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The Ditchling Devil

09/06/2013 - South East - Audax

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Welcome to 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 great day out through spectacular countryside and regular refreshment points with real food!.

Starting outside the Windmill tearooms in Wimbledon common, we head south out of London across rolling and occasionally bumpy countryside to the first feed stop at Ardingly (50km). then on to the famous Ditchling Beacon, bounce off Brighton and the Devils Dyke to the lunchtime stop at Upper Beeding (105km). Suitably refreshed it's a short fast hop onto Chiddingfold (146km) for some afternoon tea and cake (can you see a pattern here?) and then a gradual climb through the Surrey Hills and the final run home to Cafe at Roehampton Gate, Richmond Park (203km).

The event is organized under Audax 'fast touring' regulations so the focus is on enjoying the day rather than racing round, but don't be fooled, it's a 'sporting course if you want to put the hammer down. Audax rules set a minimum and maximum speed of 15 and 30kph but few riders trouble these limits as most riders take between 9~12hours to complete the route. Once out of London the route uses minor roads and country lanes with good surfaces suitable for all types of road bikes.

We kick off at 8am from outside the Windmill Cafe on Wimbledon Common to get out of town before London wakes up hopefully to a bright and sunny Sunday morning, then its down to the first feed stop at Ardingley - last year it was coffee and bacon butties! Suitably fortified we head down over the Ditchling beacon and bounce off Brighton via Tongdean Lane ( - a hidden gem you'll remember - then on to the Devils Dyye and the lunch stop at teh Sports Pavilion in Upper Beading. After that we head for home via the afternoon refreshment point at the Sports Pavilion at Chiddingfold where the local voluntary group will be serving tea and cakes, to finish in Richmond Park at the Roehampton Gate Cafe. The entry fee includes food at morning and lunch stops. Navigation is by route sheet and a GPX track is available for those with GPS devices, downloadable from the event website.

Enter online via the AUK website or by post as you prefer, all details on the Audax website.

There is free parking at the start and finish points, but forget the car. This is a rare chance for London based riders to leave their car at home and ride to the start of an event.

Getting up in the morning and riding down to the South Coast - and back again - is always a blast.

It's a London Thing!


Event Website http://www.ditchlingdevil.paudax.com

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Windmill Tea Rooms
Address Line 2 Windmill Road, Wimbledon Common
Town London
County Middlesex
Postcode SW19 5NQ
 






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This event's shortened URL is: https://cyclosport.org/4752