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The London Ditchling Devil

08/06/2014 - London - Audax

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Welcome to the 4th Edition of The  London Ditchling Devil, a 200km Audax from Wimbledon in South London down to the south coast visiting along the way Ditchling Beacon and The Devils Dyke before coming home to Richmond Park. A classic route through rolling countryside.

This year we have three 'village hall' controls at Highbrook (50km), Upper Beeding (105km) and Chiddingfold (145km) with refreshments included, so you will be well looked after all the way. 

Most will take take 9~11 hours to complete the route, so if you are reasonably fit and up for a good day out on the bike to the coast and back, then this is the event for you (and if you decide to stop at Brighton and have an afternoon at the beach, then that's fine too)!

We start outside the Windmill tearooms on Wimbledon common to take the fairly traditional rolling route down to the Elevenses stop which this year is at Highbrook Village hall. Besides giving us more in the way of home comforts, the route to Highbrook takes in some more great country lanes. We then continue south to bounce off Brighton via Ditchling Beacon and the Devils Dyke before heading for the lunch stop at Upper Beeding near Steyning (105km). After that the road flattens out and it's an easy hop over  Chiddingfold (146km) for some afternoon tea and cake - can you spot a pattern here? - before the gradual climb towards the Surrey Hills and a final run for home to the Roehampton Gate Café in Richmond Park (201km).

How hilly is it? The landmark climbs bring total ascent to around 2400m, enough to stretch your legs but well short of being officially hilly. So, something for everyone!

Entry includes:
  • Brevet card, Routesheet and GPS Track
  • 3rd Party Insurance for UK Riders,
  • Elevenses, Lunch and Tea stops (and this is an Audax so we're talking real food here!)

There is free 'dawn to dusk' parking at the start and finish points but leave the car at home and ride up. Nothing beats the satisfaction of arriving home knowing you've ridden down to the coast and back, all under your own steam. That's always a blast.

Early bird entry for AUK & CTC Members £12, Others £14  Click here for entry


About Audax and the London Ditchling Devil

The London Ditchling Devil is a 200km Audax, a traditional  non-competitive touring event where the emphasis is on completing the route and enjoying the day. Finishing times are not published so the only time pressure is to finish within the overall event schedule - the organisers want to go home sometime! This means events have a great relaxed social feel which is an important part of riding longer distances. It's not a race, so riders can take their time, pace themselves through the day and enjoy a break at the control points along the route.

The London Ditchling Devil is becoming a regular part of the London cycling calendar, as both a great event in its own right and an introduction to Audax. Last year's event saw 150 riders taking part, many riding their first Audax event and more on their first 100mile outing. One riding his first Audax event was Caven O'Hara from -see his ride report here.For more information about Audax and Audax UK, see

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Windmill tearooms
Address Line 2 Wimbledon Common
Town Wimbledon
County Surrey
Postcode SW19 5NQ
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details

Organiser Details
Name Paul Stewart
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County Surrey

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