Milton Keynes Bike Ride

When:

Sunday 8 July 2018

Where:

Willen Lake, Milton Keynes

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Our circular Milton Keynes Bike Ride is back for 2018!

Choose from 50 miles or 50km, on or off-road, and take your place on this fun filled two-wheeled day out this July.

BANK HOLIDAY FLASH SALE! Sign up this weekend for a 25% discount on your entry fee

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Milton Keynes Bike Ride - Flash Sale

When: Sunday 8 July 2018

Where: Willen Lake, Milton Keynes

To celebrate bank holiday weekend, we're running an exclusive flash sale on entries into Milton Keynes' big, new, festival of cycling. 

To take advantage, simply sign up before midday on Thursday 31 May 2018, and you'll enjoy an amazing 25% discount on your entry fee!

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Entry fees

 Flash sale Standard entry On the day
Adult
£15  £20 £30 SIGN UP
16-17 year old £15  £20 £30 Download entry form
Child (Under 16)
£5  £10 £15 Download entry form

With on and off-road routes, each of which has a 50 km or 50 mile option to choose from, there truly is something for cyclists of all abilities and types on this action packed festival of cycling. 

Cyclists must be over the age of 14 to participate in the road ride and 16 for the Off-Road event. Anyone aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

Registration for this event will close when it reaches capacity. We cannot guarantee that on the day registration will be available. It is therefore strongly recommend that anyone wishing to take part avoids disappointment and signs up as soon as possible. 

Your entry includes

  • Fully signed and marshalled route
  • Complimentary water and refreshments
  • Free massage when you finish
  • Downloadable route map (Found under the On The Day tab)
  • Downloadable route GPX file (Found under the On The Day tab)
  • Access to a range of training and fundraising resources to help you reach your goals
  • Medical support
  • Mechanical support
  • 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: 0300 330 3322
Email: [email protected]

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Start and finish location

Willen Lake, MK15 0DS

The nearest train station is Milton Keynes Central Station, which is 3.2 miles away from the event site. Fenny Stratford Station is 5.5 miles away.

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. 

CREATE YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE

If you're after advice about how to make the best use of your page, check out the short guide we've put together. 

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

Whichever route you're taking on, this 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.

If you're taking on the road ride and this is your first foray into the world of cycling events, check out Bike Radar's article on the common questions beginners have, before getting started.

Join the conversation

Join our Milton Keynes Bike Ride Facebook event page in order to hear about any updates as well as have an opportunity to chat and share training and fundraising tips and stories with your fellow participants.

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 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. 

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.

 
   
   

Timings

07:30 - 10:00  Registration opens
08:00 - 09:00 Off Road ride starts
09:30 - 10:30 Road ride starts
5.00pm Event finishes

The routes

Keeping with our theme of all things 50, you can choose from 50 km or 50 mile routes, on or off-road:

Off-Road 

The 50 km route explores the superb network of traffic free cycling trails around the town of Milton Keynes, using a variety of dirt and hard surfaced tracks as it winds its way along peaceful, leafy passageways and waterways. Although not technically challenging, there are some narrow single track dirt sections and it is still a tough physical challenge. However it is a wonderful, peaceful and picturesque way to see the amazing amount of green and open space the town boasts. Using just some of the 180 miles of bridleways, footpaths and cycle tracks, the route offers an amazingly different world to the famous regimented road grid system. A quick detour up the hill into the countryside is followed by a fast & fun plummet back into town, where you will follow more wonderful dirt track bridleways and cycle paths, leading you peacefully back through town, to a wonderful lakeside finish.   
 
This 50 mile route extends from the 50 km route, heading out of town, up into the hills and woods of the surrounding countryside. These more challenging natural trails lead you on to Stockgrove Country Park where you join a lovely off-road cycle trail, and cafe stop, before heading onwards and upwards to Woburn woods, were the piece de resistance awaits. The new Longsdale trail, a 10km red grade single track, weaves its way around the woods along superb technically challenging single track trails before you plummet back into town. There is still a good distance to go, weaving your way along good, fun, dirt tracks through the wonderful open, green spaces of town, to the picturesque finish by the lake. This ride truly shows you all the really wonderful and different off-road riding available, both in and around this unique town.

Our off-road routes have been exclusively designed by Rough Ride Guide

On Road

The 50 km route begins by exploring the superb network of traffic free cycling routes around Milton Keynes, before heading along quiet countryside roads heading South East, passing through a number of picturesque villages that Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire have to offer. Tree lined roads lead our riders to Rushmere Country Park, a hidden gem which makes a fabulous rest stop for riders. Continuing onwards towards Woburn, keep an eye out for wildlife, hopefully nothing to exotic escaping from the safari. A mostly mildly undulating route which is achievable by those who have not ridden a bike for a few years as well as those who regularly have fun on 2-wheels. We head back to the Redway, to see more of the traffic free cycling routes before finishing by the stunning Willen Lake.

The 50 mile route extends from the 50 km route by heading further into West Bedfordshire, continuing along more scenic countryside roads, leading you along an undulating route, putting your legs to a harder physical test but within your reach. Rejoin the last section of the 50km route when you take the Redway, traffic free cycling route back to Willen Lake.

 
Whichever route you decide we can guarantee some spectacular Buckinghamshire countryside views, an incredible atmosphere and an unrivalled sense of achievement upon crossing that finish line. 

PDF Route Maps

Off-Road Map

On-Road Map

GPX Files

50km Off-Road Map

50m Off-Road Map

50km On-Road Map

50m On-Road Map

Other information

The event is fully supported by First Aiders and marshals, and the route is fully signed.

Support vehicles are also available to collect you and your bike from any checkpoint should you find you are unable to complete the challenge and wish to retire from the ride. 

Mechanics are supporting the event, but given the length of the route they may take some time to reach you. Please ensure you have the knowledge and equipment to fix any punctures and carry out basic bike repairs yourself.

Spectators are welcome to attend this event, but we advise that you don't bring pets. 

Introducing our exclusive 500 club, for those who smash the minimum sponsorship target for an event and go on to raise over £500.

If you have £500 or more (excluding GiftAid) pledged by your supporters on your JustGiving page firstly congratulations you are amazing! You'll now be eligible to join the 500 Club and receive your exclusive BHF jersey

For teams to be eligible there must be at least £500 or more (excluding Gift Aid) pledged per person, along with the names of all eligible entrants showing on the team fundraising page and each individual needs to fill in a separate form in each case to claim the 500 club jersey.

(E.g A team of 4 would need a minimum of £2000 (exc Gift Aid) pledged on their team page)

How do I claim?

Complete our form to request your jersey

Size Chart

Size XS S M L XL XXL
Chest Size (In) 33-35 35-37 37-39 39-41

41-43

43-45
Chest Size (Cm) 84-89 89-94 94-99 99-104 104-109 109-114

Note: Due to the fit being small, we recommend ordering one size up to your usual size.

Frequently asked questions regarding the 500 club

Terms and Conditions

Other useful information