London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride

When:

Saturday 24 September 2016

Where:

London to Brighton

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. 

This event is now sold out and as a result you will not be able to sign up on the day

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

When: Saturday 24 September 2016

Where: London to Brighton

London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride - Sold Out! 

Following a bumper registration period, this event has now reached capacity for 2016. Thank you to each and every one of the inspirational heart riders who have signed up to take on this epic challenge. 

As places have sold out, there will be strictly no opportunity to sign up on the day. This capacity is in place for safety purposes and consequently must be obeyed. If you've missed out, we'd like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

2017 registration will be opening soon, but if you'd like something to take part in this year, why not check out the off-road route of our popular London to Milton Keynes Bike Ride instead?

The Event

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!

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

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
  • 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 2 hours. Please ensure the parking voucher, which will you receive in your welcome pack, is displayed.

If you would like to stay for longer, there are other pay and display car parks nearby: 

  • Norton Road Car Park - BN3 3BE - £3.20 for 4 hours, and is a 7 minute walk from the finish site. 
  • King Alfred Car Park - BN3 2WW - £4.00 for 4 hours (max. stay), 14 minute walk
  • Regency Square - BN1 2FG - £8.00 for 4 hours, 21 minute walk

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 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

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


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

SIGN UP

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. 

As a result we will have some event specific hoodies and t-shirts available to purchase at the finish line. These will be sold on a first come first serve basis. 

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, the route is not suitable for narrow wheeled bikes, slicks or road tyres. A hardtail mountain bike is ideal, although many others are also suitable. Make sure you think about your tyres as well, we recommend fast rolling ones such as Maxxis or Racing Ralphs. Semi-slick mountain bike tyres would also provide an enjoyable day, providing the trails are dry.  

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

On the day

06:15 - 09:45  Information point open
07:00 - 10:00
 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.

The information point will be issuing replacement rider numbers and answering and queries. There will be no on the day registration at this year's event as the ride has reached capacity.

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

You'll start at the University of Roehampton and follow some beautiful green spaces and rolling landscapes alongside the River Thames out of London on a flat, hard surface. You'll encounter some stunning views as you cycle through Weybridge, Shere, Southwater Country Park and Steyning. You'll then head through the South Downs which will take you on to the the descent into the Brighton finish line, where you'll bask in the glory of the welcoming crowd.

Please be aware that a section of route on the Downs Link in the Sinfold area (south of Rudgwick) is currently closed to the public. We've ensured that will be open, clear and safe on the day - but the path is officially still closed to the public. As a result the closure signs will remain in place - but please ignore these and follow the route and course arrows as planned. 

This route has been designed by Rough Ride Guide.

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, rough tracks, forest paths, rapid singletrack and the popular South Downs Link. 

There are 3 major climbs along the route. The first, around 30 miles in, is a rough, narrow ascent - keep an eye out for tree roots - before taking you onto a very steep tarmacked section that will guide you to the summit. 

You'll then face a tricky, technical descent, which will take you onto rest stop 2, where we recommend refuelling as shortly after you'll face a 3 metre technical off-road climb. After this you'll descend onto the picturesque Downs Link, a well-surfaced off-road trail, which you'll follow for 20 miles. 

60 miles in, but we're not done with you yet. Now it's time to tame the beast and see if you can conquer The Bostal.  A steep, rough, rutted 1km climb gaining 100 metres in height before taking you onto tarmac where the gradient is smaller, but you'll continue to climb for a further 2km before a final steep, rough kick to get you to the top of South Downs. You'll want to pause here, not only to catch your breath but also to take in a view out to the sea that will make every ounce of effort feel worthwhile. 

From here, you're on the home straight. Some undulating tracks lead you across the Downs before dropping down one final descent on a rough track to the coast. The final 5m is along the flat, well surfaced promenade to the finish line. 

Please also be aware that 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 please 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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