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3 riders from the Isle of Wight will be tackling the challenging 100 mile South Downs Way next month (13th July). 

The South Downs Way is one of the toughest off-road cycling routes in the UK, featuring approximately 13,000 feet of climbing and nearly 100 gates along the route.  It’s a challenging ride even if covered over several days, but the Island trio will be tackling the route in a single day.

Setting off at around 05:00, the ride is likely to take 10-12 hours depending on weather and trail conditions on the day.

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Wightlink-Wight Mountain Cycle Race Team rider Ben Johnson will be looking to reap the benefits of a structured training program and set a new personal best, while Ben Marsh is looking to improve on last year’s sub-9 hour time. Martin Jackson, who turns 50 just 2 days before the ride, will be just looking to complete the gruelling ride inside 12 hours.

Martin is undertaking the challenge in memory of friend Glen Moreton and raising funds for the Leukaemia research charity, Bloodwise.  You can read more about this and donate online at


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