Frequently Asked Questions
Taking part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride?
We hope you have found out all you need to know about the event, but if not, here are some answers to commonly asked questions:
1. What is my start time?
Your start time will be allocated by BHF according to the information you have provided regarding your cycling experience and expected finish time. Your start time cannot be changed and you will be told your time closer to the event.
2. Will I get the same time as my team?
Team members will all receive the same start time allocated by BHF according to the information the team leader provided regarding the team’s cycling ability and expected finish time. Your allocated start time cannot be changed and you will be told your time closer to the event.
3. Is there a minimum sponsorship target?
There is a recommended minimum sponsorship of £200 for this event.
4. How can I reach the minimum sponsorship target?
We are here to help you. We have a selection of fantastic ideas to reach your sponsorship target. Whether you are a fundraising pro, just getting started or looking for inspiration – we have something for everyone.
5. Is there a minimum age?
All participants must be 14 and over on the day of the event to participate. Children aged 14-16 will need to be accompanied by a participating adult on the ride. Children are not permitted to be carried or put in a child seat on the Bike Ride.
6. Are there any requirements as to the type of bicycle or carriage I can use?
Participants don't need a specialist bike for the event, but it is recommended that they use a bike with gears and ensure that everything in working order and road worthy before the event.
It is essential that participants check: gears, brakes, the frame a wheels. If the participant isn't confident checking these then they should take their bike to a bike shop.
As the Bike Ride is on roads, a road bike is the most efficient to use, however it's not imperative. If a mountain bike is used, the rider will be better off replacing the knobbly off-road tyres with 'slick' tyres. This will reduce the friction and therefore make the job easier. The main thing is to check the bike is roadworthy before setting off and remember a helmet - this will reduce any head injuries in case of an accident.
7. Can I transfer my event fee over to another event?
All purchased places in London to Brighton 2018 are non-transferable.
8. Do I have to complete the event in a certain time?
All participants are required to complete London to Brighton Bike Ride by 19.00. Cut off times will be enforced along the route at key points including being at the top of Ditchling Beacon by 18.15. All participants will receive a route guide on the day advising of these cut off times and locations.
9. Where can I get a map of the route?
On the day of the ride our start arch volunteers will be handing out route guides – so don’t forget to pick one up as you go through the start arches. The guide will tell you where our official 15 rest points are all the way from Capital to coast.
There should be no chance of getting lost as the route is lined with marshals, volunteers and thousands of cyclists going with you.
10. How can I register a team?
One designated participant must first register as a team leader, which will create the team. This registration only pays for the one rider to take part, not the team members. You will need to invite your team mates to register/pay themselves with the link you are provided.
11. How can I join a team if I have already registered to take part?
Please contact our customer service with the team name and team leaders’ name, we will then be able to add you.
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Telephone: 0300 456 8355
12. What are the travel options for the day?
Southern Rail will not be accepting bikes on their trains. Instead, our no-fuss travel service will take you and your bike to the start line and collect you once you have finished. More information will available closer to the time.