Birling Gap Bash


The perfect fusion of cross-country mountain biking and trail riding on the South Downs.

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Our 2019 series of South Downs monthly guided rides kicks-offs with rolling trails towards panoramic cliff top sea views and undulating climbs before endless descents and weaving woodland singletrack back at Friston Forest. Starting at the far eastern end of the national park with this cracking ride we show off what the South Downs does best!

Who doesn’t like a piece of cake and coffee at the stunning Birling Gap cafe!? This is one of our favourite days out which delivers a superb combination of cross-country biking, trail riding and of course the all important post ride pint in the Plough and Harrow in the quintessential village of Litlington.

Ride details

  • Duration: 3-5 hours
  • Distance: 21 miles (approx.)
  • Elevation gain: 1,620 ft (approx.)
  • Technical Grade: Intermediate
    (any questions, please contact us)
  • Meet time: 9.30 am | 10 am on bikes
  • Meet point: Friston Forest
  • Group size: 8 (max.)

Is this ride for me?

  • You will be at least an intermediate mountain biker
  • You will be confident in mountain bike handling skills on red graded trails and profficient with operating your bicycle in the correct manner
  • The trails will include features such as roots, small to long rollable drop-offs and loose rocks. All of which are rollable
  • Certain trails will be steep in places which will require confident bike-handling skills
  • All the trails will have options to ride around features that you do not feel comfortable riding
  • You have your own suitable mountain bike (Hybrid and budget bicycles are not suitable for this ride)
  • The ride does contain many undulating and moderately steep long climbs
  • You have the personal fitness to ride for at least 3-5 hours at a social and comfortable pace
  • You are aged 18 and over unless accompanied by an adult also participating on this ride
  • If this sounds a little beyond your current skill and fitness level, please contact us for other options.

What do I need?

Equipment, kit and clothing

  • Suitable mountain bike in good working order*
  • Helmet*
  • Gloves and glasses
  • Backpack
  • Spare inner tube
  • Puncture repair kit and bicycle pump
  • Clothing & shoes appropriate for cycling and weather conditions on the day
  • Padded cycling shorts for comfort
  • Personal choice of drink and ride snacks

* without these you will not be able to take part in the guided ride Our guides carry an extensive kit to assist with trail-side repairs

(IMPORTANT: your helmet must be within the warranty period from the date of manufacture to take part in any of our guided rides. See the warranties table tab. You will be asked to submit this information via our riders consent form).

What’s not included

  • Bike hire
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Pre, during or post activity refreshments
  • Transfers to & from location
  • Travel/activity Insurance

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