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The Devil in the Downs

15/09/2013 - West Sussex - Sportive

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The Devil in the Downs

You want a challenge - you've got it!

A Devilishly designed 125km route with 1500 metres of climbing - tackling some of the finest hills that the High Weald has to offer - Bonfire Hill, Brantridge Lane, Cobb Lane, Saddlescome Hill, and of course Devil's Dyke itself.

It's a sportive through the Sussex Downs. The route will take you through stunning landscape, along quiet country lanes, open fields, forests and woodlands.  There are some short, punchy climbs and some long, slow drags.  
You'll travel past Shipley Mill, home of Hilaire Belloc and the setting for the TV detective series 'Jonathan Creek'.  
The Devil in the Downs route will take you past the Grade II Listed Balcombe Viaduct - a wonderful piece of engineering with 37 semi-circular arches created from 11 million bricks!  You'll also pass ancient hammer ponds - evidence of the county's ancient iron industry, but now just a spectacular sight. Take a moment to absorb the views from Devil's Dyke.  On a clear day you can see forever.

The Little Devil

Just like his big brother, but a bit shorter at 85km.  This route follows 'The Devil' but misses out on some of the longer, more tortuous hills, but is still enough of a challenge for any rider.  You'll go up Bonfire Hill and the Devil's Dyke, and you'll have the bonus of riding up through Warninglid before you re-join the route of 'The Devil'

The Imp

This is a 50km social ride.  Ride it by yourself or with a group of friends.  It can be family option for those who are keen on a fun day out.  It can be whatever you want it to be.  Perhaps for the less experienced cyclist or those wanting to give a sportive a try for the first time, this shorter route will allow you to ride at your own pace.  You can ride as slow or as fast as you like, on your own or in the company of other cyclists, on a loop incorporating a feed stop half way around.  Yes, you'll take in Bonfire Hill, but, when you've got to the top, it's downhill almost all the way back -
almost!  It's a ride to be enjoyed. 

A Celebration of Cycling and Sussex in support of an important local charity.

The majority of us can celebrate in good health, but there are many not so fortunate.  So, whichever route you take, as well as having a great day out, you'll be supporting us support the Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice in
it's work of supporting local young people.

Chestnut Tree House is the only children's hospice in Sussex and offers specialist palliative care to children and young people suffering from life- limiting and life-threatening illnesses. The hospice also provides support for
the whole family, offering psychological support, care following bereavement, end of life and respite care, and sibling support.

It costs £2.5 million per year to provide care services.  Families are never charged for their care and the hospice receives hardly any government funding at all, so it relies completely on the generosity, help and support of people
like you.

A Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club promotion aiding The Chestnut Tree House Childrens Hospice

Celebrating the 126th anniversary of Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club - one of the oldest clubs in the UK.  

THE DEVIL IN THE DOWNS CHALLENGE - visit to enter online. No entries will be accepted on the day.

WORTHING EXCELSIOR CYCLING CLUB founded 1887, and celebrating 126 years -

Date:       Sunday 15 September 2013
Events:   DEVIL IN THE DOWNS Challenge - 125Km
                THE LITTLE DEVIL - 85Km
                THE IMP  - 50Km

Start Time:  From 8.00am to 10:00am. 
Event HQ:   Dial Post Village Hall, Dial Post, Nr Horsham, West Sussex RH13 8NH

Car Park:     At HQ (plenty of space on road)

Check Points and feeding stations:  Whitemans Green and Devil's Dyke on 'The
Devil' route; Devil's Dyke in 'The Little Devil' and Ashurst on 'The Imp'

Timing:         Manual

Time standards:
The Devil in the Downs - Gold 4.5 hours; Silver 5 hours; Bronze 6 hours

The Little Devil - Gold 3 hours; Silver 3.5 hours; Bronze 4 hours

The Imp - Gold 2 hours; Silver 2.5 hours; Bronze 3 hours

Certificate: Receive unique certificate with recorded time at Finish

Age Restriction: Those under 18 years require parental consent and the relevant
consent form must be completed.  Those under 16 must be accompanied by their
parent or guardian.

Entry Form: Entry form only available for completion on website

Enter: ON-LINE ONLY Go to

Entry Fee:       The Devil in the Downs - £19            Under 18 - £15.
                         The Little Devil - £17                          Under 18 - £10
                         The Imp - £15                                    Under 18  - £5
Fees payable in advance - No entry on the day
For further details visit

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Dial Post Village Hall
Address Line 2 Dial Post
Town Horsham
County West Sussex
Postcode RH13 8NH
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

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