South Downs Way Off-Road Bike Ride


Saturday 14 July 2018


Winchester 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. 

Well done to everyone who conquered this monster challenge

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South Downs Way Off-Road - Thank you

When: Saturday 14 July 2018

Where: Winchester to Eastbourne

We'd like to say a gigantic thank you to each and every one of the amazing Heart Riders who conquered the challenge of the South Downs Way Off-Road Bike Ride. 


Crossing the finish line isn't the end of the journey. Try and keep the momentum of your fundraising up now you've completed the event. Spend this week shouting loud and proud about your achievements. Tell people all about the event, the best bits, the hard parts and why you did it. And don't forget to share a link to your JustGiving page. You've completed something amazing and people will want to show their support. 

And if you haven't started fundraising yet - it's never too late to set your page up

If you're collecting money offline - don't forget to pay in your fundraising

Did you get 'papped'?

Pictures taken by our official photographers are now available to view and download.  


Join the South Downs Way Off-Road Bike Ride Facebook page to share stories and photos with your other participants - and receive information about next year's event. 

Join us next year

Registration for next year's event is now open, with a special early bird discount available.

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Make your travel plans

Start for 100 mile route

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

Coach Transport 

Transport to the start location from the finish will be available for this event. We have arranged a coach transfer to leave Eastbourne at 7.30pm on Friday 14th July, and it will drop you in Winchester at the Holiday Inn. Seats are limited and every passenger must pre book their ticket. We have stopped accepting bookings for 2017, thanks to all those who purchased a seat, we will send your e-ticket to you before the event.

Getting there by car

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.

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.

Welcome to the club

New for 2017 is our exclusive 500 club, for those who smash the minimum sponsorship target for an event and go on to raise over £500.

Your fundraising will make a significant difference to the BHF as we continue our fight against heart disease. The BHF currently supports 2,500 healthcare professionals working with people affected by cardiovascular disease, funding over 1,100 research projects to help us reach our ultimate goal – the end of heart disease and to the devastation it causes.  

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  XL  XXL 
Chest Size (In)  33-35 35-37 37-39 39-41


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

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