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Peaceful ride across South Downs turns into "surreal" experience...

A pair of cyclists had the tranquility of their Sunday morning ride in the South Downs yesterday interrupted after they stumbled across an illegal rave.

One, Tim Fry, posted footage to YouTube showing him weaving in and out of parked cars and assorted ravers, ramplers and people walking their dogs at Devil's Dyke in the National Park.

In the description of the video, he said: "Rich & I thought we'd go for nice quiet sunshine ride at the Dyke, what we saw next was just plain surreal."

Passing the site of the rave, he says to his friend: "This is f*cking bizarre," adding later, with a laugh, "that can't be official!"

Indeed it wasn't. The Argus reports that Sussex Police decided to let the rave, which began at 2am on Sunday morning, go ahead despite complaints from local residents, with a spokesperson saying that "due to the darkness, rain, and numbers present, it was not appropriate or practical to attempt to close the gathering safely."

Occasional road.cc contributor Martin Thomas said on Facebook: "There was a time when I would have jumped off the bike and joined in if this had happened to me."

In a comment to his post, Mike Bell said: "Went past this on the road bike. Good to see proper old school space cadets in thier natural environment."

 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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zanf [850 posts] 2 years ago
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In the Telegraph, they have this quote:

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But resident Colin Warburton, 61, from Poynings, said the rave “doesn’t bother me one bit”.

He said: “To be honest I’d had a few drinks myself on Saturday, so when it started up I didn’t really notice.

“As long as they’re having a laugh up there then I’m OK with it.”

God bless the indefatigable Mr Warburton!

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bashthebox [751 posts] 2 years ago
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Hahaha! Amazing, glad Brighton's still doing parties in the hills.
I remember a rave up at Ditchling beacon more than 10 years ago when some bemused looking MTBs came through early in the morning as we were all stumbling around.
Don't ever remember anything of this scale happening there or at Devils Dyke though... all those cars! So many sound systems too!

I do find it quite funny, there's a direct crossover with my old passions and my new. Used to stay up all night jumping around to loud noises, if possible outdoors. Now I get up early to jump around on a bike when all the people from the night before are getting into bed.

Both are fun, both are quite painful at the end of a session. Only one makes you feel awesome the next day though.

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Sangharaja1 [9 posts] 2 years ago
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Ah yes cycled passed sunday lunch time, yep it was surreal Going up hill after doing 70 miles. The bass sound was so deep heard it from over 4 miles away (really irritating) but once I got there surprisingly the smell of dope gave me a lift.
Only really objection would be if they leave a load of mess as shown in the video

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VecchioJo [396 posts] 2 years ago
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it makes a nice change from the doggers i suppose

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michophull [137 posts] 2 years ago
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If I lived within earshot, I'd take a sledgehammer to their bloody discotheque. Keep Britain quiet. The Criminal Justice And Public Order Act was a great idea. What a pity it can't be enforced more often.

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bike_food [171 posts] 2 years ago
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Looks like the ramblers found it first.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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I find it kind of depressing that youth culture is so devoid of any originality or motivation that kids are still going to illegal raves - 25 years after i did.*
I blame Simon Cowell.
And Rapha.
And mountain bikers.

*im also pretty sure we didnt leave as much as a mess as those lot did.

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bikebot [1976 posts] 2 years ago
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Haha, love the ramblers as well who seem to be doing that very British thing of not noticing the madness around them.

As long as it's a rarity and not too large, most people just don't care that much. Though I wish the messy buggers would clean up afterwards, when you find debris scattered around a beautiful place like that, that really does annoy people.

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richdirector [68 posts] 2 years ago
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Doesn't bother me - they could be on the streets pissed, fighting and yelling. Only objection is the litter but the bill for one off-duty copper to police the event would probably pay for a whole clean up team..... I remember raves being bigger. I was in South Africa when they got into their rave parties in 99-2003 ..... That was bizarre enough being so behind the times then .....

Ps raves so out of date that the iPhone autocorrects to races .... Or that could be me

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nowasps [434 posts] 2 years ago
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That looked more like a giant illegal car-park to me...

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bashthebox [751 posts] 2 years ago
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Back-in-the-day we were all pretty fastidious about cleaning up - people brought bin bags, and the stragglers would get coerced into tidying up as they waited on taxis.
Not sure whether people do that on a party of this scale, which would be a shame. Still, people want to go out, have fun, and have it outside. It's a long way from people's houses so what's the harm? Jumping up and down and hugging and shouting and taking naughty things is all part of a very large curriculum of fun, to which also belongs lycra, carbon fibre and energy gels.

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Beaufort [270 posts] 2 years ago
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The music was poor, that'd be my main concern. 'Dance' as a genre died in about 1996, sadly.

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MrC [18 posts] 2 years ago
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Doesn't look like the dancing style has changed much.

Of course, everyone now having mobile phones means they've missed out on the fun of driving round various motorway service stations trying to find someone who knew where the party was...

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Bigringrider [212 posts] 2 years ago
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Beaufort wrote:

The music was poor, that'd be my main concern. 'Dance' as a genre died in about 1996, sadly.

No it didn't.

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northstar [1108 posts] 2 years ago
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Police in thinking they can pick and choose what parts of the "law" they can uphold, nothing has changed.

Shame on sussex police.

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Martin Thomas [380 posts] 2 years ago
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Ah yes, when worlds collide  1 I've never seen a party at the Dyke before - although I've had to dodge some rather tired and emotional types around Duke's Mound near Brighton Marina on a few occasions. In a previous lifetime I wasted rather a lot of good cycling time on that sort of caper. Makes me come over all weary just thinking about it these days.

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Hoester [68 posts] 2 years ago
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The amount of tech clamped onto the riders rig he could have mixed the beats for them whilst pedalling.

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Leviathan [2059 posts] 2 years ago
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Further proof that mixed use pathways are trouble, especially if pedestrians are drunk in charge of their two legged vehicles.

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robert_obrien [118 posts] 2 years ago
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I can't hear much interaction between the filmer and his filmees. I always announce mt presence with 'Good Morning' and/or 'excuse me' to everyone I approach. Mainly to minimise the possibility of a sidestep which might wipe us both out but makes you feel more of a society. Don't let Thatcher be right, even posthumously.

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mrchrispy [456 posts] 2 years ago
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Isn't there a fairly regular thing in the goyt valley?
Seem to remember riding past it in the road bike early one morning, nearly joined in  1

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banzicyclist2 [299 posts] 2 years ago
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Well it beats the time I gate crashed sombodies picnic which they had laid out across a track just around a corner on a nice fast down section. Boy they were not impressed when dozen of use clattered through the sandwiches.

But it was very funny!  24

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Yennings [237 posts] 2 years ago
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Love the ramblers! And the very polite middle class raver saying "sorry!" for getting in the way. All harmless fun, as long as someone takes all that litter home...

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Wrongfoot [35 posts] 2 years ago
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I'll try not to pre-judge and just say I hope that all the litter visible in the clip was cleared by the rave organisers/participants the next day. Broken bottles = punctures  7

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mooleur [537 posts] 2 years ago
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Wrongfoot wrote:

I'll try not to pre-judge and just say I hope that all the litter visible in the clip was cleared by the rave organisers/participants the next day. Broken bottles = punctures  7

They're usually spot on for clearing it all up - usual rule of thumb for freeparties is you go, you party, you leave and no one need know you were there - i.e. leave nothing!  1

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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The rule of thumb seems to have been broken

https://twitter.com/JaneCecil1/status/471258063128002560/photo/1

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Ush [706 posts] 2 years ago
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Another bunch of car-driving cretins finds a green place to eff up.

Car over-use is international and their self-entitlement knows no bounds:

http://boingboing.net/2014/05/27/moscow-activists-step-into-the.html

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Cauld Lubter [135 posts] 2 years ago
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Crackin' tunes, Gromit.  103

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fatbeggaronabike [819 posts] 2 years ago
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I saw this on yahoo unfortunately the comments posted on there were rather different to those above. to the extent that more than one troll was criticizing the cyclists for not ringing there bells (above the noise) oh and the classic not paying road tax.  35

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Cranky Acid [40 posts] 2 years ago
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What's up with you? Get off your bikes and rave!