Jack Thurston, A presenter on the Bike Show Podcast, has praised the bike routes of Sussex, dedicating a whole chapter to the area in his book, Lost Lanes. 36 routes are mentioned in the book, with some having great historical and cultural attractions. The routes include West Wittering, Bosham, Rother Valley, High Weald, and Chichester.
When interviewed about the book, he says that he spent most of his time cycling in the South Downs, ever since he was in his mid teenage years. He says that the book is about sharing his cycling experiences spanning two decades. He goes ahead to mention one of the rides as The Quintessence of England, in his chapter on Sussex.
The rides take you through scenery that depicts England like it used to be in the past. There are strings of beautiful churches, countryside settings, village shops, cricket greens, among others.
This is how he describes the Sub-Circuit of Midhurst which starts at Liphook, goes past Petworth and ends at the Shepherds Church at Didling. He calls this one of the best 30-mile rides. Another of his favourite routes includes the stretch from Chichester, goes through the Pagham harbour and ends at West Wittering.