Saturday 15 July 2017
Winchester 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
|| Registration fee
| 100 miles (adult)
| 35 miles (adult)
| 35 miles (under 18's)
|| £25 - Download entry form
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
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),
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. To book please visit our online shop. Seats are limited and every passenger must pre book their ticket.
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
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
King Edwards Parade,
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
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 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 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.
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 grade 5 for the 100 mile route. 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.
|| Registration opens 100 mile route
|| 100 mile route starts at Winchester
|| Registration opens 35 mile route
|| 35 mile route starts at Devil's Dyke (last start time 12:15)
|| 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.
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?
Fill out this Digital Form to request your jersey.
Frequently asked questions regarding the 500 club
Terms and Conditions