London to Southend Bike Ride


Sunday 17 July 2016


Victoria Park to Southend-on-Sea

52 miles of outstanding cycling from the east end of London to one of England’s best loved seaside resorts, Southend.

Sign up early and use your pedals to help power our lifesaving research.

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Sign up for the London to Southend Bike Ride

When: Sunday 17 July 2016

Where: Victoria Park to Southend-on-Sea

Starting in Victoria Park, Hackney - you'll soon leave the hustle of London behind hitting quieter country roads. Let the picturesque villages and beautiful countryside of Essex surprise you as you wind your way through the quiet lanes onto the idyllic gardens of Priory Park - where refreshments, live music and a sports massage will be on hand to welcome you. 

Adult entry
Team Entry

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Children must be over the age of 14 years old to take part in this event. Riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult rider (over 18) at all times.

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

For more details about this event, please refer to the Bike Events website

Your entry includes

  • Training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • Medical support
  • Mechanical support 
  • Full route signage and marshalling 
  • A medal for all finishers      

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

Make your travel plans

The start

Victoria Park, London, E9 7HJ

Getting to the start 

Please access Victoria Park by Crown Gate, off Ford Road along the South of the park - opposite the Corwn Pub (E3 5SN).

Bike Events charter trains

For £13.00 per person, two Bike Events charter trains will run in the morning from Southend Victoria to get you to the start (Stratford station) for an 08:00 start. The trains will also call at Hockley, Rochford and Rayleigh. Only tickets sold by Bike Events will be valid on the two special charter services; Greater Anglia season tickets won't be valid.

There will be signs to the start site from Stratford station. 

Train times will be announced nearer the date, with further details in the Ride Guide sent as part of each registration pack. 

More information on this transport service is available on the Bike Events website.

Alternatively, there area number of other rail services available to Stratford, please refer to National Rail Enquiries for further details: 08457 48 49 50.

By Car

The start in close to the A102 - but be aware that parking is extremely limited. Please check before travelling. 

The finish

Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6NB

Getting from the finish

There is no event specific transport after the ride. Trains run from Stratford to London Liverpool Street every 20 minutes. 

There is parking available at Priory Park, but please be aware that this is limited so please check for alternatives before travelling. 

Get ready for your ride

Raise money

Your fundraising helps our researchers make more discoveries and keep more hearts beating.

Create an online fundraising page - it's the easiest way to get sponsored. Share your page on Facebook, Twitter and by email so your family and friends can sponsor you.

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Take a look at our fundraising guide for more inspirational ideas to boost your fundraising.

Get fit for your challenge

This a long distance bike ride, so you'll need to have a good level of fitness to take part. Plan your training with expert tips and advice in our cycling training zone.

In order to help you get ready for the big day, we've teamed up with British Cycling to offer participants of this year's London to Southend Bike Ride a range of free training rides. A fully trained ride leader will accompany you and a group of fellow participants on a ride to help you build up for the event. They'll also give lots of advice and helpful tips as well as answer any questions you may have - to ensure you're fully prepared to take on your challenge.

There are four rides on offer, with places strictly limited - sign up today to avoid disappointment: 

*These rides are strictly for BHF London to Southend participants only. Places are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis. 

Make sure you have the right kit

Take a look at our recommended cycling kit list for what to wear on the day and what to bring with you. Prepare for changeable weather. Bring a puncture kit and inner tube - and don't forget your helmet!

You'll receive your participant number in the post just before the event.

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

Your family and friends could be part of the action as well. Why not ask them to take part with you, or they could come and help on the day? Volunteers are vital in making our events a success.

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At the start

 07:00  Registration opens
 07:00 - 09:10  Ride starts

You will be issued a start time in your welcome pack. These are for guidance only - if you wish to start at a different time, please turn up at the time you desire. There is nothing you need to do beforehand.  

Your friends and family are very welcome to join in the cheering at the start and finish line, as well as along the route - but we do ask that you don't bring dogs with you.

The route

All riders will be given a route map on the day, containing the emergency medical, mechanic and route control telephone numbers.

The event is fully signed and supported with first aid, marshals and mechanics. Water will be available at the start and finish, and en route.

The route is 52 miles long, with an optional extension via Shoeburyness that will increase the distance to 65 miles. There is a total of 1,750 ft. of climbing along the route. 

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