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South Downs Spring Trail Ride

It’s time to get ready for summer!

This is one of our favourite venues! The beautiful Duncton Pavilion sits at the foot of the South Downs, giving you a magnificent view of the hills you’ll spend the day playing in from thr moment you leave your car. Once you get riding, there’s a winding preamble through the pretty village before the serious business begins.

And, in case you’re not familiar with them, the South Downs deserve to be taken seriously, as the first climb of the day will confirm. But big climbs means big descents too, so there’s plenty to enjoy on a course that never lets up in it’s delivery of stunning downland views, scenic countryside backdrops and enviously charming little villages that’ll make you want to move house. It’s that sort of ride.

South Downs Trail Ride, March 25th 2017

Duncton Pavilion

Entry on the Day

Advance entry for this event is now closed, but you can still enter on the day from 8:30am at event registration. Scroll down for full event details.
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Short Route


  • 565m Climbing

Mid Route


  • 877m Climbing

Start Time

9:00am – 9:30am

Full Route


  • 1100m Climbing

Finish Time

Event Centre closes 3:30pm


(Start & finish)
Duncton Pavilion
W Sussex
GU28 0JY
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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, although there is a small surcharge of £2 (so pre entering is recommended). Just arrive before the end of the registration period and pay at the desk.
Go to the registration desk on your arrival. If you’ve pre-entered via the internet or posted your entry, you’ll have a timing chip on an ankle strap to collect at the desk. If you haven’t pre-entered, pay at the desk and a chip 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!)