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Ian Leitch - South Downs Double Record Holder

On the 22nd May 2009, Ian Leitch set a new outright record for riding the South Downs Double (the entire South Downs Way, twice in a day). Starting from Winchester at 3:03am, he completed the outbound leg in around 8 hours and (despite a headwind) the return journey in 10 hours. The overall time was a stunningly fast 18h 3m 12s, which is nearly 2 hours off the previous record.

Ian was observed by Rory Hitchens of Exposure Lights during his ride, but was completely unsupported and carrying everything he needed except water (which he obtained from taps along the way). There is more information and a forum discussion about his ride here on BikeMagic, and we will update this page as more information is received about this outstanding effort.

Ian rides for Independent Fabrication bikes and Exposure Lights.

Rory Hitchens has sent us the following pictures of Ian's ride. Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in a new window).


(c) Rory Hitchens 2009

Ian obviously loves the smell of South Downs in the morning.


(c) Rory Hitchens 2009

Buttercups, bike and rider above Steyning, with the trees of Chanctonbury Ring in the background.


(c) Rory Hitchens 2009

At Harting Down on the return leg, around 15 hours and 170 miles into the ride and racing the sunset.


(c) Rory Hitchens 2009

Another great sunset on the Downs, Winchester just over the hills and Ian's knows the glory is all his.


(c) Rory Hitchens 2009

Hiding behind the Official Record.


(c) Rory Hitchens 2009

The record setting bike, from Ian's sponsors Independent Fabrication bikes.

Ian's record ride - Links of interest

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