South Downs Way Off-Road Bike Ride


Saturday 15 July 2017


Winchester or Devil's Dyke to Eastbourne

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Take on one of the toughest mountain bike rides in the UK this July. 

Follow the beautiful South Downs Way National Trail and put your physical and mental endurance levels to the test in this memorable off-road ride event. Choose from the 100 mile or the more achievable 35 mile route and join the Heart Riders team today. 

Registration for 2017 is now open

More event details

When: Saturday 15 July 2017

Where: Winchester or Devil's Dyke to Eastbourne

Choose your mountain bike route

  • 100 miles – Following the South Downs Way National Trail, the routes and tracks will take you and your mountain bike along the chalk escarpment and ridges of the South Downs. With breathtaking views along the entire route and a finish location right by the seafront in Eastbourne.

  • 35 miles – Joining the final 35 miles of the 100 mile route, it is shorter in distance, but by no means easy. It has a significant climb, and is a high intensity mountain biking ride.

South Downs Way Off-Road Bike Ride - Get your place

Sign up today to take advantage of our exclusive early bird discount.

    Early Bird Entry Fee  After 31 January 2017
 100 miles  (adult)  £30.00   £35
 35 miles (adult)  £20.00   £25
 35 miles (under 18's)    £20.00 - Download Under 18 entry form   £25

Sign up

You must be 18 years old to take part in the 100 mile route, and 16 years or over to take part in the 35 mile ride.

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

We cannot guarantee on the day sign up will be available, and if it is, will be charged at a higher fee.

Your event entry includes

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
Email: [email protected]

Make your travel plans

Start for 100 mile route

Chilcomb Sports Ground, Petersfield Road (A31), Chilcomb, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HU

If you are driving to the start line please download the driving instructions (pdf). The postcode provided above will not take you to the exact start location.

Car parking

We recommend parking at Chesil Street multi storey car park, Barfield Close, SO23 0HU, as there is no long stay parking at the start. The start line is about 1.5 miles from the car park and signposted. 

You can also download cycling directions (pdf).

Start for 35 mile route

Devils Dyke, Dyke Road, Poynings, Brighton, BN1 8YJ

All day parking is available next to The Devils Dyke pub and restaurant at the top of the hill for approximately £2.

Finish for all routes

Western Lawns, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 4EQ


Inexpensive pay and display on-street parking is available next to the Western Lawns, and in the Wish Tower Car Park. Free on-street parking can be found away from the seafront.

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..

Create your online sponsorship page

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

Get fit for your challenge

This is a tough off-road bike road and most suited to intermediate and experienced riders. Plan your training with expert tips and advice in our cycling training zone.

Being active is an important part of reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Get more heart health tips.

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.

We strongly recommend bringing lights for this ride.

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

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.


The mountain biking details

The mountain bike trails aren't too technical, but there are a lot of long, fast descents which need serious concentration. This mountain bike ride has been rated a Grade 3 for the 35 mile route and 5 for the 100 mile route. Find out more about our off-road route gradings

Toilets will be available along the route.

Event times

05:00  Registration opens 100 mile route
05:00-06.30  100 mile route starts at Winchester 
11:00  Registration opens 35 mile route 
11:45  35 mile route starts at Devil's Dyke (last start time 12:15)
21:00  Event finishes at Eastbourne. All riders must finish the ride by 21:00 

There'll be water stops available along the route. 

You'll be fully supported by first aid, event 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.

There will be mechanics supporting the event.

No roads or trails will be closed for this event so please be courteous to other users of the South Downs Way.

At the finish

When you arrive at the finish by the seafront in Eastbourne, we’ll be there to celebrate your success with music, food and drink and a free massage to help ease those aching muscles.

Your friends and family are very welcome to join in cheering at the finish line in Eastbourne.


Well Done

Well done to our 2016 South Downs Way 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

Purchase a Memento

Make the South Downs Way 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


Did you get 'papped'? Photos taken on the day are now available to view and download.

Follow us on Facebook

Join the South Downs Way 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 South Downs Way Off-Road Bike Ride will be open soon. Keep checking this page for updates.


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