Sign up to the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride
Saturday 23 September 2017
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!
Register for the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride
For safety reasons, the event has a capacity of 2,500 participants. Registration will close when capacity is reached, so sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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 but i t's the money you raise that powers our life saving research, so the fundraising target for this incredible ride is at least £100.
Your entry includes
- A fully signed and well marshalled route, with mile markers
- 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 complimentary nutritional refreshments available at the start, finish and en route
- Medal for all finishers
- Festival style party to welcome you to the finish line
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]
University of Roehampton,
Getting To The Start
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.
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.
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
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.
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. This year we are asking you all to raise at least £100 to make a difference.
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.
Off-Road Training 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.
Join the conversation
Join our London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride Facebook event page in order to receive regular event updates and meet your fellow Heart Riders before the big day.
Get kitted up
Want to show the world that you've joined the fight against heart disease? We have a full range of 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!
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.
Get your family and friends involved
Our events cannot happen without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to help out in the lead up to this event or on event day then please get in touch with us and we will send you more information.
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
| 07:00 - 09:00
|Start of ride - Waves of participants set off every 10 minutes
||Cut off time at finish line
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.
- 2016 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.
Our route has been exclusively designed by Rough Ride Guide.
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.
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.
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
After a challenging days off-road cycling, we know how important that finish line is to you. And we won't disappoint. A crowd of family, friends and supporters will cheer you across the finish line, where you'll be greeted with lots of entertainment for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Details are still being confirmed but we can promise locally sourced food stalls, music, 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.
What to expect
Want to get a taste of what you're in for? Well why not check out the Facebook page for last year's event.
This year's ride
Well done to our 2016 London to Brighton Off-Road Heart Riders. Thank you for taking part and for using your pedal power to support our life saving research.
Now's a great time to give your Just Giving page another push. Let everyone know how you got on and ask them to sponsor you.
If you haven't started fundraising yet, there’s still time to set up your online fundraising page and collect sponsorship – it’s the easiest way to raise money to help power research.
Don't forget once you have collected all your sponsorship - pay in your fundraising
Who got 'papped'?
Photos from the day are now available to view and download, check them out and see if you got snapped.
Purchase a Memento
Make the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride live long in the memory and show everyone that you joined the Heart Riders team by purchasing something from our online cycling shop.
Follow us on Facebook
Join the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride Facebook page to relive the memories of the day, share event stories with other supporters and get updates about next year's event.
Join us next year
Entry for the 2017 London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride is now open.