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PUNCHEUR Sportive 2020

25/04/2021 - Ditchling, East Sussex - Sportive

Rating: 76.7% based on 4 reviews - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 92.9% based on 52 reviews

The route:

Leaving the HQ car park at Ditchling Recreation Ground, you head east towards Lewes, the South Downs looming over your right shoulder. Before reaching Lewes, you swing north and head for Ashdown Forest, via Barcombe, Spithurst, Sharpsbridge, Piltdown, Fletching and Nutley, all on unclassified, quiet, pretty roads, and with excellent road surfaces. You'll get some speed up on this stretch, although the last few km to Nutley is a draggy uphill.

Once through Nutley, you turn right into the beautiful Ashdown Forest (take care across the cattle grid) and enjoy the expansive views on all sides - no trees lining the route here - as you snake east and then north towards Hartfield. Before reaching Hartfield you take a sharp left and start the western leg of the route, still part of the Forest to begin with, then back into pretty tree-lined roads that take you to Colemans Hatch then across the A22 at Wych and head for Weir Wood Reservoir and the feedstation just after that.  

You then head west for Turners Hill. You can really push the pace along here on a gently rolling stretch with a great road surface as you go straight though Turners Hill and then swing left and south, heading for Ardingly Resevoir. You turn right for Balcombe then head west again to Handcross.

Once through Handcross village you take a left and start the fast southern leg of the course, which takes you via Warninglid and Wineham down to the B2116, where you turn left and head for Hurstpierpoint. You're only a few miles away from Ditchling now, but when you get to Ditchling High Street, instead of going straight across the roundabout to the HQ, you turn right and take the mile-and-a-half approach to the Beacon.

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