Information about the London to Reading Bike Ride
Saturday 18 March 2017
Be first out of the blocks with your fitness drive this new year by joining the fight against heart disease and taking on this 40 mile challenge.
Setting off from the outskirts of London, you'll cycle through picturesque villages and spring countryside as you head for the euphoria of crossing the finish line in the bustling town of Reading.
Riders aged 16 and under must be accompanied at all times by an adult.
The event is ideal for those who haven’t taken part in many cycling events before. The largely flat route and quiet roads make the challenge an achievable one whilst the beautiful views and amazing atmosphere will allow you to see for yourself just how much fun can be had on two wheels.
Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer. By funding cutting edge research, we are determined to put a stop to the damage heart disease causes. But we can't do so without your support. Your registration fee goes towards the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research. We're therefore challenging all riders taking part in this year's event to raise as much as they can in support of our work.
Registration for this event will close when it reaches capacity. We cannot guarantee that on the day registration will be available, and in the event that it is, entries will be charged at a higher fee. It is therefore strongly recommend that anyone wishing to take part avoids disappointment and signs up as soon as possible.
Your entry includes
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]
Kempton Park Racecourse,
Staines Road East,
Free parking is available from 07:30am at Kempton Park Racecourse and cars can be left here for the duration of the event - however, they must be collected before 10:00pm.
Kempton Park Rail Station is directly outside the start venue. Sunbury Rail Station is approx 0.5 miles and Hampton (London) Rail Station is approximately two miles from the start.
Regular services run throughout the day from central London.
We strongly advise checking with your planned train operator that bikes are allowed on the service you intend on using before travelling - some services require your bike to be booked on in advance. South West Trains, who have been informed of the event, have told us that their restrictions on bikes are greatly reduced at weekends. It is at the discretion of the guard on each service as to how many bikes are safely allowed on board, and this is managed on a first come, first served basis. Participants should therefore allow plenty of time to get to the event.
Travel from the finish
The finish location is half a mile from Reading station. Trains run from here into London at regular intervals throughout the day.
We strongly advise checking with your planned train operator that bikes are allowed on the service you intend on using before travelling - some services require your bike to be booked on in advance. South West Trains, who have been informed of the event, have told us that their restrictions on bikes are greatly reduced at weekends. It is at the discretion of the guard on each service as to how many bikes are safely allowed on board, and this is managed on a first come, first served basis. Participants should therefore allow plenty of time to travel.
There are several pay and display car parks near the finish site at Christchurch Meadows, the closest of which are:
- Hills Meadow car park - RG4 8DH - 3 minute walk - £2.60 for 2 hours
- Reading station long stay car park - RG1 8BT - 7 minute walk - £4.50 for 2 hours
There may also be free parking available at a number of local streets around Christchurch Meadows. Cars are parked at owners risk.
Use your pedal power to save lives
Heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer. It strikes, often without warning, tearing loved ones away, sometimes without even a chance to say goodbye. This has got to stop. Through funding pioneering heart research, we are determined to put an end to the devastation heart disease causes. But we need your help to make that goal a reality. We rely on your fundraising to keep up our work - your registration fee only helps to cover the cost of putting the event on - so please raise what you can, to help us keep more families together for longer.
Reach your fundraising target
The easiest way to get sponsored is by setting up an online fundraising page. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up and you can then easily share a link to your page on Facebook, Twitter and by email so your family and friends can show their support for the amazing challenge you've set yourself. Make sure you keep it up to date too, share your story - tell people why you're taking part, how you've found your training and how you're feeling ahead of the big day. Make your supporters feel like they're a part of your experience - it could make all the difference to your total.
Create your fundraising page
We've also put together a short guide to help you make the most of your page.
It's not all about online donations either, there are lots of other ways of getting the money rolling in, and having a great time while you're at it - check out our fundraising hints and tips for some other ideas to help you smash your target, and there's also a fantastic range of fundraising resources available for you too.
Get fit for your challenge
A 40 mile bike ride is not to be sniffed at - you'll need to be prepared for the challenge. For some help planning your training, check out the information available in our cycling training zone.
Join the conversation
Join our London to Reading Facebook page, where you'll receive up to date information about the event, and have the opportunity to talk to your fellow participants before the big day.
Get kitted up
Show the world you've joined the Heart Riders team and treat yourself to some new kit from our online cycling shop. Whether you're after something to wear on your training rides or on the day itself, 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!
And if you'e 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.
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.
Sign up for 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.
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.
At the start
|| Registration opens
| 08:00 - 10:00
|| Rolling start time
|| Registration closes
|| Cut off time at finish line
You can start the ride at any time between 8:00 and 10:00. There will be a short safety briefing before you depart.
We'll take you from the outskirts of London, on open but quiet country roads through some beautiful towns and villages along the Thames Valley - including the jaw dropping views of Virginia Water and Henley-on-Thames. The beautiful spring countryside will provide the picturesque backdrop to this amazing day out, as you head for the glory of crossing the finish line in the bustling town of Reading.
The gradient isn't too hilly - but don't get lulled into a false sense of security. With around 5 miles to go lies the big bad climb known as Chalk Hill. It's tough on the legs but if you can pedal all the way to summit - it will make the feeling of crossing that finish line feel all the more sweeter.
This isn't a race. It's about taking part and conquering a challenge in support of the fight against heart disease. So make sure you enjoy the views, stop at some of our lovely refreshment points, and soak up the fun-filled atmosphere provided by all of our amazing participants.
The route will be fully signed, marshalled and there will be first aid and mechanical support throughout.
Complimentary water and a small range of snacks will be available at the refreshment points along the route, water will also be available at the beginning and end of the ride.
There will be food and drink available to purchase at the start and finish sites and at a range of pubs and cafes that lie along the route.
Toilets will be available at the start and finish sites.
There will also be free massages for all participants available at the finish of the.
Bring your cheerleaders
Supporters looking to come and join us making noise and supporting you on the day are more than welcome. The best vantage points can be found at the start and end of the ride, or at Henley-on-Thames.