Tim Fiskar writes: A couple of years ago I entered the
Maxx enduro ride with my riding partner Darren Slade. An internet
search for advice on how to approach the Maxx led to articles about
the South Downs Double...
- Darren's Double started on May 12th at 3am from the farmers
road at Treyford, between Cocking and Harting.
- The ride to Winchester (classic route, road descent from Old
Winchester Hill) was done in a brisk 2hrs 55 and back to Treyford
in 2hrs 45.
- From Treyford to Eastbourne was done in a steady 8 hours.
- On the way back between Itford farm and Newmarket it was
raining and there was a strong headwind. Darren described wearing
winter gloves, jacket and a Buff as a balaclava as a rider came
the other way with just a short sleeve top on. The rider said
'looks like I am going the right way!'
- There were a lot of other riders around the Devils Dyke for
- As it started getting dark the trees 'started to look like
- Darren was ready to walk up the hill out of Washington but a
rider with lights coming up behind made him push on.
- On the road descent to Amberley he allowed himself a rest on a
- From Amberley he walked all the hills.
- Darren said that opening gates became almost impossible as he
had no strength left in his arms.
- The finishing time at Treyford was 23.38.21.
- The sting in the tail was the 3 mile road ride from the Downs
to his home.
- Darren's advice to other riders is to 'do the night time
The bike is interesting because of the heavy duty forks, brakes
and wheels for an enduro bike.
The wheels are Merlin hand built UST rims on Hope hubs. The
tyres (no punctures!) were Mountain king 2.4(!) tubeless and a
Crossmark LUST with a tube. Gearing is traditional 3x9 (more
reliable chain). Interestingly Darren rides with a remote seat post
which he says is good for opening gates without fully
Pedals were the new XTR trail pedals which Darren says are more
supportive than regular SPDs.
Lighting was through an Exposure Joystick and Sixpack.