London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride

When:

Saturday 24 September 2016

Where:

London to Brighton

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Take on our popular London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride, and see if you can conquer Europe's biggest charity mountain bike event.

Join the Heart Riders team this September for an exhilarating 75 mile challenge along varied terrain. Your physical endurance levels will be put to the test - but it's worth every bead of sweat. 

Exclusive discount available at hotel near start - visit the get ready tab for more info

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Sign up to the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride

When: Saturday 24 September 2016

Where: London to Brighton

Found on the bucket list of many a mountain bike enthusiast, this unique event packs all the best bits of off-road riding together into one jam-packed amazingly varied route that will provide you with a muddy adventure you'll never forget. From steep forest inclines to tricky technical descents, rocky paths to adrenaline pumping single tracks - we've got it all.

The variation means there's something on offer for cyclists of all abilities. There's plenty of technical sections to delight the off-road professional - but at 75 miles, the event also presents an achievable challenge to those new to the sport, especially with the help of our training advice and support. 

Most importantly of all, by taking part in this challenge you'll be supporting and raising money for our life saving research. So what are you waiting for? Get your place now!

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Register for the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride

 Adult entry   £35.00
 Under 18  £35.00 - download under 18 entry form

You need to be at least 16 years old to take part in this challenging event. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Places in this ride are strictly limited and registration will close when capacity is reached. Sign up early to avoid disappointment. 

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event. It's the money you raise that powers our life saving research.

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Your entry includes

  • A fully signed and well marshalled route
  • Mechanical support throughout the ride
  • PDF route map
  • Downloadable GPX file 
  • Free massage at the finish line
  • Extensive training guidance and pre-event support
  • Water and nutritional refreshments available at the start, finish and en route
  • Medal for all finishers

New for 2016

Following participant feedback from last year, we're keen to ensure this year's event is bigger and better than ever before, as a result we've made the following improvements to your experience:

  • Range of complimentary refreshments and nutritional supplements
  • Improved training materials (coming soon) 
  • More detailed pre-event information
  • Mile markers - so you know how far you've got to go
  • Festival style welcome at the finish line

Contact us

If you would like more information on any of our events, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:

Tel: 0845 130 8663
Email: [email protected]

The start

Froebel College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PJ

Getting To The Start

By car

With the A3 and South Circular nearby the start location is well accessible by car. There will be free 'drop-off' car parks open from 06:00 at Queen Mary's Hospital (SW15 5PN) and Digby Stuart College Campus (SW15 5PU). Follow the signage on the day. Both car parks will be locked at 11:00 - so please do not park here for the duration of the event. 

If you do need somewhere to park your car for the entire day, the nearest recommended NCP car park is Wandsworth Garratt Lane (SW18 4AU) - this is a 24 hour car park, situated 3.6 miles from the start - and a ticket purchased on the day will cost £7.80. 

By train

The nearest train station is Barnes, which is just a mile from the start location. If travelling from further afield London train stations such as Euston, Waterloo, Paddington, London Bridge and Kings Cross are all under 10 miles and a short cycle away.  

Local accomodation

If you're in need of somewhere to stay either before or after this event, we've managed to secure an exclusive discount with Brook Kingston Lodge Hotel, which is just a short 20 minute cycle from the start line. Visit the Get Ready tab for more information. 

The Finish

Hove Lawns, Brighton, BN3 2LS

 Parking

There will be a short stay car park available on Kings Road (BN3 2FR), this is very close to the finish. This is a pick up site for you to be collected after the ride and there is a maximum stay of 1 hour. Please ensure the parking voucher, which will you receive in your welcome pack, is displayed.

Getting Home

The finish site is 1 mile away from both Brighton and Hove train stations. The rail companies that serve these stations are both aware of the event but are not putting on any additional services. We therefore strongly recommend planning your journey in advance of the day and ensure you've consulted the relevant train company's bike policy.  

Raise money

Completely planned, organised and managed by the British Heart Foundation, this event exists in order to raise funds for our life saving research. Research that will, one day, put a stop to the devastation caused by heart disease.

Creating an online fundraising page is the easiest way to raise money. It takes a few minutes to set up and a link can then be easily shared with your friends and family on social media and by email. Remember, you're taking part in an amazing challenge - people will want to support you. 

Create your online fundraising page 

Take a look at our fundraising guide for other ideas, tips and support to help you smash your target.

Be prepared for the challenge

This is a difficult ride and it's therefore essential that you're sufficiently prepared for the day and our Off-Road Bike Ride preparation zone [coming soon] is here to help. 

Here you'll find lots of information about training, nutrition and what to expect - so you can turn up on the big day fully trained, fuelled and with the right kit, equipment, bike and tyres.

[Preparation zone coming soon]

As there is a chance of bad weather/fading light during the later parts of this event, we strongly recommend participants packing bike lights.

Somewhere to stay

If you're looking for accommodation around the ride, Brook Kingston Lodge Hotel are offering an exclusive discount to all participants of this event:

  • Bed and breakfast rate of £90 per night - single occupancy room
  • Bed and breakfast rate of £55 per night for a shared room (based upon 2 people sharing)
  • 15% discount on all food and beverages for the duration of your stay
  • Free parking throughout your stay and the event. 

The hotel is just a short 20 minute cycle from the start line and the perfect place to rest your muscles either before or after the event - or both.

For further information, terms and conditions and the all important code you need to enter to gain your discount, check out their offer leaflet

Start talking

Join the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride Facebook event page to be the first to receive event updates and to talk to and share training advice and stories with your fellow participants before the ride.

You're a Heart Rider - spread the word

Signing up for this challenge is no mean feat and we want you to tell all your friends and family just what you're doing and why. To help you spread the word we've created a range of social media profile pictures for you to use. Choose your favourite, upload it and start telling everyone what it means to be a Heart Rider. Don't forget to include a link to your JustGiving page

British Cycling membership

British Cycling membership includes insurance and they’ll donate £4 for every Ride Membership Package our riders sign up for. Find out about the great membership benefits

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We strongly recommend riders come with bike lights in case of bad weather and fading light during the evening sections of the ride.

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Exclusive London to Brighton Off-Road Merchandise

You're taking part in Europe's biggest charity mountain bike event - and we know you're going to want a souvenir to mark the occasion and help you to remember it forever. 

So show the world you've joined the Heart Riders team and purchase one of our exclusive London to Brighton Off-Road Hoodies or T-Shirts.  

London to Brighton Off-Road Merchandise

Other Heart Riders Cycling Kit

We also have a full range of other cycling kit in our online cycling shop. Whether you're after something to wear on your training rides, an accessory you need or a gift for a loved one - start browsing and find something for you today. And with all proceeds going towards our life saving heart research, it gives the term guilt free shopping a whole new meaning!   

Make sure you have the right kit

If you're not sure what to wear on the day and what you need to bring with you, take a look at our recommended cycling kit list. You'll receive your participant number in the post just before the event. 

 As the ride is predominantly off-road, we recommend at least a CX (30+mm) tyre - the ride is not suitable for narrow wheeled bikes, slicks or on road tyres.

We strongly recommend riders come with bike lights in case of bad weather and fading light during the evening sections of the ride.

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On the day

06:15 - 10:45  Registration open
07:00 - 11:00
 Start of ride - Waves of participants set off every 10 minutes
20:00  Ride finishes

You will be set off in small waves every ten minutes. All participants will receive a safety briefing before starting the event.

Please be aware that there will be a wait at the start line during the first hour of the event. In order to ensure your safety on the early sections of the ride, we can only release participants in small groups to avoid crowding - and a queue will therefore be inevitable. We will do our best to keep this to a minimum but please be patient. 

The route

  • Route map
  • Gradient profile
  • GPX File
  • Distance: 73:5 miles (125 km)
  • Profile: 1,570m climbing
  • Terrain: Cycle tracks, forest single track, South Downs Link

You'll start at the University of Roehampton and straight onto the rolling landscapes and beautiful green spaces of Richmond Park - you might even spot a stag! You'll then follow the Thames Cycle Track past Hampton Court Palace and away from the city. You'll encounter some stunning views as you cycle through Weybridge, Shere, Southwater Country Park and Steyning. We're not done with you yet though, you'll have to conquer the monster climb of Truleigh Hill right at the end of the ride - it's not for the feint hearted, but the views at the top out to the sea make all the hard work worthwhile. Then it's on to Brighton where you'll bask in the glory of the welcoming crowd at the finish line. 

Terrain

We're proud of the unique varied nature of our route. You'll be faced with a number of different elements of mountain biking including tough climbs, technical descents, rocky surfaces, dirt trails, forest paths, rapid single track and the popular South Downs Link. 

In order to get you to Brighton safely, there are some small road sections - these are just to connect you to the next bit of exhilarating mountain bike riding - but don't be disheartened if you're met with a small section of tarmac. 

Facilities

Toilets will be available at the start, every water stop and at the finish. 

Mobile cycle repair will also be available along the route and will be stationed at water stops. 

Complimentary nutritional snacks will be available for participants along the route - details to be confirmed. There will also be hot drinks and food purchasable from the start, finish and at water stop 2 (Shere recreation ground). 

Official water stops will be located at 15, 31, 52, 63 miles. 

The festival finish

New for 2016, we're hoping to celebrate your epic achievement in completing this challenge by greeting you with a party at the finish line. Details to be confirmed but we can promise locally sourced food stalls, live music and entertainment and our Proud Cycling Partner Jaffa will also be on hand giving out oranges and fruit juice. There will of course also be toilets, first aid, water and a complimentary massage. 

With lots still to confirm, it promises to be a memorable conclusion to an unbelievable day. Keep checking this page for more information. And if you have anyone coming to support you, make sure you share this information with them, so they can come down early and revel in the atmosphere. 

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