New to The Sufferfest this week. . .
I’m hoping to ride the South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne UK in one long day sometime in May or early June. The ride is about 160km on a flinty bridleway with a lot of up and down totalling about 3,500 meters of climbing. It’s a huge challenge for me having struggled in the past to complete it in two days with an overnight stop in a hedge. By doing it in a day I’ll be able to carry minimal gear and up the pace a bit. That’s the plan at least.
I was thinking the 100 mile ‘Gravel Grinder’ could be perfect but concerned that it may not prepare me for the 3,500m of climbing over the rolling, off road course. Alternatively, there’s the ‘Mountainous/Hilly Gran Fondo’ but the description there indicates only 1,500m climbing.
I’d really like to boost my ability to handle long, not-too-steep, but off road, climbs. Climbing is probably one of my weaker areas. Any recommendations most welcome.