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The South Downs Bike & BBQ: Get your summer vibe on in the saddle – Part Two!


 Celebrate Summer on the South Downs Bike & BBQ. Following the great reception for our Surrey Hills Bike & BBQ in June, we’re adding another round of grind & grill in the spectacular South Downs! So join us for a summer blast on some of our favourite trails, then chill with a burger and a cool drink back at the finish!

We’ve picked out some of the best routes around the West Sussex Downs for the perfect high summer ride! And once you’ve worked up an appetite, we’ll have the grill fired up for you back at base. The Duncton Village Hall (aka Duncton Pavilion) is a beautiful spot to chill post ride, in countryside calm with glorious views of the downs!

As ever, your ride will come fully signposted and supported, with route maps and GPS to help you find your way too, rider timing, light refreshments and full catering in addition to the BBQ back at the event HQ.








Duncton Village Hall, Duncton, Petworth GU28 0JY

Registration: 8:30 – 9:45am
Ride Starts: 9:00 – 10:00am

E Bike Friendly Event

E-bikes are welcome on this event*, and ride timing for the event includes an e-bike category. When you book your place on the event, just tick the "E-bike" box on the booking form.

*To be allowed on this event, e-bikes must meet the definition of an ‘electrically assisted pedal cycle’ (EAPC) and be legal for use on UK roads and bridleways without a licence. For the definition and restrictions applying to an EAPC, see the government information at https://www.gov.uk/electric-bike-rules. Any bike that does not meet the definition of an EAPC, or that has been modified to exceed the restictions to an EAPC in the UK will not be permitted on our events.

Lezyne Ride for the Prize

You can win some great kit from Lezyne at this event, and all you have to do is ride! Prizes are awarded completely at random – you just need to check your ride time on the screen at the finish to see if you’re a winner. You could walk away with an awesome piece of Lezyne swag worth up to £80!

Check out the full Lezyne range here

Pedal to the Medal

Gold, silver, bronze finishers medals at this event

The colour of medal you earn reflects the time band you finish the ride in. Time band targets are weighted by age category and gender. Full details of time band targets will be sent with your event information.

Image of finishers medals

Route Stats

The lowdown on this ride in numbers, profiles and maps; where the route goes, where the hills are, how demanding it is and which bike to use.

Full Route

  • Physical Severity 75% 75%
  • Technical Severity 35% 35%

Mid Route

  • Physical Severity 65% 65%
  • Technical Severity 35% 35%

Short Route

  • Physical Severity 40% 40%
  • Technical Severity 30% 30%
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Bike Suitability

Which bike will be best or this ride? This event is open to any bike and any rider – but bear in mind that this is predominantly an off-road ride! Here’s our guide to which type of bike suits this course best.


MTB or Gravel?

You can use either an MTB or gravel bike for any of our events; none of our rides are exclusively one or the other. All that matters is that your bike is suitable for riding off road. The question of which bike you should choose is harder to answer, as it will vary from person to person and ride to ride, but we've tried to give you some guidance here. While our events that open to any off road bike, each event may lean slightly more towards one than the other. So our MTB branded events will typically be shorter distances and may use some more rougher or more technical sections and places, while our Gravel branded events will generally be longer distances, with typically less technical surfaces involved. But the emphasis for all rides is off road - our Gravel events are not intended to be road rides with just a few bits of dirt track here and there; they are created to give you plenty of good, varied open hill riding. 

In our videos you’ll see us riding gravel bikes on most courses, regardless of whether it’s for a Gravel or MTB event, but really only because that’s our personal preference here in the Trail Break office these days. For individual riders though, that choice will vary. It will depend on your abilities and preferences; how happy you are to push the limits of where you can take a gravel bike for example, or whether you prefer to have the benefits of an MTB under you when the going gets rougher. The terrain, distance and weather/ground conditions may make a difference too. We try and guide you as best we can - you’ll see here a guide showing a suitability rating for different kinds of bikes, plus a physical and technical severity rating for the courses, and we’re going too add that information for all events as we go into the new season. But at the end of the day, that is only a guide, and the best choice is going to be different for every rider.

  • MTB 90% 90%
  • MTB (29er) 90% 90%
  • Gravel / Adventure Bike 85% 85%
  • CX (race style cyclocross) 75% 75%
  • Hybrid* 60% 60%
  • Road* 20% 20%

Warning: This ride contains off road sections and rough surfaces. Only use road bikes that are capable of some off road. DO NOT use any bike you do not want to expose to dirt and the risk scratches or some damage. Only use a bike with strong wheels and off road capable tyres.

Riding the South Downs

There’s more to the famous chalk ridge than that 100 mile national trail!

The South Downs Way is a mountain biking rite of passage, and of course, our South Downs Century event is the best supported way to tackle that particular challenge! There’s a lot more on offer than that single, 100 mile chalk ribbon though, and the South Downs Trail ride will introduce you to some of the best ‘off piste’ riding in the area.

The topography of the downs is a mountain bikers dream, as long as you like hills on the menu! along it’s spine the ridge takes in a series of huge, looping dips and cilmbs, so once you’re up there, you don’t have the luxury of staying high. The northern face of the downs is steep and predominantly wooded at it’s western end, hiding some brutally tough and surprisingly sketchy trails within. The southern side descends at a more forgiving gradient, and whereas the eastern end of the downs deposits you right onto the coast, here there are still miles of valleys and hills up towards Goodwood and beyond, which we utilise to great effect on this course. For the most part, this is a physically rather than technically demanding course, but the chalk surfaces need to be treated with respect. All in all though, the South Downs remains one of our favourite palces to ride – one visit and you’ll soon see why!

Event Logistics

On the Ride

Once you’re ready to start, report to the start / finish area with your timing chap strapped to your ankle. Listen to the short briefing and ride across the timing mat as directed. As you go around the route, you will find bright orange signs and ribbons to follow. At route divide points, you will find yellow signs showing you which way to go to follow the Full, Mid or Short routes. These should guide you around the whole route, but use your map if you think you have strayed off course or have a problem with the route navigation. There are also emergency contact numbers on the edge of your map. Ride safely at all times, and remember that you are on public rights of way and roads. This is not a race, so please ride appropriately, and be friendly and polite to other trail users you meet. At the end of the ride, pass over the timing mat once again, and hand in your timing chip. For those interested in there ride time, these will be available on the computer screen at the finish.

Entry on the Day

You can enter the event on the day, (pending availability*) although there is a small surcharge so pre entering is recommended. Just arrive before the end of the registration period and pay at the desk.

*Check for status updates at the top of the page for latest news of of changes in on the day availability.


Go to the registration desk on your arrival. If you’ve pre-entered via the internet or posted your entry, you’ll have a bike number and / or timing chip on an ankle strap to collect at the desk. If you haven’t pre-entered, pay at the desk and a chip/number will be allocated to you. Collect your colour A4 map at registration also. Next, get yourself ready to ride.

Following the Route

Follow the orange signs and orange ribbons (you will shown samples of these at the ride briefing) regardless of which route distance you are riding. Everybody follows orange. At route divide points, you will see a set of yellow signs, with “Full Route”, “Mid Route” or “Short Route” written on them, pointing in different directions. At this point, follow the right sign for the route you are riding. Once you get beyond the route divide point, you will start following orange signs and ribbons again.

(Please note, in spite of our best efforts, signs can go missing or be tampered with during the course of the day. Make sure you pick up a copy of the route map at event registration, and carry it with you for use if needed. We also send out GPS files to all pre entries prior to the event, so if oyu want ot have the route on your phone or GPS device, sign up online now!)

Food and Drink

Hot and cold food and drink and snacks will be available to purchase from the event centre before and after the ride. (Including our ever popular home made chilli!)


Surrey Hills Staycation Trail MTB 2021 – Ride Results

Thanks to everyone who rode the event this year – we hope you had a great day! Here’s the full, searchable results list.

No.NameCategoryCourseRide TimeAward
A38Alan FoxM40-4948km3h 14m 10sGold
A119Alan TomlinsonM40-4940km3h 42m 23sBronze
A116Alexander TaskerMU1431km3h 34m 47s
A91Amanda NewmanF50+ E48km3h 24m 49sGold
A114Andreas TalbottM18-3948km4h 42m 33sBronze
A66Andrew KeeleyM50+48km3h 25m 13sGold
A77Andrew MartinM50+ E48km4h 27m 35sBronze
A97Andrew ParrM60+48km3h 55m 28sSilver
A107Andrew ShelleyM40-4940km3h 06m 35sSilver
A111Andrew SpringerM50+48km3h 47m 30sSilver
A112Andrew SteventonM50+48km3h 46m 28sSilver
A7Andy BishopM50+31km4h 08m 52s
A46Andy GrimesM18-3940km3h 12m 04sSilver
A92Barnabas OrdogM40-4931km3h 19m 13s
A23Barry CookM50+48km2h 47m 45sGold
A12Ben BruntM40-4931km1h 52m 34sGold
A20Ben ChapmanM50+48km3h 33m 58sGold
A35Bruce FergusonM60+48km3h 54m 30sSilver
A26Charlie CooperM18-3948km4h 11m 54sBronze
A53Chris HemsM40-4948km4h 07m 34sSilver
A40Christopher GearyM60+40km3h 31m 48sSilver
A68Christopher LakeM50+40km3h 37m 11sSilver
A120Christopher ToonM40-4948km4h 07m 37sSilver
A94Clive ParkerM50+ E48km3h 03m 43sGold
A109Clive SmithM60+48km4h 26m 09sSilver
A104Colin RobertsonM40-4948km3h 40m 38sSilver
A44Craig GravettM18-3940km3h 43m 31sBronze
A47Dan GuilliattM40-4948km4h 33m 11sBronze
A95Dan ParkerM18-39 E48km3h 03m 01sGold
A78Dane MartinM60+40km3h 42m 08sSilver
A63Daniel JordanM50+48km4h 09m 29sSilver
A27David CowanM50+48km3h 04m 30sGold
A62David JohnsonM60+48km3h 18m 00sGold
A126Deb WheelerF60+40km3h 29m 05sSilver
A14Gary BullM18-3948km2h 45m 49sGold
A59Gary JacobsM50+40km3h 38m 54sBronze
A102Gary PriestleyM50+ E40km3h 29m 05sBronze
A108Gary SherwinM50+40km3h 42m 23sBronze
A29Graeme DacombM60+48km2h 48m 46sGold
A106Guy SellwoodM50+48km3h 47m 31sSilver
A90Hendrik NelM18-3948km2h 30m 09sGold
A70Ian LewinM50+31km4h 08m 40s
A115Jack TalbottM40-4948km4h 42m 30sBronze
A48James GwytherM40-4948km2h 53m 22sGold
A72Jason LiggettM40-4940km4h 01m 25sBronze
A51Jeremy HartillM50+48km2h 58m 11sGold
A56Jim HouseM60+48km2h 57m 51sGold
A105John RomerM60+48km4h 26m 11sSilver
A132John WoodcockM40-49 E40km2h 49m 00sSilver
A34Jon FarrellM40-4948km3h 11m 08sGold
A117Julian TaskerM40-4931km3h 34m 49s
A3Karan AndrewsF50+48km3h 09m 21sGold
A133Karl YoungM50+48km4h 11m 58sSilver
A79Katherine MartinFU16 E48km4h 27m 40sBronze
A49Kenny HaireM60+48km4h 17m 39sSilver
A96Laura ParkerF50+ E48km3h 02m 38sGold
A42Lee GoddardM50+40km2h 35m 50sGold
A43Louise GoddardF40-49 E40km2h 35m 47sGold
A21Martin ChuterM60+48km3h 15m 14sGold
A10Michael BrownM40-4931km1h 53m 19sGold
A58Michael HumbrachtM18-3948km3h 21m 57sSilver
A22Neil ClapsonM50+48km3h 23m 48sGold
A64Neil KaemenaM18-3931km3h 19m 28s
A100Neil PlantM40-4948km3h 40m 38sSilver
A33Nicholas EvansM18-3948km3h 34m 52sSilver
A1Nick AllenM50+48km3h 09m 41sGold
A52Patrick HaveronM40-4940km3h 42m 06sBronze
A5Paul BedfordM50+40km3h 27m 55sSilver
A55Paul HopkinsM60+48km3h 49m 05sSilver
A67Paul KeyM40-4940km3h 16m 59sSilver
A103Peter RichardsM60+48km3h 39m 04sGold
A2Richard AllenM60+ E48km3h 18m 16sGold
A71Richard LewisM40-4948km3h 39m 54sSilver
A80Richard MasonM60+48km3h 07m 21sGold
A98Richard ParsonsM40-4948km2h 48m 51sGold
A11Rob BrowneM50+48km3h 17m 25sGold
A123Rob WainwrightM40-4948km3h 58m 32sSilver
A121Robbie TrowerM40-4948km3h 23m 57sGold
A93Robert PalmerM40-4940km3h 57m 33sBronze
A118Robert TobinM40-4948km4h 07m 00sSilver
A122Rupert UptonM50+48km3h 28m 52sGold
A125Russell WellsM40-4948km3h 37m 26sSilver
A89Ruth MurrayF18-3931km4h 14m 11s
A28Scott CrooksM18-3948km2h 30m 12sGold
A13Shane BuckleyM18-3940km3h 39m 17sBronze
A30Simon DellerM40-4948km4h 27m 44sBronze
A45Simon GreigM40-4948km3h 58m 10sSilver
A50Simon HartM40-4948km3h 08m 39sGold
A99Simon PhillipsM40-4948km2h 50m 12sGold
A19Stephen CarsonM50+48km3h 05m 54sGold
A69Stephen LanghurstM50+ E48km3h 46m 25sSilver
A124Steve WebbM40-49 E40km2h 49m 04sSilver
A60Steven JacobsM50+40km3h 38m 47sBronze
A81Stewart McintoshM40-4948km3h 39m 58sSilver
A36Sue FergusonF60+48km3h 54m 33sGold
A82Tammie McneillF40-49 E48km3h 03m 42sGold
A25Toby CoolesM50+31km5h 04m 39s
A128Trev WilkinsM40-4948km3h 15m 13sGold
A65Tristan KaemenaMU1431km3h 19m 27sBronze
A24Wayne CookM50+48km2h 55m 45sGold
A6Will BichenoM40-4948km2h 14m 46sGold