13 August 2017
Martello Fields, Seaford
Stunning coastal scenes, beautiful forest trails and epic cliffs to climb – this is the perfect summer event for mountain bikers of all abilities. Starting off right by the sea, you’ll take on 35 miles of beautiful off-road routes, with an optional 10 miles of extra technical riding through Friston Forest. Visually stunning and showcasing the best of East Sussex, this ride is not to be missed.
South East Coast Off-Road Bike Ride - Registration fees
For more information about the event, check out our South East Coast Off-Road FAQs.
Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer. By funding cutting edge research, we are determined to put a stop to the damage heart disease causes. But we can't do so without your support. Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research, we're therefore asking all participants to try and raise at least £100.
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
- Party by the sea at the finish line
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]
The event site is accessible by car and plenty of parking is available. Please use the postcode BN25 1JH for all navigations.
Free parking will be available all day in Martello Fields from 8.00am until the event has finished at 5.30pm. Cars must be cleared from the site by this time.
Please be aware the car park will be on a grass field. Vehicles are parked strictly at the owner's own risk, and we'd advise checking the weather conditions before travelling, and make alternative arrangements if you find this field unsuitable.
Seaford Rail Station is approx. 0.5 miles from the event location, and a 3 minute cycle.
Regular services run throughout the day, but please be aware that it is a Sunday, so the later you travel the limited the service.
We strongly advise checking with your planned train operator that bikes are allowed on the service you intend on using before travelling - some services require your bike to be booked on in advance.
Use your pedal power to save lives
Completely planned, organised and managed by the British Heart Foundation, this event exists in order to raise funds for our life saving research. Research that will, one day, put a stop to the devastation caused by heart disease. This year we are asking you all to try and raise at least £100 to make a difference.
Creating an online fundraising page is the easiest way to raise money. It takes a few minutes to set up and a link can then be easily shared with your friends and family on social media and by email. Remember, you're taking part in an amazing challenge - people will want to support you.
CREATE YOUR ONLINE FUNDRAISING PAGE
Take a look at our fundraising guide for other ideas, tips and support to help you smash your target.
Join the conversation
Join our South East Coast Off-Road Facebook Event Page in order to receive regular event updates and meet your fellow Heart Riders before the big day.
Be prepared for the challenge
If you’re new to off-road cycling we want to make sure you are prepared for the day and our Off-Road Bike Ride preparation zone is here to help!
Here you'll find lots of information about training, nutrition and what to expect - so you can turn up on the big day fully trained, fuelled and with the right kit, equipment, bike and tyres.
OFF-ROAD TRAINING ZONE
Get kitted up
Want to show the world that you've joined the fight against heart disease? We have a full range of kit in our online cycling shop
. Whether you're after something to wear on your training rides, 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!
You're a Heart Rider - spread the word
When you sign up for this challenge you become one of us – a Heart Rider. 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.
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.
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.
On the day
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||Cut-off time at finish line
You can start the ride at any time between 8:30 and 10:30. There will be a short safety briefing before you depart.
Starting from Martello fields in Seaford, your calves will be put to the test straight away as you climb the chalky cliffs to see the stunning views on offer from Seaford Cliffs. You’ll then head along the Cuckmere river to the beautiful village of Alfriston. Then it’s on towards the Exceat Visitor’s centre before climbing up onto the South Downs, where you’ll cross the river Ouse before joining the South Downs Way.
After taking in these stunning views you’ll start the descent to the Seafront by Brighton Marina where you’ll have the cliffs to your left, and the sea lapping against the wall to your right, all under the August sunshine. You’ll then continue along the coastal footpath as you make your way back to Seaford – where we will greet you with a champions cheer. The finish site will have lots of things to do if you have any family and friends who aren’t keen on cycling but want to come down and have a fun day out anyway!
This event is the perfect summer time adventure, with exclusive access to closed private paths you’ll experience a ride and views that members of the public won’t. The terrain of the 35 mile route isn’t too technical (a perfect introduction for mountain bike beginners), but it will still be a physical challenge – with some killer climbs! For more experienced riders, we can promise one of the most scenic and beautiful routes you’ve ever had the pleasure of riding – and our 10 mile route extension through Friston Forest’s mountain bike trail is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping.
This route is being designed exclusively for the British Heart Foundation by Rough Ride Guide.
For the 35 mile route, the terrain will not be overly technical – meaning that the event will be suitable for mountain biking beginners. However don’t mistake this for an easy ride, it will be physically tough and there will be a number of brutal climbs that will test the calves of even the most experienced rider – but the views at the top will be worth it.
The additional 10 miles will be a lot more technical, suiting more experienced riders looking for a mixture of beautiful views and some adrenaline fuelled trails.
More information about the route will be added soon including maps, GPX files and terrain profiles, in the meantime we are uploading a series of preview video clips that will give you an idea of the terrain, views and some things to expect on the big day.
For more information about the event, check out our South East Coast Off-Road FAQs.
Make sure you have the right kit
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.
Toilets will be available at the start, every rest stop and at the finish.
Mobile cycle repair will also be available along the route and will be stationed at water stops.
There will also be hot drinks and food purchasable from the start, finish and at some rest stops.
Bring your cheerleaders
Don’t fancy a ride? There will be plenty of things to do at the event site and we want as many people as possible to come down and cheer our participants through the finish line! Wear your best red outfit and get your cheers ready!
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
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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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