If lockdown wasn’t giving you itchy feet, and this spell of good weather wasn’t making you want to go on an adventure already, the new film from Wahoo following four friends along the South Downs way certainly will.
The South Downs Way is an ancient 100mile route that spans the South East coast of England from Winchester to Eastbourne. With no cars in sight, the route is made up of chalky single track, ancient roads, and wooded trails.
And by the looks of it is a lot of fun!
“These lands are dear to me. A man can walk the earth and not gaze on such beauty. A 100 mile ridge of flint and chalk, sheep, and cow. Great tribes fought in the peaks, and they say the land was carved by the devil himself. Yet I don’t see Hell. I see a white road going as far as the eye can see. I see the South Downs Way.” —Sean Yates
Last year, British cycling legend Sean Yates’s son, Liam, set out to ride the route with three friends and filmmaker George Marshall to celebrate a shared love for this area of the UK. Sean carried out much of his training in the South Downs when he was racing and now Liam spends much of his time exploring the same trails on two wheels.
The beautiful film perfectly captures how much fun a bikepacking trip with friends is. However, what it doesn’t show is how tough the 3,500m of climbing would have been.
It’s definitely a route to add to the list for later this summer!