South Downs Way Off-Road         Supported by Santander
Bike Ride

Saturday 19 July 2014

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Update: Places are limited so sign up today! Bike hire now available.

A great event, really enjoyed riding it

Known to many as the toughest off-road ride in the UK, the seriously challenging South Downs Way Off-Road Bike Ride (formerly the Randonnee) is not to be missed in 2014!

If you're an experienced off-road rider, make this event your next challenge and become part of an extra special group of heart heroes.

There are two routes to choose from; 35 miles  and the ‘Big Daddy’ of 100 miles with a total climb of over 10,000ft! Both routes finish by the seafront in Eastbourne.

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South Downs Way Off-Road Bike Ride event information

Welcome to your event guide. It's the place to come for everything you need to know about your event. This guide will be expanded as the event draws closer, so please check back for updates. All information is subject to change.

The routes

The 100 mile long South Downs Way National Trail follows the old routes and droveways along the chalk escarpment and ridges of the South Downs. With breathtaking views along the entire route and a finish location right on the seafront in Eastbourne, this challenge is not to be missed.

100 miles – taking in the full length of the south downs, this includes a total vertical climb of 10,000ft.

35 miles – It may be shorter in distance but it still has a significant climb, a high intensity climb bike ride.
The trails are not too technical but there are a lot of fast long descents which do require concentration.

This bike ride has been rated a Grade 3 or 5. Find out more about our off-road route gradings.

Registration and fees

Places are limited so sign up today to avoid disappointment

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Advance entry fees Adult
100 mile route £35.00 Sign up button
35 mile route £25.00 Sign up button

Your entry fee covers the cost of running the event; it’s your sponsorship money that will help save lives.  

Take part as a team

Online registration - Each team member can register and pay individually online using the links above, making sure to record the Team name and Team leader's name where requested.

Pay for your whole team - Online registration is quick and easy, but if you'd like to register and pay collectively, you can use this registration form (pdf).

Age requirements

This ride is only suitable for experienced off-road bikers.
Minimum age 16 (still to be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over) for 35 mile route. Min age of 18 for both mid length and 100 miles.

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Location and transport

Start location 

100 miles
Start: Chilcomb Sports Ground, Petersfield Road (A31), Winchester.

35 miles
Start: Devils Dyke, Dyke Road, Poynings, Brighton BN1 8YJ

Finish for all routes:
Western Lawns, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4UH

Car Parking Information

Support vehicles are welcome at the start site but must be moved by 9:00am. There's no long stay parking at the sports ground so you will either need to be dropped off or park in one of the many pay and display car parks in Winchester and cycle to the start – search online for nearby car parks.
View the start location map

Devils Dyke:
All day parking is available next to The Devils Dyke pub and restaurant at the top of the hill for approx £2.

Inexpensive pay and display on street parking is available next to the Western Lawns and in the Wish Tower Car Park. Free on-street parking can be found away from the seafront.

Support Drivers

The majority of riders at this event will have a support driver following them along the route and to meet up with at checkpoints with food, drink and mechanical supplies and spares etc. Download a full listing of each checkpoint with addresses and appropriate instructions for support drivers

On the day

Toilets will be available at the start and finish locations and at various locations along the route.
All riders should carry with them a good supply of water for the event. There will be water stops available along the route for you to fill up your bottles.
When you arrive at the finish by the seafront in Eastbourne we’ll be there to celebrate your success with music, food and drink and a free massage to help ease those aching muscles.

Event date Saturday 19 July 2014
100 mile starts 5:15am    
35 mile starts 11.30am
Event finishes All riders must finish the ride by 9pm


Fundraising funds research that saves lives. In 1961 the number of children born with a heart defect who survived to their first birthday was around only 20 per cent. Today that figure is 80 per cent, thanks to procedures such as valve replacement that help them lead improved lives.

For all our success, there's a lot still to be done. Coronory heart disease is still the UK's single biggest killer. Surgery techniques can still be improved. And there are exciting developments in genetics and stem cell technology.

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event; so join the fight for every heartbeat by raising funds. Your fundraising will help us continue funding research to ensure hearts keep beating.

Equipment and what to wear

Please see the kit list for recommended equipment. Remember to rock up in red to show your support for the fight against heart disease. And don't forget to wear a helmet.

Bike Hire– No Bike? Having issues taking your bike on the train?

If you don't have a bike or are having problems getting it back home using public transport why not hire a bike for the day instead. You just order in advance and collect on the day. Once you have finished your ride you just leave it at the finish. Now you really don't have an excuse to take part. Find out more at British Bike Hire.

Keeping you safe

• The event is fully supported by First Aid, marshalls and the route is fully signed. Support vehicles are also available to collect you and your bike from any checkpoint should you find you are unable to complete the challenge and wish to retire from the ride.
• Mechanics are supporting the event but given the length of the route they may take some time to reach you. Please ensure you have the knowledge and equipment to fix any punctures and basic bike repairs yourself.
• Most of the ride is off road but there will be short parts on road. Please be aware of and courteous to other users of the South Downs Way, especially walkers and horse riders.
• No roads or trails will be closed for this event so you must ride carefully and obey the Highway Code and Countryside Code at all times.
• The trails are not too technical but there are a lot of fast long descents which do require concentration
• There are checkpoints on route to monitor your progress and safety and to enable you to re-fill your water bottle.

Spectators, pets and volunteers

Although we ask that you don't bring pets to take part with you, your friends and family are very welcome to join in cheering at the finish line in Eastbourne. Ask them to look the part and rock up in red!

If you'd like to volunteer at this event, check out the opportunities available and register your interest today.


This is a tough off-road bike ride and is most suited to experienced and intermediate off-road riders.

For expert tips, training schedules and advice, visit the training zone. Remember the golden rules of exercise: start gently, build up gradually and do it regularly. Make sure you set achievable goals, which help you to monitor your fitness and boost your confidence when you achieve them. Always wear appropriate gear, and if you have any medical condition or health concerns that may affect you on the day, speak to your doctor about it prior to the event.

Contact us

For general event enquiries, please check the frequently asked questions section. If you have any further questions, please call the events team Mon – Fri, 9am - 5pm on 0845 130 8663 or email

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