Ditchling Beacon

  • Location: South Downs, north east of Brighton
  • Distance: 0.9 miles / 1.45 km
  • Height gain: 143m
  • Average gradient: 9%
  • Max gradient: 16%
  • KOM – Michael Kwiatowski 4.05 – 13.8mph (2014 Tour of Britain)
  • Course record in hill climb – S.Dangerfield, 3.45 (1995) (not sure which version of course)
  • 100 climbs – #22
  • Everesting attempt? – 62 times (1 lap = 2.9 km) Approx total = 180 km
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Ditchling Beacon by Martin Thomas

Ditchling Beacon is a popular road hill climb. It is tackled by many amateurs on the annual London to Brighton bike ride. It averages 9%, but gets up to a maximum of 16%, with quite a few false flats.

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ditchling-beacon by Martin Thomas

National Hill climb Championship 1995

In 1995, the National Hill Climb Championships were  held on Ditchling Beacon. It was won by Stuart Dangerfield in a time of 3.45.

1994 Tour de France

In 1994, the Tour de France went up Ditchling Beacon on its way to Brighton

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Sean Yates and Lance Armstrong at the top of Ditchling Beacon – Tour de France, 1994. Photo Credit

Ditchling Beacon has also featured in races such as the 2014 Tour of Britain. It proved a decisive moment in splitting the field before the finish in Brighton.

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