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 event. 100 miles, nearly 4,000 metres of climbing, 1 day. Think you could conquer this epic challenge? Prove it.

Sign up today and take advantage of our Early Bird Discount!

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South Downs Way Off-Road - How to enter

When: Saturday 14 July 2018

Where: Winchester to Eastbourne

The toughest of challenges, but an unrivalled sense of achievement. The ultimate adventure for you and your mountain bike this summer as you pedal the entire length of the South Downs Way national trail - taking in the breathtaking views as you go. 

Sign up today and enjoy an exclusive early bird discount on your entry fee. 

Early Bird  Standard Entry  On the day
Entry Fee £30  £35 £50

You must be 18 years old to take part.

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

On the day entries will only be available if there is sufficient ca

Your event entry includes

35 mile route option

Due to poor historic participation numbers, we will no longer be offering the 35 mile route option on this event. Whilst disappointing, this will enable us to better support those cycling 100 miles. People looking to take on a challenge of a shorter distance are encouraged to check out our South East Coast Off-Road Bike Ride, which offers a similar distance, location and terrain, on top of a more relevant level of support. 

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]

Make your travel plans


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

Coach Transport 

We are arranging transport to the start location from the finish for this event. We will be arranging a coach transfer to leave Eastbourne at approximately 3.30pm on Friday 13th July and it will drop you in Winchester at the Holiday Inn. Seats will be limited and every passenger must pre book their ticket. As soon as you are able to book tickets for the transport we will include the link here, please check back for an update.

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

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.

Join the conversation

Join our South Downs Way Off-Road Event Facebook 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 with all proceeds going towards our life saving heart research, it gives the term guilt free shopping a whole new meaning!  

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.

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

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.

Choose your mountain bike route

  • 100 miles –  With breathtaking views along the entire route and a finish location right by the seafront in Eastbourne.

The mountain biking details

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. The riding isn'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 5. Find out more about our off-road route gradings

In order to ensure your safety and support throughout the route, we have a series of cut-off times during the day. These are all available on the route map, but include 3pm at Washington (52 miles), 4:30pm at Devil's Dyke (65 miles) and 9pm at the finish line. If you are unable to reach the designated point by the specified time we will discuss your options with you on the day, these may include offering you a lift to a point further along the route, if possible. 

Toilets will be available along the route.

Our route has been exclusively designed by Rough Ride Guide.

Event times

05:00  Registration opens 100 mile route
05:00-06.30  100 mile route starts at Winchester 
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.

See what you're in for

To get a feel for what to expect on the day, check out last year's South Downs Way Off-Road Bike Ride Facebook event page. It provides an excellent snap shot of the day, and gives you an idea of how people were feeling at the finish line. 

Welcome to the club

Introducing 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

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