will also tackle the climb up Kidds Hill on closed roads. At 1.5km in distance, an average gradient of 8.4% (maxing out at around 13%) and elevation of 127 meters, it is sure to test your stamina.
Ditchling Beacon - Riders on both the Standard and Epic routes will be cycling up Ditchling Beacon - a very popular climb with cyclists, sited within the beautiful South Downs. It features as part of the annual London to Brighton ride and is listed as climb number 22 in the official 100 climbs. The climb is about 1.45km long, with a gain of 143m. The average gradient is 9% with a 16% increase at its steepest point.
Kidds Hill - Riders on the Epic route also get to cycle up Kidds Hill on a closed road. While not quite as steep as Ditchling Beacon, it is still a challenge at 1.5km long, 8.4% gradient (maxing out at around 13% at its steepest point) and 127 meters gain. It features as number 19 in the official 100 climbs and will require some stamina - remember you will have already tackled Ditchling Beacon, so conserve your energy as best as possible. The fastest riders up to the top will be awarded King and Queen of the mountain and will get a certificate and prize for their efforts.
If you want to participate in the timed climb you must make sure you sync your ride to Strava after the event as this will detect the Kidds Hill segment and post your time automatically. Alternatively, for those of you not using a dedicated GPS device, you can open Strava on your phone and make sure it is tracking your ride while you cycle up the segment.
If you want to view the segment in advance, you can find it on Strava here: Kidds Hill Segment
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