London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride

Saturday 26 September 2015

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Update:  We have a new date for our 2015 ride, places are limited - sign up now!

Join us for the off-road version of our classic ride as we give London to Brighton a mountain bike makeover.

It’s London to Brighton but not as you know it! Sign up early as this MTB event fills up very quickly.

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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.

Event information:

Date change:
Due to unforeseen circumstances the date of our popular bike ride has had to be changed for 2015. The new date for next year’s ride will be Saturday 26 September 2015..

More information
This version of our massively popular road ride is 75 miles almost entirely off-road. It’s a challenging and testing route that mixes cycle path, single track cycling with forest paths. It’s London to Brighton but we take it off road.

Don’t worry if technical riding isn't your thing, the challenge is more about endurance than anything else. One of participant who did the route explained it as “endurance riding with one killer hill and some tricky, fun down hills”. Join us on Saturday 19 September 2015 and experience London to Brighton in a way you never expected and be part of Britain's largest off-road charity ride.

Grading

This bike ride has been rated a Grade 4. Find out more about our off-road route gradings.

Registration and fees

Entry fees Adult
 Fee £35.00  Sign up button

Age Requirements

Note that children must be at least 16 years old to take part in this event due to it's challenging nature.

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 email or call us for a form events@bhf.org.uk or 0845 130 8663

What your entry includes

  • GPX route download (available on request) and route map
    Download the PDF map of the route
  • Medal for all finishers
  • Medical support
  • Full route signage
  • Mechanical support
  • Massage
  • Training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • A welcome pack containing your participant number, route map, sponsorship form, heartnote to wear, and important information about your event.
  • Water available en route and at the start and finish
  • Thank you certificate for all fundraisers

The money you raise 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. Coronary 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.


Location and transport

Start location: Froebel College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PJ

Finish location: Hove Lawns, BN3 2LS

The finish is a mile from both Brighton and Hove trains stations. Bikes will be allowed onto trains back from Brighton and both of these stations are aware of the event. Be aware that the stations will enforce a queueing system if it gets busy so please allow extra time to travel

Parking at the start

There will be free 'drop of' parking at Queen Mary’s Hospital car park (SW15 5PN) between 6.30am and 10am. If you need to leave your car throughout the event you will need to pay for an all day ticket or find alternative parking.

Overflow 'drop off' parking also available at Digby Stuart Campus, SW15 5PU

There will be no parking available at Froebel College.

Collection by car at the finish

There will be a dedicated pick up area for cyclists on the seafront, Kings Road (BN3 2LS). There is a maximum waiting time of two hours and the driver will need to display the parking voucher which will be sent out with your welcome pack.

The route

Distance: 73.5 miles (125km)
Profile: 1570m climbing
Terrain: Cycle track, forest single track, south downs link

Start your ride at University of Roehampton then head towards Brighton via Weybridge, Shere, Southwater Country Park and Steyning before taking on the largest incline in the final leg before heading down to the finish in Brighton.

Download the route GPX file
Download the PDF map of the route

On the day

Event date Saturday 26 September 2015
Registration open  6.15am
Safety briefing Every ten minutes from 7.00am until 11.00am
Event starts Riders start staggered every 10 mins between 7.00am and 11.00am on a first come first served basis
Event finishes 9.00pm

Toilets will be available at the start, finish and all water stops.

Refreshments will be available to purchase at the start, water stops 2, 3 and 4 and hot food will also be available at the finish.

There will be food available to buy at the finish and at water stops 2, 3 and 4.

You will find water stops/water taps throughout the route and available to all riders at the finish

Mobile Cycle Repair will be provided. They plan to be at the start and visit each of the water stops.
We do recommend bringing your own puncture repair kit. The bike mechanics will be present at these points but you should be prepared to deal with a basic puncture yourself on route.  

At the finish we will have a masseurs tent,  food stalls, toilets, first aid and water and music.

Equipment and what to wear

Please make sure you wear appropriate cycling gear including padded shorts as you will be in the saddle for a number of hours!

Bike Hire

Order in advance and collect on the day. Once you have finished your ride you just drop it off at the finish. 

Bike Lights

We strongly recommend that you bring bike lights with you in case your ride from London to Brighton takes longer than expected.

L2B off road t shirtA memento of your big day

Have a lasting memento of your day and buy one of our unique t-shirts. T-shirts are £12.50 and and are available in S,M,L and XL. They will be available to purchase at the finish, but stocks are limited.

Training

A good level of fitness and riding ability is required for this event. The ride is not too technical but is a big test of cycling endurance and is predominantly off road, a CX tyre (30+mm) would be fine. The ride is not suitable for narrow wheeled bikes.

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.

Keeping you safe

The route will be fully signed throughout with marshals and water stops along the route.
The event will be fully supported by First Aid throughout the route. You will be given emergency numbers on the day in case you need to get hold of us to report any injuries or accidents.

Every rider will be given a map of the route, this will show all the basic routes you will need to follow and show you where the water stops and marshal points are.

Should you find yourself unable to finish there will be sweeper vehicles along the route who will be able to take you back to the start, finish or the nearest train station - depending on the time and your location. You'll just need to call the emergency support number for assistance.

Spectators, pets and volunteers

Friends and family are welcome to support you at any point along the ride and at the start and finish

Sorry but pets are not allow at this event.

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

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 events@bhf.org.uk.

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