South Downs Way
Saturday 19 July 2014
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
If you're an experienced off-road rider, make this event your next
challenge and become part of an extra special group of heart
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
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South Downs Way Off-Road Bike Ride event
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 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
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
Sign up today for 2014
|Advance entry fees
|100 mile route
|35 mile route
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).
This ride is only suitable for experienced off-road
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
Check out our team
registration and fundraising top tips
Your entry includes
Start: Chilcomb Sports Ground, Petersfield Road (A31),
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
View the start location map
All day parking is available next to The
Devils Dyke pub and restaurant at the top of the hill for approx
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.
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
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
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.
||Saturday 19 July 2014
|100 mile starts
|35 mile starts
||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.
Set up your online sponsorship page
Pay in your fundraising money
Where your money
Visit our fundraising section for some great
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.
Shop for cycling gear
Bike Hire– No Bike? Having issues taking your bike on the
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
• 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
• 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
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
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.
tips and advice
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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