The Devils Punchbowl 200 BRM
A 206km event, starting and finishing in Steyning, West Sussex. NOTE that this is now a BRM event.
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Having always worried that we would get washed out using the side of the old A3 near Thursley, I only discovered last week while route checking that there is a village hall and have never noticed it after years of cycling through. Since the hire rate is very reasonable, I intend moving the roadside control to the hall. This year I will not be doing any hot food but will consider for 2023.
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There will be a feed at the Thursley Control, plus on your return to the Steyning Centre. All food is included in the price and includes the expected hot or cold drinks, sandwiches, my wife's homemade cakes, rice pudding and peaches.
Final Welcome Letter, Route sheet and GPX track will be available the week before the event following final checking.
An extended ride to the Devils Punchbowl, Hindhead.
Stage 1 (57k) Initially leaving Steyning on the A283 through Storrington and towards Petworth, before crossing onto quieter minor roads / country lanes through Greatham and Coldwaltham. After crossing the A29 we remain on minor roads / country lanes towards Selham and Graffham, before joining the A286 to Cocking (INFO). After Cocking we take the country lanes along the base of the South Downs though Didling, Treyford, Elstead, South Harding before controlling in Petersfield.
Stage 2 (26k) After Petersfield we travel on the old A3 towards the South of Liphook, before rejoining the 2017 route at Hammer Vale. Still no Glenlea for this 200, and having passed under the A3, we ride on the new road alongside the A3 into and beyond Hindhead. After Hindhead we are on the QUITE LANE (no cars) around the Devils Punchbowl to the Thursley Control. Please note that there are no toilets at the Thursley control, but there are behind the NT Café at the entrance to the Devils Punchbowl.
Stage 3 (68k) From the Thursley control, a slight detour to Farnham (INFO) to get the KM's, before rejoining the 2017 route through Elstead, Milford, Cranleigh, Ewhurst, Rusper (INFO), Faygate and Colgate, before arriving at Pease Pottage to the South of Crawley, and a Services Station control.
Stage 4 (53k) From Pease Pottage we now head South through Handcross, Staplefield, Cuckfield into Haywards Heath. On leaving Haywards Heath we are shortly on Slugwash Lane heading towards Wivelsfield Green, before taking Hundred Acre Lane and Streat Lane to our final INFO near Plumpton. We now turn West and pass through Westmeston, Ditching, Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint before turning South towards Fulking and Upper Beeding before our Arrivee in Steyning.
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