Celebrate Milton Keynes' 50th birthday
Saturday 8 July 2017
Willen Lake, Milton Keynes
You're invited to a very special birthday party this July. In 2017 the famous town of Milton Keynes turns 50, and to mark the occasion, we've given one of our popular bike rides an extra special revamp so that cyclists of all ages can come and join the celebrations.
With on and off-road routes, each of which has a 50 km or 50 mile option to choose from, and a children's ride, there truly is something for cyclists of all ages and abilities on this unique 2 wheeled day out.
Cyclists 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, 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
- Fully signed and marshalled route
- Complimentary water and refreshments
- Free massage when you finish
- Downloadable route map (coming soon)
- Downloadable route GPX file (coming soon)
- Access to a range of training and fundraising resources to help you reach your goals
- Medical support
- Mechanical support
- Medal for all finishers
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]
Start and finish location
Milton Keynes Central Station is 2.7 miles, and Fenny Stratford Station 1.4 miles away from the finish location.
Milton Keynes children's bike ride
|| Saturday 8 July
|| 11am - 3pm
As we aim to inspire as many people as possible to jump on their bikes and use their pedal power to support our life saving research, we're giving mini Heart Riders the chance to show their support at the Milton Keynes Children's Bike Ride.
Designed for under 16s, but perfect fun for the whole family - this brand new route provides the opportunity for new and younger cyclists to take part in a completely traffic free, fun-filled adventure - and see for themselves just how much fun can be had on two wheels. The route, taking in the beautiful Campbell Park and Willen Lake, is largely flat and scenic. Enjoy looking at the wildlife around you and finishing at our family friendly event area complete with activities for children.
Download Entry Form
As we know this will be many of our participants first experience of a cycling event, we ask that all children are accompanied by an adult (one adult can be responsible for more than one child).
All participants, including accompanying adults are required to register. Registrations can be made by our PDF Registration form, which can then be printed and posted back to us, or filled out digitally and emailed to [email protected]
Download an entry form
All participants will be required to cycle the entirety of the route - trailers and child seats on an adults bike are not permitted.
Registrations will be open until Sunday 2 July 2017, however, places will be sold on a first come first served basis and we may have to close entries if the event reaches capacity before this date, so please sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
On the day registrations may be available, but these will be charged at a higher fee.
Milton Keynes Bike Ride
The event also shares the same start and finish line as our main Milton Keynes Bike Ride - so if you're taking part in the full event this presents a unique opportunity to share a part of the day with children/any young loved ones who might be coming to cheer you on.
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.
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.
Join the conversation
Join our Milton Keynes 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
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.
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.
|7.30am - 2.45pm
|| Registration opens
|8.00am - 9.30am
|| Off Road ride starts
|10.00am - 11.00am
|| Road ride starts
|11.00am - 3.00pm
|| Children bike ride starts
|| Event finishes
Keeping with our theme of all things 50, you can choose from 50 km or 50 mile routes, on or 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.
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.
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.