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~ => Freewheeling => Topic started by: sam on June 17, 2012

Title: I ❤ DB
Post by: sam on June 17, 2012
The British Heart Foundation's London-to-Brighton ride, in which 27,000 people have a collective palpitation about Ditchling Beacon, isn't for me, but the Beacon itself is. I liked the idea of tackling it free of cars for a change, so I cycled out there today — a 60 mile round trip just to go up a hill. To get my money's worth I went up it 5 times, having got there early enough so I wouldn't be a nuisance on the way down.

The first thing I heard upon arrival at base camp was a speedster exhorting his group "No heroics now." Later somebody made the ascent playing The Ride of the Valkyries. Shortly before saying my goodbyes to DB I heard a jolly fellow ask the marshalls "Is there a hill up ahead?" It was nice to witness an event with all sorts.

(https://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/ditchling/skate.jpg)
8 wheels good

(https://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/ditchling/panniers&view.jpg)
The holiday brochure hadn't mentioned this

(https://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/ditchling/childseat.jpg)
Left something at the bottom

(https://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/ditchling/tandem.jpg)
Wishes he'd left something at the bottom

(https://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/ditchling/refreshment.jpg)
There's a difference between 800m and 800m up

(https://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/ditchling/rescue.jpg)
Rescue vehicle for people whose knees were creaking loud enough to cause concern

(https://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/ditchling/effort.jpg)
Hoping the tannoy at the top would suffer a malfunction

(https://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/ditchling/tinsel.jpg)
The Olympic flame burned bright on the Beacon

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The judges were not impressed (https://prettygoodbritain.com/wp/?p=1479) by my gratuitous use of the hill

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Somewhere north of Barcombe, (https://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/index.php?topic=108.0) on the way home, I paid a visit to the Blair Witch

(https://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/ditchling/fingers.jpg)
Injury tally: fingers rubbed raw on brake levers
Title: Re: I ❤ DB
Post by: 661P on June 19, 2012
Five times!  Recalls to me a certain nocturnal (well - matinal) episode back in 2006, when I was toiling up the first quarter of the Beacon, courtesy of SL and his merrie retinue ... and one Sam Walker of this parish came pelting down at a rate of knots, only to pass me on the up again as I was toiling up the second quarter of the Beacon....

Twice is quite a show, but five....?

I also remember letting slip a chance remark - which I later wish I hadn't - that I used to commute up the Beacon - something which (a) wasn't 100% true - just that I very occasionally took the longer route to work which included the Beacon, but usually I drove, and when cycling I usually went on the main road - and (b) I got taken the p*** for thereafter!

I have to admit I haven't been up the Beacon since 2006 - not by bike anyway.  I think it would kill me now, at my age, I have to be sensible here!  But I agree it's a splendid hill.  And you're rewarded with a superlative view at the top - well worth going up for especially if you catch it just as the mist is rising.

Far different from the fearsome Cob Lane (also in Sussex - near Ardingly).  At the top of that one (which I've never managed) all you get for your pains is a T-junction with a busy main road, and no view at all.  Been there, Sam?
Title: Re: I ❤ DB
Post by: sam on June 19, 2012
That doesn't ring any bells. There are certainly hills I've not managed or even tried to scale, at least on ss, which is all I ride these days. Hogtrough just south of Biggin Hill made me get off and walk, and I took one look at nearby Saltbox and decided no thanks, at least with the traffic.

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New England saltboxes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saltbox) are the worst

As for DB, the author of this

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gives it a 6/10, calling it "the hill all non cyclists dread". It's fair to say a lot of cyclists aren't so fond of it either; the view up, directly after one has enjoyed the panorama from the false summit, is enough to make anyone's heart sink. Fortunately he gives the Lecht (https://notanothercyclingforum.net/bikereader/images/E2E/pages/lecht.html), which I've done with gears, a 10/10.

A hill doesn't even have to be that long to remain unconquered. All it takes is a short killer gradient.