Downs followed by Stamner Singletrack

Booked a day’s holiday for today, so had planned to ride.

I wasn’t sure of the route right up to the last minute.. I’m not appreciating having to spend 1.5 hours washing the bike after each ride, hence having done a few road rides recently.. but I’m getting a bit bored of them.

I considered the Downs Link Trail as a compromise, but was pretty sure that would result in just as much washing of the bike as proper off roading.

So in for a penny, in for a pound – I decided on off-road. I rode up to Mill Hill, over to Devils Dyke, and followed the South Downs Way to Ditchling Beacon.

From there, I rode down the Beacon road, specifically looking for the entrance to the Stamner Woods, which the Trailforks app reliably informed me, was on this road.

It was my first venture on the Singletrack here, and I had an absolute hoot. It was pretty hairy going due to the mud, and I had a few near misses.. the day (and possibly my life, but at least my collarbone) was saved by my Rock Shox Reverb dropper post, which I purchased for my Kitsune as a Christmas pressie to myself last year. It’s just epic being able to get the saddle out of the way.. if you don’t have one, believe all of the ‘Top 10 ways to improve your riding’ posts / YouTube videos that are all over the web.

There were several points where I’ve regularly ridden past the Singletrack on the fire road, not even realising it was there.. needless to say, that won’t be happening again! Looking forward to taking some more-week days off in the Summer when it dries out, and discovering the rest of it!

After Stamner I rode down Lewes Road to the seafront and smashed it home from there.

Distance: 29.4m

Time: 3:03:00

Avg. Speed: 9.6mph

Strava Trophies: 28 including 7 PBs

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